By: Emily Tindall, CYD Program Manager
This is the fourth year that Theatre Action Project has received the Community Youth Development (CYD) grant, a grant designed to provide free programming for youth in the 78744 zip code here in Austin. This grant is awarded to TAP by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, through the City of Austin.
Each year through the CYD grant, TAP serves over 1000 youth – in one zip code alone! We have 4 programs under the grant – the Courage to Stand for 4th and 5th grades, Courage in Action for 5th and 6th grades, Alternative Solutions for 6th-12th grades, and a summer program open to any youth 10-17 that live in 78744.
This summer, we are excited to announce that we are expanding (by combining) our summer and Courage in Action programs! We have designed the Courage in Action All-Star Camp - This camp is an extension of Courage in Action, an opportunity for youth to work together with other students from 78744/Dove Springs-area elementary schools to recognize problems in the world and to develop creative and peaceful solutions to those problems, expressed through the arts. The camp will feature special guest speakers, visits from community leaders, field trips, and a public presentation of the students’ work, hopefully to be broadcast on local news outlets. This camp will provide an excellent opportunity for youth in the 78744 to develop valuable skills in teamwork, leadership, and creative expression.
Our Special Agents of Courage (known to TAP as Natalie Goodnow and Keri Boyd) are currently back in schools in the ’44, asking youth to join them for this exciting super-secret mission. We are so excited to have an opportunity to partner with the Dove Springs Recreation Center, where the camp will be held, to bring new, exciting programming to the ’44, and extend our work with these youth!
If you’d like more information on this camp, the Community Youth Development grant, or would like to get involved, contact Emily Tindall, CYD Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org!