Letter from Proud Father

To whom it may concern:

You run an essential, amazing organization. It’s an honor and a privilege to write this for you.

Ever since we enrolled our child, our fourteen-year-old son who has Asperger’s at PRYAF last year, we’ve noticed subtle AND dramatic changes in his abilities, confidence and demeanor. Where he once ambled hesitantly towards the front door when dropping him off, he now strides quickly and confidently towards that door, into a place which has become, for lack of a more original term, his second home.

At PRYAF he finds social stimulation, a sense of community, and most of all, acceptance for who he is and what he can do. He is treated like the creative, committed individual he is when he walks through that door. He is allowed the chance to earn respect and trust in ways he has never been allowed to before. He has, for his entire life, wanted to contribute and to be accepted, to find a community that helps him find his voice.

PRYAF is that place, that community, that experience. We could not be more grateful and happy that he has finally found a way to grow and flourish in your wonderful community. We are committed, as our son is, to contributing all we can to the continued success of PRYAF. Our sole regret is that we did not enroll him sooner!

Best,

Proud Father

About the Designer

cassandragraduationHi there! I am Cassandra Humphrey, a graphic designer and recent graduate of CSU Monterey Bay. For my graduation project, I wanted to give back to a place that had given so much to me. As an 8-year attendee of this wonderful foundation, I was overjoyed to be able to redesign their logo, marketing materials, and create this responsive and user-friendly site.

If you are a student or parent, you already know how special PRYAF is. If you’re stopping by for the first time, I hope you leave knowing that this place provides much more than classes. For many students, the PRYAF building is a second home where they forge lifelong friendships and explore creative outlets. The instructors and staff provide a safe, positive environment for children to create, grow, and become successful adults. PRYAF alumni have gone on to be graphic designers, chemists, writers, and teachers, and I know our time spent here greatly helped us as we ventured out into the world.

I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend PRYAF for so long, and hope that it continues to grow and benefit students for generations to come. Please consider attending a production, participating in a fundraiser, or sign your children up for a class or two so they can experience the lovely environment cultivated by the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.

-Cassandra