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Sub-Grantee: Project Title:

Jamaica Association for the Deaf

Youth Theatre Workshops

Status Update: Plans went into full swing in December for the +st major production of the Youth Theatre Workshop. The production, titled "Street Signs' was successfuliy staged t o critical acclaim in March. The participants' enthusiasm sky-rocketed during the rehearsal period, and contact times almost doubled this period for those who were directly involved on stage.

A full dress rehearsal was held in December for friends and family of participants, and this provided a good opportunity for manywho had never been on stage before, t o overcome their stage fright. The production had themes of sexuality, education and expressive language skills inter-woven.

Preparation and rehearsals did not dim the delivery of literacy and remedial education training, or in personal and family development. The Deaf Culture Facilitators- Counselors visited the JAD's primary schools and High School this quarter and provided some 72 hours of interaction with students a t these schools. Unfortunateiy. the proposed training in reproductive health, and parent education had t o be postponed due t o the intensity of the rehearsals. However, a parent/guardian support group has been formed with current participation of 1 0 persons. consequent t o hyo meetings in February. Much cooperation has been forthcoming from the parents/guardians and other friends, with in-kind contributions and other forms of support.

The expected replacement of the Peace Corps Volunteer. Lyla Brown, who was instrumental in the design and start up of this prcject, opted t o go t o another location. JAD will continue t o pursue this issue with the Peace Corps Jamaica Administration.

Quarterly Report Status Summary

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