LEAF Schools & Streets | Impact Since 2004!

Weekly After School Programs

Public Housing Communities

Visiting Teaching Artist Programs

Easel Rider Youth

Local Artists' In-School Residencies

Youth Performers

Total Cultural Art Education Programs

Correctional Facilities

Current Resident Teaching Artists

Youth Served Since 2004

Current Easel Rider Teaching Artists

How Do We Measure Success in Our Programs?

LEAF Schools & Streets applies the Creative Youth Development model and
empowers youth in our local community using lesson plans, curriculum and evaluation driven by the Developmental Assets!

Measuring Success | Developmental Assets: LEAF Schools & Streets’ program goals, curriculum, teacher & student evaluations are aligned with the  Developmental Assets Profile (DAP), developed by the Search Institute. The Search Institute has identified 40 assets which comprise a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Building these assets prepare youth for success in some type of college or education, a career, and citizenship.

LEAF Schools & Streets has identified 6 assets that exemplify the types of skills our programs help to develop in our students. These are: Community Values Youth, Adult Role Models, Creative Activities, Cultural Competence, Personal Power, & Self-Esteem.

LEAF Schools & Streets | Developmental Assets

Adult Role Models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior

The IMPACT | Positive Decision-Making: Adult Role Models help youth to make healthy choices in their lives, thus increasing their chances of having a successful future. Youth find their passion through leadership. Exposure to arts education via LEAF Schools & Streets Teaching Artists can help youth to connect with the arts on a deeper level.

80% of parents reported seeing positive changes in their child’s behavior as a result of LEAF Schools & Streets programming.

Community Values Youth: Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth. 

The IMPACT |Community Building: LEAF Schools & Streets is creating a healthy, positive larger community by increasing the feeling of importance and responsibility in youth. Youth are more committed to monitoring their own behavior and are less likely to engage in risky actions.

94% of youth reported being more valued by the community as a result of the experience at LEAF Festival and local events. 

Creative Activities: Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater or other arts.

The IMPACT | Academic Achievement: Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, creative thinking and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Studies show that students with a high engagement in the arts are less likely to drop out of school.

98% of parents reported that their youth enjoyed their LEAF classes and festival experience.

Cultural Competence: Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of all different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.

The IMPACT |Cross Cultural Understanding: The arts provide a way for kids to connect with cultures in a hands-on way. Music has the power to transcend geographical, cultural, and linguistic boundaries and bring people together.

88% of youth reported learning about another culture as a result of the LEAF experience.

Personal Power (the asset that most closely relates to Empowerment): Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”

The IMPACT | Self-Confidence: Students who participate in community-based arts programs like LEAF Schools & Streets have a stronger confidence in their ability to do things well, and greater sense of self-worth and self-esteem (Heath & Roach, 1999).

87% of youth reported new expressions of creativity as a result of their LEAF experience.

Self-Esteem: Young person reports having a high self-esteem.

The IMPACT | Self-Awareness and Self-ExpressionResearch connects arts education with increased self-understanding and confidence, and finds that both the visual and performing arts provide a way for students to explore, create, and express their identity.

96% of parents reported that their child had higher self esteem as a result of their LEAF experience.

The IMPACT |Aligned with Common Core and NC Essential Standards: LEAF Schools & Streets programs are also aligned with the Common Core State and NC Essential Standards to supplement what teachers are doing in their classrooms.

Brenna dreams of becoming a singer one day. Participating in a LEAF Schools & Streets residency gave her the chance to learn from and perform with world-renowned musician, Samite. “It was very inspirational because when I grow up, I want to be a singer- so this gave me the chance to actually get out there for a little bit and have fun with it.”

Brenna is an 8th grade student in the AVID Program at Asheville Middle School. AVID is an essential program for closing the achievement gap and making the college dream accessible to all students. Learning that she can follow her passion singing shows Brenna that she can work hard and achieve in other areas of life. Music and arts education also helps students learn to value diversity and other cultures. Learning from Ugandan musician, Samite, Brenna the chance to experience Ugandan culture. Born and raised in Uganda, Samite travels the world bringing the message of peace and hope through the healing power of music – a message that all youth need to hear. “Samite taught us a couple Ugandan words, and he taught us what it was like in the music business for a refugee.”

Brenna enjoyed performing at the LEAF Festival, “Performing with Samite was a great experience for me. This was my first LEAF Festival, so this really made my day. I look forward to all the other kids who get this experience because you get to learn different cultures while learning how to dance and sing in that culture.” Samite added about the true impact of cultural arts education; “In performing at the LEAF Festival, kids benefit by feeling important and part of something meaningful. I could see it in their faces.”


LEAF Schools & Streets Youth

Partners in Education | Class of ’18

“What an honor to be selected for this unique partnership,” said BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. “We believe arts education is a crucial part of our students’ experience here in Buncombe County Schools. This partnership will give us access to world-class art experts which will enhance the learning experience for our teachers and students.” …Read More – Click for FULL Press Release!