Behailu Academy is a free, afterschool arts-based youth development program for 6th-8th-grade students where participants develop both artistic and social-emotional skills in a safe, supportive environment. During the program, students learn, practice and strengthen their competence in self-management, self-discipline, and interpersonal skills and use what they’ve learned in school, at home and in the world at large. This Fall, as part of our new program model- we began our partnership with Invest Collegiate: TRANSFORM offering two intensive sessions for students in grades 6-8.

Our Mission

Using art as a foundation, we provide active and reflective experiences where students learn to collaborate successfully with others, build and express a healthy sense of self, and work toward goals with passion.

In order to achieve our mission we:

  • Create a safe space in which students take productive risks and rise to challenges. 

  • Provide opportunities for students to encounter new situations and interact with adults who serve as role models

  • Allow students to test, discover, design, puzzle, build, experiment, create, play and imagine

  • Encourage choice in activities, partnerships, goals, and ways of presenting themselves and their work

  • Give time for providing and receiving feedback 

  • Foster expression in ways that students find meaning through various forms of artistic expression