Recent studies show that girls of color are over-disciplined, under-educated, and excluded from efforts addressing the school to prison pipeline. Black girls are also disciplined more harshly than any other group, nationwide (https://nwlc.org/resources/stopping-school-pushout-for-girls-of-color/ ) and black girls are seen as less innocent than other girls (https://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/press-releases/Black-Girls-Viewed-As-Less-Innocent-Than-White-Girls-Georgetown-Law-Research-Finds.cfm.)
viBe provides a safe space for girls to write, produce and perform their own plays, poetry, and music about the real life social issues they face daily. viBe produces 6 original shows each year. Girls write & perform plays in runs of 2-3 shows at theaters in Manhattan & Brooklyn. Girls attend tryouts seeking to be a voice for change in their homes, schools, and communities through writing/performance. The stage give viBe girls the forum to address the social issues that impact their lives.
viBe seeks to motivate more young women of color to develop the artistic & leadership skills to create their own narratives, speak up about threats to their safety, create safer spaces, face challenges, and create their own agendas. We also aim to help young women who wish to pursue careers in the theater, arts education. Giving girls & young women a platform to identify the barriers to their well-being can create a pathway for girls to lead efforts to create systemic change.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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