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Coyote Central challenges young adolescents of every race and socio-economic background to build skills, creative thinking, self-awareness, and social awareness through hands-on projects with professionals in creative fields.
Since its founding in 1986, Coyote Central has built the creativity and self-awareness of over 14,000 middle-school youth of diverse races, economic backgrounds, family situations, and neighborhoods. Coyote is unique among Seattle non-profits in focusing exclusively on early adolescence, when kids are first starting to figure out who they are and what they want to do in the world. Coyote provides opportunities for them to try their hands at any creative discipline they’re intrigued by, from animation to glassblowing to playwriting. As they learn the skills and tools of the medium, they realize their own capabilities and passions. The adult mentors they work with at Coyote model the dedication and perseverance of their professions, and give youth a sense of what it means to make a career of creativity.
Coyote also encourages social awareness, asking teens to reflect on their cultural identity and their role in the social fabric of their community. Working in teams with youth of different backgrounds builds their cultural competence and respect for the values of people different from themselves. Creating public art and other projects for their community gives Coyote youth a sense of being community builders.
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