Alternative Schools Extended Day Program in Violence Prevention

Interviews Susan, Latifa (Pacific), Paul (CEC) and Gus (Island)

Editors Michelle (OES), Adisa (Island) and Kwan (MCA)

Bronx Project Blend High School

Bronx Regional High School
CEC : South Bronx Job Corps
CEC : Brooklyn Job Corps
Island Academy
Liberty High School Manhattan
Metropolitan Corporate Academy
Pacific High School
Park East High School
Public School Repertory Company
Urban Peace Academy
West Side High School
OES : Neighborhood Diversion and Family Services : Bronx

Extended Day Program for Violence Prevention TEEN TALK PRODUCTIONS : This year 13 alternative high schools and sites will be participating in the TEEN TALK segment of the EDP Grant Program for Violence Prevention. Each school will have a team of 10-15 students that will meet afternoons in a media studies class. The teacher in each team will undergo training in the process of producing Public Service Announcements (PSA's) as well as learning the guidelines for having their team produce a 60 minute talk show. During February and March the students will research, write, rehearse and record violence prevention PSA's. Then during April and May the research, writing, rehearsals and recording will culminate in an hour long talk show for broadcast on WNYE FM in New York City. The teams can opt to pre-record their shows for later broadcast but most students prefer the 'live' format which allows for listeners and friends to call into the station with questions and comments. All content of the programming is student-driven, focusing on the issues of violence prevention, conflict resolution and the life-issues of urban youth.

CREATIVE ARTS TEAM (C.A.T.) : These same 13 schools also have a team of students with a teacher participating in a parallel theater program. The CAT from NYU (Paul A. Kaplan Center for Educational Drama) works with each teacher and team to participate in the CAT.'s process of utilizing the medium of theater to promote social, emotional and educational growth. CAT uses the power of theater to open hearts and expand minds. In mid-May, there will be a public presentation of the dramatic real-life plays that are the outcome of each school's approach to bring the concept of Violence Prevention to the stage. N.Y.U.'s Loeb Student Center Theater hosted last year's wonderful finale.