My Voice, My Choice, Inc. is an innovative program that utilizes theatre-based curricula coupled with classroom workshops to develop conflict resolution, productive decision making, social and emotional skills in students.
Our program targets 6-12 grades.
We embolden students with the tools to express themselves while embracing the difference in others. My Voice, My Choice, INC. resonates with all students by fostering a safe space that cultivates personal growth and social development. We engage, inspire and empower.
By meeting each student where she/he is, we work to promote productive behaviors that will better serve individual lives and the communities they inhabit. We develop all of our programs to service the needs of our clients. We apporoach learning with the charisma and creativity it takes to motivate positive change. By staying relevant and fresh, My Voice, My Choice translates well with the youth.
We create ways to implement current events into our activities, and lesson plans, fueling dicussions and participation while processing teachable moments that deter negative behaviors.
Through theatre arts and guided facilitation, My Voice, My Choice is committed to transforming behaviors and building community leaders. My Voice, My Choice INC. consists of three working components:
1. Performance/Audience Processing
2. Classroom Workshops
3. Student Campaign
Each component is crafted to inspire creativity and direction in students. By developing a Student Campaign, My Voice, My Choice participants are encouraged to step into the role of leadership to advocate for positive change in their learning environment.
Any of the three components can be offered seperately; however, the Student Campaign cannot exist without first completing the Performance or participating in a Classroom Workshop. The client has the option to choose what works best for the individual school.
With 15 years experience facilitating youth development, afterschool, and violence prevention programs in New York City schools, our facilitator enters the room prepared to engage students. Having worked as a professional actor, he fully understands the discipline and professionalism required to deliver impactful results. My Voice, My Choice, INC. blends education and entertainment for success.
11533 Bethel Church Rd, Midland, NC 28107
What Happens Next? is an original solo performance piece that engages students grades 6-12, about current situations they might face in their immediate community. In front of a minimal set, a professional actor delivers monologues and spoken-word poetry at an upbeat pace. The play introduces conflict and poor decision making and poses the question: what would you do if you were in a similar situation? The students will enter the world of 5 young protagonist who are facing potentially harmful situations. The situations are current and relatable, reflecting negative behaviors seen on a daily basis. The scenes are specifically created to showcase harmful behaviors that potentially lead to negative choices. The estimated run time for the performance is 35 minutes. The run time can be modified to accommodate individual school needs and schedule. The show tackles drug abuse, bullying, student/teacher conflict, student/student conflict, domestic neglect, sexual identity and more. What Happens Next can be tailored to address specific behaviors that are detrimental to the individual learning environment. Audience Processing Immediately concluding the performance, students will have the opportunity to participate in a active symposium that processes the shows content and effectiveness in relations to their own lives and community. The Audience Processing is interactive and fun. The student audience will be encouraged to share their opinions and be instructed to brainstorm positive solutions that lead to productive results. Audience Processing is estimated to run 35 minutes. It can be modified to accommodate the school needs and schedule.
My Voice, My Choice, INC.
September 1st, 2016- June 30th 2017
During school hours
Can be performed in any space. Ideally suited for theater space or auditorium.
What Happens Next? fees vary depending on the number of students in attendance.
150-250 students: 250.00
Fees also vary depending upon individual school needs and the amount of performances they schedule for a single day (i.e. 2 performances for 150-250 equals 450.00, 2 performances for 250-400 equals 550.00).
SL3 – Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning and use of evidence and rhetoric. Students will be instructed to identify relatable situations and behaviors they have witnessed and experienced in both their immediate lives and community.
SL4– Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Students will observe a solo performance piece that addresses poor decision making, negative conflicts and destructive behaviors in day to day life. Students will be charged with the task of identifying behaviors and situations that relate in their personal lives.
PC1.1 – Understand how to make adjustments to strategies that are not effective in making decisions or solving problems. During Audience Processing, student will talk about the performance, analyze and discuss conflict, the causes of conflict, poor decision making and its consequences. Students will be instructed to identify and suggest positive solutions that lead to more productive outcomes.
ARTS EDUCATION, THEATRE STANDARDS:
6-12/Comm.1 – Use movement, voice and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. My Voice, My Choice introduces and defines role-play to demonstrate behaviors and solutions related to self-awareness and social awareness. Students examine specific situations by taking on the role of characters experiencing those situations for processing.
6-12/Comm.2 – Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. My Voice, My Choice Inc. uses role play and rehearsals in the classroom to prepare the students for their final presentation. The final presentation allows the students to explore roles and responsibilities of playwright, actor, producer, and director.
6-12/Aesthetics 1 – Understand how design technical theatre components, such as costumes , sets, props, make up, lighting and sound. My Voice, My Choice Inc. empowers the students with specific roles and responsibilities to support the production of the campaign. Each student will have the opportunity to experience and learn what each role entails and be responsible for fulfilling their individual role.
My Voice, My Choice, Inc. understands that unanticipated events may occur and we certainly take emergencies into consideration. In our desire to function as an effective and fair organization we have adopted the following policies:
>24 hour advance notice is required when canceling an appointment. Any cancelation date will require a make-up date, to be determined and agreed upon in the immediate future. If we are unable to reschedule a new make-up visit due to a conflict in schedule involving another client (we will provide records indicating bookings) My Voice, My Choice, Inc. will still be compensated for the original date.
>If the client is unable to give a 24 hour notice and the facilitator arrives at the site uninformed the school will forfeit that visit and My Voice, My Choice Inc. will be fully compensated for that visit.
>In the event of inclement weather, My Voice, My Choice, Inc. will make arrangements with the school to reschedule a make up visit(s), if applicable.
>My Voice, My Choice, Inc. exercises transparency if we are unable to make an appointment due to emergencies or illness. We will notify the client of our cancellation 24 hours prior to the visit date. In the event we are unable to make a visit, we will attempt to reschedule a make up date. If we are unable to reschedule, the client will not be billed for that day. We appreciate your business and we look forward to serving you.