Changing Voices is a supported employment program that engages groups of recently released young people to develop and perform a musical addressing the challenges they face upon reentry. Storycatchers coordinates Changing Voices with the Illinois aftercare system and an ever-expanding network of partners as part of an effort to increase likelihood of successful reentry for court-involved adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-24. The program currently operates from two anchor sites offering 15-30 hours per week of supported employment.
Touring Schedule: Tuesday – Thursday
Booking: Contact Tory Davidson to get Changing Voices to your school or program.
Changing Voices presentations include two parts: the presentation of an original musical, followed by guided discussions and role-playing exercises that deepen the impact of the performance. With guidance from ensemble members, students can safely explore choices and outcomes, with opportunities to determine if the logical consequence of an action is what they would want for themselves. The post-performance role-play should also include at least one school or facility staff member that can demonstrate what a young person in need of guidance can expect to happen in real time.
Changing Voices Ensemble members write and develop original dramatic and musical material inspired by their personal stories.
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In August 2016, Storycatchers was thrilled to announce that the Changing Voices program is one of three winners in Chicago Beyond’s first-ever innovation challenge, GO Innovate. The innovation investment from Chicago Beyond includes a research partnership with the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs to evaluate the long-term impact of the program upon recidivism and post-release employment rates. This opportunity will move Storycatchers closer to its long-range vision of a post-release employment network of Changing Voices programs at multiple sites staffed by alumni working alongside Storycatchers teaching artists as critically needed models of peer success.