For the majority of at-risk youth, truancy and school failure are the two most significant predictors of delinquent behavior, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Research. Findings also substantiate that arts programs reach at-risk youth and help them stay in school. 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 at-risk 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 teens to explore and discover their creativity and gives them the hope they need to change their lives.