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 Detention Center Workshops help young women who are already incarcerated 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 2013
Produced in association with CHRIS Kids and Little Debbie's Group Home.
Special thanks to our Funders: Atlanta Foundation, Homestead Foundation, SunTrust BrightWings Foundation, The Richard C. Munroe Foundation, along with the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Foundation, the Zeist Foundation, the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Arts Council.
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 approximately 900 people:
• 150 young women participating in the
detention center workshops (16-20 per
• 10-14 girls performing in the
• 75 youth attending the Public
Performance and talkback
• 18 adult women teachers
• 9 adult women mentors
• 250 audience members attending the
Public Performance, including 30+ family
members of the performers
• 400 audience members, including parents,
community members, and detention center
staff who attend the Two-day Detention
Center Workshops and After-School Public Performance.