Mental health awareness through the arts
The Sage to the Stage program and Power and Purpose Productions Inc (PPP Inc) will engage youth to promote health and well-being through community and civic engagement. A sage is profoundly wise and an expert regarding the details of their personal narrative. During the program, students will explore instances where they have felt sad, alone, or troubled in any way and then artistically tell these stories with the help of artistic mentors.
What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?
Access to Creative Industry Employment (sponsored by Snap Foundation)
In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
San Fernando Valley
County of Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles
In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?
Expand existing project, program, or initiative
What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?
The Sage to Stage program will be conducted solely by Power and Purpose Production's team of mental health and creative professionals. This program is suitable for classrooms, after school programs, churches, corporate entities, and other related groups.
Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.
The Sage to the Stage program and Power and Purpose Productions Inc (PPP Inc) will engage youth to promote health and well being through community and civic engagement. A sage is defined as someone having, showing, or indicating profound wisdom. We believe that each and every individual is profoundly wise and an expert regarding the details of their personal narrative. PPP Inc and its professionals will guide students ages 12-18 in adapting their personal stories for the stage. During the program, students will explore instances where they have felt sad, alone, or troubled in any way and then artistically tell these stories with the help of their new mentors. Students will learn to use proper playwriting format, and will later get to see working actors and theater professionals (costume designers, makeup artists, set designers, and directors) bring their work to life in a culminating event. Students will also have meetings with mental health professionals offering practical coping techniques and resources. The final phase of the program educates mothers/ caregivers of youth, arming them with practical coping techniques they may use to support their children with well being management and self-care techniques.
Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.
PPP Inc believes artistic observation evokes possibility, power and purpose. We will serve all LA County, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley residents, including underrepresented and underserved communities. PPP Inc highlights the following topics: Suicide prevention, depression, anxiety, bullying and addiction. Here are just a few of the organizations we will continue to partner with and serve: Bridge to Home (Newhall, CA)- helping individuals and families transition out of homelessness Project Kindle (Valencia, CA)- enhancing the wellbeing of youth with chronic illnesses Jack and Jill of America (Valencia, CA)- Scholarship support for college bound teens
What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?
Power and Purpose Inc will utilize pre-workshop surveys/questionnaires and post-workshop surveys/questionnaires designed to assess clients current/past experiences with anxiety, depression, bullying and addiction to give birth to a purposeful and powerful personal narrative. Survey Monkey is a trusted survey source PPP Inc utilizes.
Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?
Direct Impact: 100
Indirect Impact: 200