The 2016 Foster Care Cast is proud to present Every Last Word, an original musical drama written and performed by a diverse group of New York City teenagers in foster care.
In October, Elizabeth “Beth” Strobel was named Chair of The Possibility Project’s Board of Directors. We have been lucky to have Beth as a supporter for many years. When she moved back to New York City, we were thrilled to welcome her to our board. In her new role as Chair, she will be responsible for ensuring the organization’s cohesion and productivity toward our goals and objectives as we continue to grow. We asked Beth to reflect on her experience with The Possibility Project…
The Possibility Project recently received the final report on our Foster Care research project, and the findings demonstrate the important impact we are making for our foster care youth. The study examines the long-term effect of TPP on the interpersonal, emotional, and identity challenges that foster care teenagers face and on their efforts to become successful adults. It explored the life experiences of our youth after they left TPP, as well as compared the effects of the Foster Care Program against the impact of our Saturday and After-School Programs.
The 2015-16 Youth Justice Program, our newest initiative, premiered its first original musical, entitled “A Chance Of…,” on March 23-26, 2016 at the West Side Y’s Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater. The show, written by the cast from the stories of their lives, drew a parallel to the realities and need for reform in the justice system with the need to address climate change and global warming. The cast not only explored their experiences of injustice as court-involved youth, but also their ideas for change. It was a powerful, moving performance and an incredible way to end a successful first year of the program.
Come support the life-changing work of The Possibility Project by joining the Young Professionals Committee on Thursday, May 5th at the Button office rooftop. Tickets include an open bar, appetizers, and a fun night connecting with other New Yorkers who care about the future of our city and the young people in it. Space is limited – buy your tickets now!
In February 2016, juniors and seniors from all of The Possibility Project’s programs, many of whom had never visited a college campus, visited Siena College in Albany, NY. During the visit, our youth received a guided tour of the campus and had the opportunity to speak with current Siena students—including Laniqua Mack, a TPP Foster Care Program alum—and have a Q&A session with an admissions counselor.
Joe Torre Safe at Home – The Possibility Project will be providing arts and violence prevention training to youth in a multi-service program for abuse survivors that is part of Safe at Home’s community violence prevention initiative. Programming will take place at Margaret’s Place, an in-school safe space for violence survivors, in one middle school and one high school. Artistic Director Meagan DuBois will lead the trainings and working with youth to bring their stories to the stage in their communities.
CAI Global – TPP youth and staff are advising CAI curriculum developers on the messaging for trainings they are developing for foster care youth. These trainings are focused on pregnancy/STI prevention and are intended for use with young men. Youth are also participating in focus groups to provide insights on the issues involved. Possibility Project staff members are also advising CAI trainers on messaging and approach to conducting these trainings.
On September 10th our Young Professionals Committee had their first fundraiser at People Lounge, and it was a huge success. We sold 125 tickets, raffled off 22 prizes donated by local business, and raised over $6,000 for our programs. During the event, a few of our alumni spoke about their experience with our program and what it means to them. It was a great opportunity to share what we do and have fun while doing it.