Kids with a Statement was an innovative art and performance based after-school program at Carver VoTech High School produced by Child First Authority in collaboration with Maryland Institute College of Art's Community Arts graduate program, and AmeriCorp State.
Youth were paid to attend the program and co-create performances about social justice issues. High school artists developed interactive performances from their personal narratives dealing with issues of racial profiling and access to higher education. Youth were trained in grassroots organizing techniques that were incorporated into their performances. Through design workshops, the youth created their own, Power Suits that were used during performances as well. Kids with a Statement performed at Walters Art Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, Centerstage, and Villa Julie College.