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The Summer Academies in the Arts is proud to be the first youth program on the UCI campus, as well as in the entire University of California system, to be accredited by Praesidium, the leader in abuse risk management.


Praesidium Accredited 2020-2023

WHAT is Praesidium Accreditation®?

Praesidium Accreditation® is a prestigious honor that publicly demonstrates the Summer Academies in the Arts program has worked to achieve the highest industry standards in youth protection and abuse prevention.

To attain accreditation, the program underwent a rigorous risk assessment to review and scrutinize eight primary operational areas including: policies that guide the program, screening and selection of instructors, training of program staff, monitoring and supervision of program participants, consumer participation in safety, feedback systems for internal reporting, responding to incidents, and administrative practices that ensure safety. Our assessment results were benchmarked against best practice standards and empirically based data collection methods to assess the risk of abuse in a program.

The Summer Academies in the Arts will be accredited for three years, and during this time will uphold fundamental organizational values and stringent safety practices that demonstrate our commitment to protecting those in our care.

Praesidium is an international leader in abuse risk management and has helped thousands of organizations for more than 25 years. More information about Praesidium Accreditation® is available at


WHY is this important?

Praesidium Accreditation® provides solid proof of sound risk management practices and the honor distinguishes the Summer Academies in the Arts from other programs in the industry. It shows our community - students, families, educators, and colleagues - our dedication and commitment to proactively ensuring the safety and security of all the youth that participate in our program.

When considering attending our program or referring your student to us, you can rest assured that they will be in an environment that promotes learning and development in a welcoming and safe space.


HOW is this being done?

Our instructors have been trained in youth protection and basic emergency response, with extensive policies in place to maintain the safety of all participants. For more detailed information on how we ensure the safety and security of our students, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or Student Manual.


For more information regarding the Summer Academies in the Arts and its accreditation, email us at




Arts Outreach



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The mission of Outreach at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is to connect CTSA with the community in ways that transform lives.

We partner with local schools and community organizations to share the talents and knowledge of our students, faculty, and staff with people of all ages. Composed of several community-minded programs, we introduce children to the arts, prepare middle and high school students for the next step in their arts education, and provide adults with active experiential immersion in the arts to help enrich lives. CTSA’s Outreach programs support the mission of the school as conduits for community engagement, fostering leadership both in the young artists who participate in them, and in the CTSA students and faculty who facilitate them.

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