New York City Children’s Theater is a WINNER of the Townsend Press Prize through Donors Choose in the Ashoka Changemakers Activating Empathy Competition!
$5,000 will go towards bringing our anti-bullying program, Alice’s Story, to PS 144 in Queens.
Prizes went to the top five solutions submitted by a U.S. public-school teacher, student, or administrator to advance the mastery of empathy in a way that addresses bullying.
Read more about other Activating Empathy prize winners to see what schools and organizations all over the country are doing to combat bullying.
Promoting empathy and teaching emotional literacy are central to the mission of New York City Children’s Theater, and we are thrilled to get this kind of encouragement from organizations that share our values. Thank you Ashoka Changemakers, Donors Choose and Townsend Press!
Alice’s Story is an interactive theater performance and workshop designed to help 1st to 3rd grade students understand and deal with bullying. This show has been performed in over 200 schools to thousands of students. Two actor-educators visit a classroom and facilitate a 45-minute drama exploring the serious issue of bullying. The workshop includes moments of scripted performance, guided discussion and improvisation.
Alice’s Story has three goals:
•To create safe learning environments for all students
•To cultivate communities of respect and inclusion
•To empower students to be agents of positive change
When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.