INTERACTIVE DRAMA FOR EDUCATION AND AWARENESS IN THE SCHOOLS INC

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 98 Fourth Street Suite 305 Brooklyn NY 11231 USA

Mission: IDEAS strives to fill the void of direct drama experiences that exist in the educational lives of young people with disabilities and disadvantages. Using drama and theater as a teaching and learning tool and in response the need for all young people to express themselves IDEAS offers a variety of drama-in-education programs for youth ages 7-21 as well as specially designed workshops for parents and staff of disabled/disadvantaged youth.
Geographic areas served: NYC and surrounding areas.
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EIN 11-3522723
718-387-5055
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Lisa Dennett and her staff have provided many workshops for teachers and students at conferences sponsored by my organization - The New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA). She taught me many techniques that I used with my special needs students. In addition, her company performed in my school district, Manhasset UFSD, many times. IDEAS is a fantastic organization. I recommend them wholeheartedly.

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

lessons I learned from Lisa Dennett that I used with my studnets.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

IDEAS is continually growing and always open to new concepts. The staff is very easy to work with. IDEAS is "teacher friendly."

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable and very kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach many more teachers and children!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Seeing the dedication from the founder to the instructors is heart warming and inspiring. Working with an organization that is committed to INCLUSION is rare and rewarding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being around people who are committed to making a change with children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and motivated. To see their constant commitment to improving themselves so they can create an incredible experience for the students is inspiring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

IDEAS has been wonderful for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Truman High school in the Bronx. Many of these kids are low functioning in academic areas. IDEAS came every week and helped them act out scenarios of real life situations. This enabled them to understand better how to act and react when they encounter problems in their lives. It also helps them to better understand how to express themselves especially regarding their feelings. This is especially helpful to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who lack the appropriate language they need to communicate effectively. Please endorse IDEAS who have always been there for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing high schoolers. Thank you for this opportunity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, enthusiastic, dedicated, reliable and very creative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've seen several performances and video's of the kids that IDEAS servers. They're AMAZING. The kids are so involved and excited when working with this organization. I can highly recommend IDEAS! Gerrit Vooren

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, smart and very involved. They really make a difference!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

After working with a drama team I found them to be quite experimental, supportive of children with multiple handicaps. Their continuing participation in school life and cultural events in connection with school will surely help children develop a better understanding of culture and everyday life. I strongly feel the team should continue working in the same direction, because they are the wonderful enthusiasts that can make a positive difference in lives of children.

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

8-11K at School 286

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

professionalism and team-playing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Lisa Dennet was exceptionally great

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get involved with more children and connect them to cultural experiences

Ways to make it better...

I could continue to work with this team more closely

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

Good luck to this organization, they are doing great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with IDEAS several times in the past and have always felt energized and nurtured by the experience. There are excellent training seminars and professional development opportunities for staff members. This is an organization that values the continuing education of it's students and staff members equally!

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

my own development as a stronger, more well rounded and educated teaching artist.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

The Cleary School for the Deaf Secondary Program has had a five year relationship with I.D.E.A.S.. Even with funds being tight, we found I.D.E.A.S. to provide our students with rich socio-dynamic experiences. Sudents could name their own concerns and create plays or scenes to illustrate problems, solutions or waysa of working through the problem. Visiting artists are all well-qualified to draw the best out of students, even including wide ranges of ability within the group.

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

Increased & improved awareness and responsiveness to students interacting with each other.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Students are more aware of how to solve their issues, and where/how to seek help. Visiting artists bring sim,ilar backgrounds and life-isuies to their work witrh students, and have creative approaches to drawing out student responses.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic! Qualified! Energetic! Creative! Resourceful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make I.D.E.A.S. a permanent part of our daily program.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time with I.D.E.A.S..

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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10 people found this review helpful

This past school year, my class has had the opportunity to participate in the IDEAS drama program. We found it to be very engaging with creative activities. We explored our emotions through role play, music, costumes and dialog. My students loved this program. We especially enjoyed the culminating activity of performing our version of the Wizard of Oz for our friends. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

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

my classroom.

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

expand.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

enjoying fun exploratory activities with my students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable in their program goal, creative and innovative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to thousands of students and expand their horizons.

Ways to make it better...

the program running time was extended.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

time & money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I spent the last year working as a teaching artist with IDEAS and loved every second! The students hunger for creative outlets--and both the Sociodrama and Creative Drama programs give them such opportunities. I highly recommend IDEAS.

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

the communication skills of young people.

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

continue reaching out to other locations and demographics.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ideas young people come up with when allowed to think outside of the box!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

talented and inspirational.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

travel to a large number of states and even countries, bringing their format to more young people.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had the chance to stay in NYC and continue working for IDEAS!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the same challenges facing all art organizations at the moment. Art is one of the first things to cut during a crises.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Lisa Dennett has done a fine job all around.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Ideas as a teaching artist for over 3 years now. Within that time I have witnessed hundreds of moments in which economically, physically or mentally challenged children are brought the joy of performance,creativity and expression through this loving and dynamic organization. Ideas is a great gift to the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Having 10 million bucks(or even 10 thousand) would enable Ideas to bring more of its valuable programs to the underserved communities it serves. It would also enable a broader range of teacher training specific to working with the disabled population.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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