Mentors Inspiring Boys & Girls (MIB&G) is an artistic and character development program, for youth ages 8-18, involving theater, creative writing, poetry, and dance. MIB&G provides an alternative to idle time, working with youth to channel their energies into positive, constructive behavior and creative expression. We provide a safe, fun environment that nurtures youth into feeling comfortable in their own skin, while expressing their feelings, fears and aspirations. Through the development of their creative talents, youth also develop effective stress management and conflict resolution skills. They become better communicators, social skills are enhanced and collective thinking and efforts are learned.