Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $150,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
Pregones Theater proposes to develop and implement Youth In Motion: Texting 4 Life as an intervention that targets young teens with the goal of preventing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and promoting healthy relationships in the Bronx. Pregones Theater, a Bronx arts organization, places teen relational/dating violence at the heart of its arts access and education activities. The project's chief objective is to partner with and serve the populations of 12 Bronx public schools through implementation of 92 arts access and education activities in 2009 and 2010. Other key objectives include engaging up to 2,000 school students and disengaged youth under the age of 18 in IPV-themed theater activities and related discussions in both Spanish and English; give students and teachers improved awareness and understanding of ensemble collective creation methodologies and enhance this target population's access to violence prevention information. The project consists of a cumulative sequence of creative activities designed to meet the following goals: 1) ignite discussion about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships among middle/high school students and disengaged teens; 2) lead teen participants in creating their own theater play about the issue, to be produced and performed for school audiences at Pregones Theater and followed by public discussions with qualified teen IPV experts and counselors; 3) connect teen participants with other local, national, and international peers and interlocutors around the issue of IPV; and 4) encourage continued and multi-generational involvement in IPV education, counseling services, and related arts learning/enrichment activities. Specific and measurable project activities designed to address teen IPV include 8 school-based play creation workshops, 14 public performances, and 14 follow-up public discussions with IPV experts and qualified counselors. Project measurement includes number project participants, number project events, volume of marketing, and surveys.