YES A+ (Youth Engaged in Service through the Arts)

Once again, Katrina Macht and a team of teachers from Hillside Intermediate School were awarded a grant to continue and expand YES A+ (Youth Engaged in Service through the Arts) at the Bridgewater-Raritan School District in Somerset County. In addition to Katrina, the project team includes Anthony Sgro, Andrea Attanasio, Rita Richetti, Gayle Faulkner, Teresa Booth, Sarah Wolf, Michele Murray, Russell Murray, Amy Spagnoli, Taryn Lupinacci, Linda Gomes, and Kiran Masud.

With the help of a $10,000 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education fifth- and sixth-grade students join with local agencies to address community needs. Students select specific problems to research and develop into service proposals to present to an audience for feedback. Their proposals incorporate the use of media, technology, and fine arts.

Students work with a teaching artist to explore the use of performance as a vehicle for advocacy. The project provides both in-school and after-school time with the artist for students to develop and rehearse dramatic productions that convey social messages. Their performances are shared with their school’s student body, students from the district’s primary schools, and members of the local community. On Martin Luther King Day, students travel to a local nursing home to perform for the residents.

YES+The teacher leaders of Youth Engaged in Service are committed to its continued success, and are enthusastic about sharing their ideas with other educators. If you'd like more information about how this project progressed, read the Final Report.

For further information, contact:

Katrina Macht
School – (908) 231-1905