To sponsor and produce experimental theatre, video, performance based youth development programs and events that address health, political and socio-economic issues affecting historically underserved individuals, cultures, minorities and communities. Through artistic and cultural programming, we build and strengthen communities, develop future leaders, promote human development and create economic opportunities for youth and adult artists of all disciplines.
SOME OF OUR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND LIFE SKILLS PERFORMANCE BASED PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:
INNERCITY IDOLS TALENT SHOW- Youth create and produce a 3 step talent show competition.( 2 AUDITION Shows WITH JUDGES- Then the Finals which includes voting by community members online.). The program concludes with a community performance and event with the winners as decided by online voting results for different categories. The category Winners receive a Trophy and gives a final performance for the community.
PROGRAMS RUNS ABOUT 6-8 WEEKS WITH 1-2 TIMES A WEEK MEETINGS WITH PARTICIPANTS.
RADIO PLAY- Participants create a LIVE Internet Radio Play around issues that are of interest to them. They will develop, write and perform the story or scenes. They will be the performers , technical persons as well as the operators of the LIVE performance with sound affects created by them for the scene or story. The show is performed with scripts in front of them so learning lines are NOT necessary. The Radio show will Produce a taped airing available one hour after the LIVE performance of the Radio Play. It will be on the internet and available to be heard on any phone anywhere worldwide or on the Internet. There will also be a Live community audience watching the LIVE presentation of the Radio play. The show will be available afterward 24/7 in the show archives for anytime listening on the Internet.
THIS PROGRAM RUNS 6-8 WEEKS WITH WEEKLY MEETING OF ABOUT 1-2 HOURS
SMR YOUTH MEDIA TRAINING PROGRAM- Youth working in teams create, video tape, photograph , produce and edit a 5 minute or more video presentation on issues of relevance to them. They learn to conceptualize their ideas, storyboard it or develop shot lists, write the scripts, do interviews if necessary, take still pictures, learn the fundamentals of videography and editing and perform in video if necessary. The final video projects are presented to the community for viewing. This programs runs about 10 weeks meeting weekly on the weekend or after school for 2-3 hours. could include a field trip for videotaping or photography training session.
PERFORMING FOR OUR LIVES- Youth create, write and produce a theatrical stage production. May be a series of skits or other performances. Youth will be assigned different team functions such as assistant producers, assistant directors, Sound or Light technicians, Performers, writers etc, The team produces and presents a LIVE Theatrical performance for the community that will be taped for the participants use. This programs runs about 10 weeks meeting weekly on the weekend or after school for 2-3 hours.
NOTE: All programs are flexible in the length of the meetings and can be altered to fit within your scheduling. These are the general Outlines for the programs. The curriculum for each is set but the delivery of sessions is flexible.
YOUTH SURVIVAL PROJECT- Is our newest program that we are developing- It is based on the book YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE an autobiography by Gumersindo Vidot. Currently its goal is to create a National 24 hour Resource website and Hotline that will steer troubled youth to programs, agencies and groups who can provide needed services to them inj their local community. The project hopes to help provide mentoring services and do outreach to bring awareness to their issues. Currently it is a one day program of about 90 minutes to two hours that will include some video, readings from the book YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, some performance, preferably by a young person and a Q and A with the author or a representative of the Youth Survival Project. We also have a special 90 minute program on Youth Homicides that includes a 1 hour video called "Don't Fall Down In The Hood" with youth participating in a survey afterwards. We will also provide literature and referrals to services and programs to the youth. We look to partner with other agencies and programs that support youth. Currently we are scheduled to unveil the main YOUTH SURVIVAL PROJECT website for the program in Late March or April. This is just a first step in developing our National Resource Youth Hub.