What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Women and children from all over the island were affected by the excerpts from the "Vagina Monologues" which I had directed with my young theatrical group of 5 actresses from different jobs, backgrounds and religious affiliations. We went into communities notorious for domestic abuse and the community appreciated the performance as well as responded to emergency aides.
Young men(probationers) took to the streets to sell their "animal balloons" in order to create some form of income for themselves.
All students who began this program in January of 2011 were unruly and aggressive. To date, they are almost settled, sewing their creation of puppets, creating their stories, developing amateurish films, and some have been employed into firms outside our company. They are striving to be uphold the laws and rules of society.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Long lasting social and personal change in those who are a part. The
participants will have displayed greater self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment, and purpose. Thus, rehabilitating juveniles and those at risk of being offended will be my focus. My studies will benefit any transformational program in any country because the expected outcome of the work will result in:
Increasing number of law-abiding citizens
Improvement in the employment skill level of the participants
Improved coping skills and a sense of responsibility towards themselves and the community
Produce theatrical performances nationally, regionally and internationally
Participants will have a sense of purpose and direction
Reduce number of drop-outs
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Lack of adequate funding: As a result the economic down turn, funding to NGOs have been discontinued. Therefore, we plan to continue fundraising activities to aid in our drive, such as, dollar day/nights; youth talent on parade; bake sales; etc.
Lack of volunteers (skilled professionals): Most professionals would like to be paid for their hire, already we do not have the funds to compensate their valued contribution; we may therefore develop a network of professionals to enhance their careers; possibly provide tokens of appreciation.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Increase public awareness; by conducting productions/puppet shows,monthly or bi-monthly
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Improve social and moral responsibility by using specific truthful past instances to highlight present issues
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]
Theater has allowed students to reveal deep truths about themselves that open the door to understanding their behavior through "emotional recall". One incident which is etched in my mind is the "Engaged Incident": a very disruptive student revealed to a class of 12 students that she had been raped by a relative. She reiterated that she had told no one in her family about the incident and this was her first reveal. May I add that this was a grade 10 class of Theater students. The student's classmates were so deeply engaged that their eyes were filled with tears when the revelation was complete. As a teacher, I understood the reason for her truant and uncouth behavior in school. The event that occurred after, touched my core. All the students rallied around the student and hugged her--this exercise was therapy for each student. This was an "AHA" moment for me.
Also, I was part of a similar program from the time I was 6 (six)years old. I acted and also was led to create my own puppets.