Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFE)
Members of CAFE’s Positive Vibrations perform.
The Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFE) takes an innovative approach to education by using the performing arts to ensure that participating students are prepared “academically, mentally and spiritually to become the future leaders of tomorrow.”
Students in this Prince George’s County, MD program focus on reading, math, science and chess skills. They also participate in music, dance, theatre and visual arts classes. According to CafeYouth.org, “students who participate in arts programs are more likely to succeed and become leaders in whatever field of endeavor they choose.”
CAFE has received grants from the African American Women’s Giving Circle and recently joined The Women’s Foundation for the 1K Club Annual Meeting. Members of Positive Vibrations, CAFE’s youth steel orchestra, performed and Executive Director Lorna Green talked about the program along with 14-year-old steel drummer Janene.
Janene told 1K Club members about the “Ladies in Transition” program, which brings together young women between the ages of 13 and 18 for open discussions about insecurities, strengths and outlooks on life.
“We talked about friendship, self-esteem, relationships and family,” Janene said. “We learned how to represent ourselves in the world and do bigger and better things. When the program was over we were sad because we had connected spiritually and emotionally. We did not want to end that class!”