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St. Petersburg, Florida – Whether it's painting, playing the guitar, or rapping to a beat—the Prodigy program is capturing the minds and hearts of young people throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice, Prodigy uses the arts to teach at-risk youth life skills. "Every one of the classes they're taking are guided by lesson plans and within the lesson plans there are communication skills, problem solving, and anger management skills they're working on while they're participating in their arts," explains Trancell Ward, a Prodigy administrator.

Niki Bryant has three sons in the program and she says they look forward to attending the after-school program. "They love the leadership skills and enjoy participating in the music and sound production program," she says.

Niki's oldest son will be joining other Prodigy participants in Tallahassee next week. They'll be talking with legislators and urging them to continue funding the program.

For more information on Prodigy and how you can get your kids involved click here.

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