80% of children living in the Black Belt qualify for the federal free lunch program. Children make up one quarter of the county’s population, and are particularly vulnerable to health concerns and high-risk behavior. Education experts assert that children living in poverty are less likely to finish high school, attend college, and obtain jobs that will make them financially self-sufficient. Children in poverty are also more likely to use drugs, engage in other risky behaviors.
A gift of $15 provides the makeup and costume for one youth from a low-income household. For each performance, youths receive 12 weeks of professional voice, dance and acting training through Random Acts of Theatre. RATco also provides a positive outlet for youthful energy and an alternative to the risky behaviors to which they are particularly vulnerable. The end result? Improved confidence for each performer and a professional musical performance for all.