LIDÈ programs serve out-of-school and “at-risk” adolescent girls. Girls in LIDÈ discover their unique voice through creative writing, theater, photography and film. These disciplines become a gateway into an academic education as well as a means for improving literacy, leadership and critical thinking. LIDÈ activities come together in values-based themes that help adolescent girls explore the life questions that all youth face on a local and global scale.  Our program work begins with understanding the needs of a community and then training teachers to provide arts programs to adolescent girls. We then mentor these programs toward sustainability. As programs continue, they provide a safe space where LIDÈ participants find their human dignity and inner strength, gain learning and life skills, and walk a path toward resiliency, self-determination, efficacy, and leadership through service.

Tools of Learning:

  • Theme generating discussions

  • Mindfulness exercises and meditation

  • Writing Club or Discussion/Debate Club. (participant chooses one option*)

  • Photography & Film with editing and social media application

  • Music/vocal performance

  • Theater

  • Dance

  • Sports and Yoga


This project is supported in part by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.