EMPOWERING YOUNG VOICES (EYV)

EYV THEATRE WORKSHOP I Rich Mix

www.richmix.org.uk

This event will highlight how the arts can become a powerful platform for advocacy, inclusivity and personal transformation.

CREATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMMES

The ‘Empowering Young Voices’ programmes are a means by which young people can address their concerns in a dynamic way due to the mental space, that place of reflective attentiveness, that is specifically created to promotea positive sense of their individual identity.

By adopting a multidisciplinary approach to our programmes our young participants are introduced to a wide range of resources that aids them to critically assess and further counter how they are being misrepresented in the mainstream media.

GLOBE EDUCATION  

MA CREATIVE ARTS IN THE CLASSROOM

Paul Anthony Morris was invited by Globe Education to deliver a lecture during the Performing Arts in the Classroom module of their annual Masters programme. 

The session focused on 'Engaging with the Artist and their Process, ' and how the artists' process can inform teaching and learning.  Discussions focused on how a teacher can mediate between the artist and the students and how to measure the impact and success of working with an artist. 

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BUILDING SELF - ESTEEM PROGRAMME

CLICK! PRODUCTION

A series of workshops were conducted, preparing young people in foster care with no or very little experience of performance.

Our workshops focused on building self confidence by introducing the young people to various performance techniques, establishing a strong ethos for collaboration and teamwork, and developing their personal leadership skills. 

By employing an array of culturally diverse methods from our creative educational programme, which focused on creating a positive mental experience for learning, our young performers were able to express a new found sense of empowerment which translated effectively into their workshops, rehearsals and performance. 

OPENING SPEECH STEP FESTIVAL 2010

 Click download speech from STEP

Click download speech from STEP

Paul's speech cited the invaluable benefits that STEP Festival and its activities offers to STEP Theatre and Performing Arts Partners and young people living and learning in Southwark. 

“Whether we are a big company or an individual artist is irrelevant but what is relevant is that there is an experience awaiting us all this year, so let’s synchronise our minds to achieve the most that we can from our encounters because you just might be the turning point in someone’s life or they, the young people, might be the turning point that is the catalyst in yours.”

SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMME

THE SECRET RYTHMN OF THE DANCE 

The programme of workshops were delivered to students with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome and delivered using sign and verbal communication, movement and dance, music and song, and photography. 

STEP Arts Festival 2010

From the original short story, ‘The Secret Rhythm of the Dance,’ a series of improvisations were set up for the students to explore the themes of conflict and reconciliation.

With the aid of the multidisciplinary methods that we employed to communicate in our sessions, the students were able to devise their own script using extracts inspired from ‘The Secret Rhythm of the Dance’ to deliver a special performance for families, teachers, artists and friends.

E-Books Concept & Direction Trevor Blackwood, Nomad Creative Consultancy

EYV II: STORYTELLING PROGRAMME

CULTURE OF CALYPSO 

The aim of our programme was to empower young people with storytelling techniques that would enable them to go on a personal journey of self-realisation and self-discovery. 

STEP Arts Festival 2009

This was achieved by incorporating into our programme a number of professional storytellers from a range of disciplines to provide a platform for inspiration and guidance. 

The skills which were passed on by our professionals storytellers accelerated the basic competence levels of the students and inspired them to formulate stories that were relevant to who they are as young people, their environment and issues that they were passionate about tackling within our society.

The programme concluded with an impromptu collaborative performance with the storytellers and the students improvising a short narrative that was accompanied by music, song and dance for their performance finale.

EVY I: SELF-EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

IDENTITY PLAY 

With themes inspired by the award winning play ‘Identity’ our programme explored the bitter experiences of exclusion, peer group pressure and discrimination perpetuated by young people against young people.

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STEP Arts Festival 2008

Our program was devised to work with students whose relationships with each other had become  extremely hostile and presented for some students serious barriers to their learning and personal wellbeing. 

By using a range of multimedia resources to aid their exploration on the themes of national identity, peer group identity and personal identity the students were able to dismantle many of the negative stereo types that were being used to victimise their peers.

Consequentially the workshop culminated in some incredible testimonies of personal bravery and struggle that transformed the student’s perception of each other; healing the rifts that had been created and exaggerated by stereotypical profiling.

POVERTY & REMITTANCE PROGRAMME

35 CENTS PRODUCTION

This programme was inspired by our theatre production '35 Cents'. Our Creative Educational Programme focused on young people tackling the global themes of poverty, debt and trade injustice.

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STEP Arts Festival 2008

Our aim was to investigate whether the economic crisis in the developing nations had affected the families of the young people involved in our programme.

The areas we explored for evidence of the effect were in remittance, the collapse of a business or, the mounting economic concern and distress to relatives.

Our objective was to personalise the themes of poverty, debt and trade injustice by identifying how the misfortunes of a community in one part of the world can personally affect other communities living on the opposite side of the world

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