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

Engage, Educate, Empower


Teaching Skills For Creative Expression

The Motivational Edge (ME) is a solutions-focused youth development agency that harnesses the power of culturally relevant arts and other platforms to enrich and transform young lives. ME serves a wide range of under-resourced and homeless youth in our community sites/centers, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Specializing in therapeutic arts instruction, ME focuses on mentoring, job readiness and life-skills development through the Arts and Health & Wellness initiatives. Our goal is to ensure that every youth is ready to contribute positively to their community.

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.

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

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 […]
February 7, 2018

UM – Studying The Motivational Edge’s Impact

Since 2008, we’ve watched our youth develop into talented artists and thoughtful citizens, each a testament to the efficacy of our programs in providing a safe […]

OUR IMPACT

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 […]
February 7, 2018

UM – Studying The Motivational Edge’s Impact

Since 2008, we’ve watched our youth develop into talented artists and thoughtful citizens, each a testament to the efficacy of our programs in providing a safe […]

OUR PARTNERS

  • It is so therapeutic for children to have an outlet for expression and The Motivational Edge has offered this to our children. Twice a year the children showcase their gifts and talents to their parents and they are overjoyed. The Motivational Edge is a wonderful organization to work with as a partner. They will be an asset to the City of Miami Gardens and its population.
    Erika Tegtmeyer Lozano
    His House
  • 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 recognized a need in Allapattah, a low-income neighborhood in Miami, and has worked tirelessly to meet that need. They provide programming in writing, music, music production, dance and urban arts expression to creatively engage youth while also providing academic support and rigor as well as life skills to support the whole child. They develop pride and self-esteem. The Motivational Edge is poised to make major changes in our community. Their rapid growth is a testament to the community’s response to their programming as well as the enthusiastic passion of their leadership. I highly support The Motivational Edge with a firm belief that their programming has and will continue to shape lives in Miami.
    Dennis Scholl
    Knight Foundation
  • 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