Description & History

ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to engage youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with youth from communities that lack this vital resource. ASTEP Teaching Artists become transformative role models in the lives of the youth we serve, combining their passion for the arts and their ability to use artistic tools to teach important life skills.

What makes ASTEP unique is that we craft models that best fit the needs of our partner’s student population, working collaboratively within existing structures. This approach means that we are complementing our partners’ goals, ensuring the needs of the whole child are met. Practically speaking, this means that all ASTEP programs look vastly different from one another.

ASTEP programs currently serve the following populations: youth affected by immigration status, homelessness, gun-violence, incarceration, the justice system, HIV/AIDS, systemic poverty, and the caste system.

Volunteer Application Process

  1. Learn more about each specific program by visiting our website!
  2. Fill out the Inquiry Form, indicating where you're interested in volunteering
  3. We will then contact you to guide you through the application process
  4. Submit a completed application form 
  5. Interview with a member of the ASTEP team
  6. Complete an ASTEP General Training session
  7. Receive your placement and be on your way to changing lives through the arts!

Artists Striving To End Poverty seeks to represent the diverse communities it serves and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, marital status or favorite color.

About the organization

Artists Striving To End Poverty

Davinia Troughton
Co-Executive Director
(212) 921-1227
Sami Manfredi
Manager of Programs
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