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The Breakfast Club youth group comes to Truckee

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The Breakfast Club, 1985, was directed by John Hughes and starred, from left, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — "We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

If you've ever seen the 1980s cult movie, "The Breakfast Club," then you've resonated with this quote, just as we at Arts For The Schools did.

It has inspired us to create a space that lets teens and young adults show their bizarre-ness, their creativity, and their fun. It inspired us to make our own Breakfast Club.

The Breakfast Club, a new program launching under Arts For The Schools, will be a club that is for youth and by youth ages 13 to 25, allowing them to collaborate and create art together.

The club will be a space in which local young adults can learn "on the ground" techniques from each other, as well as from professional artists.

A key part of Arts For The Schools' mission is to provide access to art in our region, we recognized that, as far as participatory art goes, teens are a bit isolated.

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The primary goal of The Breakfast Club is to provide regional teens with a space, access and training in curating visual and performing arts.

We want to encourage teens and young adults to learn and grow artistically, while demonstrating to them that their artistic aspirations can indeed be reached.

We want to establish a network of artists that will serve as mentors for The Breakfast Club. However, it's not just the mentor-mentee relationship that will benefit the young adults.

By allowing youth to collaborate and work with each other as equals, they'll establish leadership skills that will benefit them in all other aspects of their lives.

Arts For The Schools will provide oversight, direction, coordination, space and resources to The Breakfast Club. Teens and young adults will lead the club and ultimately learn, lead, collaborate and create all curate works.

Arts For The Schools is calling all interested professional artists to serve as mentors for The Breakfast Club, and all interested youth ages 13-25 to participate.

Please call our office at 530-582-8278 or email Eve McEneaney at eve@artsfortheschools.org.

This article was provided by Arts For The Schools, a nonprofit that works to fill the gaps in visual and performing arts education for more than 10,000 children at K-12 schools and provides access to performing arts excellence for the public. Visit artsfortheschools.org to learn more.