The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company in conjunction with the LA County’s Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley Child Abuse Council, and Friends of the Family presents Lifting Our Youth, an original theatre performance created by the residents and neighbors of San Fernando Gardens on June 26, 2010 at Pacoima Charter Elementary School.Â A resource exchange will begin at 10:00am with the performance of Lifting Our Youth at 11:00am in both English and Spanish followed by a community forum.Â Admission is free and lunch will be provided.
Lifting Our Youth follows the story of a troubled community where the voices of good and evil whisper to its youth.Â Â The community helplessly watches as these youth choose which voice to follow.Â As the whispers grow, a mother cries for change and challenges the community that they may not be helpless after all.Â Lifting Our Youth is a unique theatrical performance that incorporates poetry, live music, movement, and spoken word.
A Resource Exchange will be held before the performance where community members can seek out information from various service providers and community-based organizations.Â Resource exchange partners include Los Angeles Education Partnership- LAEP, Youth Speak Collective- YSC, Dispute Resolution Services – DRS, and Grandparents As Parents- GAP among other organizations to be announced.Â Following the performance of Lifting Our Youth the actors will facilitate a community forum regarding the themes of the play.
To make a reservation or for more information please call 213-488-8488, x201 or email RSVP@theunusualsuspects.org.Â Pacoima Charter Elementary School is located at 11016 Norris Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331.
The Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project (PIDP) is a one-year, $5-million, countywide effort to demonstrate effective approaches to reducing child abuse and neglect.Â This partnership between the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and community-based organizations in the eight Service Planning Areas (SPAs) is designed to strengthen families while providing opportunities for government agencies and community residents to increase the safety and well-being of children, families, and the community.Â PIDP will inform DCFS’ continued development of successful child abuse prevention measures that can be sustained and replicated across the County.
Born out of the ashes of the 1992 L.A. Riots, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company has grown into an award winning, model mentoring program using theatre arts to reach youth in underserved and at-risk environments, including kids in foster care, violence-plagued neighborhoods, gangs and juvenile corrections facilities.Â The Unusual Suspects offers two consecutive 10-week (60-80 hours) playwriting and performance workshops where youth develop self-esteem, tolerance, and the communication and coping skills needed to make positive life choices. For more information, visit The Unusual Suspects website at www.TheUnusualSuspects.org.