Step Up, Step Out, Make A Difference
Step Up, Step Out, Make A Difference is an ongoing after-school program dedicated to trauma responsive self-care, empowerment, and leadership training programs for the girls of Coatesville (8th - 12th grade) at the Brandywine Health Center on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
This program is dedicated to providing a new trajectory for both reaching girls before they enter the carceral system, as well as for girls who are returning to the community. This program aims to not only assist the girls on their own self-care, but learning how to enact it in their community as leaders too.
Film making 101 / 202 / 303
Our Film Making program 101/202/303 series is a program dedicated to giving youth of Chester County Juvenile Probation opportunities in developing skills in multimedia, learn skills in mindfulness, and help make up the team for the "Invisible No More" documentary. This documentary will be cultivated and created by the Film Making team, in collaboration with the Creative Club of Chester County and the Chester County Youth Center (CCYC).
Restorative Justice Traveling Art Exhibit
Over the last several years AHHAH has collected numerous works and writings from youth in detention. As part of our effort to center the voices of the youth, we have worked with the Chester County Youth Center (CCYC) and ADC Kid to publish three books of poetry from incarcerated youth. The Justice Restored series documents the artistic expression and lived experience of incarcerated youth in Chester County. As our organization and outreach grows we hope to engage more youth in our expressive arts workshops and creative writings projects.
JUSTICE RESTORED 3.0
Our most recent project, Justice Restored 3.0, celebrates the writing and drawings of young people from inside and outside the Chester County Juvenile Detention Center. On every page their fears and hopes shout out in strong language and vibrant illustrations.
Through a collaborative two phase project this book came into being. The writing came first in response to a simple prompt: Who am I? Where do I come from? These questions were a powerful catalyst resulting in vibrant prose, poems, letters, and essays. Those writings were then given to peers in the Chester County Futures program, who used their artistic skills to develop accompanying illustrations. Each of these partnerships delivers a strong impact on the page.
Social injustice and personal struggles are common themes. In a series of letters a direct appeal to parents, schools, and members of the community is made. Page after page of Justice Restored 3.0 astonishes, provokes, and powerfully moves. Be prepared, this little book will take your breath away!
Justice Restored 3.0 can be purchased on Amazon or eBay. Profits from the sale of Justice Restored 3.0 (and the entire Justice Restored series) support AHHAH's programming at CCYC and with underserved youth in Chester County.
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CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT CHESTER COUNTY YOUTH CENTER PROGRAMS
AHHAH offers bi-weekly yoga class as well as a bi-weekly expressive arts & writing workshop for the girls in the non-Secure Shelter program. This program provides emergency and temporary non-secure housing for dependent girls ages 10-18 who live in Chester County.
EVENING REPORTING CENTER
AHHAH provides bi-monthly yoga classes and bi-monthly expressive arts workshops for boys in the ERC which serves Chester County's pre-adjudicated and adjudicated adolescent males.
YOUTH IN DETENTION
AHHAH offers bi-weekly optional classes focused on relaxation, breathing techniques, and guided meditation for both boys and girls in detention. AHHAH also offers weekly expressive arts and writing workshops with both boys and girls in detention.