PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The youth program at community arts center AS220 in Providence is getting a very special honor in Washington, D.C. Monday afternoon.
AS220 Youth has won a 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, and First Lady Michelle Obama is presenting the award to the group.
It's the highest honor a youth program can receive.
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AS220 Youth member Justin Espinal, 16, and the program's director Anne Kugler, are at the White House for the ceremony.
More than 350 nominations were submitted, with 50 finalists chosen, and AS220 Youth is only one of twelve after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award, the organization said in a news release.
Among the criteria for picking AS220 Youth is that "studies have shown that low-income youth engaged in arts programs are more likely to stay in school, to get good grades, to graduate and to enroll in college, thereby addressing several critical challenges confronting our youth and our community," the youth group said.
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