About Our League City Programs
Our Philosophy & Mission
Our mission is to create strong, physically fit, resourceful, resilient, and emotionally intelligent youth through use of the arts, movement, and life skills programs. Our expressive arts program develops creativity and emotional depth; our movement program develops a strong nervous system and physical and mental strength; and our life skills program provides common-sense exercises and experiences that enable students to make better informed choices about life events. This winning combination offers the supportive and nurturing environment that empowers young people to reach their full potential.
The Three-Building Blocks of Our Youth Critical Skills Program
Art is humanity’s most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. ~Ernest L. Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Rather than imposing a rigid structure on the artwork students create, we offer the seed of an idea and then see how the seed germinates into an art-form from their own imaginations. Afterwards,students share the meaning behind the art they created. Students also learn to tap deeper into their inner selves through creative writing, which includes short stories, poetry and storytelling. Acting, public speaking and personal expression opportunities are abundant. As the youth share with us about what they've created, be it art or writing, they can give voice to their vulnerability and fears as well as further developing their own viewpoints on life. It's truly beautiful.
Our Art classes range from creative expression using paper, canvas, paint, clay, charcoal and more to the development of poems, short stories, and other creative modalities. Story-telling and role-playing are a common part of our package. Students interact with each other in new ways, helping them find and develop skills they never had. Our lead Art Teacher, Rachael Maly, has worked with adolescents and teens in the CCISD school systems for the last 21 years and currently also works as a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.
It is vital that parents and teachers understand the impact of physical movement on development and that they embrace the many benefits of physical activity for youth of all ages and encourage exercise. Experts attribute a rise in mental health problems among youth to a decline in the opportunities for physical movement for the average child or teen. Our society is just beginning to learn about the importance of physical activity in early childhood development as it relates to social, physical cognitive and emotional skills. When the body lacks strength and control and agility, the mind also lacks strength, control, and agility. Youth who don't move, lose! That is why physical activity is a critical core component in our program. We help ensure youth develop long-lasting fitness habits that keep them healthy and happy for years to come.
Physical activity prevents chronic disease in youth and adults.
According to the CDC (cdc.gov): "Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health, fitness, and quality of life. It also helps reduce your risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, depression and anxiety and dementia." This is why we offer workshops and other types of programs, such as yoga, in both our youth and adult courses.
75 percent of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust. -Center for Creative Leadership
The youth combo classes and the Young Entrepreneurs classes teach life skills directly through project-based L
learning, a scientifically proven method of learning where students develop an idea from start to finish. Students work collaboratively and individually to practice working in a team environment resolving conflict, communicating, and being assertive.
In the Young Entrepreneurs class students design marketing materials and campaigns around their brand for an art/product business that will culminate annually with a market at the Academy in which to sell their goods.