on the Move project specializes in dynamic artistic
mentorship. Artists are chosen for their professional expertise
in their art forms and their art forms' closeness to the girls' cultures,
as well as for their skills in and desire to estabish long term positive
mentoring relationships with girls. The Girls on the Move project
has one clinical/artistic program director and four to six professional
female artists for each year program. These professionals ensure
that the program is a success.
The clinical/artistic director acts as a liason with the girls and families
and provides counseling support & supervison for the girls and artists
as needed, as well as provides overal artistic and therapeutic direction
for each phase of the project. The professional artists undergo specialized
training intensives to prepare for each phase of the Girls on the Move
Project. This support is essential in ensuring the success and effectiveness
of the program. After the program commences, the artists participate
in weekly data evaluation of their groups and weekly clinical supervision
with the program director to ensure the needs of each girl and the group
as a whole are fully addressed for the duration of the program. Read
on to find out more about the artists' training curriculum.
Artist Mentorship Training Program
Phase I: Introduction to Performance Creation
Training I: Introduction to the Girls on the Move Project: The
artists/instructors attend a full day training retreat to learn:
- effective conflict resolution strategies and sexual health and prevention
information that will be taught to the girls during the first 8 weeks
of the program.
- multi-cultural competency standards and practices in regards to the
specificity of personal and cultural issues impacting this population
of adolescent girls.
- program phases and goals, and the process of weekly data collection.
Each artist submits a full curriculum with flexible weekly lesson plans
after the training, and signs a contract to work as a team with the director
and other instructors to become long term artistic mentors of each girl
in the program.
Training II: My Art as Powerful: Artists
attend a 3-hour experiential workshop with hand-outs exploring 6 art
forms (visual art, poetry, photography, 3 dance styles, and theater)
as doorways to behavior transformation and self-esteem building for high-risk
inner-city African American adolescent girls.
Training III: A Meeting with Your Inner 13
year old: Staff attend a 3-hour experiential workshop that
demonstrates how using movement, visualization, journaling, drawing,
and music will increase empathic understanding of adolescent girls
of all cultures and backgrounds, and for the adolescent girl alive
within themselves. This course also assists in teaching instructors:
- how to correctly handle difficult behaviors of the teen girls we
- to increase artist creativity and flexibility with teaching their
art form to this population;
- to improve artist communication across their diverse disciplines
- and increase artist team spirit.
Artist Surveys: After completion of each 12-week introductory
module, each artist will complete an post evalution of each girl, and
a survey evaluation of the project. These evaluations are used to ensure
continued program effectiveness.
Phase II: Visionary Mask Creation
Training IV: Exploring the Four Archetypes of the Goddess:
Saint, Mother, Warrior, Lover - This 3-hour experiential workshop
prepares Phase I trained and experienced artists to engage therapeutically
in Phase II of the program: visionary mask creation to support
the self transformation and empowerment goals of this phase for each
girl..In this course, artists explore core archetypes of the female
experience through movement, visualization, journaling, and deep sharing
to prepare to assist girls into and safely through the archetypal realms
of Super Girl character creation. Artists learn how to support each
girl to initiate into their solo expression of their power self artistically
while at the same time developing supportive and empowering relationships
with their peers.
Phase III: Documentary for Change
Training V: Leadership Advocacy Training with A Better Philadelphia: This
3-day experiential training for Phase III is based on Pacific Institute
techniques for personal and social change and geared toward youth leadership
development that will be integrated with the process of documentary film