Our Mission is to educate, empower, and enrich

the lives of youth and teens.

Founded with a vision to educate, empower and enrich through arts education.

How We Inspire

Arts Conservatory for Teens’ mission is to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of youth and teens in order to foster healthy, productive, and responsible citizens. Our organization provides the tools for self-improvement, leadership development, and arts and cultural enrichment, especially for underserved and at-risk youth, creating a lasting and measurable impact on high school graduation rates and opportunities for college placement.

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How We Serve

We provide support for high school graduation and opportunities for college placement.

We provide the tools for self-improvement and leadership development, especially for underserved and at-risk youth.

We provide an arts platform for community engagement and cultural enrichment.

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Our Story

Two passionate community thought leaders, Alex Harris and Herbert Murphy, founded the Arts Conservatory for Teens in 2012. Harris and Murphy together have more than 40 years of experience in the arts, youth development and philanthropy. Seeing a need in the local community for teens (use of opiates, crime, school dropout, lack of adequate access to opportunities to excel), the two young men developed a curriculum that has strong appeal teenagers that is fun, educational, empowering and culturally enriching.

The model developed by Harris and Murphy is not your after school program, it is unique, innovative and life changing. Since its inception, Arts Conservatory for Teens has helped to change over 2500 middle and high school students’ lives.

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We’re incredibly grateful to the philanthropists, corporate sponsors and community change makers who recognize the amazing value of investing into youth and teens. By far our greatest resource is the potential that exists in human beings. We believe that by pouring into the education, empowerment and enrichment of youth and teens in our community, we have the opportunity to change the trajectory of individual students and create a brighter future for all of us. Our vision would not be possible without the generosity and compassion of our incredible community of supporters.

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Our Services

Teens Empowered Today

Teens Empowered Today (TET) is our afterschool program that focus on college, career preparation and workforce development. TET inspires a growth mindset and advanced thought process for our students. We are able to accomplish these goals by creative strategy – aligning our students with some of the industry’s top corporations and businesses through our shadowing for a clear path to the highest level of development.our shadowing for a clear path to the highest level 

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Character Essentials

Character Essentials (CE) is our before school program that focuses on academic potential while improving behavioral challenges through our strategic yet creative engagement pedagogy. We utilize the vehicle of performing, visual arts, and multimedia to engage our students while cultivating character principles and creative skills. Some of CE’s creative skill development focuses are: Dance, Game Coding, Video Production, DJ Spinning and more.

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Arts Magnet Program

Arts Magnet Program (AMP) is our beginner and intermediate program that offers students who are interested in performing, visual arts, and multimedia a wide range of freedom to explore potential talents. Skill development trainings within AMP include the following: Dance, Game Coding, Video Production, DJ Spinning, Art, Vocal,  Instrumental lessons and so much more. If arts exploration is an interest of your child’s, then AMP is the workshop for her/him.

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Young Artist Alliance

Young Artist Alliance (YAA) is an advanced level program providing students with the highest level of skill development, coaching, and performing. YAA is strategically designed for students who aspire to pursue a career in the performing or visual arts. The program offers intensive workshops, masterclasses, and clinics to ensure that each of its students is prepared for competing in the marketplace of arts and entertainment. arts and entertainment. 

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