Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble Final Performances 2017

May 23, 2017

Join us for the 2017 season finale of  Level Up: An Epic Relationship Adventure

Vortex Theatre

May 24 and 25, at 7pm

Level Up: An Epic Relationship Adventure, tracks the journey of 4 teens who find one another and “create a new game” to escape their problems. Through the framework of video games the characters find the skills they need to navigate challenges in their lives and relationships: Alex overcomes their extreme anxiety to find a community of supportive friends; Ray learns how to ask for help to seek safety from domestic violence threatening his home; Jade finds her voice to stand up to her girlfriend’s pressure to come out to her dad; and Zara discovers how to navigate the complexity of maintaining her Muslim heritage while embracing her identity as an American teenager. The play explores how challenges with our families can complicate our dating and peer relationships. Ultimately the characters discover the power of agency, community, allies, and assertive communication to address their problems and strengthen their relationships.

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2017

May 23, 2017

All young people deserve to be treated with respect. The Travis County Commissioners Court and the City of Austin designated February as "Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month" and urged all youth and adults to join in conversations about non-violent and safe relationships.

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Purple Ribbon Campaign

October 05, 2016

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this year’s local campaign, Football is a Contact Sport. Love Shouldn’t Be, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Advocacy Project and SAFE have partnered with school districts in Travis, Bastrop, Hays and Williamson counties to prevent domestic violence and promote safe and healthy relationships.

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ACTivate: On Stand By

August 29, 2016

ACTivate is a collaboration of Expect Respect and ZACH Theatre

We are so excited to share ACTivate: On Stand By with you! We started our devising process inspired by a title: On Stand By, and an interest in exploring the people, problems, and issues we stand by or support, and the times when we stand by and choose not to act. As an ensemble we spent time improvising, writing, discussing and interviewing people in our own lives to understand: what is the difference between standing by and being on stand by? As an ensemble we also explored the various ways people can choose to be upstanders and considered how to navigate tricky situations in our own lives. The play you see today is the culmination of our artistic exploration of On Stand By. All of these stories and artwork are autobiographical and youth created. As you watch the play, we invite you to think about the prompts we played with in the rehearsal room: Who will you always stand by? Who stands by you? What causes or beliefs do you stand by? What inspires or challenges us to shift from standing by to standing up? We invite you to join us in continuing this conversation after the show during our talkback and in the lobby.

The summer camp concludes with 3 performances at the ZACH Theatre on July 22 and July 23, 2016. 

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Reduce.Reuse.Respect. Using Trashed Bottles to Tell a Beautiful Story

February 26, 2016

Summer youth leaders connect the dots between healthy relationships and the environment. Click here for a  video of our community education project.

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Travis County Proclaims February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February 04, 2016

On February 2, 2016,  Travis County  proclaimed February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  Elizabeth Crescente, mother of Jennifer who was murdered by her boyfriend, addressed the commissioners'  court. You can follow this link and then click on the agenda item, to the left on the screen to watch the video.  A Toolkit with posters, morning announcements, and other educational materials will be distributed to all secondary schools in AISD, MISD and surrounding districts next week.

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Playing Against the Roles

February 02, 2016

Changing Lives, a collaboration between Expect Respect and Creative Action, is touring a new, original play that examines how gender messages can get in the way of healthy relationships.

Join us for the first public performance:

Where: Travis High School, 1211 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

When: Tuesday, February 16th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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Break the Silence to End Dating Violence

February 02, 2016

You are invited to our annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month Kick-off Event!

WHERE. Travis High School’s Theatre, 1211 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

WHEN. Tuesday, February 16th 6:30-8:00 pm

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Manor Says “No MORE”

November 12, 2015

Manor Says No MORE!

Manor Athletics and expect respect presented a two-day empowerment seminar for girls focused on self-respect and healthy relationships.

October 13 & 14, 2015

The movement continues at #iEXPECTRESPECT2015.

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Purple Ribbon Campaign

October 21, 2015

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Advocacy Project & SafePlace have partnered with school districts in Travis, Bastrop, Hays & Williamson county to prevent domestic violence and promote safe & healthy relationships. 

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