The Other Side visits schools and partners with community groups around New York City and abroad for in-school and after school programs. Here are some of the organizations we work with:
EXCHANGE: GLOBAL TECH PREP AND PARDADA-PARDADI
Pardada-Pardadi Educational Society, Anupshahr
, Uttar Pradesh, India
The portion of our program that operates at Pardada-Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) in Anupsharhr, Uttar Pradesh, India supplements the mission of this school, to empower girls to end the cycle of poverty.
Through value-based education, vocational training, and the guarantee of a job working for the school upon graduation, PPES ensures that its students emerge among the most capable and respected members of their community, empowered to break the cycle of gender-bias against women in their community, their country, and beyond.
The Other Side conducts drama training and workshops in the school each year for 2-3 weeks, supplementing the “personality development” curriculum at the school. Our programming supports PPES’ mission to empower girls with confidence and training that will ensure their voices be heard.
In addition to the drama training, which facilitates storytelling and confidence building, our Theatre of the Oppressed technique also teaches the girls to identify oppressors, how to work around these oppressors to get what they need, and how to be positive leaders in the future. In 2011, it was estimated that up to 85% of girls did not have access to an education in Anupshahr. We are confident that our program is a positive supplemental curriculum that will further empower the girls to tell their stories and to create a different trend in the village, where all children are educated and all voices are equally heard.
To learn more or make a donation to their organization, check out their website
Global Technology Preparatory, Harlem
, New York City, USA
Global Tech Prep Middle School’s student population is 99% families of color and 80% eligible for free or reduced fee lunch in East Harlem, NY. There are many strong women in these families, but in most cases, there is not a tradition of education and career-focused female role models. Students are at-risk for diminished expectations; many define success in terms of relationships with strong partners, rather than looking inward and identifying personal qualities that lead them toward achievement and satisfaction. This can put them at odds with other girls, whom they may see as rivals, rather than as allies. They can miss out on the support that comes from a sense connection to other girls.
By taking part in our program, girls will have the opportunity to explore their own experiences and begin to take control of their personal journeys. Through the cross-cultural exchange, they will have the rare and rich experience of coming to understand similarities across peoples and feeling a part of the community of girls beyond their own cultural sphere.
Our Theatre of the Oppressed technique also teaches how to identify oppressors, how to work around these oppressors to get what they need, and how to be positive leaders in the future. Our program is a positive supplemental curriculum that will further empower the girls to tell their stories and to create a different trend in the community, where women are educated and respected, and all voices are equally heard.
EXCHANGE: WHEDCO AND BAIT HAM (WARM HOMES)
WHEDco (The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), South Bronx, New York City, USA
WHEDco’s mission is to give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods – from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Engaging the mind, body and artistic spirit of the youth
All children deserve a quality education and access to academic resources . WHEDco reaches over 1000 students annually through youth development programs that provide educational and cultural opportunities and empower students to think critically, make smart career choices, and contribute responsibly as leaders in their community.
The Other Side is providing workshops through Project STEP (Students Toward Educational Promise), where 125 middle school students (grades 6-8) engage in service learning to develop a sense of social responsibility and civic engagement. Project STEP empowers students to make their own decisions about their education, through one-on-one guidance through the NYC high school application process, introductions to a wide array of high-performing public, private and parochial high schools, and preparation for high school entrance exams.
, Tel-Aviv, Israel
The young girls who take part in this program are in jeopardy on account of their difficult financial, familial and social background. “"Wizo” is an organisation that operates “Warm Homes” all around Israel to provide the vulnerable youth community of Israel with structured emotional and phycological support. Bait Ham exists within the girls neglected home community with an objective of providing direction and discouraging them from leaving school.
Objectives of Bait Ham:
- Bait Ham is a therapeutic framework that allows teenage girls to be in a positive, accepting, environment that develops their sense of belonging and confidence by way of social informal education programming.
- Wizo's objective is to promote each girls personal and social development with an emphasis on a healthy and normalised development of identity through which each girl could leave the circle of vulnerability.
- A place to go when home life becomes difficult.
- Discourage self destructive behaviour
- Increase a positive self esteem
- A healthy social environment
- to create a model of a home
Girls age ranging from 13-18 who are at risk and in vulnerable positions, those who are having difficulty handling day-to-day life and are in need of a therapeutic, supportive and enriching structure.
Many of the girls have issues with:
-difficulties with communications within their family and limit setting
-wandering, emotionally neglected, and damaged self esteem
-Difficulties with interpersonal communication
-have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse
-Have experienced immigrant trauma and cultural differences
-have dropped out of school