Twist programs have been support by the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Dallas – Office of Cultural Affairs, Carl E. and Florence B. King Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Dallas County’s Juror Fund.

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Twist On Risk

Music Education for “At Risk” Youth

Through “Twist on Risk: Maturing through Music,” the DCS engages Dallas area “at-risk” youth struggling with delinquency, recidivism, neglect, or lack of opportunity through live performances of classical, world and jazz music. Designed in collaboration with Dallas County Juvenile Department (DCJD) staff to support character development for youth enrolled at Medlock, Youth Village and JJAEP, “Twist” promotes music education, personal and social development.

DCS gives youth ages 10-17 and their adult mentors/caregivers chances to discover and enjoy live music through scripted concerts exploring concepts key to becoming resilient, productive community members: emotions/self-expression, impulse control/personal management, collaborative/conflict resolution skills, stress management, and psychological toughness.

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