Inspiring and educating youth through the arts!
Most of the young people we connect with in the classroom are also given the opportunity to attend our annual spring theatrical production. These powerful, educational productions raise young people’s collective consciousness, honor their voices, and inspire them to avoid risky behaviors. While the play topics change from year to year, the root of the performances always lies in highlighting social justice and teen health-related issues. Written and performed by youth, the goal is that each young person in the audience will see themselves on stage and identify with the positive messages and help-seeking behaviors showcased in the production.
We reach approximately 2,000 young people and hundreds of adults each year through these performances. For our Peer Educators who develop the educational theatrical production, these performances afford extraordinary opportunities to write, perform, work in stage production, and market the performance.
Exposure to industry professionals (i.e., set designers/builders, architects, professional actors, art directors, script writers, freelance photographers, videographers, radio announcers, and vocal coaches) is especially impactful for participating youths. Many Peer Educators become inspired to pursue careers in the arts; while many others indicate that the production gave them the confidence to speak in front of others and to regard themselves as leaders.
Check Out Photos From Past Productions!
Hidden In The Shadows
Collective fears and the search for safe spaces
Effects of having incarcerated family/mass incarceration
Race relations through lens of 1967 Uprising
Impact of Bullying/Finding Your Voice
Sexual Abuse/Dangers of Secrets
Inspired by Lauryn Hill’s Album
Hope from the Ashes
Violence/Healing the Community
My First Time
Complexities of First-time Experiences
Friends/Struggles of Coming Out
Isolation & Suicide
Sexuality & STI Risks
Teen Love, That’s What’s Hot
Hip Hop Fun Park
Impacts of Peer Pressure