ReWired for Life! Pilot Program
ReWired for Life! is a life skills, violence prevention and self-esteem building program that uses media, resource activities, and the arts as tools for personal transformation. Through various interactive lesson plans, participants learn the value of self-reflection and the necessity of thinking critically about their life choices, family and community relationships, and how to use the best of themselves to succeed in life and change the world around them. In the pilot program, the HBO hit series “The Wire”, was used as a teaching tool where students view, analyze and discuss various episodes, while thinking about the implications of the themes in their lives. ReWired for Life! pilot participants were youth, ages 14-21, who had been recently been released from the juvenile system.
After piloting the ReWired For Life! program for two years, we evaluated our initial efforts to develop the Official ReWired For Life! Curriculum for Violence Prevention and Personal Transformation. We began the pilot sessions with the assistance of the Baltimore non-profit, Parks to People, who first connected us to the UMD School of Social Work where we held our first classes. We completed those pilot sessions working with Youth Opportunity! Baltinore in East Baltimore. We are greatly indebted to them both for the valuable support and assistance they offered to the ReWired For Life! Program during the pilot phase.
We are excited to announce the expansion and that the launch of the Official ReWired For Life! Program is slated for Fall 2013. This formalized version refines and redevelops the organization’s signature ReWired for Life! curriculum, which allows young people in at-risk situations in Baltimore City to engage as advocates in their own lives and as social agents for positive change in their communities.
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