The Possibility Project brings together vastly diverse groups of teenagers who meet 6-7 hours weekly for nine months. They engage in a social/emotional learning (SEL) experience focused on social justice that uses the performing arts to examine and address the personal and social forces that shape their lives and identities. Through the creative process, they work together to write and perform an original musical from the stories of their lives and their ideas for change, creating a theatrical road map for change. They then design and execute community action projects that make an impact on issues that are important to them.
We believe that every young person, regardless of their ability or background, should have the opportunity to live a safe, peaceful and productive life, be a responsible and productive citizen, and become a leader in their lives and communities. We believe that the key to realizing this opportunity is youth gaining – in the critical developmental years of adolescence – the time, space, and support that they need to understand the personal and social forces that shape their lives, to envision what they want their future to be, and to begin taking action to realize that vision.
It is the community that our youth build – the relationships they build with one another – that is the vehicle for our program’s impact. It is the culture of this community that creates the effects of the program. To build that community, our program uses all of the performing arts, the latest in social change trainings, and a set of distinct programs features.