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Art Buddies uses the power of creativity and one-on-one attention to change children’s lives. During each program, creative mentors help kids discover their creative abilities while building confidence and big dreams.

Each after-school program is offered free for 3rd-5th grade students at partnering schools, providing arts access to children from low-income families.

Since 1994, Art Buddies has paired thousands of children with thousands of creative adults. Our creative volunteers come from all sorts of exciting fields — including advertising, graphic and interior design, film production, commercial photography, illustration, public relations, web design and architecture.

Buddies work one-on-one.

At every program, up to 40 creative volunteers work one-on-one with up to 40 kids. The kids are inspired by the chance to work with their own adult, and thrive on the undivided attention.

The weekly after-school workshops last approximately 7 to 10 weeks every spring and fall at partnering schools, including Whittier International Elementary and Bancroft Elementary in south Minneapolis, and Riverview West Elementary in St. Paul starting in the fall of 2015.

Art Buddies creative activities are designed to help children believe in themselves, realize what they can do, and expand their vision of who they can become.

Each mentor helps their child concept and create a costume that reflects the child’s interests, strengths and dreams. The costume might be an image of their future self, an animal that represents their good qualities, or a superhero with powers that make the world a better place – or a combination of. The costumes are often more ambitious and unique than the child may have thought possible or been able to create on their own.

The supporting project is a Buddy Book, or journal, that kids and mentors use to capture their Art Buddies experience, sketching costume ideas, writing stories, pasting photos and material swatches, and sharing thoughts with each other.

Each child is a star!

Art Buddies ends with kids posing with their mentors for professional photographers and presenting their creations in an exciting school parade and presentation.

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The mission of Dress for Success Twin Cities is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing a network of support and career development tools to help low-income women thrive in work and life. We offer a range of programs that help our clients see their economic and personal potential, take immediate steps to obtain a job, and make long-term plans to sustain their employment. Our organization offers four core programs that help low-income women wherever they are in their job search or career path:

  • Business attire for both and interview and employment at no cost to the client
  • Interview skill training and development to ensure our clients are as prepared as possible to get a job
  • Job Retention support to help our clients retain their employment and grow in their job and careers
  • Ongoing Career Development to provide our women with the information and inspiration they need to not just survive but to thrive