The Motivational Edge | The Leading Arts-Based Youth Development Agency in Florida

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ME heads to the British Virgin Islands

Announcing our partnership with Foxy's School of Music in BVI

In September of 2017, Foxy’s School of Music and nearly 100% of the buildings on Jost Van Dyke were ravaged by Hurricane Irma and Maria. Fast forward to April of 2019 and we are honored to partner with Foxy’s School of Music to help rebuild and revive the school for the talented young people and residents of Jost Van Dyke. Since early 2018, the team at The Motivational Edge, Foxy, Katherine and David Dietrich and so many others have been coordinating efforts to not only rebuild the school but to also equip it with state of the art instruments, equipment and staff to run sustainable programming for years to come.

Solutions-Focused Programming

This multidisciplinary program offers youth a safe outlet for healing and growth through positive self-expression. Creative writing, songwriting, and Lyrical Expression exercises equip youth with tools for personal reflection and interpersonal communication, while expanding academic skills, such as, literacy and vocabulary.

Additionally, youth have the opportunity to learn foundational elements of audio recording while working with our team of Teaching Artists to compose original songs based on their writings.

Our new Allapattah Campus is a safe, supportive environment designed to celebrate students’ achievements and unleash their imaginations!

This state-of-the-art, multipurpose creative space allows youth to delve into our Arts, Technology, and Sports & Wellness programming. The Campus features an audio-visual technology space, where youth can explore audio and visual production, graphic design, coding and even 3-D printing; a convertible art studio/gallery, perfect for hosting youth exhibitions and community events; indoor and outdoor spaces for physical activity and play, including dance, yoga, martial arts, and team sports; and so much more!

Led by trained coaches as well as professional athletes, our newest program empowers youth to participate in a wide range of physical activities that are fun, engaging, challenging and rewarding. The Motivational Edge combines dance, martial arts, yoga and team sports with a nutrition education curriculum. The goal of this program is to encourage youth to develop enthusiasm for fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Encompassing a broad cross-section of the visual arts, this program engages with contemporary media such as street art and illustration, as well as foundational techniques and traditional projects. Youth are invited to express themselves creatively while refining their skills in various artistic media and unleashing their imaginations!

Interactive art activities are often accompanied by written and verbal assignments, helping youth describe their creative works and present to peers while building literacy skills, critical thinking, and self-confidence.

Solutions-Focused Programming

This multidisciplinary program offers youth a safe outlet for healing and growth through positive self-expression. Creative writing, songwriting, and Lyrical Expression exercises equip youth with tools for personal reflection and interpersonal communication, while expanding academic skills, such as, literacy and vocabulary.

Additionally, youth have the opportunity to learn foundational elements of audio recording while working with our team of Teaching Artists to compose original songs based on their writings.

Opening in the Summer of 2018, our new Allapattah Campus will be a safe, supportive environment designed to celebrate students’ achievements and unleash their imaginations!

This state-of-the-art, multipurpose creative space will allow youth to delve into our Arts, Technology, and Sports & Wellness programming. The Campus will feature an audio-visual technology space, where youth can explore audio and visual production, graphic design, coding and even 3-D printing; a convertible art studio/gallery, perfect for hosting youth exhibitions and community events; indoor and outdoor spaces for physical activity and play, including dance, yoga, martial arts, and team sports; and so much more!

Led by trained coaches as well as professional athletes, our newest program empowers youth to participate in a wide range of physical activities that are fun, engaging, challenging and rewarding. The Motivational Edge combines dance, martial arts, yoga and team sports with a nutrition education curriculum. The goal of this program is to encourage youth to develop enthusiasm for fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Encompassing a broad cross-section of the visual arts, this program engages with contemporary media such as street art and illustration, as well as foundational techniques and traditional projects. Youth are invited to express themselves creatively while refining their skills in various artistic media and unleashing their imaginations!

Interactive art activities are often accompanied by written and verbal assignments, helping youth describe their creative works and present to peers while building literacy skills, critical thinking, and self-confidence.

OUR IMPACT

December 4, 2018

KIND CAFE: An #IChooseArt Experience

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April 27, 2018

Creative, Fun Times at Eneida

Blog post by Teaching Artist Karina Santarossa March 21, 2018 My time with the students at Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School was heartwarming and rewarding. We had lots […]
March 16, 2018

Tallahassee Workshop

We’re taking our talents to Tallahassee! The Motivational Edge and One Voice IMPAACT (a project of the Florida Coalition for Children) joined forces for an introductory workshop this past […]

OUR IMPACT

December 4, 2018

KIND CAFE: An #IChooseArt Experience

During Art Basel / Art Miami Week, the masses headed to Wynwood and so did we! Thanks to KIND Snacks, our students had the opportunity to […]
April 27, 2018

Creative, Fun Times at Eneida

Blog post by Teaching Artist Karina Santarossa March 21, 2018 My time with the students at Eneida M. Hartner Elementary School was heartwarming and rewarding. We had lots […]
March 16, 2018

Tallahassee Workshop

We’re taking our talents to Tallahassee! The Motivational Edge and One Voice IMPAACT (a project of the Florida Coalition for Children) joined forces for an introductory workshop this past […]

OUR PARTNERS

  • The Motivational Edge is proficient at recognizing the essential needs of their students and families and has worked tirelessly to meet their needs over the past six years. We are very fortunate to have a group like The Motivational Edge uplifting the youth in our community; our youth in foster care particularly enjoy The Art of Creative Writing and Lyrical Expression. These programs offer them a much needed platform to verbally express themselves in a positive, non-threatening way. We find that such a progressive arts and academic program benefits the most vulnerable youth in our community and gives them an outlet to positively express themselves, which promotes creativity, positive thinking and personal growth.
    - Bart Armstrong
    Our Kids
  • This stellar creative youth development program in association with Berklee College of Music, and specifically the Berklee City Music Network, is of mutual benefit. Recently, myself and another staff member conducted a site visit at ME. On this visit we interviewed teachers and students and made observations about the facility. This close examination of our Network partners takes place every two to three years. Motivational Edge scored very well. We continue to be excited about our partnership with Motivational Edge!
    J. Curtis Warner, Jr.
    Berklee College of Music
  • The Motivational Edge has been impacting residential group home providers in the Suncoast Region since February 2016 after they initially presented what Motivational Edge is and how the program would benefit providers in the region. After the initial meeting took place in February 2016, two residential group home providers initiated services with Motivational Edge. Both facilities continue to use Motivational Edge as a therapeutic service.
    - Evan Leach
    FL Department of Children & Families
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