ImpACT on Stage’s flagship program combines live performance with the most innovative psychological and educational research to provide a confrontational, eye-opening experience that challenges participants to think about their own complacency in the bullying chain. With a year-long curriculum tied to the social/emotional standards within the Common Core Curriculum, UpStander ImpACT helps participants to a) identify bullying behaviors, b) peacefully resolve bullying situations, and c) successfully advocate for themselves and their peers or colleagues.
Every performance is specifically tailored to the needs of each partner institution, with possible scenes including (but not limited to) targeting based on race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as scenes addressing other bullying issues such as cyberbullying, eating disorders, domestic abuse, peer pressure, workplace violence, and self-harm, among others. At the conclusion of each performance, participants are left with specific tools and strategies to implement should they find themselves in bullying situations in addition to resources for further help should that become necessary.
Very similar to the UpStander ImpACT program, this is for schools or businesses which are unable to commit to the year-long program but would prefer a one-day assembly. The same care and attention is placed on crafting an individualized program, however institutions are left to use their own curricula and resources to facilitate pre- and post-performance discussions. This program is also a great choice for after-school assemblies or other educational venues which include adult and student participants.
Yes Means Yes
In September of 2014, California became the first state to sign into law a bill establishing affirmative consent for public universities, lowering the standard for which rape and sexual assault allegations can be charged. Throughout the past several years, consent and sexual violence have become increasingly prevalent issues on high school and college campuses, and have often gone unaddressed by school officials. Yes Means Yes uses live performance to help illustrate the various ambiguities that exist in relationships, and works to prevent sexual violence situations before they arise by educating and empowering students to make safe decisions regarding their sexual habits. Suitable for those 17 years of age or older.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among adolescents, a large proportion of which result from an abuse of alcohol or other drugs. As early as middle school, many students feel the pressure to drink or use other illegal substances. Nearly 2,000 students die each year on college campuses as a result of alcohol-related injuries, and that number is continually rising. Clearly, the programs in place that attempt to combat this issue have not been successful. Working in line with ImpACT on Stage’s mission, the StaySafe program uses live performance to help change the culture of substance abuse among adolescents. This program also works well in conjunction with Yes Means Yes for college orientation programming or similar functions.