B4 Youth Theatre was founded in 2010 in Liberia, West Africa with a mission of empowering young people to become educated citizens through the arts. B4YT helps children develop a vision for a better world and attain the education to realize their vision. Performing on stage gives children a way to voice their concerns to community stakeholders to build awareness of and provide possible solutions to societal ills identified by the children using our unique community organizing arts model. Since 2010, B4YT has served more than 300 children and trained 15 Liberian young adults as Arts Instructors across four counties in Liberia: Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Bong. B4YT plans on expanding to provide curriculum development, teacher training and sustainability plans for schools in at least ten of Liberia’s 15 counties by 2020. It all starts with children having a chance to imagine something different.
“To tap into imagination is to become able to break with what is supposedly fixed and finished… and to carve out new orders in experience…what might be, what should be and what is not yet.” Maxine Greene.