Description of the Bridging Possibilities Program 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.
1 To present educational programs and workshops in detention facilities and schools.
2 To teach youth valuable life skills focusing on dealing with cultural diversity, conflicts and anger management skills.
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.
During the Workshop participants are broken up into four teams. The participants remain in these same teams throughout the workshop. Each session the participants take turns being the team leader and are responsible for extracting inquiry from their team and reporting to the entire group their findings. The Workshop guides the students through activities from drawing their present mood, to passing a hula hoop through a connected circle, to describing a simple object using as many adjectives/descriptive words as possible. The activities range in skills from writing to drawing to listening and each activity is intended to provide skills and tools for success to its participants. After each activity in the program the participants engage in a reflective assignment. The reflective assignment asks the participants what skill/tool they learned from the activity and more importantly “How would this activity help you in your daily life in school or out, and why?” This engages the participants in a whole-brain thinking process of the creative activities they just experienced. This 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 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-worth and others and surroundings, allow them to experience alternative ways of dealing with resolving conflicts, and everyday life challenges.
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 engagein is approx. 2-3 hrs/day, in the case of Bridging Possibilities Workshops, (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 belowin track record and the growth of RTF’s audience.
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
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. Statistics from 2005 to date 2008 of youth from Maricopa County Detention Facilities who participated in RTF workshops: Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Release the Fear Program helps to effectively reduce the recidivism rate.
Statistics from Workshops at these Detention Centers confirmed that 25% of
the participants had no further problems with breaking the law. Detention staff
attributed this reduction of recidivism to the Release the Fear Workshop.