FYI Performance-Based Education

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Performance-Based Education

Rooted in the characters and stories of our plays, ICAH’s performance-based curriculum  use participatory theatre tools to cultivate inquiry and provide students with opportunities to practice applying sexual health education content to their own lives.

Who’s Who in FYI Plays ‘Project Us’ and ‘Can I Hit It?’

About

FYI (For Youth Inquiry) offers participatory plays that open the door to safe and engaging conversations about sexual health and sexual violence with youth audiences. All FYI programs promote pleasurable enjoyment in sexuality education and opportunities to practice for real life.

 

Workshops and plays feature:

  • Artistically rigorous performance as a site of active inquiry and sustainable change.
  • Dialogue that investigates sexual health through a reproductive justice framework.
  • Diversity in our storytelling and partnerships that honors a range of experiences based on race, class, gender, ability, sexuality and other identities.
  • Youth voice, youth leadership and creative engagement between youth and their communities while encouraging young people to ask questions they feel are important.
  • Challenges to assumptions and commonly used language of shame.

 

We use the four P’s: Pleasure, Pretend, Practice & Shared Power

Pleasure – Plays are artistically rigorous, performed by professional actors. They use movement, music, humor, and other theatrical devises to bring enjoyment to our audiences.

Pretend –  Theatre, as a form, offers low-risk ways for audiences to share their own experiences and ideas through the safety of a character’s perspective.

Practice – Our participatory model helps audiences put their education and knowledge to work, preparing for future situations and conversations

Power — Our plays contain structured opportunities for performers to share power with audiences, facilitating a meaningful, intentional and equal exchange of ideas.

 

For more information, contact Aisha Chaudhri, Education Manager, at aisha@icah.org or 401-646-ICAH (4224) about bringing an affordable training to your community. Select a pre-existing workshop or ask us to tailor one to your needs.

Plays for Youth

We offer participatory plays that open the door to safe and engaging conversations about sexual health and sexual violence with youth audiences. All performance-based education programs promote pleasurable enjoyment in sexuality education and opportunities to practice for real life.

For more information, contact Aisha Chaudhri, Education Manager, at aisha@icah.org or 401-646-ICAH (4224) about bringing an affordable performance-based training to your community.

Project US

Project US follows four friends as they discover and question how they learn and talk about sex. This play uses games and audience interaction to cultivate inquiry and dialogue about sexuality and relationships. Best suits for 30-600 person audiences.

 

Download Script Excerpt   Meet the Characters

Can I Hit It?

Can I Hit It? follows four friends as they discuss how sexual violence impacts their lives and school community. This movement and game-based play leads audiences to define sexual violence and understand what they can do to prevent it. Best suits 30-person audiences.

 

Download Script Excerpt     Meet the Characters

Start The Convo: Sex Ed Rescripted

#StartTheConvo features a sex ed teacher and student who explore pregnancy and STI prevention through interactive games and storytelling. Offering multiple ways that youth and adults can partner to implement positive approaches to sex ed, this play suits 50-800 person audiences.

Performance-Based Workshops for Youth

Rooted in the characters and stories of our plays, all FYI performance-based curriculum is facilitated by a health educator and professional actor. Workshops and residencies use participatory theatre tools to cultivate inquiry and provide students with opportunities to practice applying sexual health education content to their own lives.

 

From day one, FYI teaching artists and performers train young people to think creatively and critically about their sexual health. Residencies begin with a performance of one of our participatory plays, and over the course of the next seven weeks, train students to use participatory theatre tools to cultivate inquiry and apply sexual health content learned to their lives.

Sexual Health Level 2: STI Protection

Practice decision-making and risk reduction strategies & connect to real life scenarios.

Sexual Identities Level 2: Being an Ally

Develop empathy & respect for all sexual orientations & learn tactics to combat oppressive behavior.

Sexual Identities Level 3: Gender Roles

Analyze the impact of gender roles on relationships on an individual & cultural level.

Sexual Rights Level 2: Advocating for your Healthcare Rights

Develop tactics to advocate for your healthcare rights.

Reproduction & Pregnancy Options Level 2: Exploring Contraception 

Apply pregnancy prevention methods to real life scenarios & practice decision-making.

Boundary Setting & Risk Reduction Level 2: Navigating Consent

Introduces students to the concepts of personal boundaries & consent and provides opportunities to practice using them.

Healthy Relationships Level 2: Power

Examine healthy & unhealthy power dynamics in relationships & practice sharing equal power.

Media Justice Level 2: Sexual Identities in the Media

Write non-dominant narratives that deconstruct sexual identity depictions in the media.

Performance-based Professional Development for Adults

FYI’s creative capacity building series is built to equip adults with the tools for strong youth engagement strategies. FYI provides creative activities, skills and techniques that adults can utilize in any social justice youth program, health education setting, or classroom.

#StartTheConvo: Using Game and Story to Spark Health-related Dialogue

Explore how the use of role-play, narrative and game structures can start difficult conversations.

#NoShame: Activating the Creative Potential of Your Program

Understand the use of shame in health education and culture & cultivate creative strategies to reduce it.

Playing it Out: Game-making and Interactive Strategy

Create educational game structures that promote enjoyment, personal investment & deep critical inquiry among students.

The Power of Pretend: Storytelling and Role-play for Learning

Uncover the ability of stories to start critical, compelling, and creative conversations.

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