BENEFITING: INDOCHINESE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
IHDC is a for-people, non-profit housing organization. Our mission is to help create a vibrant and dignified community through the purchase, renovation, maintenance and management of safe, comfortable and affordable housing and through programs that encourage participation, empowerment and independence. Through our youth program, Tenderloin Achievement Group (TAG), IHDC works to provide programs for Tenderloin neighborhood youth of all ages that support physical wellness and 21st century skills. TAG's strategies are integral to IHDC's mission of building a vibrant and dignified community.
This summer, IHDC is hoping to raise money to bring art programming to underserved youth attending our youth summer programs in the Tenderloin. We are constantly tackling the challenge of integrating meaningful programs on a very limited budget and in the past, we've really had to stretch our dollar, and make informed decisions about which programs are the most meaningful and beneficial for our youth as we prepare them for the year ahead. This often results in cutting back on program areas that our youth, one, don't get enough exposure to (like the arts), and two, failing to offer a variety of programs that youth enjoy and that creates opportunities for them to connect with one in other in new and exciting ways. With limited opportunities for art programming during the school day, after school, and beyond, we believe that our youth deserve the chance to participate in meaningful art programs that not only teach them new skills, but that also educate them about the importance of social responsibility, environmental awareness, and that provide opportunities for critical thinking. This year, IHDC is teaming up with Green Art Workshop to offer youth in the Tenderloin, a ten week, art-infused, summer experience. Any and all support will go directly to funding this eco-conscious art program for youth.