Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles would like to invite you to our West Side Story Project Youth Summit on June 2nd, 2012 at 2:00pm. Join us for interactive workshops, live performances, an art exhibit, and a discussion panel using themes from the celebrated musical, the West Side Story. Youth advocates, community supporters, and society builders are welcome. The event will be held at the Phoenix House Academy, 11600 Eldridge Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342.
Please RSVP to Cynthia Castillo at CCastillo@phoenixhouse.org or 1 888 671 9392.
The West Side Story Project (WSSP) gives nonprofits and local law enforcement agencies the opportunity to foster positive relationships with at-risk youth by focusing on nonviolent conflict resolution. Phoenix House has received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to implement the WSSP in our youth treatment programs in four states, including two locations in California: Los Angeles (Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles) and Santa Ana (Phoenix House Academy of Orange County).
The central themes of the musical West Side Story (and its inspiration, Romeo and Juliet)—prejudice, violence and loss—are often all too familiar to the youth Phoenix House serves. Developed for middle and high school students, the WSSP encourages adolescents to enter into a dialogue with members of law enforcement about gangs, youth–police relationships, immigration, racial/ethnic relations, substance abuse, and other issues. Simultaneously, it introduces youth to the experience of live musical theatre, and gives them the opportunity to express themselves creatively while working with professional actors and teaching artists.
You can read about the West Side Story Project in an interview with its author, Anna Laszlo.