Bi-Habawalk Stand Tall program is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of young people in New York City to substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. Research shows that youth begin using substances (including cannabis, cocaine, alcohol, and heroine) between the ages of 10 and 15 and that young people become sexually active at early teen and even pre-teen years. While various existing programs address these problems, the alarmingly high incidence of such behaviors points to the need for innovative approaches.
Participants are the target population ages 8 and and several categories of adults, including parents, teachers, counselors and community leaders.
Stand Tall program will provide life skills training and other standard educational formats. Its major tool, however, will be the use of Theatre for Development/Community Theatre. In Theatre for Development actors dramatize relevant social situations. Audiences participate by expressing their experiences and ideas during the performance. This is a powerful medium for conveying essential information and bringing about vital attitudinal and behavioral changes. It is also a pragmatic means for identifying problems and seeking solutions. Theatre for Development has proven to be an effective approach for disadvantaged communities. Ten schools, five churches, and multiple libraries and parks in Harlem and the Bronx will serve as the settings for “performances.”
Shi Otsitsi (“Be Proud”) is a program offered by the Bi-Habawalk organization. Through individual lessons and/or in classes, students are taught the poetic and dynamic language, history, geography, and the local dishes of Africa. Instruction is available to persons of all ages. The dialects of different regions are taught. The making of varius healthy local dishes will aslo be availlable.Our teachers are highly trained and highly supportive. We genuinely value each person in our program. Whether for cultural interest, travel, or business, learning these languages and related information can be richly rewarding and a source of immense pride. Both adults and young people commonly report a feeling of enhanced identity. Teaching sites will be situated in Harlem and the Bronx
Bi-Habawalk is pleased to introduce New York to a dynamic dance and drumming program. Miva mi woe (“Come let’s do it!”) is dedicated to crossing cultural, economic, and ethnic boundaries as it provides youth and adults alike with high energy, fun classes in African drum, dance, and folk music. We are committed to inspiring young people and helping them gain discipline, confidence, and constructive social values through the power of the arts. Another important benefit to participants is enhanced fitness produced by the stretching, strengthening, and aerobic activities of the dance techniques. Harlem and the Bronx will be the locations for classrooms.