The mission of the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) is to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of youth and teens. ACT provides arts education and youth development programming to underserved and at-risk students, serving over 400 students annually. They tell us more about themselves here and the project they’ve brought to this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking event in St. Petersburg.
After-school and summer programming include classes in voice, drama, dance, music production, cinematography and photography. ACT also provides similar arts programming in five low-income Pinellas County schools through its Character Essentials Program. ACT’s Teens Empowered Today program teaches young people how to become productive, caring, community-minded citizens with six levels of curriculum: workforce development, leadership training, money management, healthy lifestyles, academic success, and cultural enrichment.
ACT is bringing a grant tracking database project to NDCH to help manage the process that comes with applying for grant funding year-to-year. Grant funding is an important revenue stream for non-profit organizations. There are many steps in the application process so efficiency and organization is a key component to securing grant funding. A database that can keep all information in one place, is user-friendly, and can create reports for both internal staff and external stakeholders will have significant positive impact on the applying, submitting, and reporting process not only for ACT, but for any organization that applies for grants.
Non-profit organizations are always trying to maximize impact while keeping expenses minimal in order to serve as many people as possible. NDCH provides an opportunity to improve process and service using technology for projects that may not happen otherwise. It is a unique and important collaboration that serves the community well.
Watch A Day in the Life of ACT to learn more about the Arts Conservatory for Teens and the youth who are impacted by its work.