Essential Life Skills

Audacious Foundation supports in-schools programming that helps children develop an array of important lifelong skills to prepare for adulthood.

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”
– Rose Kennedy

Children need to develop real world skills to succeed in the real world. Many essential skills are not prioritized, or are non-existent within the status-quo school curriculum. Parents may not have the time or resources to supplement these important areas of education at home. By providing educational programs in these essential life skills during the school day, we ensure that all students at our selected schools can benefit.

Arts and Culture

Early exposure to the arts is an important part of a well-rounded education. UCSB Arts and Lectures brings students at our Partnership Schools to performances at local venues. UCSB Viva el Arte brings performances right to the school campus. Other partners also offer storytelling, dance, mindfulness, and drumming workshops to students at our Partnership Schools.

Immersing children in music can help boost their brain power

Music stimulates the parts of the brain associated with academic achievement, such as reading and math, and emotional development.

Arts education positively effects students' creativity, well-being, and academic success

The benefits of arts education include lower dropout rates and higher graduation rates, regardless of socio-economic status.

Exposure to the arts can lead to success later in life

Students who are exposed to a wide variety of arts and crafts are more likely to create and patent inventions, start companies, or publish papers in science and technology.

Arts provide a safe outlet for emotions

Understanding movement, colors, and imagination can help students express their feelings, increasing confidence as well as creativity. 

Financial Literacy

Seldom taught in school, the understanding of money is an essential life skill. Our programming partners bring financial education into the classroom, and even assist students in opening their own savings accounts.

Financial literacy increases independence

Students who learn to manage their finances early and often become adults who are better equipped to live independently.


Understanding finances reduces uncertainty

Early education allows individuals to develop a healthy relationship with money. 

Financial skills are needed at every stage of life

When students can budget, save, borrow, and invest wisely, they are better equipped to reach their financial goals.

Empowers smart financial decisions

Learning the difference between wants and needs helps build habits that shape how  students will earn, save and spend every day.

Arf! Reading

This innovative program helps reluctant readers improve their skills by reading to trained therapy dogs.


Reading Aloud builds a stronger vocabulary

Reading aloud lets children regularly hear new words in new contexts and develop a stronger awareness of the possibilities of language.

Dogs provide a judgement-free listening ear

Students look forward to the reading sessions because their dog friends listen calmly to every word without criticizing.


Reading proficiency is crucial to education

Students need to become proficient readers in the early grades in order for them to be successful in all school subjects, which helps them in all facets of their lives.

Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development

Studies have show reading aloud is the single most important activity for reading success.

Ropes Courses

Starting the school year with a ropes challenge course builds self-confidence, as well as strong connections between students and teachers. 

Learning Environment

The Audacious Foundation supports a number of initiatives devoted to life skills and social etiquette, classroom ergonomics, a more active classroom environment, and student scholarships.