It’s about finding her voice. Learning to talk, wail and sing together. Building self through community. Playmaking for Girls (PFG) is an innovative outreach program that works with girls who have entered or are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. All segments of the program are free to participants and include a critical component of parent involvement. In 2010, Synchronicity hosted the first Playmaking for Girls Youth Symposium, bringing together direct service, arts and sports-based youth programs to build a support network for Atlanta's youth. The Playmaking for Girls program offers a continuum of service through four main components:
• After-School Program provides young women with tools for prevention through the development of self-confidence, how to work in an ensemble, uncovering their voices and building the power to use them;
• Two-day Facility Workshops help young women who are facing challenges imagine new pathways and choices for their lives;
• Summer Program and Public Performance provides time for reflection, empowerment, and change in order to avoid recidivism, and builds empathy and support structures within the ensemble;
• Mentorship Program creates long-term connection and support for the girls. Playmaking for Girls 2015 Produced in association with New American Pathways, CHRIS Kids and Little Debbie's Group Home.
Special thanks to our Funders: Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Conlee Family Supporting Foundation, Homestead Foundation, Bright Wings Foundation, Fulton County Arts & Culture, and the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.
Special thanks to our Sponsor:
Best Female Program : Metro Regional Youth Detention Center Kaleidoscope Award : Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies 2008 Organization of the Year : Women’s Division, Georgia Psychological Association
In the areas of social interactions, anger management, positive self image, life skills and expressing anger without violence, the participants in a recent Playmaking for Girls after-school program improved by more than 65%.
Throughout the year Playmaking for Girls impacts over 400 people:
• 150 young women participating in the detention center workshops (16-20 per workshop)
• 10-14 girls performing in the Public Performance
• 75 youth attending the Public Performance and talkback
• 18 adult women teachers implementing workshops
• 9 adult women mentors
• 250 audience members attending the Public Performance, including 30+ family members of the performers