...a rehearsal for a healthy life.

Community Partners

Connecting with the Community

Red Ladder has a long-standing track record of serving the community through collaborative relationships,   many of which have grown, over time, to committed partnerships. Some of our organizational partners have included:  

Community Organizations

Mid-Peninsula Housing Consortium

Morgan Autism Center

HOPE rehabilitation Services

Mexican American Community Services Agency

Santa clara County Reading Program

The Bill Wilson Center for Homeless and Runaway Youth

City of San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs

Silicon Valley Children's Fund

San Jose Children's Shelter

Uplift Family Services (Formerly EMQ FamiliesFirst)

YWCA of Silicon Valley

Xilinx Educational Ecosystem

San Jose LEadership Academy

Correctional Institutions

Salinas Valley state prison

Deuel Vocational Institution

California health care facility

Folsom state prison

folsom women’s facility

valley state prison

correctional training facility

central california women’s facility

california state prison sacramento

Elmwood Correctional Facility

Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall

Women's Residential Center

Harold Holden Ranch for Boys

Muriel Wright Center for Girls



building kidz school

Downtown College Prep

Ace Charter Creative Arts Academy

The Foundry School

Redemption Academy

Overfelt High School

San Antonio Elementary

Gardner Elementary

Shepard Middle School (School age mothers Program)

Noddin Elementary

Fammatre Elementary

Oster Elementary

Union Middle School

IDA PRice Middle School

JW Fair MIddle School

Branham High School

Leigh High School




I’d still be in Juvenile Hall right now
if it weren’t for the Red Ladder Theatre Company.
They taught me how to use my imagination,
and they were the only ones who believed in me.
— Anthony (a participant from the Bill Wilson School for Homeless & Runaway Youth, formerly a participant in Juvenile Hall)

Now I know I am somebody. Before, I had bought a terrible lie. But through these workshops I find myself standing on the rubble of a smashed barrier. Now I know anything is possible for me.
— James (a participant from Elmwood Correctional Facility)

This really opened my eyes about engaging students by inspiring imagination!
— A participant in a professional development workshop

I never understood what a noun was until I had to be one!
— Jackson (an Elementary School participant in an arts integration workshop)

It has been inspiring to witness the participants in these workshops as they utilize the communication skills that this program develops. They have learned to think and act out issues and get the perspective of all parties in challenging situations. The inmate participants have enjoyed “not feeling like they are in prison” and the ability to “take off their masks” and collaborate across ethnic lines. Something they’re not usually able to do on the yard.
— C. Hernandez, Community Resources Manager, Salinas Valley State Prison

Today, in the workshop, it was the first time since being here that I ever felt free.
— Carlos (a participant at Salinas Valley State Prison)

This is one of the best workshops I have ever been to! It was fun and extremely engaging, and I see immediate ways to implement this in my classroom. I hope I can take more workshops with [Red Ladder]. The only thing that would make it better is if it was longer.
— A participant in professional development workshops at the Marion Cilker Conference for Arts Education

The Red Ladder workshops were immensely beneficial to our Enhanced Outpatient (EOP) inmates on our Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY). As the session progressed, we (the treatment team) observed our Inmate/Patients (I/Ps) make significant gains and improvements in their cognitive, emotional, psychiatric, and social functioning. Many of the participating I/Ps reported that the workshop was one of the most rewarding groups that has been offered to them through our EOP program. The EOP I/Ps that have Gender Dysphoria Disorder reported that this was the first time in their entire lives they had the feeling of belonging and being comfortable in their own skin. This was beneficial towards improving their self esteem and self identity. It encouraged those with Depression, who tend to be isolative and have anhedonia (lack of interest in enjoyable activities), to step out of their comfort zones and thus increasing their social interactions with others and displaying improvements in mood and motivation. Not only did their mood and social skills improve while participating in the workshop, but there has also been a carryover effect to how they socialize with others outside of the workshop. These benefits are observable to this day. For all participants, they enjoyed the mental stimulation that the improvisational activities promoted which assisted in improving attention span, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and team building.
— T. Mullen, Recreational Therapist Salinas Valley State Prison