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Hope Creates

Make Your M.A.R.C.
Hope Creates (HC) partners with St. Louis County Family Court Juvenile Office (SLCFCJO) and St. Louis Classical Guitar to deliver Make Your M.A.R.C.: Music. Art. Recovery. Connection. (MYM) prevention program. We are also developing partner relationships through SLCFCJO Diversion Schools: Hancock Place School District, Jennings School District, and Normandy Schools Collaborative. Additionally, we are cultivating partnerships with St. Louis County Public Schools, Marygrove Transitional and Independent Living Program, foster care facilities, therapeutic residential treatment programs, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Services benefit St. Louis County youth in recovery from, or at risk of, substance use disorders (SUD), including justice-involved youth. Participants meet three to four hours for nine sessions, learn expressive arts (drum, guitar, and painting/drawing), listen to storytellers' shared recovery experiences, write artist statements about their personal journey, make connections with their feelings to express themselves constructively, and close with a capstone exhibit/concert. Youth paint their guitars and at program completion, students keep their art supplies, drum, and their uniquely painted guitar. This empowers students to continue to practice newly acquired arts learning and outlets for ongoing stress and anxiety management. Family and court officials/judges attend the finale.

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