June 14, 2012
Imagination Theater has been an amazing programming partners of Communities In Schools of Chicago (CISC) since 2001, providing much-needed sexual assault prevention education to thousands of Chicago Public School (CPS) students each year. Through its No Secrets program, Imagination Theatre teaches students about safe and unsafe touch through vignettes based on contemporary youth experiences – using words and a tone that students can understand and process. Imagination Theater is “real” with students without overburdening or overwhelming them with information. As important, the organization prepares school staff, engages audiences, and coordinates support for students who seek additional care around this challenging issue. CISC knows first-hand how passionate, accessible and fully committed to collaboration the Imagination Theatre staff is in its work. For example, Imagination Theater has teamed up with another organization, Rape Victims Advocates, to provide a safe place for students to talk about their experiences after seeing an Imagination Theatre performance. During the 2010-2011 school year, Imagination Theatre’s No Secrets program reached 7,140 students at 19 schools; more than 90 percent of the students and 85 percent of the schools were connected through CISC. Since Imagination Theater began working with CISC, it has reached more than 33,000 students at CISC partner schools. (Data for the 2011-2012 school year is being tallied now.) CISC so wholeheartedly endorses the work of Imagination Theatre that we honored the organization with our 2010 Al Ward Spirit of Giving Award for outstanding service to students and schools.
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