2018 FL DSSG The Performers Academy

2018 FL DSSG The Performers Academy



all right so now I'm going to invite the nation' christop Thank You Brittany and well um hi everyone I'm Krista and so I'm here to talk to you guys about the wonderful program the wonderful nonprofit organization that is the performers Academy and to do in doing that I want to start off with asking the audience a question just to reflect upon which is how do we express our emotions as humans so how do we take our life's struggles our challenges and the emotions that that they bring to us and communicate that into the world what tools do you have to express these things do you scream do you punch holes in the wall do you not express how you feel this is part of what the performance Academy does they take this these this emotion and they put it and transport they teach these kids how to transform this into art just to give you a broader picture of how what their performance Academy is they're teaching their target focuses at-risk youth so teaching these out bringing the power of the performing arts to these two to all of the community to the entire community it's teaching art how to express emotions it's giving it's giving a safe and safe environment for them to self express and it's inspiring creativity and innovation in the art arts this is justice so to give you some of the demographics of what the the referee's Academy has many programming's programs and one of their main programs is the just like V program and to give you some of the demographics on the the students of the just like me program this is a sample from the 2016 program and 61 of these kids are african-american 25% Caucasian savvy percent Hispanic and these these children are referred from FSS because they have some of the hardest behavior behavior problems and just to give you some statistics on foster care youth so foster care youth have had extreme circumstances in their lives one of two of these children have had four and more adverse family experiences and these are not to be taken lightly these can range from abuse neglect and create all sorts of trauma and the lives of these children 30% of these kids have emotional problems and from that 25% have will have PTSD from their trauma and from their experiences and because of these circumstances that they've been put through this leads to for them to have behavioral issues and so that leads to these not so not-so-great statistics of 25 will become involved 25% become involved with the legal system only 48 percent will graduate high school and 50 50 % will develop substance abuse issues but performance economy is focused on being able to teach these kids ways to handle these circumstances and to make it better to make their lives better so here's just the broad structure of the just like new program it's building a foundation for better communication skills for these children they're given to projects to work on during over a three week summer period and at the end there there he they they given the opportunity to perform their art work and this is just a quote from a poem that the just like new program probably represents as we have been destined to succeed because part of you is just like me reading the fact that the with the proper attention and care of these children they can they can overcome their life's challenges this is some of the types of art that performance Academy offers um songwriting rap poetry musical instruments dance and acting and this is an x-ray for one of the poems lies beyond light shadows under spite feelings to get rid of because of fright as you can see here these poems are talking about real struggles and it's giving it it's giving these students the platform to express those life struggles and you might be wondering what go what goes on during this just like me program so one of the main main things that you can see is art it's giving these students artists teaching them the tools to produce art and teaching them artistic ability and its most importantly teaching teaching these kids to use that art as a tool for expression and through that expression they're expressing how they're feeling in a healthy way they're talking they're communicating how they feel they're not using anger or violence and these are these are two more things that you might not inherently think of when you think of the just like new program but they're teaching the kids trust in the first week of their programming they have a trust exercise and this is crucial for these children because they may not have a trusting adult figure in their life and it's crucial it's for them to broaden to create those bonds with people and it's also giving them a chance to be honest about how they feel and then feel protected and feel protected in a safe environment and this is another thing you may not think of it's giving it's teaching them social interaction so it's giving them meaningful relationship not only to to their mentors to their teachers but also to their fellow peers and students in the classroom and it not only is it doing that but it's giving them a relationship to the artistic community in itself and making them feel at home it's also teaching them some basic social skills that you may not think of Ebony provided us an example of some students who don't know how to shake a hand and for us that's something we take for granted you like that's just a cultural norm that we all do but for these children they may not have had that structure to learn those things and that's some of what performance Academy does it's breaking them out of that she'll and so these are four things that we and performance Academy figured to be at the core of their programming and this is some of the things that we like to measure so I'm gonna hand this over to – hi my name is Donna sh6 student UNF as you guys may know so our focus areas like Kristen mentioned was our trust expression a social interaction so we came to the conclusion that the three on the right as you can see they're to be measured by surveys and testimonials and art we can use text analytics for the poems and the songs that these students are writing so to talk a little bit about the data we had attendance records for the just like me program a short pre post survey and text data from poems and video transcriptions of interviews so so the data science for social good approach was finding a way to quantify qualitative work and I think this is something that separates us from the other projects is this was like the most difficult thing to do is quantifying our the qualitative work and how do we measure art so we so we took on the challenge to analyze the art pieces and we also revised the pre post survey to capture student responses so to talk a little bit about the survey the performers Academy had their own pre post survey so we evaluated their survey and looked for ones online through research papers have already like posted questions that you can look at evaluating teens that are going through struggles and we consulted with the performers Academy and we came up with a bank of questions and ask the client like which one can we keep and which ones can we remove and then we came up with a new in-depth pre post survey that the students could take so I'm gonna hand it back to Chris and she's gonna talk about the analysis she did on the pre posed so this is the porch portion of the survey that performance Academy already had so it asked it asks students to rate themselves on a scale of one to ten what is your exposure to the arts how often do you use art to express yourself how likely would you be to create art appear and how how likely would you use would you how likely would you use arts to express your difference your life's difficulties so as you can see here there's an increase and I ran it I ran a test a nonparametric paired t-tests – and it show that there's a statistically significant different in the medians of these survey scores so although the the survey may not have them the in depth level that we're trying to measure at least shows that there's an increase and I think with a more in-depth survey the performance Academy could come out with great results showing real impact on these students so the analysis that we also did was late individual allocation otherwise known as Lda so it's basically topic modeling so associating words to topics so we were given 21 poems and then we ran the algorithm after after mining the data and playing around with it so all we're left the output of the model was a certain amount of topics with words that are associated with that topic now this is where a machine couldn't interpret what these topics are but this is where human interaction comes into play so we looked at these words and we're like what are these words saying so so like in for example on topic one like real thing make we could say that that that topic is reality and then here feel want pain we concluded that that can be pain and then love heart now we conclude that that could be love and for the last one try do or don't take that can be associated with the struggle so yeah so that does the analysis we did on Lda and so recommendations for the performers Academy first stages of the art work we were familiar with one student that wrote five poems over the eight-week course so if we could get more examples like if the client can get more examples like that that would be much more that opens up a possibility to measure like change within the artwork throughout the program archiving storing anything and everything possible this will help with better analysis with especially with tf-idf and Lda I forgot to mention that the LDA was actually inconclusive it's not something that you could actually use just because we didn't have enough enough poems like we would need more and then expert evaluations getting an idea of others input rather than just the students so case managers and teachers could write a more detailed opinion on how they think that the student is doing and then the program directors could give a more broad aspect of how the program is going and then documenting entry and exit interviews so we were aware that the program directors actually take notes during a pre post but to document them like pre and post that would also be another analysis that you could run and the fifth recommendation is tracking incidents and breakthroughs so whether a student punched a hole in the wall like that would be an incident and a breakthrough would be oh he spoke for the first time so that's something you want to keep track of and and then longitudinal impact like what happens after the performers Academy like do these students actually have this students actually keep their change within them or or do they just go back to doing what they did before and this would be very important just because we know that the performers Academy does good work and that there is a longitudal impact so if we if there was a way that we could prove this then this would be amazing so thank you you you

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