Arc news: October 2012
Finding the Words
Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Finding the Words is Arc’s latest public-speaking, performance and media project for young women aged 13 to 19, giving a stronger voice in the debate surrounding female exploitation.
Working with Arc's professional team, Phase 1 of the project gave our twenty participants from Barking & Dagenham schools the opportunity to learn new drama techniques, research, script-writing and film and video skills. Led by Arc's Natalie Smith with Neelofer Ajazmir, together the group were able to create a powerful film with film-maker Grace Pluckrose-Oliver, which explores issues ranging from language, relationships and the law, through to abuse and rape.
The first phase of the project ended with a special launch of the film and celebration event - to see images, visit our Finding the Words Facebook album
Phase 2 - the tour!
This month, Finding the Words starts its second exciting phase as it begins a three-week tour of Barking & Dagenham schools and youth centres! Encouraging female solidarity, empowerment and healthy life choices, the tour includes a participative Forum Theatre workshop and a special screening of the film, proudly presented by the young female participants.
"... a very well done to your team - the production is of very high quality and a very seasoned message to our young girls. I believe the message is clear and won't be detrimental to any young person below the age of 14 - if anything it will better equip them with knowledge and help them know what to avoid to make themselves safer even amongst those they consider to be ‘friends'." Mary Mensah-Shofolahan, Senior Youth Worker at The Vibe
Teacher and Youth Worker Resource
Arc's Finding the Words teacher and youth worker' resource is now available to download! Designed and compiled by our young women in partnership with Arc's Theresa Snooks, the resource has been created as a valuable accompaniment to the DVD and workshop tour.
Download Finding the Words Resource (PDF, 816k)
Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Finding the Words is a two-year film and drama programme giving young women a confident and credible voice in the debate around gangs and youth violence, and a platform for developing positive lifestyles and healthy relationships.