ENCOMPASS

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Race

Location: 55 S. Grand Ave Pasadena CA 91105 USA

Mission: ENCOMPASS exists to reduce prejudice and conflict among youth. We use the arts and facilitated dialogue to spark compassion, personal responsibility and an appreciate of differences.
Target demographics: teenagers (and the adults who affect the lives of teenagers)
Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles/California
Programs: Compassion Plays, Creating Bias-Free Classrooms and the LACHSA Service-Learning Class

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a student at the program's class at my school, I can honestly say that I feel like I am a part of something important. We are literally informing real teachers how create safe class rooms for real students. And that will have real impacts in the world around you and me. When students feels comfortable and appreciated in a class room, they are more willing to develop academically as a student. At least that's what I've found from my personal experience. Donate and Support Encompass now!!!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended all the performances that Encompass has put on in the past 10 years. Just recently I attended the "Creating Anti-Bias in the Classrooms." I am a counselor at a high school and Encompass is such a support to the schools, students and community. Their workshops/skills developments/performances are effective at getting each person to assess their own values and to understand how our experience shapes our perception of others. Their staff has the expertise in creating a safe venue to share with others without getting into a heated debate. What they do is crucial to understanding the complexity of social issues (race, gender, religion, etc). Anytime I attend the work of Encompass, I am rejuvenated and inspired to share their programs with others so they too can be "awakened". I am hoping to bring the "Creating Anti-Bias in the Classrooms" in support of the AB 537 Bill and to provide our school with training in anti-bullying.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great non-profits are run by GREAT people. Encompass is run by the GREATEST. You know that what you do and who you are matters to all of us who believe in you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their commitment to youth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first worked with ENCOMPASS on a summer program called Project Spotlight. As one of the most influential experiences in my life, I now feel more confident not only in my art, but also of my identity. More importantly, I found myself becoming much more aware of the struggles my peers go through and eager enough to listen and understand them. I continue my work with ENCOMPASS on Creating Bias-Free Classrooms, where we train teachers to handle classroom situations where race, gender, and/or sexual orientation come up in the classroom. Through this program, I realized how important it his to help teachers, who directly influence their students, create a safe, welcoming learning environment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Project Spotlight/Creating Bias-Free Classrooms/Kick/Horizon Line

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more available to other teens.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I took part in Project Spotlight in my summer prior to senior year as a performer and I can honestly say it was one of the most life changing experiences I've had. It was a perfect combination of artistic creativity, relevant discussions concerning issues that hurt me and my peer as teen artists, and even just as teens in general. The staff was always friendly and helpful, both with personal matters and artistic criticism. I would hope Encompass and Project Spotlight not only continue but grow to a larger scale because it really does positively affect a lot of people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Project Spotlight

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it grow bigger.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Manager of the Institute of Leadership Development and the Program Coordinator for the county's 13 district New Teacher Induction Consortium, I had been searching for an appropriate and relevant way to assist teachers in addressing issues of bias that they are faced with in their context of teaching. Luckily for us, I was able to connect with the ENCOMPASS team.

We are completing our second year as partners, providing a multi-tiered professional development model for our more than 150 classroom teachers. In spite of the fact that our trainings must occur after the school day ends, our participants continue to actively engage in this learning opportunity. Ongoing feedback confirms that each session provides them with a new lens into bias, new approaches to address bias, and the opportunity to personally reflect on their own bias and how that might impact the ways in which teachers interact with their students and families.

We look forward to continuing our partnership and creating additional opportunities for our teachers, site administrators and mentors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the planning and facilitating of a year-long professional development series on Creating Bias-Free Classrooms. Teachers, Mentors and Site Administrators from K-12 classroom settings participate in these trainings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to support the development of additional modules.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a veteran teacher of high school students, I am always looking for means to bring the curriculum alive for all my students. All the Encompass plays do that and more- long after the performance and the debrief that follows, my students continue to make meaning of what they experienced. Making connections for themselves is the gift that keeps on giving beyond the classroom.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was first introduced to Encompass through association with a non-profit several years ago. Since then, I have had the company perform for my students at my school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be able to afford their coming at least 2 times a year, for grades 7-12. The company is amazingly professional, yet present the material in a mannert accessible to all learners.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have worked with ENCOMPASS to bring it's Compassion Play, KICK, to many K-12 schools, universities, and professional education conferences in Wisconsin since 2004. KICK is a powerful example of how live theater and a facilitated discussion can engage audiences of all ages, education levels, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. KICK reaches both the head and the heart to develop true understanding of the use of "Indian" mascots, logos, and nicknames as a human relations issue. DeLanna Studi is an amazing actor, and her depiction of a range of diverse characters allows audiences to experience multiple perspectives on the issue. Time and again, Juliana Serrano and Lex Steppling have proven to be very skilled in fostering valuable discussions that are safe and respectful without losing intellectual and emotional depth.

I also worked with ENCOMPASS to bring another Compassion Play, Horizon Line, to a national conference, and found it to be another extremely powerful learning experience. Kevin Blake is a talented actor, and Lex's ability to foster constructive dialogue is unparalleled.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ENCOMPASS remains a valuable partner in multicultural education, human relations education, and American Indian Studies in Wisconsin.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve their outreach efforts - they need a broader audience for their amazing work.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional working at a national LGBT non-profit, I attended an Encompass training as research. I wanted to see how they were training teachers around issues of race and difference in the classroom, in the hopes that I would pick up some new techniques and tactics to use in my own work.
I took over 5 pages of notes.
Skyler was astute and open, welcoming each individual experience in the room while still retaining complete control over the training. The teachers in the room were engaged fully, participating in every exercise whole-heartedly.
I have no doubt that the teachers who are trained by Encompass create safe learning environments for their students... thanks to the institutional and personal change inspired by Encompass.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own work. I learned more about training and captivating a room, in addition to new skills and exercises for moving a room through a conversation about diversity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure more funding for them. Their work is critical!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen Encompass' dynamic and innovative Creating Bias-Free Classrooms in action firsthand. The program is engaging, exciting and highly relevant to educators, counselors and administrators. Encompass' staff has created a program that fills a serious gap in efforts to create safe schools and classrooms for all students - effective classroom management strategies that address homophobia yet do not shame or shut down a student. The content is wonderful and well thought out, which coupled with the highly engaging theater-based approach and expert facilitation, makes for a wonderful program. In my work supporting Gay-Straight Alliance clubs throughout Southern California, I am often asked for training for teachers, counselors and administrators that not only opens their minds but also gives them the real-world tools needed to make safe and accepting schools for LGBTQ students a reality. Everytime I am asked this question, I immediately suggest that the school reach out to Encompass to invite them to do a training at their school.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how administrators were educated about LGBT youth harassment in a non-threatening and engaging way.ha

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their funding so that they can bring this wonderful program into every school!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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