DOWNPLAYING THE DRAMA

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TAKING A THEATER APPROACH TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Downplaying the Drama promotes sustainable conflict prevention and a culture of peace through a participatory theater methodology called Drama for Conflict Transformation or DCT. DCT establishes a safe space to allow members of conflicting groups to break down barriers through personal contact and building strong personal relationships. 


By developing short plays based on conflict issues and presenting them to their communities in interactive performances, youth are provided with the tools needed to identify and address issues of mutual concern which in turn establishes a common ground for cooperation and coexistence.


“Life, while it is happening to us, can seem random and undirected. It’s often only when we tell the story of what happened that some order can emerge from the abundant jumble of details and impressions." 

DTD FOCUS AREAS

IMPROVING RELATIONSHIPS

INCREASING GOOD BEHAVIOR

INCREASING GOOD BEHAVIOR

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  Youth are engaged in being the source of change.


  • A Safe Space - Mentally, Emotionally and Physically
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Bonding 
  • Physical Safety

INCREASING GOOD BEHAVIOR

INCREASING GOOD BEHAVIOR

INCREASING GOOD BEHAVIOR

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  Youth develop techniques to influence new thinking.


  • DCT Training and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Recognizing Emotions
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self-Control

IMPLEMENTING LIFE SKILLS

INCREASING GOOD BEHAVIOR

IMPLEMENTING LIFE SKILLS

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  Youth progress in learning new skills and acquiring resources.


  • Ability To Think Ahead; Positive Belief In Future
  • Conflict Resolution
  • A Decrease In Social Anxiety
  • Leadership Skills

DTD MILESTONES

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INITIAL & INTERMEDIATE OUTCOMES

  • Social Support (Mentors)
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Increased School Attendance
  • Positive Beliefs About Future
  • Tools To Avoid Risky Behaviors 
  • Emotional Responses

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LONG-TERM OUTCOMES

  • High School Graduation
  • Expanded Skillset
  • Non-Violent/Peace Responses
  • No Juvenile Interaction
  • Leadership/Advocacy/Civic Engagement 
  • Positive and Healthy Behaviors