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Community PROMISE is all about making positive changes in our own community and helping teens play safer. Groups meet once a week and run for about 1-1 ½ hours. There’s 8 sessions for each group. To find out where we’re running PROMISE groups currently so you can join, check out our Map.
There are two different kinds of Community PROMISE groups:
The storyteller group creates projects—videos, cartoons, games, musics, spoken-work, w/e—that have positive messages for other teens. The projects are based on true stories of ways that teens made changes to reduce their risks and the reasons why. The stories, “iStories,” might be about testing, talking to a partner about using a condom, refusing drugs/alcohol, getting information, preventing pregnancy, etc. Once the group decides what kind of project we want to work on, the adults and Youth Advocates teach us the skills needed for our projects: storyboarding, videography, photography, music creation, cartooning, etc. Then we create our “iStory” projects to share with our friends, family, and peers on line and/or in person. We keep it real with our stories, so sometimes there's swear words and slang included, but the stories are true and real, so we keep it real when we're working on the projects.
Youth Advocates are teens who help out in a lot of ways. We’re the heart and soul of Real Talk! Here’s what we do:
We get all kinds of incentives for working on the Real Talk projects, running the outreach tables, and helping with groups. Incentives can be small, like coupons for ice cream cones or burgers, to bigger prizes like $25 Visa© cards.
Albany, NY 12207