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As an organization, Working Classroom (WC) strives to provide a context within which individuals from generally ignored communities can develop their talents and use them to effect social change. Using the arts to promote greater understanding between and across cultures and races, members create art and theater that celebrates our rich cultural and ethnic diversity and gives families an opportunity to participate in these kinds of activities.

WC members are encouraged to excel in the classroom as well as in their creative endeavors. Participants are expected to stay in school, off drugs and out of gangs, earn good grades, develop their craft, and contribute to their communities in a positive way. In exchange, they are given outstanding professional instruction, counseling and tutoring, paid employment, opportunities for travel, and the chance to perform and exhibit their work. Working Classroom operates on a system of contracts that structures the relationship between responsibility, dedication,

achievement, and rewards, fostering necessary leadership and entrepreneurial skills in students.

Operating on solid principles of committed long-term involvement, student leadership, mutual responsibility and support, and global citizenship, WC students serve on a board of directors, mentor younger students, teach introductory-level workshops, and participate in an annual retreat where they, as staff, choose the social themes for their plays, murals, and exhibits. In addition, members may travel and work in other countries, serve as hosts to artists and interns from around the world, and often participate in international human rights campaigns.

Working Classroom is a membership organization and students are encouraged to enroll in the program during their last year of elementary school, or their first year of middle school, and to continue participating all the way through high school.