THEORY OF CHANGE
The Wooden Floor’s holistic model serves 375 under-served students year-round, after-school with dance, academic, college and career readiness, and family support programs, free of charge. Dance education and performance are the core transformational elements through which our youth change the way they think about themselves and develop the ability to reach their full potential. In the dance studio, a rigorous 10-level curriculum develops self-knowledge, which evolves into self-confidence, leadership, cooperative learning, creative problem solving, and especially joy. Rehearsals, dance-making, and performances–such as our Annual Concert–teach discipline, goal-setting, commitment, and achievement through hard work. Academic as well as college and career readiness programs ensure that our students have the fundamental academic and life skills to succeed. Our Family Services program takes a case management approach to counseling, crisis intervention, and social service referrals to help families overcome socioeconomic hardships and navigate a path toward economic progress and self-sufficiency. These core programs comprise our creative youth development model and our copyrighted Theory of Change.