Art therapy and vocational programs provide yet another outlet for students to gain self-esteem. By allowing the freedom to create, and giving the students responsibility for their art supplies, they have expressed increased hope, enthusiasm and confidence. Students have also conveyed increased cooperation and pride in working with others to complete art projects that were later displayed for the general public.
Currently the Emanuel Project is a Nationally renowned program that will continue to impact the lives of incarcerated youth for decades to come. Through ongoing research, and partnerships with Sterling Institutional Review Board and Signature Research Institute, the Emanuel Project is beginning to prove the efficacy of art therapy on the lives of the youth we serve.
Quotes from students at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility:
“The art program was a very pleasant experience. For a few hours, it allowed me to escape the reality of being incarcerated. For a few hours, it allowed me to have somewhat of a feeling of being equal to people who don’t have to wake up here every morning. It was a joyous get away and I would love to do it again.”
“Personally, I think that it was great! Ms. Jeanne Reed was a great and phenomenal person. She was so loving, caring, and therapeutic. She made all of us actually feel like humans and that we aren’t just a waste of space after all. The art supplies were great as well. I have never used such complex and advanced drawing/painting materials. Her projects that she had us do were so fun! I give that experience a 10 of 10 rating. It really did mean a lot to me. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to experience and partake in such a glorious and spectacular activity.”