“The true impact of Project Commotion is difficult to express in words…”
Artwork by PC student Arlo M.
As the Season of Giving approaches, we are reminded of just how much we have to be grateful for. If we were lucky enough as children to have had loving and nurturing parental figures; if we had food on the table; if our neighborhoods were safe and clean, inviting exploration and play, then we are truly lucky indeed. These seemingly simple privileges are critical to the healthy development of young minds and bodies. They provide the foundation on which to achieve our fullest human potential. Not all children are so lucky.
In San Francisco, almost 100,000 children live below the poverty line. Thousands of children suffer neglect, abuse, and violence—experiences that can literally reshape the brain, impeding the basic processing upon which all other skills and abilities develop. Trauma is often the precursor of special needs such as learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
At Project Commotion, we strive to ensure that all children have access to the physical and creative play, nurturing and supportive relationships, and individual attention they need to thrive. Each year, we serve over 450 children, providing them with a wide array of engaging activities that stimulate healthy development. Over 60% of our students have either been diagnosed with “special needs” or have been referred by a caretaker, teacher or professional. 50% are low-income and receive tuition assistance.
Our impact reaches far beyond our Studio, as students bring with them the social skills, academic focus and readiness, confidence and compassion they learn at Project Commotion to their schools and homes. Their radiant energy creates a more supportive and healthy environment for everyone around them. During this Season of Giving, remember that the greatest gift you can give to any child is the gift of healthy development—the seed of a bright and beautiful future.
With your generous tax-deductible donation, Project Commotion will continue to bring our programs to those children most in need. Please, consider a gift to Project Commotion this holiday season and together, we will work to heal our community by helping our children to realize their greatest human potential.