Founded in 1995, The Miracle Center uses the Arts as a catalyst for personal growth, leadership development, academic advancement and community engagement. Our academically and culturally enriched performance-based programming impacts youth and their families by instilling confidence - the catalyzing agent that stimulates behavioral and social change. With a rich history in the Performing Arts, TMC maintains strong partnerships with legislators, schools and community leaders. In the last 22 years, TMC ensured affordable access to the Theater and Performing Arts to over 12,000 youth, ages 11-22, under the premise that Arts Education inspires people to redirect their focus academically, socially and professionally. TMC offers year-round, after-school programming, theater arts, youth entrepreneurship, work force development and summer arts camps for youth. TMC’s comprehensive programs are available to young people at no charge Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, during the school year and Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the summer.
What we do
The Miracle Center uses after-school and summer programming to empower and train inner-city youth in developing full theater productions that address important subject matters. Youth are responsible for the artistic outcome of the production, which includes design, casting, lighting, music and performance.
Why we do it
Our communities exhibit high levels of poverty, unemployment, low educational attainment, and post-secondary education. TMC understands the inspiring power of the Arts in academic attainment, creative problem-solving, higher self-esteem and pro-social behavior. Furthermore, TMC’s hours of operations strategically align with hours of higher levels of violence and risky behavior for inner-city youth. Inspiring staff, empowered by committed stakeholders, tirelessly promote personal growth, leadership development, academic advancement and community engagement. All this is accomplished in a safe, nurturing and professional environment that nurtures the individual to change the world.
It has been found that students involved in Theater Arts, outscored non-art students on the SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component. It also have been found to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates. After school programs have been found to increase school attendance, parent involvement and academic performance. TMC also provides a safe haven for students to excel creatively and academically.
Minority business growth is the fastest growing business segment that would bring jobs and economic growth into the Chicago area. It has been reported that 68 percent of teens wanted to become entrepreneurs. TMC's WorkForce Initiative program addresses teen unemployment which Illinois ranks as having the highest teen unemployment in the United States. The city of Chicago has a 91.3 percent unemployment for black teens and 80 percent unemployment rate for Hispanic teens.
 Student Descriptive Questionnaire; http://menc.org/information/advocate/sat.html
 JA Worldwide 2010 Teens Entrepreneurship Survey; jaworldwide.org
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