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EORO diverts incarcerated and probationary youth from a life in prison to become productive community members through mentor based arts,health, and academic tutoring programs. Youth have the right to learn from mistakes, and should be encouraged to take responsibility for building a better future.
Since 1998,EORO has remained dedicated to its mission to divert incarcerated youth from a life in prison to become productive community members through mentor-based performing arts and academic tutoring programs, serving over 1,850 youth and engaging over 3,500 community members. EORO was founded as an arts advocacy organization to divert incarcerated youth and youth on probation from a life in prison. EORO’s roots were planted in the exploration of theater-based strategies that could effectively break the cycle of violence and divert youth, particularly young men of color, from the adult prison system. Once the organization began working inside detention facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area, EORO saw that while the power of the arts was critical for these young people, that there was a larger need for services for these youth... education and so we created the GED Testing and Tutoring Program. EORO believes that youth behind bars are children, first and foremost; that one-on-one mentoring through the creative act of playwriting, academic tutoring and life skills workshops provides the best way to positively influence and change the image that both incarcerated youth and society hold of them. Using the arts and education, EORO is transforming the lives of youth behind bars in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco counties to assist them on the path to becoming successful adults and in breaking the cycle of violence that entraps so many of their peers by connecting them to their communities through the transformative power of the arts and education.