The Winners Camp organization is composed of a diverse
group of artists and educators, who offer a variety of skills and
knowledge. AAP,Inc. has an extensive history in youth empowerment
programs, starting with Project Create. Other
programs were: Afro-American Entertainment and Enlightenment Program,
Girls, Inc. (with a grant from the National
Endowment for the Arts),Dallas Anti-Gang
Envision a group of troubled children whose educational
development is two or more grades behind standard level. Then
imagine a world where these children could be placed in a private
school environment. Suppose that they could have small, intimate
classrooms with accelerated curriculum, designed to address a
culturally-biased group of students. Learning would be enhanced through artistic
programs, educational field trips, and personal interaction with
teachers and staff. Visiting lecturers and inspiring films could
illuminate their view of the world around them. Children who had
never left their impoverished neighborhoods would discover a vast,
exciting universe of possibilities.
is realized in the Winners Camp. Last year,
the results of the workshop were outstanding, and exceeded
expectation. The students greatly improved their reading skills and
acquired a new interest in reading. Their appearance, behavior and
mode of dress became much more appropriate. More importantly, the
students began to be aware that their lives had potential – that
they did not have to remain within the confines of their financially
and morally bankrupt environment.
The students arrive with reading deficiencies, knowing
nothing about art, theatre or culture. They have the opportunity to
try various art mediums, creating several original artworks. They
also learn some art history and theory while they are in class. The
students will experience several kinds of theatre styles, and learn
about specific writers of merit. They are allowed to participate in
a theatre piece, learning about the way in which a work of theatre
is mounted. Cultural history is a part of this theatre experience –
children learn of important figures within their own culture,
thereby offering the students a new sense of self-worth
and awareness of their context within the world. As they begin to
know who they are in this new, larger world, they are able to
envision who they could become.
Evaluations are conducted at entrance to and exit from the program by an
independent testing service,
Students will be evaluated and assigned
to small groups of 5 or less, with similar reading capabilities.
Teachers are trained in specialized techniques of reading for at
risk youths. The participants go through an accelerated
program emphasizing spelling, grammar and comprehension.
Culturally relevant materials and worksheets are an integral part of
the curriculum. This four-hour reading session will be the first
activity of the day, followed by a balanced luncheon meal.
The students have the opportunity to learn about the
arts from teachers who are professionals within their field. These
people are accomplished in their areas of expertise, offering a
wealth of real-world experience and knowledge. In the classroom, the children will
experience original art, writing and theatrical works, presented by
the artists themselves. They will hear discourse about the creation
of these works and be able to ask questions. Films will expand upon
the subjects studied in class, and allow students to view subjects
from a different perspective.
Our computer lab will give the students
the opportunity to learn basic computer skills. These skills
include knowledge of computer components, word processing,
spreadsheets and computer presentation programs. They will
have access to the internet and all the resources for educational
purposes. The application of these skills will allow students
to interface with the digital world they live in, and afford
opportunities otherwise unattainable.
Lectures will be given by visiting
professionals with different areas of expertise. These
lectures expand the participants' view of the possibilities
associated with higher education and different careers. These
role models offer tangible examples of achievement.
Scientists, government officials, engineers, computer software
designers, teachers, doctors and community activists coming from
varying socio-economic backgrounds offer a wide range of experiences
and a plethora of knowledge.
Field trips will take
the children into worlds that they have never seen, opening up new
vistas for their imaginations. From the top of the
tallest building in Dallas to the bottom of Cowboys Stadium, the
children experience sights, sounds and smells they would never have
been exposed to in their normal environment. Visits to
museums, libraries, zoos, civic centers and college campuses, open
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All of these elements
combine to create a rich, multi--layered
environment for growth and development, where children who have
never had any kind of opportunity can begin to open up and unfold
the beauty and strength within themselves.
This metamorphosis is birthed through WINNERS' CAMP. If you
can imagine, you can dream, and dreams do come true.