Our programs are unique in that we have two groups of about 20 girls, from different international locations in underserved communities, carrying out the same curriculum at the same time. Each group is led by a trained teaching artist who implements our community-tailored curriculum, and sends photos, videos, writing, and art back and forth. Each week, the two groups cover the same topics, and share their ideas. The groups are broken down into smaller groups called “twins”, for example 5 girls from The Bronx are paired with 5 girls from Anupshahr, so they learn more about each individual within that smaller group. Curriculum Overview: Key Points -Safe Space -Creative expression -Exploration of what “girl” means in the context of your own community -Exploration of what “girl” means in the context of an international community- through exchange -Final performance (optional- can be some kind of culminating piece) -Empathy, Leadership, Community building, Confidence *Introduction: We create a cross-cultural exchange of dramatic storytelling amongst girls which supports their common experience, inspires leadership, and develops community. HOW WE DO IT: Through drama exchange girls become invested in new friendships and become motivated to stand up for themselves and each other. Using devised theatre and storytelling techniques, participating girls create dramatic pieces, exploring what it means to be a girl in the context of their own community and culture. As part of the creative process, each U.S.-based participating group documents and shares their creative exploration with an international-based participant group, and vice-versa, thereby creating an intercultural dialogue and building friendships. Through these creative processes, performances, and friendships, the girls learn about each other, about themselves, and gain the confidence to create change in themselves, in their communities and for girls worldwide. Like pen pals. But with theatre. *Safe Space The curriculum begins by creating a safe space for participants to express themselves. The games help with this, but we also have an intentional discussion and create a permanent list on a poster of agreements.  *Questions Students exchange photos of individual students and answers to the Question of the Day. Questions of the day might include:
  1. What is the hardest thing girls have to deal with in your community?
  2. What is one thing you wish you could do, but feel like your society wouldn’t accept it?
  3. What is your dream job when you get older?
*Games Every day, we start with a game. These games are meant to de-mechanize the participants, inspire creativity, and loosen inhibitions. Some games also inspire important discussions about women’s rights. *Twinning The group is broken into smaller groups and each small group is matched with a smaller group in the participating country. Activities include image sharing based on common prompts, songs, poetry, artwork, and a final compilation.