After School Enrichment

Saratoga Independent School, After School Enrichment
Improv for the School Age Child (8 to 12 years)
Teen Improv Boot Camp (13 to18 years)
Leadership for the Team Building Child (8 to 12 years)
Leadership for the Team Building Teen
(13 to 18 years)

  • Improv for the School-Age Child –8 to 12 years

Workshop length varies from school to school according to individual after-school enrichment program duration.
This workshop consists of a planned series of activities and exercises which foster cooperation and promote skillful interaction with others. Students will learn the structure of improv and will be able to create scenes from impromptu suggestions. The last class session will be a show for parents and interested parties.

Skill set:
• No right or wrong answer; (Creative Thinking Skill Development)
• Using positive responses; (Increase Possibilities)
• Cooperation works better. (Illustrates Synergy in Team Building)
• Failure is not permanent. (Perspective is Increased)
• Impromptu speaking practice; (Spur-of-the-moment Brainstorming)
• Proficiency expands confidence; (Increase in Self-Esteem)

And more…

Going along with another person’s idea (cooperation)
Agreeing and offering ideas of one’s own (being receptive and responsible)
Taking turns (patience)
Being optimistic (research proves optimism is the basis of good health)
Listening to what others say (consideration)
Coming up with new ideas (brainstorming)
Working as a team (the ability to work well on a team is the number one skill employers want)

Testimonial

“I’ve noticed that Corwin is using more positive responses with me than before the improv class with Terrie. His attitude is also more positive in general.” Kathy Freedman, parent (Saratoga Independent School After-School Enrichment)

  • Teen Improv Boot Camp

Workshop length varies from school to school according to individual after-school enrichment program duration. No prior improv experience is required.
This workshop consists of a planned series of activities and exercises which foster cooperation and promote skillful interaction with others. Students will learn the structure of improv and will be able to create scenes from impromptu suggestions. Many of the scenes are similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?”
Thorough professional improvisation training is included. Emphasis is placed on presenting an entertaining show at the end for parents, siblings and interested parties. (This show can also be open to the public if the school wishes.)
Any teen interested in comedy/theater/public speaking or communications would enjoy this program.

Skill set: What Your Teen Will Get:
• Listening and Public Speaking Practice

• Greater ease in social situations: Testimonial: “The improv classes made me more comfortable mixing into the new environment at college.” –Isaac Banner

• Acceptance of clowning behavior

• Encouraged use of humor/cleverness:

Testimonial

“Improv is a fun activity and may sometimes be crazy, but in a good way. In the end the people (who join the class) and the audience (at the show) can get a good laugh, chuckle, and smile out of Terrie’s improv. Pretty much without her help I would have never found out I have such a love for improv. I am now taking lessons for improv in an improv school in New Orleans. If you are looking to see what improv is all about in New York, Terrie is your improv gal.” — Baylor Banis

Concepts Taught:
• No right or wrong answer. (Creative Thinking Skill Development)
• Using positive responses; (Increases Possibilities)
• Cooperation works better. (Illustrates Synergy in Team Building)
• Failure is not permanent. (Perspective is Increased)
• Impromptu speaking practice; (Spur-of-the-moment Brainstorming)
• Proficiency expands confidence; (Increase in Self-Esteem)

And More!

Going along with another person’s idea (cooperation)
Agreeing and offering ideas of one’s own (being receptive and responsible)
Taking turns (patience)
Being optimistic (research proves optimism is the basis of good health)
Listening to what others say (consideration)
Coming up with new ideas (brainstorming)
Working as a team (the ability to work well on a team is the number one skill employers want)

Film Clip of Teen Improv Boot Camp at the Saratoga Springs Public Library

Credits:
Saratoga Independent School, Felice Karlitz, Director of Education
6 week SIS-Winter Session – January/February – 2011
6 week SIS- Spring Session – April/May/June – 2011

  • Leadership for the Team Building Child (8 to 12 years)

Class length can be adapted to any after-school program format.

This workshop is all about how to lead in the right direction. Utilizing Toastmasters International Leadership Training techniques, your child will learn the traits of a leader and how to use them effectively. There will be exercises and activities designed to build a team. Your child will be able to lead others in these exercises which foster communication, bonding and trust.

 

  • Leadership for the Team Building Teen (13 to 18 years)

Class length can be adapted to any after-school program format.
This workshop is all about how to lead in the right direction. Utilizing Toastmasters International Leadership Training techniques, your teen will learn the traits of a leader and how to use them effectively. There will be exercises and activities designed to build a team. Your child will be able to lead others in these exercises which foster communication, bonding and trust.

Testimonial

The kids referred back to the training several times throughout the year. One advantage they had was being a cohesive group from the beginning through previous exposure to one another; several were on Varsity teams together, met in kindergarten, went through religious and or public school, etc. Your training allowed them to see each other and themselves in a more specific light.   Sue Katz: Temple Beth Emeth


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