Welcome to the Sheila Fortune Foundation
The Sheila Fortune Foundation (SFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youths gain access to, and expression through, the performing arts. Our mission is to further the interests of abused and at-risk youths by providing them exposure to educational activities in the arts. Our goal is to provide and encourage these youths to explore their opportunities.
Our hope is that this will lead to more productive, healthy lives. Although raw talent is honored, the most important issue for the SFF and its grantees is the participation and the effort of the targeted youths. We began our search for qualified grantees by engaging in discussions with people who work with youths in troubled situations. We then asked them how to find and help our mission-defined target groups. What we rapidly discovered was that in order to reach these youths effectively we would have to go to where they are.
In different communities, both rural and urban, the same ills reoccur in different shapes. These are the ills of low self-esteem, and hopelessness; anger and isolation. These are the trenches, and that is where you will find us and our grantees. In a report issued by the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities, it is stated that "arts and humanities provide youths with a different perspective on their own lives--a chance to imagine a different outcome and develop a critical distance from everyday life." There is a full spectrum of benefits that involvement in the arts in general has to offer at-risk youths.
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