What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Since the program was created in November 2010, Alice’s Story has presented over 200 times, in over 25 schools and community centers, to over 6,000 students in all five NYC boroughs. A Teacher at VOICE Charter School in Queens says, “Through role playing, the actors appealed to the students’ empathy and creativity in solving real-life bullying problems. The experience has definitely added to our effort to create a caring community where bullying doesn’t happen.”
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Alice’s Story will reach 6,000-8,000 students annually. We will partner with more community organizations whose mission involves creating communities of respect and inclusion in order to give young people the best, most effective ways to deal with bullying.
We will also expand our anti-bullying efforts to include bias-based bullying, in which individuals are targeted and harassed specifically because of an identifiable trait, choice or physical characteristic—this could include someone’s sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, race or physical appearance. The expanded program, targeted primarily toward 6-8th graders, will include examining social justice, cyberbullying and civic responsibility.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Lack of funding in the schools has posed a challenge to Making Books Sing since the recession in 2008. However, we are constantly working on diversifying our funding sources in order to subsidize programming. This year, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, we were able to gift 1-2 free sessions of Alice’s Story per participating school.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Alice’s Story will serve all 3rd grade students in one of the five boroughs.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Making Books Sing will partner with a cultural organization with a similar mission to expand the number of children we serve.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
In 1996, Making Books Sing began as the family theatre and education program of the Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre. Today, Making Books Sing is in its eleventh year as an independent nonprofit that produces professional theatre and related arts-in-education programs, inspiring children to grow as literate, creative and socially aware individuals.
Artistic Director and Founder Barbara Zinn Krieger says, “I felt there was a need for the kind of good and professional work that I was used to for adults at The Vineyard for children, and from what I could see, there wasn’t much of it around. I started Making Books Sing as the educational arm of The Vineyard and discovered that my passion shifted to that.”