BENEFITING: CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK
EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2016
Empower people to ACT UP and OUT!
CANY drama therapy helps people to re-connect, re-build and re-imagine their lives. Together we can help others to ACT UP and OUT of the traumas, abuse, neglect and violence that have held them back.
Would you help us change a life?
Until December 31 my goal is to raise $5,000 to provide a 12 week CANY program to help people like Tyrell.
Here is his story:
"Tyrell" had a very difficult childhood: his parents were never there for him and most of his time he spent on the streets, where he was forced to protect himself any way he could. When he first came to CANY group, he used sarcasm, dismissiveness, criticism, and coercion to control his environment – the same way he would do it on the street. Instead of challenging Tyrell’s defense mechanisms the CANY therapist and the group continually invited him to try new roles and invite new possibilities. By our last session, Tyrell was able to shift his dominating behavior to take on positive leadership roles. He also began to demonstrate a level of generosity and support we had not previously seen. His ability to tolerate vulnerability, sincerity, and eye contact was noteworthy. When it was his turn to share the strengths he has seen in each group member, he stated, “You are caring, you can sing, you are smart, you're a good friend, you are a really cool person." Participating in CANY’s group helped Tyrell to transition out of a guarded, defensive, rigid state into a more flexible and connected person.
Tyrell’s success is the kind of hope and change that ignites what we do.
Find out more about CANY: http://www.cany.org/.