Making a difference within the local community
It’s no secret that taking part in performing arts activities, in some capacity, is incredibly beneficial for the overall development of children. And it’s this same supplemented development that can ultimately have a positive impact on the communities where children have been given the right creative opportunities. There is an inherent hierarchy of subjects within education systems around the world, which places more importance on STEM subjects – standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Stagecoach Performing Arts is committed to counteracting the stigma attached to a full, enriching educational experience with the arts. There is silent ‘A’ in STEM, of course standing for ‘Arts’. Through supporting STEAM and encouraging as many children as possible to consider arts among those more traditionally academic subjects, we are benefitting wider communities all over the world.
Research has proven the positive impact that taking part in drama and arts activities have on children as they mature. As well as the physical benefits, including strength, flexibility and fitness, there are many non-physical benefits that performing helps to develop in young children. Creativity and imagination are two faculties given the platform to flourish as they learn that they shouldn’t be afraid to express themselves. Children’s self-esteem, confidence and discipline also provide huge advantages in their development going forward, and they will certainly benefit from such activities later in life.
It’s this area of soft skill development that is imperative for young children, with projections suggesting that 85% of the jobs available in 2030 don’t actually exist yet. Soft skills, therefore, are nine times more likely to be endorsed than technical skills1, as these tradable and transferable assets are what, ultimately, children will be taking with them from this time in their lives to their future professions, regardless of what they are. Considering this, it in fact makes more sense to focus on transferable skill development for young children than it is to focus too heavily on the ‘set path’.
But it’s what the performing arts can do beyond employability and academics that truly defines the positive impact it has on communities. Taking part in performing arts activities offers engagement and a personal connection unlike any other discipline. Drama presents itself as the most realistic form of learning and development through external stimuli. It can often be through hard-hitting stories that are based on real-life events, or simply a theme explored that children are able to resonate with. Performance inspires children to think more deeply about topics raised and they even learn how they can help others or themselves in a similar scenario.
“It’s this area of soft skill development that is imperative for young children, with projections suggesting that 85% of the jobs available in 2030 don’t actually exist yet. Soft skills, therefore, are nine times more likely to be endorsed than technical skills…”
Being upfront about these scenarios and giving children the freedom to react to them as they see fit can help educate and address the impact on themselves and the world around them, rather than keeping them away from situations that will ultimately have an influence on their lives. Collaborating in a space where they can interpret information about the wider world gives children of all ages a better understanding of who they are and how they work with others to achieve a collective goal as a community.
Bringing together communities through giving children the chance to grow and explore their imaginations is at the heart of what we do. We give performers all over the world opportunities to explore their own skills and pick up leadership abilities at the same time. But as a business model, it goes beyond the benefits of helping children develop. Our exciting franchise and teaching opportunities are rich with various prospects for passionate people from all backgrounds. Stagecoach Performing Arts isn’t just about putting children in the spotlight but puts those who truly care, at the heart of their own community.
“Bringing together communities through giving children the chance to grow and explore their imaginations is at the heart of what we do.”
With more parents than ever looking to invest in their child’s future and helping them learn about the world through performing arts, now may be the time to make a long-term investment for your community
“Stagecoach is one of the most internationally recognised performing arts schools in the world. Their brand position has placed me well in the local community – my schools are known as the best in the area, which has really contributed to the growth of my franchise,” – Matthew