In order to cultivate focus, impulse control, and work with varied literacy rates, we use improvisational theater as our core curriculum. Improvisation is play. It involves healthy risk taking; and it allows for the youth to establish and explore the rules of the world they have created—an empowering and self-reflective exercise.
Placing an emphasis on performances for families, peers and staff encourage the youth to persevere with the program, even on the more difficult days. It is a very powerful incentive when youth are validated in front of an audience; this incentive gains more significance when their families have the opportunity to witness the event.