Testimonies from SAFE participants

The best testimonies of SAFE through the arts are from children who have participated in the program expressing themselves as confident human beings.
Below are some of writing and drawing examples from children who have been exposed to the SAFE through the arts program.

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In addition, following are testimonies from middle school students who have previously participated in the program.

“It is an important program because it helps people who are not brave to stand up for themselves.”

“This is an important program because it shows you how to feel confident and believe in yourself always”.

“I learned how to go to my tree place when I am upset or mad. I also learned how to not give up and to keep believing in myself.”

“I learned how to believe in myself.”

“I learned to take care of myself and that we can use music to express ourselves.”

“The program showed us how to express oneself through Art!”

“I learned that you should always believe that you are beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

“I think the program is important because it teaches you to believe in yourself and everyone needs that.”

“ I learned how to stay centered and to always believe in myself”.

“The program teaches students to be kind and respectful.”

“I learned how to protect myself and stand up for others.”

“The program inspired me to do things I’ve never dreamed of doing before!”

“I learned how to communicate well with others and ways to prevent violence.”

“All the activities we did were fun and we learned more things as we went along.”

The program “informs children at an early age about skills to use later on.”

“We learned how to feel good about yourself and how to cope with anger.”

“I learned a helpful meditation.”

“I liked doing the activity where we would say (positive) things about ourselves and create a movement to go with it.”

(SAFE through the arts is important) “To teach kids to be kind to one another.”

“I think it is an important program because (it shows) the importance of the Arts.”

“I liked how we did all of these activities while learning.”

“I liked the activities and think that all classes should be like this because kids will remember.”

From Teachers participating in the program:

“The puppet skits and music were very engaging for the students.”

“The songs were memorable and fun. I would like to try to continue using the tools.”