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sub- ran tee: Project Title:

Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Foundation SOLID YOUTHS - Through the PerformingArts

Status U~date: Ashe has developed and is using the "Rhythmic Phonic" method t o teach literacy. This method teaches use of African chants t o sing sounds of words. From there the students learn t o make word sounds and then sentences. This method is being used with the 45 students in Ashe's football program, who are drawn from Nannyviile arid the surrounding communities. Members ofthe Ashe Academy who have reading problems also are being trained, using this method.

Students' self-esteem, awareness, knowiedge and behavior have all shown improvement over this period. Ashe is in the process of producing audio and video-tapes to teach the Rhvhmic Phonic method to other interested parties.

Ashe's annual season will run from May 1 0 t o June 30. and this year is a musical titled "LiftUp Jamaica'. This musical will reinforce the principle that t o succeed one must employ discipline, hard work, persistence, love of culture and respect for each other.

Of the many students who have graduated from Ashe's program, approximately 30%of these return t o the formal school system, while the remainder seek employment. Four graduates succeeded this last quarter in obtaining employment a t Trelawny Beach Hotel, and a t Hedonism 1 as Entertainment Coordinators. The high level of training in the performing arts, and the discipline acquired a t Ashe. put these persons in high demand.

Ashe is actively seeking follow-on support from various sources for continuing the program after the UAP assistance terminates. The marketing program for its CDS,audio and video tapes and other educaiionai material has been put into higher gear, and proposals have bene made t o Futures Group. FHi. Green Fund and the Ministry of Education.

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