Along with tragedy often comes learning, and in the last five years since Katrina, my colleagues at Crossroads Institute and I have had to learn a new way to use theater to change the lives of "at-risk" high school students. The program is called “Creative Forces.”
The results have been phenomenal. Youth in the program have succeeded in not only graduating, but getting scholarships and jobs at more than double the rates of peers. Their original plays, music, poems and dances have moved thousands of children from Atlanta to Los Angeles to sing, dance and laugh along as they learned how to eat better, stay healthier and study academic subjects more creatively.
This summer, we want to produce and publish a Creative Forces curriculum available for FREE to high schools, universities, youth groups and youth-serving agencies to develop similar programs for themselves. Eventually, we want to develop a group of organizations that share and expand upon the curriculum through ongoing professional development.
If you can support us, here is where your money will go:
• $1,000 To Crossroads Institute Director (Me) to interview key program staff, review documents and produce the content for a searchable online database of program designs, lesson plans, evaluation procedures and instruments, organizational forms and charts, PLUS sample grant proposals and proven fundraising ideas from the first five years.
• $1,000 To Crossroads Institute Videographer (Lily Keber) to edit and produce two new short instructional documentaries.
• $1,000 To Crossroads Institute Web Producer (Bryan Graham) to design and build the searchable database, and then to publish it as part of the Crossroads Institute Website Library.
See some sample curriculum documents on Creative Forces Library at www.xroadsinstitute.org/library
See documentary videos and photos from the Creative Forces program at www.creativeforcesepk.org.
To see more detailed description of this project and our professional resumes, just "send a message" to me using the button on your right!
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