The goal of Creative Ammo youth programs is to improve the life opportunities for socially- and economically-disadvantaged youth. Our first program, Creative Ammo Summer Poetry and Writing Camp, was launched in 2001 with a grant from the New York University Community Fund. The purpose of the camp is to empower youth 15 to 18 years old who have the ambition to develop their talent into a marketable skill. Camp workshop facilitators included acclaimed poets and writers such as Pedro Pietri, Miguel Algarin and Reg E. Gaines.
In 2008, Creative Ammo developed Lessons on the A Train with funding from Monroe College. This program has been performed before more than 5,000 students at over 50 high schools and community theaters in the NYC area. It was created in response to the greater high school dropout rates in urban communities and lower college enrollment for minorities. Our approach is to creatively use theater arts as a communications and educational tools. The program consists of a motivational theatrical work followed by a Real Talk dialogue with the students.
DOWNTOWN URBAN THEATER FESTIVAL
C/O CREATIVE AMMO, INC.
18 East 41st Street, Suite 1806
New York, NY 10017