Studies have revealed that involvement in the arts (music, dance, art, self-expression) lead to greater success in school, regardless of socioeconomic status. Learning to play a musical instrument, rehearsing a dance performance, or executing a mural requires long hours of practice, focus and perseverance – all components of self-discipline, a trait that many youth are desperately lacking. But teens also need respect, care and love. They appreciate being part of a community that cares about them. Music, dance, and the arts capture their imagination and fill their spirits with hope. The Rock provides a safe place for all teens to explore and discover their creativity and gives them the hope they need to change their lives.