IMPACT's mission is to use performing arts and the dynamics of leadership training to develop and empower youth. IMPACT believes that theater arts and education play a pivotal role in providing opportunities and transitions for the leaders of tomorrow. IMPACT is rooted in creative self-expression and anchored by a commitment to Safe Space, Outstanding Effort and Service to the Community. (S.O.S.)

IMPACT promotes the positive development of young people ages 12 to 19 by providing a learning environment that encourages, nurtures and challenges its students. It offers arts and leadership workshops, performance opportunities, community service for its participants. The program curriculum encourages its students to focus on life and pre-professional skills, literacy, culture and political issues.

All of IMPACT's music, choreography, dramatic writing and video projects are original - created by Impact members and staff. Since it's inception over three hundred young people have taken classes at Impact. Twenty have graduated from college. Forty are currently in colleges and universities that include Penn State, Clark Atlanta, City University of New York, University of Maryland, Fordham, Rutgers, Brown and Yale.

Impact's has appeared in the films Disappearing ActsHughes Dreams Harlem and August Rush which earned them an Oscar nomination for best song. Live performances include People Magazines Next Great Artists Showcase, the Apollo, Lincoln Center, Major league Soccer's Tribute to Pele and headlining the summer series at the Great Mall in Washington D.C. and the international arts festival in Bulgaria. Impact has been featured on Good Morning America and Nightline.



2010Valerie Grant