creative. community. change. 
Our youth programming encourages students to examine societal issues and pushes them to explore new ideas through discussion and debate, poetry, organizing, and the use of various visual art mediums - developing creative solutions for social issues in the process. This culminates in a collaborative community art project addressing a social issue or issues and solutions often involving a historical and cultural context. 
lawrence youth council


The Lawrence Youth Council (LYC) was created under the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF) with awareness-raising and activism as some of its core elements, carried out through the lens of social justice and health equity, in line with the MHTF. Through a contract with the city, Elevated Thought has been fortunate enough to coordinate the LYC for almost four years. 
scholarship program


Our annual scholarship program is offered to a Lawrence youth in their senior year of high school, who has been part of Elevated Thought programming. Students must be attending school for an art medium, social justice, organizing, public policy, or education.

for information on any of our youth programs please contact Amaryllis at: 978.552.3439 or