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W.I.S.E. Youth Agenda


Here W.I.S.E. Youth lists the agenda, events and activities scheduled for the next couple of months. We'll update this page frequently, so check back often to stay up to date.

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CLICK HERE FOR COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEGMENT OF W.I.S.E. YOUTH AND DELILAH MARTINEZ DOCUMENTED FOR NEW YORKER OF THE WEEK! entitled A mentor whos seen it all keeps kids off the streets by encouraging them to express themselves through art By Reporter: Omar Sachedina Producer: Rachel Arnheiter

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February 2005

February 5, 2:00pm - 5:00pm W.I.S.E. Youth meeting- Love and Relationships month African-American History Month  Special guests inlude Columbia University School of Journalism Graduate students Omar Sachedina and Rachel Arnheiter who will video document W.I.S.E. Youth and administration for New Yorker of the week. Update: The day went excellent! The W.I.S.E. Youth mentees participated confidently and effectively. Stay tuned soon for the show's link available on our sites to view the results of the tv special with family, friends, etc.(The show aired on Columbia News tonight Feb. 11th. Click on the link above to view!Enjoy!)
February 12, 2:00pm - 5:00pm W.I.S.E. Youth meeting- Friendships and Communication Deadlines for Feb. submissions to W.I.S.E. Youth Chronicles (Postponed until 2/19)
February 19, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Teen sexual behavior and relationships Dateline news survey with teens and Katie Kouric film.(td)Update: The meeting was held and we were all very impressed by the work submitted and done during the W.W.W. session including W.I.S.E. Chronicles and W.I.S.E. Quotes. We are very proud of W.I.S.E. Youth and look forward to great things for the future of the program and the students/mentees involved.

February 26, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Article discussion on Teen sexual behavior and relationships and
Intrapersonal Relationship
Teens with a Cause for African American History Month. Mentor discussion Update: This week's meeting was exciting as we viewed the tv segment on W.I.S.E. Youth together as a group. We celebrated Nisa's 14th birthday with an ice cream cake after she modeled for a portrait for our students during the WWW exercise. We ended Black History Month by discussing Teens in Black History.We ended Love and Relationships month by discussing views on virginity. The discussions were objective, open, honest and informative.


Tolerance is an issue that involves understanding, respect and acceptance. There are many aspects that affect racial and humane issues including interracial relaitonships and friendships. Take a moment to examine the stereotypes that are given to different racial, ethnic and religious groups. We will take this opportunity to examine and label common stereotypes. Each student will confidentially be assigned a specific race or gender. They will have 10 minutes to develop a skit or monologue based on this stereotype giving their peers the opportunity to guess the stereotype. We will then offer origins, solutions and clarity to these ideas as well as ways that these concepts apply to all people regardless of race, creed or gender. This is a way to label the simiarities between people, by illuminating the negative images that society places on groups. Eliminating differences, eliminates intolerance.

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W.I.S.E. Youth Meeting Agenda :Apr. 23, 2005
W.I.S.E. Quotes
Opening Inspiration - Until Today (Awareness) (Welcome) W.I.S.E. Quotes
Old News
2:15 pm
Mentor Applications/Parental Consent Forms/Submission of bios and creative work (ALTERNATE WEEKENDS)
Self-Awareness Exercise
Wise Writing Workshop
Special Event:Video
Reading and Special Discussion
W.I.S.E. Youth 15 min. break

Self-Inflicted Violence


Discussion of Article/ Creative Work Submitted/Critique and Proofread



Mentee/Mentor work on individual/group incentives(P.O.W. Movement, Brainstorm, Book Club,W.I.S.E. Youth Chronicles online, S.O.D.A. Project, S.A.F.E. blanket  etc.) WEBSITE-TUTORIAL

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Final thoughts and meditations, informal freestyle session. Farewell until next week. Be W.I.S.E.!

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March 2005

March 5, 2:00pm - 5:00pm  Alternatives to Violence Month Women's History Month Relationship Abuse - Signs and forms of Abuse in relationships.Introduction to Women's History month: Women to discuss throughout the month: Queen Liliouokalani, Josephine Baker, Sylvia Rexach, Celia Cruz, Iyanla Vanzant, Zora Neale Hurston etc. Update: This week's group was outstanding as the students/mentors excelled in creating improvisational scenarios based on healthy/abusive relationships. We shared many laughs during our freestyle session and provided insight and support during the discussions on relationship abuse. We look forward to more performances from W.I.S.E. Youth as they displayed great acting potential and star quality during the WWW exercise.

March 12, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Self-Inflicted Violence/ Gangs and Street Violence. S.O.D.A.Project (Survivors of Domestic Abuse)
Woman of the Week: Zora Neale Hurston (Discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God that aired Mar. 6 on A.B.C.) (Postponed until 3/19) 

March 19, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
 Topics from last week. Kaylee's birthday celebration and W.I.S.E. Youth of the Month.Update: This afternoon, we spoke about Josephine Baker, Oprah Winfrey and Celia Cruz as inspiring women in history who broke barriers in society and in mainstream entertainment. We also discussed the roots of violence and issues behind cutting(self-mutilation) and how common it is amongst male and female adolescents. Monologue style acting was taught as a self-awareness exercise style and students worked on and created improvisational speeches about fear. Kaylee turned 17 on March 15 so we cut a cheesescake in her honor. She also accepted the award for W.I.S.E. Youth of the month for her perfect attendance, creative input and special tasks completed throughout the month.

March 26, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Cancelled due to Easter holiday. Special fun next week!! (Field trip)
April 2005
April 2, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Cancelled due to weather.
April 9, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Movie Day Discussion (Alternate Group and Recreation Days)
April 16, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Cancelled due to Hispanic Task Force Conference in Albany, N.Y.
April 23, 2:00pm - 5:00pm W.I.S.E Youth meeting
April 30, 2:00pm - 5:00pm W.I.S.E.Youth meeting
The month of May concentrated on Teen Health issues as we discussed Tolerance and Human Rights. We learned how cultural factors as well as other beliefs contribute to the stereotypes that we often possess. In an effort to clear up certain stereotypes, we viewed videos and discussed ways to manage misconceptions of others. We played a game that labeled and explored common myths about certain cultures by acting the "role" and sharing insight to the ways in which we represented their ethnic characteristics. We also played a very effective game (SCAR) in which the students were presented scenarios that were uncomfortable and confronting and asked to recreate the circumstances. (ex. unwanted sexual advancements, being followed while shopping, friends backstabbing etc. ) As they tried individually to manage the situation they were challenged to be calm, polite and as effective as possible in their communication. If innapropriate, rude or argumentative, a reinforcement bell would ring and they were redirected where improvement was necessary. The students learned to label the key points that trigger negative responses when trying to convey messages or gear someone to resolve a problem/situation and confront lovingly. We will continue to play Stop Conflict and Resolve (SCAR) as the semester continues.
Dates to know- June 11- Puerto Rican Day Festival W.I.S.E. Youth will attend.
For summer semester 2 group sessions a month, 2 recs a month. Group sessions will consist of rehearsal for Summer Production. Rehearsals will increase during the weekdays in the month of August.
Summer of Fine Arts.
The Summer Session will focus on the expression of the fine arts and the role that creativity plays in lives. They will explore the fine arts through 4 basic genres- Drama, Music, Writing and Dance. They will practice the art of performance by studying acting techniques, improvisational exercises and character development. At the conclusion of the semester, W.I.S.E. Youth will perform for family, friends and community in an effort to raise funds for the future of W.I.S. E. Youth. Stay tuned for more information on production dates.
June- Skill Development (Performance Standards and Anxiety) Acting Workshop, Assessment, Idea Development, Recruitment.
July- Brainstorm, Final Scripts,Rehearsal, Promotion
August- Final Prep, Performance
Fine Arts Extravaganza
Sitcom Pilot
4 Act Play
Poetry Slam
Choreographed Dance Performance (Musical)

Prospective mentors/mentees are welcome to learn more about us by attending any of these meetings/ events. Please contact us in advance for more information.


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