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GPA's ACT UP Youth Empowerment Workshops

Grand Performing Arts
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Educators, Inspirational Youth Leaders, Parents and Friends, I am reaching out to you in hopes that you will extend this Event to others that may have a child that could greatly benefit from these workshops or even your own children. I will post a link to a flyer if you feel inclined to print it out for students or friends. Thank you so much for your support.

Grand Performing Arts is excited to be offering ACT UP; a series of youth workshops for ages 11 -17 designed for obtaining tools to bring awareness and change in themselves and their community.

Sundays 3 pm - 7 pm.
$250 (Full Session - 4 classes + T-shirt)
$75 (individual workshops)
Limited to 30 participants
Facilitators: Kristi Grand, Randy Fortes, Trenton Torain and Tam Masdon


EQ (Emotional IQ) 4/8/18.
This workshop helps youth to understand that we all have a mental health and, like our physical health, have to work towards mental wellness. We will explore different ways stress and trauma impacts our wellbeing as well as coping strategies, including stress reduction activities, to get through hard times. This workshop highlights resources and tools available that support overall mental and emotional health and awareness. The intention of this workshop is to empower our incredible youth to step into their own unique power and to gain a broader understanding of how to cope with the changing world around them.

WARRIOR 4/15/18
It is not uncommon for teens to think about suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for students in the United States. Every year 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide and youth will most often seek help from their peers. It is imperative that youth are provided the tools to recognize others who may be at risk for suicide and the knowledge of how to respond if they are concerned. Studies have shown that youth peer training is an effective practice for education and prevention for suicidal youth.
Objectives: Increase knowledge of warning signs, risk and protective factors of suicide. Increased understanding of help-seeking behavior; how to ask for help for themselves and for others, Increased knowledge of resources and local and confidential crisis contacts.

BODY TALK 4/22/18
This workshop offers ways to prevent and understand negative body image by critically examining harmful messages presented in the media and common attitudes and myths in society at large. We also explore how negative body image and low self-esteem can be linked with unhealthy behaviors such as disordered eating and over-exercising, risk-taking and the impact on mental wellness. Participants will discuss how they can feel better about their bodies and learn skills to support others while exploring the concepts of sexuality and the role it plays in our lives. This includes our rights, values, influence of the media, gender identity, sexual orientation, body, and mind.

C3 (Communication, Connection & Community) 4/29/18
This workshop is designed to allow for a better understanding of your own communication preferences, how it may differ from others and how to effectively interact in this world of many personalities. We will explore passive, aggressive and assertive communication styles as well as the negative impacts of rumors and gossip. Youth will have the opportunity to practice assertive communication and respectful listening skills.
We will also discuss identifying other communication styles and how to interact with personalities in our world in a positive and productive way. Gaining skills to identify communication styles with help alleviate miscommunication in interpersonal relationships at home, school, work and within our families. Learning how to find strength in our vulnerability and building healthy connections with others. This workshop will also include strategies and discussions on how to ACT UP in our community. To create change and implement action.