What is your mission?
The Possibility Project brings teenagers together to transform the negative forces in their lives and communities into positive action. Using the performing arts and community action as vehicles, our youth learn to build relationships across difference, resolve conflicts, engage in their communities, and lead.
What makes your organization so unique in the non-profit space?
Our impact: 99% of our 12th graders graduate high school or get their GED and 90% go on to college. Youth also gain many social/emotional benefits, such as a sense of belonging, initiative, agency, etc.
Our approach: using the performing arts as a vehicle for learning and expression, we challenge each group of youth to write and perform an original musical from the stories of their lives that is then shared with their communities. This dynamic, creative environment is youth-led and highly experiential.
Our integrity: we live by our values and align our organization's operations with our mission. Youth have leadership roles throughout the organization and we work in partnership with them to make their lives and communities better.
What is your organization up to at the moment & how can CUP Members be involved?
We recently completed our 27th Off-Broadway theatrical production, released our first feature film ("Know How," written by and starring a cast of NYC foster care youth), and expanded our Board of Directors by 30%.
Looking ahead, we will conduct our 28th theatrical production, entitled "Borderline," June 17-20, release "Know How" on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix in June, initiate a new program for court-involved youth that will begin in July, grow our Young Professional Committee (YPC), and expand our Board of Directors by 2-3 members.
We invite all CUP members to attend our upcoming show; tickets and info are available here. We also invite CUP member to contact us if interested in serving on our Board or YPC.