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Confident Voices

Confident Voices Win's Nation's Top Honor

FREE Enrollment for this innovative After-School and Weekend Program! Enroll a child who stutters, ages 8-18, in our upcoming 2018/19 New York City Programs.

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SAY developed its innovative Confident Voices After-School & Weekend program to help young people who stutter develop the confidence and courage they need to communicate more effectively, build a sense of community & establish rewarding friendships.

Utilizing a broad range of effective program formats – all of which build communication skills and self-confidence – our dynamic staff helps kids and teens safely expand their comfort zones. Building on each child’s individual strengths, interests, and communication goals, we offer a highly individualized experience to maximize results.

On November 9th, 2017, our Confident Voices program won the nation’s top honor for creative youth development programs – the 2017 National Art and Humanities Youth Program Award – presented to SAY by Jane Chu, Chair of the NEA.  The award was bestowed through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in cooperation with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs utilizing the arts and humanities to generate a broad range of successes, including increased academic achievement, high school graduation rates, and college enrollments. The NEA also published an article about SAY’s Confident Voices program in NEA Arts magazine. Click here to read the article.

A Broad Range of Sessions & Activities

During each program session, groups of kids and teens create their own project and at the end of the program, each project is presented to an audience filled with supportive family and friends. Children and teens have complete control on how they wish to participate in this final performance – there’s no pressure to perform – and it’s the ultimate confidence building experience that transfers directly into the classroom and everyday life.

Life Changing Benefits

Kids receive so many important benefits from our After-School & Weekend program, including enhanced confidence, new friendships, greater independence, increased school participation and very importantly, young people learn how to most effectively advocate for themselves.

Watch a recent WPIX news Confident Voices segment, and read more about Confident Voices in Scholastic’s Action Magazine.

NYC Songwriters Project 2018/2019 (8-week program)

First Day: September 28th & 29th……….Programming

October 5th & 6th………………Programming

October 12th & 13th……………Programming

October 19th & 20th……………NO Programming 

October 26th & 27th……………Programming 

November 2nd & 3rd…….…….NO Programming 

November 9th & 10th…………..Programming

November 16th & 17th…………NO Programming 

November 23rd & 24th…………NO Programming 

 Last Day: November 29th & 30th…………Programming

Show date –  TBD (Joe’s Pub)

NYC Short Play Project 2018/2019 (8-week program)

First Day: December 7th & 8th……………Programming

December 14th & 15th………..Programming

December 21st & 22nd……….NO Programming 

December 28th & 29th……….NO Programming

January 4th & 5th……………..Programming

January 11th & 12th…………..Programming

January 18th & 19th……….….Programming

January 25th & 26th…………..Programming

February 1st & 2nd…………….Programming

February 8th & 9th…………….Programming

February 15th & 16th…………NO Programming 

February 22nd & 23rd………..Programming

February 25th- 28th………..Pre-Teen Theater Week

Friday, March 1st- Pre-Teen Show at 7 pm (52nd Street Project)

Saturday, March 2nd- Pre-Teen Show at 7 pm (52nd Street Project)

Last Day: March 4th & 7th……………Teen Theater Week 

Program Performances at the Five Angels Theater – 789 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019:

Friday, March 8th- Teen Show at 7 pm 

Saturday, March 9th- Teen Show at 7 pm 

NYC Mentor Project 2019 (8-week program)

For 8-weeks in the Spring, we invite SAY alumni and adults who stutter to work with our current kids and teens in small groups to create a 5-minute piece of their choosing.  This can include raps, songs, poems, dance pieces, magic shows, movie trailers, visual art pieces and more.  At the end of this session, all are welcome to perform their creation in an Off-Broadway theater for friends, family, and the stuttering community.

Why Mentoring? The Mentor Project allows generations of people who stutter to collaborate and inspire one another.  It’s a rare opportunity for young people to meet and talk with adults who have been through similar struggles and have triumphed.  It’s also a breath of fresh air for adults to be animated by youthful creativity and strength.

First Day: March 29th & 30th………….Programming

April 5th & 6th……………….Programming

April 12th & 13th…………….Programming

April 19th & 20th……………NO Programming 

April 26th & 27th…………….Programming

May 3rd & 4th……………….NO Programming 

May 10th & 11th…………….NO Programming 

May 24th & 25th…………….Programming

Last Day: May 27th-31st………………Theater Week

Program Performances at the Five Angels Theater – 789 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Saturday, June 1st- Show at 7 pm (52nd Street Project)

Sunday, June 2nd- Show and Graduation at 3 pm (52nd Street Project)

Registration is now open for the ALL SAY 2018/2019 sessions, which runs as outlined above, and are offered in three time slots.  

Tuition

During our 2018/2019 season, Confident Voices is being offered FREE (while space lasts).

We would love to meet you! You can also visit a Confident Voices session to see what it’s all about. Space is limited, so please call or email our Director of Programming: Travis@SAY.org, or 212-414-9696, ext. 205.

To learn more about Confident Voices, receive a program package via mail, or for answers to any questions you may have about our Confident Voices After-School & Weekend programs, please call or email our Director of Programming: Travis@SAY.org, or 212-414-9696, ext. 205. You may also submit an inquiry, or download a brochure.

Live outside of the NY Tristate area – please consider our national Storytellers program or visit our national Camp SAY site (CampSAY.org).

Hear about the Mentor Project from SAY participant Lexi

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Follow all of the fun at Confident Voices, by visiting our blog. It’s THE place to go for frequent updates, photos & stories. Click the button below to visit our blog!

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SAY’s Confident Voices Program Wins Nation’s Top Honor! Pictured: NEA Chairman Jane Chu, SAY Participant Reuben, and SAY Director of Programming Travis Robertson

SAY’s Confident Voices Program Wins Nation’s Top Honor! Pictured: NEA Chairman Jane Chu, SAY Participant Reuben, and SAY Director of Programming Travis Robertson

On November 9th, in our country’s capital, 13-year-old Participant Reuben Polanco and Director of Programming Travis Robertson accepted the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for SAY.

At SAY, Umzima is developing relationships that give her the opportunity to be independent, curious and confident.

Brenda
Parent

The SAY experience is world class in building well-adjusted, communicative youngsters who may otherwise have suffered feelings of shame, frustration, isolation and deprivation.

Phil Schneider
Ed.D. CCC-SLP

We have been proud members of the SAY family for over 9 years now. SAY has been a godsend for Victoria. She often calls SAY her second family...

Cliff
Parent

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