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There are no other programs with similar methodology of teaching valuable life skills, enhance participants’ sense of self and surroundings, and allow them to experience alternative ways of dealing with conflict and anger.
The need for our program & popular demand; each potential participant is required to read and fill out a form that details the program and why they feel they deserve to participate. Due to class size restraints only 20 of 60 that applied were selected by the staff at The Durango Facility, as well as SEF. As you can see, the program and its life changing experience and results are becoming very popular amongst the kids at both facilities, through word of mouth.

Description of the program, including the goals, expected outcome:

Between Pre & Post surveys the participants engage in team reflective surveys, after each exercise. Where they take turns being a team leader and are responsible for extracting inquiry from their team and reporting to the entire group their findings. How would this activity help you in your day life in school or out, and why?  At the end of the 3-day workshop, as the culmination and pinnacle of their experiences drawn from the program, participants create a group painting to present to the public; an expression created by persons from multiple perspectives can be harmonious and unifying. Thus, this is not only a healing experience for the group but also a community awareness campaign, sharing a message of decreased violence of all types. Our findings from Pre & Post results, majority realize that they are not alone in their fears and that their dreams can become reality. By introducing new and fresh perspectives through the power of the creative process, our participants learn to embrace life and fully realize its endless possibilities. Shifting awareness turns Pain into the means of Bridging their Possibilities, so participants can become enlightened about their Purpose and lead a productive life.

Mikayla’s story is one of many successes to create a “rippling effect” through RTF: “I was into drugs, and into gangs. I was on a destructive path and didn’t care--about anything. I happened to be in the class when Release the Fear was presented, only because I needed the credit. I didn’t want to be there. In fact, when I first met Robert and RJ, I didn’t like them. I didn’t like what they were saying. I didn’t like the program. I didn’t want to have anything to do with any of it. But a few days later, those feelings began to change. It was like my eyes were taken out. And the program gave me new eyes--eyes that allowed me to see the world in a different way. And I began to imagine a person I might be. If I had not taken the Release the Fear workshop, I would be in jail today, or worse. Instead, I just graduated with my Bachelors’ degree in Science. Thanks to this program”.

Mikayla has been identified as becoming one of Release the Fear new program trainers in 2009.

“When I arrived at this class I did not think much of art. As the days went by I started to realize that this group was not just about art, it was about learning about yourself. This group has helped me look inside my heart and mind to see the answers to life’s questions. It was an awesome experience being here and it has impacted the entire way I see life. This group can be helpful to not only teens across the world but many adults as well. Thank you Robert for taking time out of your life to help teach people how to come in contact with their inner selves.”
Sincerely, Jana B.

“I have learned so much in so little time. Fantastic instructors, seems like Dave been born to help others express. Thank you, Scien M.

“Thank you for giving us a chance. You showed us that we are worth it and to believe. It was an amazing experience with you guys and again”, Thank you,, Belen

“We don't have many positives where we're at, but this class is something we can all afford to” K.H.

“Thanks for all the supporting of the class and allowing me to view different things.” P. J

“I would tell my kids not to let Fears get in the way of their Dreams, because they are just speed bumps, not road blocks.” James age 17

A therapist recently approached me at one of the juvenile detention facilities, saying that she had several clients who had gone through the RTF workshop. She said that she was amazed at what we were accomplishing in three days work and just had to see what we were doing first hand. “I met with these kids, two days before they participated in the RTF workshop,” she shared. “And then I met with them one day after that workshop. The transformation was incredible. Your Program did what I been trying to do for two years.” I replied to her that RTF “shakes up the snow globe,” enabling these youth to move forward, and that we all work together in rescuing these youth from a crime-filled life. The releasing of fear is truly a partnership.

“In the seminars something happens for the participants, which leads them to move forward from living in their own personal world to sharing a world and their views with others.”

There are no other programs with similar methodology of teaching valuable life skills, enhance participants’ sense of self and surroundings, and allow them to experience alternative ways of dealing with conflict and anger.

Release the Fear is about unblocking previous personal barriers and becoming open for new possibilities, ones which have not been possible in the past. Participants gain new tools from RTF insights and as a result enter their future from a different perspective. As the participants move through the seminar, a release of energy occurs. From my experiences there is a heaviness lifted off from many. The kids seem to move from understanding their world as an individual to becoming part of a group of their peers. RTF is different than a typical therapeutic setting. The exercises of RTF walk the students through their personal world and lead them to distinguish insights as only they would understand. This is where the release occurs. The kids share their insights and become the stimulus for change for themselves and the others in the group. Participants leave RTF as different individuals then when they had entered.
Michael A. Halpert,
Doctorial Candidate/ RTF Facilitator

The need for our program & popular demand; each potential participant is required to read and fill out a form that details the program and why they feel they deserve to participate. Due to class size restraints only 20 of 60 that applied were selected by the staff at The Durango Facility, as well as SEF. As you can see, the program and its life changing experience and results are becoming very popular amongst the kids at both facilities, through word of mouth.

“Art is a great tool in controlling anger and aggression and by having this program, we have helped many youth see they can vent in positive ways. They also see that they can add to their community. Our youth were trained in dealing with emotion and fear through art…”

Dr. Derrick Platt, Former SEF Detention Manager, MCJP, AZ

“We had a detainee that was very quiet and reserved. He was also on suicide watch. I didn’t believe he was going to complete the first day. After the first project he became more engaged and more self-confident. As the program went on he became more assertive and comfortable in expressing himself. This is an excellent program for the kids. It allows them to express themselves, to become more self-confident.”

Lisa Frey, JPO Program Coordinator

"This expresses our support and interest in working with Release the Fear (RTF) on the Bridging Possibilities project for participants at the Durango and Mesa SEF Juvenile Detention Centers. We have been impressed with the work of RTF in the past, as our youth are taught new ways of dealing with conflict and anger – healthy ways of expressing themselves such that they do not re-offend, and can lead productive lives, contributing to their communities. Through the creative process, our youth have seen that art can be wonderful tool for them, and they have gained a better understanding of themselves and their peers. We are eager to continue work with RTF so that our youth can turn their pain into possibilities and purpose!"

Amna Gilmore, JPO Supervisor, SEF & Sarah Murillo, Durango Programming Managers

Program Narrative quantitative measures:

Release the Fear (RTF) feels the 4 most important outputs listed below reflect the shift and changes that participants experience due to the workshops. The reason why we think these are important to these children’s future; The average curriculum time that participants engage in is approx. 2 hrs/day, in the case of Inside Out - Bridging Possibilities Workshops, (IO-BP) over 3 days. With take away reflective assignments given to participants to enable them to engage life outside of workshop and share its relevance with each other. As seen listed below in track record and the growth of RTF’s audience. Why is this important? Scientific studies prove that children are incapable of learning, let alone retaining, any new knowledge given to them if they are in an environment which presents itself as frightening. A student must first know that they are in an atmosphere of support and caring before they can begin to take in any new concepts, context and knowledge. To be complacent about our future, our goals, and our dreams makes us complacent about our present, for the present is the stepping stone of all that is to come. That first step gives the hope and courage to believe that our dreams, our goals are possible. Children must have the courage and wisdom instilled in them to take that first step. After that they become one measure closer to what will fill them with utter joy, pride and self worth.

Our programs provide and demonstrate endless possibilities and options for the individual through the experiential creative process of whole-brain thinking. This awakens a creative consciousness and exposes the individual to the unlimited potential of critical thinking, problem solving, and self-empowerment, awakening the individual to new possibilities and a new purpose that leads to improved life skills and becoming a productive community member. Without these critical life skills, the still-maturing minds of detained youth view their future as bleak and set in stone with no hope for a “normal” life.

More than 4,000 youth worldwide have benefited from Release the Fear’s programs. In the past two years more than 800 Arizona youth have participated in one of RTF’s four programs that use self-exploration as a peaceful alternative to violence. Our facilitators guide participants through interactive creative activities to analytically explore the connectedness of those activities to their lives.

Our six programs provide and demonstrate options for the individual through the experiential creative process of whole-brain thinking. This awakens a creative consciousness and exposes the individual to the unlimited potential of critical thinking, problem solving, and self-empowerment. The youth is awakened to new possibilities and a new purpose leading to improved life skills and the hope of becoming a productive community member. Without these critical life skills, the still-maturing minds of detained youth view their future as bleak with no hope for a “normal” life.

Inside-Out Bridging Possibilities program, launched in the summer of 2005, encourages incarcerated youth to explore safe and healthy lifestyles through the development of leadership and social skills and to develop better cognitive behavioral skills. At the end of the three-day workshop, drawing from their experiences in the program, participants create a group painting to present to the public. This expression created by participants from multiple perspectives, can be harmonious and unifying. This is a healing experience for the group, as well as a community awareness campaign, sharing a message of decreased violence of all types. “Inside Out” meets National Common Core and Arizona education standards.Click here for more

Bridging Possibilities program, launched summer of 2005, delivers educational workshops to teens and adults in classrooms and community centers focusing on life skills, positive self-worth, and conflict management. “Bridging Possibilities” meets National Common Core and Arizona education standards. Click here for more

Coloring Book program is a 10-session, conflict-management, fourth-grade curriculum that, through reflective writing, allows children to produce and perform a play for their peers revealing what they learned about conflict versus love and understanding. The “Coloring Book” meets national education standards.  Click here for more

Second Chance Transition program, launched in the fall of 2012, works with Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Paroled staff and community centers, as youth transition out of secure care (behind the fence) back into the community.

Dream Catcher program launched in September 2009. Fry’s Food Stores is the first community partnership to support this youth/adult mentor program that captures the dreams revealed through RTF workshops and embraces them so that they may become a reality. After exploring their dreams in the workshop, RTF staff places the participant with an adult community member who is working in the participant’s desired career. The youth shadows the mentor for a day or for the duration of a project.Click here for more

Discover U Summer Camp program, began 2011 and expanded in summer 2012, is designed as a four day, four hours per day workshop involving yoga, Zumba, nutrition and Primal Fitness. Bridging Possibilities strategies are also included. English http://vimeo.com/48340884  Spanish http://vimeo.com/49464810

A past participant in the Inside-Out Bridging Possibilities workshop states:
“When I arrived at this class I did not think much of art. As the days went by I started to realize that this group was not just about art, it was about learning about yourself. This group has helped me look inside my heart and mind to see the answers to life’s questions. It was an awesome experience being here and it has impacted the entire way I see life. This group can be helpful to not only teens across the world but many adults as well. Thank you Robert for taking time out of your life to help teach people how to come in contact with their inner selves.”  Sincerely, Jana B.

Release the Fear Workshops Get Results
RELEASE THE FEAR, Inc. RELEASE THE FEAR 2007 ~ 2012
FOUR KEY SURVEY QUESTION PERCENTAGES & TOTAL SERVED - SIX YEARS RUNNING
RELEASE THE FEAR 2012 OVERALL PERCENTAGES Pre/Post Survey Results

790 Students (38 PB Workshops, 3 Discover U Summer Camps, 6 PRC Cultural Workshops)
Male 62.7% Female 37.3% – Youth Ages 9-20
84.32% discovered something new about themselves
89.76% discovered something new about classmates and friends.
Pre 61.73% compared to Post 77.85% realized that they are not alone in their fears.
Pre 88.49% compared to Post 96.46% realized that they can make their dreams a reality.
83.56% learned something to help them deal with bullying.
86.95% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied.
Lower Buckeye – 109 students
Adobe Mountain – 118 Students
Florence Crittenton – 72 Students
New Leaf – 59 Students
Black Canyon – 55 Students
Larry Kennedy Elementary – 42 Students
ADJC Transition Program – 42 Students
Genesis Academy – 49 Students
U-Turn – 39 Students
Heard Elementary School – 36 Students
Excelencia Elementary School – 33 Students
Discover U Summer Camp – 89 Students
PRC Cultural Diversity – 47 Students

RELEASE THE FEAR 2011 Served 583 Students
RTF Pre/Post Survey Results of 32 Bridging Possibilities Workshops
Male 68.3% Female 31.7% – Youth Ages 9-17
85.3% discovered something new about themselves
93.7% discovered something new about classmates and friends.
Pre 59.4% compared to Post 78.6% realized that they are not alone in their fears.
Pre 84.9% compared to Post 97.5% realized that they can make their dreams a reality.

RELEASE THE FEAR 2010 Served 540
2010 RTF Pre/Post Survey Results of (29 IO-PB Workshops)
Female 31.5% ¨– Male 68.5% – Youth Ages 11-17
92.5% discovered something new about themselves
93.5% discovered something new about classmates and friends.
Pre 57.6% compared to Post 73.2% realized that they are not alone in their fears.
Pre 91.8% compared to Post 99.6% realized that they can make their dreams a reality.

RELEASE THE FEAR 2009 Served 615
2009 RTF Pre/Post Results
36% Female – 64% Male – Youth Ages 10 – 17 and 15 Adults
95% discovered something new about themselves.
93% discovered something new about their classmates and friends.
Pre 58% compared to Post 76% realized that they are not alone in their fears.
Pre 54% compared to Post 71% realized their dreams can be a part of their reality.

RELEASE THE FEAR 2008 Served 488
2008 RTF Pre/Post Survey Results
53% Female - 47% Males -Youth Ages 10 - 21
89% Discovered something new about themselves
90% Discovered something new about their classmates and friends.
Pre 53% compared to Post 70 % Realized that they are not alone in their fears.
Pre 44 % compared to Post 75 % Participants realized their dreams are part of their reality.

RELEASE THE FEAR 2007 Served 400
2007 RTF Pre/Post Survey Results
63% Female - 37% Males -Youth Ages10 - 21
78% Discovered something new in the workshop.
81% Discovered something new about classmates/friends.
Pre 44.9% compared to Post 75.1% Realized that they are not alone in their fears.
Pre 64 % compared to Post 97.1% Participants realized their dreams are part of their reality

The above graph was provided by Maricopa County statistics office, and reflect youth Not Recidivating. The effectiveness of Release the Fear’s workshops on the reduction of recidivism rate for the period of March 2009 thru March 2010 ~ 357 youth participated in study
 


Statistics from Maricopa County’s Juvenile Probation Department demonstrate that, while the overall recidivism of incarcerated youth hovers around 30%,
youth participating in one IOBP workshop recidivate only 22.8% of the time, and those participating in multiple IOBP workshops recidivate at only 16.2%.
Due to the rippling effects of IOBP and similar workshops, we have learned that seven times the number of participants realizes positive impact because of the workshops.
 

 

 

 

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