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GBH has five program areas for girls ages 12-21:


Our Programs:  GBH promotes racial, gender, and economic empowerment by providing New York City’s girls with a unique social justice education and mentoring program that tackles the obstacles they face and provides strategies to overcome them. Building self-esteem and growing individual talents is how we empower young women to become leaders and activists in their communities.

GBH runs weekend and after-school theatre education programs in NYC, where our girls’ theatrical work is generated.


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After-School Programs: GBH offers its Girl Power curriculum in after-school programs at Title 1 middle and high schools that serve free lunch across NYC.


NYC Administration for Children’s Services:  In 2017, GBH brought its Girl Power curriculum into ACS detention centers/group homes for the first time, and will continue this as an annual summer program.

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Performances: GBH company members can audition for paid opportunities to develop and perform original shows, including an annual Mainstage show, based on the social justice issues they care about.


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Sunday Girl Power Workshops: GBH expands its theatre company each year through community-based programming in Manhattan and the Bronx. This cohort meets weekly for a year to develop as ensemble members and emerging artists.


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Cross-Cultural Exchange: GBH brings its workshops and performances to communities that need them most, in partnership with universities, community organizations, NGOs, public officials, and nonprofit groups.


Our programs share the GBH method and curriculum of mentoring and listening to the girls’ stories; helping them develop their writing and speaking skills to powerfully express and share their experiences, and leading discussions about the issues affecting women and girls around the world. Through the performances, the company members not only develop their confidence and skills but they are able to teach audiences about the issues affecting girls and women and impact the world for social change.

Methodology: While GBH is one-of-a-kind, our methodology for creating theatre is based on proven theatre exercises and techniques, including physical and writing exercises, and ensemble building, documentary theatre, and ethnographic techniques. Our curriculum is aligned with the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theatre and is founded, in part, on the ideas of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal’s pedagogy of the oppressed and principles of experiential learning. We use a learner-centered, socially responsible listening model that engages students as active participants in their own journey. GBH uses our Girl Power Curriculum in all of our program sites (after-school, community-based, and detention centers/foster homes). The curriculum is the culmination of seven years of internal development, and remains a living document to this day.


 
 

PROGRAMS

GBH promotes racial, gender, and economic empowerment by providing New York City’s girls with a unique social justice education and mentoring program that tackles the obstacles they face and provides strategies to overcome them. Building self-esteem and growing individual talents is how we empower young women to become leaders and activists in their communities.


GBH runs weekend and after-school theatre education programs in NYC, where our girls’ theatrical work is generated. 

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WORKSHOPS

Interactive sessions may include arts-based advocacy, leadership, gender-related issues, bullying, and global issues affecting girls. Topic specific workshops often cover current issues facing a local community and are devised in partnership with school principals, guidance counselor and parents. Workshops may incorporate show excerpts. Girl Be Heard residencies can also be set up in schools, in addition to Teacher Trainings. 

CROSS CULTURAL

Girl Be Heard hosts groups from around the country and the world. Customized, girl- powered visits include sight seeing, learning about social issues that impact our city, and special performances that shed light on NYC’s social fabric as told by our girls. Previous exchanges have included visits to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, culinary tours of immigrant NY, picnicking in Central Park and boating around the City. 

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