Why We Serve

An overwhelming need:

  • Benton Harbor is home to some of the largest percentages of child poverty in Michigan.
  • Berrien County consistently ranks among the worst counties in Michigan for teenaged pregnancies.
  • Between 2005 and 2010, Berrien County averaged 25 suicides per year.
  • Violence and suicide are the 2nd and 3rd causes of death for the youth of Berrien County.
  • 16.5% of people living in Benton Harbor will be the victim of a serious crime.

The performing arts offers a positive alternative:

  • Increased ability to express anger appropriately and to cooperate with others.
  • Increased ability to finish tasks they start.
  • A decrease in delinquent behavior.
  • An increase in self-esteem.