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Inside-Out, Bridging Possibilities, program meets many National Common Core and Arizona State Standards and utilizes Best Practice methodologies.

Utilizing research base strategies, with evidence based results. This program, engages individuals to explore safe and healthy lifestyles and to overcome their disabilities through, insight into cultural diversity, leadership and social skills development. It exposes the participants to creative problem solving and creates the opportunity to shift a life to a more effective and peaceful outlet.

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

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.

2005 RTF instituted the first “Inside Out – Bridging Possibilities” Workshops at Durango and SEF Detention Centers.

Workshops at these Detention Centers confirmed that 25% of the participants had no further problems with breaking the law. Detention staff attributed this to the Workshop, reduce the recidivism rate, a tremendous fiscal savings & new beginnings for the youth.

Goals:

1 To present educational programs and workshops in detention facilities.
2 To teach youth valuable life skills focusing on dealing with conflicts and anger.
3 To share with the community a message stressing decreased violence of all types.
4 To introduce new and fresh perspectives thought the creative process.
5 To enlighten participants about their purpose in life.

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

Inside-Out Bridging Possibilities program engages individuals to explore safe and healthy lifestyles, to overcome their disabilities through leadership and social skills development. It exposes the participants to creative problem solving and creates the opportunity to shift a life to a more effective and peaceful outlet. Between Pre & Post surveys the participants engage in team reflective surveys, after each exercise. During the Workshop participants are broken up into four teams. The participants remain in these same teams throughout the workshop. Each session 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? This engages the participants in a whole-brain thinking process of the creative activities they just experienced. Also introduces them to teamwork, listening skills and the confidence of public speaking. 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.

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.

 

 

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