A very vital part of our organization is the types of services we offer for our youth participants. At W.A.Y.S. we encourage our youth to participate in as many of our programs as possible. All of them have been designed to help build their self-esteem. One of our ways to help with mental health is through our program called “Connect.” “Connect” is our dance therapy program. Dance therapy can be used with all populations and with individuals, couples, families, or groups. In general, dance therapy promotes self-awareness, self-esteem, and a safe space for the expression of feelings. Our instructor, Gwendolyn Smoot, will begin each session with some Yoga exercises and then get into some fun choreographed moves. Listed below are some of the benefits of dance therapy:


*Improves brain function

*Promotes cognitive learning

*Builds concentration and memory

*Improves multi tasking

*Increases confidence

*Helps strengthen social skills through social bonding

*Helps to eliminate depression

*Increases intelligence

*Builds strong work ethic

*Children who participate in arts programs have a higher academic performance

*Releases endorphins reducing stress and anxiety