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Category Archives: Community Youth Development

The 4Cs and Me

by Patrick Torres, Middle and High School Program Director

TAP's Courage in Action All Stars at Austin City Hall, Summer 2011

Here at Theatre Action Project, we have just kicked off the new school year. That means we are already hard at work facilitating programs that offer students in the Austin area opportunities to make a positive impact in their communities by becoming Creative Artists, Confident Leaders, Courageous Allies and Critical Thinkers, or the 4Cs. Read the rest of this entry

Thank you to Emily Tindall!

by Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director

Friday marked the last day for one of our finest employees, Emily Tindall, here at Theatre Action Project.  Emily has overseen our grant from the Community Youth Development (CYD) office in the City of Austin Department of Health and Human Services for our work in the 78744 Dove Springs neighborhood for the past 2 years, and has been working with TAP in a variety of other capacities for the past 4 years. She has truly done it all having taught, performed, administered and managed TAP programs working with youth K-12th grade.

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Honoring Our All Stars

by Brian C. Fahey, Program and Marketing Coordinator

On August 4th I attended the 2011 Community Youth Development (CYD) Recognition Ceremony at the Mexican American Cultural Center. CYD is a grant-funded initiative that provides funding to an array of juvenile delinquency prevention services to enhance the positive development of youth in the 78744 zip code. Since 1995, the project has engaged more than 8000 children, youth, and parents in prevention programs. CYD is funded through a Community Youth Development Grant from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS). Theatre Action Project was proud to be a service provider for CYD this year, along with the Mexic-Arte Museum, Workers Assistance Program, and City of Austin Youth Advisory Committee.

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Excitement for School

by Sarah Rinner, Elementary School Program Director

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down and the new school year is just around the corner.  As we close out the summer with our last camp next week, Songs for the Stage, the Theatre Action Project Afterschool Team is already busy preparing for the 2011-2012 school year.

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Imagining Solutions

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Manager

Last week Theatre Action Project had an inspiring visit to Austin City Hall. The Courage in Action All Star camp students were welcomed with a fun tour of the building, a facility that reflects a design that is uniquely Austin. A wonderful visit with Mayor Lee Leffingwell followed with a special moment in City Council chambers, where the All-Star campers officially asked the City of Austin to support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Use Your Voice!

by Emily Tindall, CYD Program Manager
For the last two weeks, I have been working hard alongside TAP-pers Natalie Goodnow and Keri Boyd on the Courage in Action All-Star Camp. There were 16 kids in attendance, who worked together to identify an issue, assemble a team, come up with a plan, and implement it. These kids were so dedicated- they came every day, worked hard and retained enthusiasm.

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Courage in Action All-Stars at Austin City Hall

by: Natalie Goodnow, Artistic Associate

Courage in Action All-Star Camp is off to a fantastic start!  We just had our first day, and our campers proved that they are indeed just as compassionate, courageous, confident, and creative as we knew they would be!  We would like to extend an invite to see the All Stars share their work on July 15 at City Hall.

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