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Oct. 25th, 2006

Once we add on the hours I'll be doing tonight, I worked 17.25 hours this pay period! It's all the Outreach stuff I've been doing, preparing for the little Drama festival my guys are in tonight.

I've never actually written here about my job before, so this seems like the moment to explain:
I work for a programme that is aimed at helping teenagers cope with the disasters that may crop up in their lives, through the arts. We work with kids with mental illness (like depression or anxiety), with family problems, or social problems at school. The programme is divided into two strands, both of which I work on.
We've got the activities based strand, where we run a two-hour session in the afternoon. One afternoon a week, the kids come to us (referred by school counsellors or youth workers), where they spend a couple hours out of their school environment. There's usually about thirty kids in a group, and they have the option of doing visual arts or drama (or, when I'm available, creative writing). The drama group aim at putting on a play at the end of the semester: and of course, we encourage them to explore the issues that interest them. The art group explore different media and styles that maybe they haven't done at school or home, as well as being encouraged by their tutor to express themselves artistically.
The activities-based part is great, because it gives kids with social problems a chance to get away from the other students and the pressure of school for two hours. With us, they're brought into a much smaller circle, and we encourage social skills. They get one-on-one attention with us, if they need it.
We also have a "mentor" system, where old participants who have grown up and left high school stick around to act as role-models. So, we've got our participants of 14/15/16 and our mentors of 17/18.
I myself was a participant when I was 14, in the very first term of the programme. I stuck around so long as a mentor that I'm a tutor now! And I stuck around for a reason, because being there boosted my self-confidence so much. I found drama, and it did amazing things for me.

Speaking of drama, the programme has that other strand, the Outreach.
Usually, this takes the form of a group of actors (usually Year 11/12 and older). They come after hours, and rehearse a play or two. Schools book our actors to come and do a show to their students. Each of our plays is about an issue that affects teenagers. At the moment, we've got a show about bullying, and a show about partying safely. We've also done sex, domestic violence, relationships, family, homophobia and any number of other things.
When we do a show, we use it as an opportunity to talk to the kids in the audience about the issue. We also invite the kids to "change" the story: so our plays usually end without a resolution, and we get ideas from the kids for solutions, so that they have to think about the issue and how they can deal with it. Teachers just love us.
At the moment, I'm director of the Outreach group, and their facilitator, which means when they do shows, it's my job to be the one talking to the kids. It's a fabulous job!

Anyway, we've been invited to perform tonight as part of a Schools' Drama Festival. We're the only non-school performing. I had a cast-member drop out on Monday, so the current casting arrangement has been in place all of two days. Shouldn't be a problem, though. We tend to have big flexibility of roles, and everyone understudies everyone else anyway.
The bigger problem is that only two of my guys have seen the theatre they'll be performing in! It's right here on campus, and I'll be off later to try and beg the organiser for five minutes this evening to show the gang just how good their voice-projection will need to be! Also, I should probably remember which parts of the play I need to stop and narrate in. We've totally rewritten the scene order, and I keep forgetting.

Today is my last ever day of classes! Just my Austen tutorial at 3:00, and then my Tudor/Stuart England tute after that (for which I will, as usual, be late).

Anyway, not long to go now! The closer I get to the end of uni, the more stressful it is. Plus I'm a little stressed about our show tonight.

So, someone better hit me with a 2x4. That'll knock some sense into me.

(Also, check out my NEW LAYOUT!)
(Also, plug for the episode of Dido Darke that is below this entry. Come on... you know you wanna...)



( 10 comments! — Make Remark! )
Oct. 25th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
Oooooh! Coloured pencils!

and! overabundance! of! exclamation! marks!


I love it!

also OMG LAST DAY!!!!!!! (that needed capslock and extra exclamation marks)

*breaks into song*
Oct. 25th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
LAST DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can never have too many exclamation marks.
Oct. 25th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
Yah. Exclamation marks. (Remembers Masquerade...Terry Pratchett is a modern day God).

*resolves to stay away from kayt, particularly when she is armed with 2x4*

And Yay to the play! And a serious WOOHOOO!! To the last class! Yeah!
Oct. 25th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
Awesome about last day of classes!!! Hope the show goes well!
Oct. 25th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
Hope your last day of classes went well - congratulations!! :D It's such a good feeling, isn't it!

Your new layout is so cool - fab bright colours are great on LJ.

And your job sounds awesome, it's great to hear about what you do in your job. Hope the performance goes well tonight!
Oct. 25th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: Hooray!!!
Oct. 25th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!!!

I went trawling for a Clueless userpic a while ago - I think I got that one from
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I went trawling for a Clueless userpic a while ago - I think I got that one from <lj-user="keepyourguns"> or her icon community <lj-user="backseaticons">
Oct. 25th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!!!
Oh dear...And I can't do html
I mean keepyourguns or her community backseaticons
Oct. 25th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
Your job sounds so exciting! We had a group come and do a play about drugs and partying safely to us, they were really good. And they did a similar thing where they asked us for solutions and acted them out. It was really really good.

Good luck with the play!

Oct. 25th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I *do* like the new layout - very pretty and bright! I'll miss the cows though... AND, I notice you have some sexy new icons... :)

Your jobsounds awesome - it's the kind of thing I would have love to do, but somehow never found the opportunity. It sounds really fulfilling.

Last ever day of classes!!! Woohoo!!! It's such a wonderful, exciting feeling! I hope you celebrate appropriately :) Be careful with the 2x4 whackage though - if you get the wrong spot, you risk knocking the sense out...
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