Come and see what we are all about.

We've been around since 2007!

The idea of TRY CAPS came about as an answer to problems with neighborhood youth and teenagers hanging on corners and disrupting the community. TRY CAPS became the tool to engaging these youth in positive activities and to get them off the neighborhood corners.......
Our Mission: provide creative art experiences to a diverse group of teens and youth, encourage leadership development skills and provide problem-solving skills through the use of mentors, apprentice, and real life experiences. 

Many of the youth show  interest in the arts. Creative art will  give them many directions and opportunities to express themselves.  Youth engaging other youth in the program becomes the youth's focus and the basis for handling future problems. The youth are taught to apply the problem-solving steps to every aspect of their daily lives and how to use journal writing as a method of further expressing their thoughts and feelings positively.
Premise of TRY CAPS
The premise of TRY CAPS is that youth live what they know and seek out what they need in positive and negative ways. 
  • When youth are given the tools to survive in the real world they do not aim endlessly in all directions
  • Youth are able to consider the consequences of their acitons and are able to consider a positive life plan for themselves.
Youth need positive roles models, and need to examine and count the cost before making decisions that will affect their future. Youth need the skills to solve every day life problems.