What happens when we rely on habits, perceptions and assumptions without knowing the facts? Conflict is at the heart of all drama that CAP uses to raise the questions we may not be asking of ourselves and our community. The human experience is very complex in this fast-paced, ever-changing world and there is no way around it; however there are skills that help us navigate the challenges and attain positive growth and progress, and the CAP team provides a safe and fun environment in which to develop and strengthen these skills.
Through interactive strategies and drama, CAP captures a panoramic view of our society and zooms in on specific issues and behaviors that create obstacles in our lives. These workshops encourage participants, in a safe environment through a co-intentional process, to carefully examine the choices, decisions and consequences of everyday challenges, to raise awareness, discover solutions and promote problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking and self-advocacy skills, and to build the confidence of every participant.
CURRENT/RECENT CLIENTS INCLUDE
- College Focus – College Readiness, Retention and Success
- City Council Allocations – Parenting, College Readiness
- Rikers Island – Juvenile Detention
- CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI) – College Retention & Success
- CUNY GSI/COPE – Supporting Success, Workplace Readiness
- CUNY Coalition for Students with disabilities (CCSD) – Supporting Success
- CUNY At Home In College (ASAP) – College Readiness, Student Leadership
- Homes for the Homeless (H4H) – Parenting, Supporting Success, Anti-Bullying/Anti-Violence
- CTEA-TAP – After-school Youth Theater Program
- Black Male: Re-Imagined II, NYC – 2013
- Black, Latin and Asian Caucus (BLAC), Albany – 2013
- 7th annual Black Male Initiative (BMI) Conference, CSI – 2012
- New England Theater Arts conference, Boston – 2012
- Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH), NYC – 2012
High School of Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture - THEATER ARTS PLAYERS
This program meets once a week at HSCTEA, with a focus on theater arts; acting technique, improvisation, devising, ensemble work, rehearsal and creating a final presentation. At the end of the school year there will be a culminating, original performance, created by CTEA students and directed by Keith Johnston.
- To support GED and college enrollment and retention
- To strengthen young adults’ attitude and adaptability for the workplace
- To engage young adults in key aspects of financial literacy
- To help young adults address competing family, school, and work priorities
- To give parents and caregivers strategies for supporting their children’s academic and social growth
Program leaders at a partner social services agency reported that young single mothers’ critical thinking, decision making, job preparation, communication, and conflict resolution skills, and their sense of personal responsibility, improved after CAT’s Supporting Success workshops.
Teachers at Rikers Island reported improved student interpersonal, communication, anger management, and listening skills after CAT’s Supporting Success workshops.
CUNY faculty members reported improved student communication, critical thinking, and listening skills after CAT’s Success by Degrees workshops.
“You have taught me that in life everyone at times will need someone’s help. I will not be embarrassed to ask for it. For that I am grateful.”
- Student, College of Staten Island
“I loved that the students saw a familiar situation that they could easily relate to and were pushed to view it from a different perspective.”
- Faculty, Borough of Manhattan Community College
- College Readiness
- Financial literacy
- Workplace readiness
- Sex, Drugs, and Risky Behavior
- Communication at home, school, and workplace
- Balancing school, work, and family life
- Strength through diversity
- Anger management and conflict resolution
Peer and family relationships
Current workshops include:
The "A" Game - Academic Success
Attitude, Aptitude, Accountability and Adaptability. Students may have habits that hinder their success. Examine common obstacles and explore avenues to academic success. Through role play, intervention and other interactive activities, this session helps build concrete skills, increase awareness of individual learning styles.
What's the problem? Conflict Resolution
Although individual and collective intentions may be good, the outcomes may not be. Through interactive scenes, games and skill-building activities, participants explore innovative ways to avoid and resolve everyday conflicts. These strategies break down internal and external conflicts to get to the causes and effects and, through analysis and intervention, reach solutions.
The Time is NOW - Time Management
Overwhelmed? Get it together. Examine common challenges and consequences of juggling school, work and personal life. With scenarios and intervention techniques, participants engage in activities & discussions to find do-able solutions to effectively set/meet goals through organization and time management.
Living in Oblivion - Communication
Emails, texts, tweets and Facebook! What has happened to the human brain and social interaction? Explore these questions and more through a series of vignettes and skill-building activities—discover how to be an effective communicator. Examine common behavioral patterns that work against us when trying to communicate and explore innovative adjustments we can make to achieve positive results.
Who’s in charge? - Leadership
Instead of playing the blame game, or allowing apathy to reign, take charge! Find out what you can do about “the powers that be” and self-advocacy. Through realistic scenarios and intervention strategies, take a look at common issues in our community and discover what it means to be a leader, develop individual responsibility and the power that lies within to promote progress.
What now? - Work Readiness
What is the job market like and how do we succeed in it? How do we land a good job? How do we build a career and how do we strengthen our employability? Find answers to in this interactive workshop on job readiness through drama, role-play and skill-building activities.
Why am I so sick & tired? - Health and Wellness
Take a deeper look at modern society and the choices, decisions and consequences of everyday behavior that may have adverse affects on our health. Work together to find solutions for everyday situations and explore choices for a healthier mental, physical and emotional life for you, your environment and loved ones.
What's love got to do with it? - Parenting in the 21st Century
The challenges of parenting are endless, especially in a culture of technology that changes the way we live, think and communicate. Since time does not run backwards, take a journey through the generation gap to explore successful solutions for raising children, supporting their education and modifying their behavior in the modern era. Build solid relationships to bridge the gap.
Is it ever going to Stop? - Anti-Bullying & Violence Prevention
Violence is on the rise. What is a bully, what is harassment, and why does it happen? What role do we play and how can we be proactive to stop or deescalate violence around us? Explore the idea of “no snitching,” define the source of a problem and develop skills to prevent or deescalate the violence in our community.