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.
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.
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.
The New York City 2017/18 Short Play Project runs through the end of February, and you can enroll now for this upcoming session:
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 23rd / 24th, 2018
March 30th / 31st
April 6th / 7th
April 13th / 14th
April 20th / 21st – no programming
April 27th / 28th
May 4th / 5th
May 11th / 12th – no programming
May 18th / 19th – no programming
May 25th / 26th
Last Day: June 1st / 2nd, 2018
Program Performances at the Five Angels Theater – 789 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019:
Saturday, June 9th – 7pm. and Sunday, June 10th – 3pm
Registration is now open for the Mentor Project session, which runs as outlined above, and is offered in three time slots.
During our 2017/2018 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 its 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).
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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.
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