OPEN THE DIALOGUE PROGRAMMES
Mental Health, Gender Equality, Inclusion & SDGs
May & June'20, Online
School Partner: Shri Ram Millemium Gurgaon,DPS Sonepat
Facilitators: Marya Lanewala, Anupriya Khare, Lavanya Agarwal
110 young participants (12-15 years) participated in 17 online sessions led by the Red Balloon team. The sessions brought to attention key social topics in a fun and interactive manner & encouraged children to engage meaningfully while self-reflecting along the way.
Some questions posed:
What are we grateful for? Why is gratitude good for us?
Do we ever ask ourselves - how are we feeling?
What according to you will make the world a better place for all?
"It was lovely. Many things we take for granted in our daily lives, which we realise when we attend such workshops"
Teacher , DPS Sonepat
"We express immense gratitude for inspiring our children to learn and explore more about social change and infusing a sense of wellness and positive attitude."
Shri Ram Millenium School Gurgaon
I CARE PROGRAMMES
Equality & Inclusion
Story writing & Cover Design , 6th-15th June 2020
Participants from Sanskriti School, Shiv Nadar School & Modern School
Creative Mentors: Varud Gupta, Ayushi Rastogi
Support Facilitator: Anupriya Khare
7 young participants participated in a deep diving online workshop led by author-illustrator duo Varud Gupta and Ayushi Rastogi.
Stop Motion Filmography, 23rd-24th Nov'19
School Partner: DPS, Sonepat
Mentors: Shaaz Ahmed, Lavanya Agarwal
Support Facilitator: Anupriya Khare, Inder
20 young participants from DPS, Sonepat participated in an experiential 2 day programme led by award winning visual designer Shaaz Ahmed and the Red Balloon team. They also participated in multiple activities and engaged in conversations about Emotions, Empathy, Emotional Quotient and Intelligence. They finally created a Stop Motion Film on Emotional Awareness.
"It was a completely different experience at this workshop!"
Darsh Vatsa, Participant , Class VIII
Mental Health and Well-Being
Public Arts Installation, Jan'20
Collaboration with Ashoka Centre for Wellbeing
Participants: Ashoka University
Outreach Partner: STIR & India Art Fair 2020
Venue Support: Sanskriti Kendra
Mental Health Facilitator: Dr. Arvinder J Singh
Arts Mentor: Sumant Jayakrishnan
Red Balloon Facilitators: Samar Jodha & Lavanya Agarwal
Red Balloon Young People for Change Programme in collaboration with Ashoka Centre for Wellbeing at Ashoka University put together a week long residential workshop to initiate conversations around mental health among the youth. In a time where the lack of information coupled with the stigma around seeking help for mental health is the biggest barrier, this workshop brought together 9 young Ashokans from diverse cultures and backgrounds to mindfully connect and explore the importance of emotional expression and self-awareness, to build a sense of wellbeing.
"I felt the installation was mine, it was a beautiful journey, a life changing one."
Moving out to go Within: A Case Study
BAAPU DHAM MEIN
BACHHON KA KAMAAL
Sanitation & Substance Abuse
Puppet and Theatre Performance, 23rd-31st May'19
Participants: Tarang Centre
Supported by: Vaish Associates Public Welfare Trust
Knowledge Partner: Water Aid India
Venue Partner: Vis a vis (STIR), Delhi
Arts Mentor: Dadi Pudumjee, Ishara Team
Support Facilitators: Ruchi Wadhwa, Lavanya Agarwal
30 young participants from Bapu Sambhav colony, Delhi participated in an intensive 9 day programme led by Dadi Pudumjee & the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust team. The children created a puppet performance on Sanitation and Substance Abuse Awareness, which they presented to over 150 local residents at the Jonapur community garden. The group participated in inter-community sharing with NGO Rhythm of Life; and performed for the children of Sardar Patel Vidya Niketan, Mandi, Delhi.
"We learnt how to make puppets, we had a lot of fun and play with games and activities and we learnt how to perform and act, speak dialogues etc."
Representative, Rhythm of Life NGO
Sexual Abuse & Anti-trafficking
Interactive Chat bot and murals, July & September'19
Participants: SNEHA, Mumbai (NGO)
Knowledge Partner: Missing Link Trust
Arts Mentor: Leena Kejriwal
Support Facilitators: Preeti Harkare, Avantika Malhautra, Lavanya Agarwal,
Samar Jodha, Anupriya Khare
Two groups consisting 25 boys and girls (15-19 years) from Dharavi Mumbai (SNEHA Ngo) participated in week long workshops on Anti-trafficking and Sexual Abuse Awareness led by artist activist Leena Kejriwal, Missing Link Team and RB facilitators.Through expressive arts sessions, storytelling, movement activities, sharing circles and informative presentations the participants were engaged in conversations about sexual violence, self awareness, personal vulnerabilities, ways of prevention and the psycho-social aspects of trafficking. Under mentor guidance, they created focused narratives, public engagement games and finally a project titled 'Hum Azaad Panchhi' and 'Birds of Happiness' consisting conceptual art murals and tech enabled interactive chat bots to be used for further public engagement.
Links to the chat-bots created by the participants:
"I learnt how to express emotions through creativity and what are the different leadership qualities that we may explore in ourselves to be able to help victims of violence."