Foundation for the Arts and Trauma

ALIVE program fosters positive change in troubled students

In the ALIVE classroom, students are invited to make meaningful connections between their lives and their schoolwork. Through co-teaching and the use of art, drama, music and poetry, students express themselves and gain a stronger sense of self-worth and belonging.

“Students are affected by stress and that gets in the way of their abilities to get the most out of their school experience,” said Dr. Nisha Sajnani, director of drama therapy, community health, and ALIVE School Based Programs at the Post Traumatic Stress Center.

Created: December 12, 2011 - 11:48am
-- Updated: August 3, 2017 - 11:13pm

Building Creative Capacities in New Haven

Attention teachers, community organizers, young leaders, advocates, journalists, & health practitioners: Don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in two free public workshops called "Theater and Change in Classrooms, Clinics and Communities in New Haven".  

This series is made possible through the collaboration of Creative Alternatives, Theater Studies @ Yale, the Foundation for the Arts and Trauma, and United Way of Greater New Haven.

Created: June 7, 2011 - 4:52pm
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Boost! partnerships help students succeed

“The district asked us to help address the availability and quality of a range of wraparound services” Bohen said. “We’re looking at extended learning opportunities, behavioral health, physical health and family support and engagement — all the things we know have a huge impact on student achievement.”

Published in the New Haven Reigster on Sunday, May 22, 2011
By Steve Higgins, Special to the Register

A 16-year-old New Haven girl whose father had been in prison for many years began missing too many school days at Metropolitan Business Academy this year. She had to take care of her mother and younger sister, and it became overwhelming.

But her attendance has increased significantly since this spring, when she was placed in a program designed to engage students who demonstrated a need for a more personalized learning environment, according to Nisha Sajnani, director of the Drama Therapy, Community Health and Prevention program at the Foundation for the Arts and Trauma.  “She likes the class, and that really makes a difference,” said Sajnani.

Created: May 23, 2011 - 7:35am
-- Updated: August 3, 2017 - 8:13pm
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