My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Encore Stage & Studio Inc, Arlington, VA, USA
I got involved with Encore a few years ago, after my daughter was cast in a show. Now I am the President of the Board of Directors. To me, Encore is an amazing organization. On the one hand, it is a children's theater. But on the other, perhaps less visible, side, it is really a laboratory where young people learn leadership, responsibility, teamwork, accountability, poise, thinking on their feet, and how to develop others. I have never seen a place with groups of young people working together quite like this: they are mixed gender and range in age from 9 to 18. Schools are segregated by age. Sports are segregated by skill and/or age and usually by gender. But here, they are all working together and the older kids - the teens - take care of and nurture and guide and support the younger ones - who are usually in elementary school. I have never encountered anything like it before and its really remarkable to watch.
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