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Wrapping Up a Year of Change While Looking to the Future
Having recently completed our first full year of programming as a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York, ENACT has emerged stronger than ever!  Here are some highlights from the past school year.

ENACT’s Dropout Prevention Program, which was held at four high-need schools for the duration of the academic year, showed great results. For example, at the High Schoolof Hospitality Management, our cohort of students, who are selected specifically for chronic absenteeism, had only half the number of absences at the end of the year when compared to other chronically absent students at the same school who did not participate in ENACT.  Statistics paint a vivid picture of the impact these programs make on our students. According to the Rubric For Assessing Group Behavior, at Middle School 363 in the Bronx, students improved in the area of ­ feelings and emotions by 52%, and at Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, student scores in the area of self-control increased by 37%­­­­­­­­­­­­. At the School for Legal Studies in Brooklyn, 92% of students reported that they are always/usually respectful of others since participating in the ENACT program, and 85% agree that "choices I make today impact my future."

We received our first CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures) grant in City Council Member Donovan Richards’ district in Far Rockaway, which enabled us to serve P.S. 183 with a 10-week after-school residency that culminated in a performance attended by the Council Member. We hope to continue to serve more students through this City Council and Department of Cultural Affairs-sponsored initiative for years to come.

We continued to serve students with challenging needs this year. For example, we worked throughout the school year in two South Bronx high schools through funding from the the New York City Council’s Anti-Gun Violence Initiative

We also continued our partnerships at Alternative Learning Centers, which serve the academic and social emotional learning needs of students who have been placed on superintendent’s suspension.

As we look forward to the coming school year we are excited about continuing our short term and long-term school partnerships and developing collaborative relationships with other local community based organizations. We are very excited about the beginning of a new study with Pace University Psychology Faculty that will examine long-term effects of the Dropout Prevention Program model. We are proud and excited to expand our programming to the West Coast, where we will begin to serve youth in Oakland, California schools.  More information about these exciting developments will unfold in the coming months, so stay tuned!

SHOW UP! Success
Approximately 50 NYC public school students took the stage alongside professional actors to present “SHOW UP! 2014,” the culminating event for ENACT’s Dropout Prevention Program on May 15, at the High School of Hospitality Management in Manhattan. The event was introduced by Dr. Charlotte Frank, Senior Advisor of Research and Development for McGraw-Hill Education. This year, for the first time, "SHOW UP!" was followed by an after-party at a nearby venue to raise funds for ENACT programs.

ENACT’s seventh annual evening of original theatre depicted obstacles that often deter youth from attending school, including bullying and violence, as well as the hope and solutions they have learned through ENACT workshops. At “SHOW UP!” students use their powers of expression to show families, peers, and school staff how ENACT has helped them focus on success in school and the community.

We thank our partners in the New York City Council, the United Way, the New York City Department of Education, and the Fund for the City of New York for making these programs possible. We also thank our students and staff for their dedication all year.

Check out ENACT’s Flickr page for SHOW UP! 2014 rehearsal and performance pictures!


 
 
ENACT Teaching Artist Spotlight:
  JennaHoffCropped 2Jenna Hoff  
 
Jenna has worked with ENACT since 2012.
 
 
Why I work with ENACT: I love getting to know the young people of this beautiful city. Kids are passionate about everything, deep down, even when they seem like stereotypical, apathetic teenagers. I believe this "apathy" is a response to caring so much that it hurts, so they shut down. But inside, they all have such deep wells of creative energy, and if they can learn how to access and express it in positive ways, they can channel it into personal, cultural, and political change. It's my way of contributing my piece to a city that has given me so much.

Favorite ENACT experience: Watching students who think that they are too embarrassed or shy to perform discover the thrill of acting and improvisation, surprising themselves with how witty, creative and brave they are.

Hometown: Calistoga, CA

Who would play me in a movie: Kate Winslet

Favorite theatre experience: When I was finishing college, I went with my school to the Edinburgh Fringe theatre festival. I remember a few things particularly--there was a Korean troupe that performed an old fable about a man who goes to war and what happens to him and his family over the span of their lives. The piece had no words--just music and movement, but it was so rich and simple.
 
 

Spreading ENACT's Methods at Conferences

ENACT Founder and President Diana Feldman will present ENACT’s work at the “Transforming Education Through Creative Practices 5th Annual Global Summit” hosted by Move This World. The conference will take place in late August in NYC.

Emilie Ward, ENACT’s Director of Research and Training, will present at the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, hosted by University of Maryland. This year the conference will be held  in Pittsburgh, PA in September. ENACT has been presenting at this conference for 5 years running!

ENACT has also been invited to present at the 5th annual Expressive Therapies Summit, which will be held in NYC in November.
 
 

New Funding Highlights

ENACT is very pleased to announce that we have recently received a new grant for $65,000 from The Pinkerton Foundation to support the expansion of the after-school and “SHOW UP!” components of our very successful Dropout Prevention Program. ENACT is currently seeking matching funds to fully fund this ambitious expansion project.

The van Ameringen Foundation has awarded funding of $60,000 to hire additional social work staff to work in Dropout  Prevention Program sites. 

The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation was so moved by ENACT’s anti-bullying and dropout prevention efforts that they increased their level of funding from $30,000 to $50,000 this year.

We are extremely grateful for the support and major votes of confidence from these esteemed organizations.

 
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