"Before Shakespeare, I wasn't that confident. Will Power to Youth made me see I have potential."     Jasmine Roman, Will Power to Youth Participant

Since its inception, The Will Power to Youth Arts Employment Initiative has created  

1,200+ Jobs for LA's Most Vulnerable Youth

$2,412,000 in Youth Wages 

And participants graduate high school at more than twice the rate of their peers. 

Meet Members of the Will Power to Youth Family

Will Power to Youth

Why Shakespeare?



"I went from showing up homeless at the VA, to working, paying my bills, learning a new trade, and getting future contacts and jobs."- David Ramos, Veteran - U.S. Marine

Since its inception, The Veterans in Arts Employment Initiative has created  

100+ Jobs for Chronically Unemployed Veterans
$450,000 in Veteran Wages
Enrollment in Santa Monica College Technical Theater Courses and East Los Angeles College 

Meet our Veterans

Ariel Bell

Jerry Whiteside

David Ramos


Shakespeare Center engages audiences of all ages and creates life changing arts employment for chronically unemployed veterans and LA's most vulnerable youth.  

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep.  The more I give to thee, 
the more I have, for both are infinite. 
William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet