Clark's "Drama Free" Arts Program

Thank you for visiting my Go Fund Me page to raise funds for the “Drama Free!” Theatre Arts and Education Program.

Since its inception at Greenburgh Eleven in January 2018, “Drama Free!” has been implemented at two additional facilities in New York:  a juvenile detention center and an all-girls lockdown.

The success of the three programs started in 2018 is being recognized by other institutions serving at risk youth and Shabaya Clark continues to be approached by facilities who are pushing to add “Drama Free!” to their system.

Your help and funding support would not only enable us to continue the program at Greenburgh Eleven, but would allow us to bring “Drama Free!” to additional locations serving at risk youth.

What is "Drama Free!"?
“Drama Free!” is a comprehensive theatre arts and education program, created and led by professionally trained actor and Greenburgh Eleven graduate, Shabaya Clark, designed to help young people use "Drama" to break "Free!" from life's issues and develop a positive and empowering outlet to create new possibilities, engage in creative expression, artistic genius, and foster character development within the scope of theatre arts.

Why I Created "Drama Free"
“Acting saved my life,” says Clark, who grew up in the crime-ridden Harlem, NY neighborhood of the 80s; Poverty, gun violence and drug addiction were common place. As a child with 9 siblings in a dysfunctional household, Clark was in and out of group homes, often on the streets, and struggled daily to survive.

Clark decided to focus his attention on teaching at-risk young people how they can use drama and acting to free themselves, transform their lives and make progressive and positive choices. “Some people say if I can help just one kid, then it’s all worth while. Not me. I intend to help hundreds!” says Clark.

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Where "Drama Free" is Taught
“Drama Free!” debuted in 2018 at the Greenburgh Eleven School and has expanded to include a Valhalla detention center as well as an undisclosed all girls lock-down in Queens, NY.

The success of these three programs is being recognized by other institutions serving at risk youth.  Shabaya Clark continues to be approached by facilities who are pushing to add “Drama Free!” to their system.

We hope to not only continue the program at Greenburgh Eleven, but to be able to grow and expand to additional locations.

How the Fund will be Used
The funds raised will be used to cover the following expenses:

*Instructors' Compensation: Drama, Fencing and Yoga
*Costumes and Props
*Field Trips to Live, Theatrical Performances
*Transportation for Internships in New York City
*Books and Educational Materials
*T-Shirts
*Promotional Materials and Programs for Student Shows

About Greenburgh Eleven School
Greenburgh Eleven provides educational services to students referred to residential placement by local court systems, county Departments of Social Services (DSS), the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS), the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and local Committees on Special Education (CSEs.)  

The school serves elementary, middle and high school students. A total of 170 full time equivalent students are expected to be served during the 2017-2018 school year, with approximately 350 students expected to be served during that time period due to short enrollment periods.The District continues to serve a large number of New York City students, who have been remanded by the juvenile justice system and are placed for only 7 to 12 months.

Greenburgh Eleven public school is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution.

Target Population of Young People Served
Young people in grades 7-12 who are considered under-served, at-risk and placed in residential care facility housing under-served youth from ages seven to twenty-one. The "Drama Free" program will serve as an alternative to the students engaging in wayward acts inside/outside of school. 

About Me - (Shabaya) Clark

My name is Shabaya Clark, and I have been an actor and writer for over ten years. Acting saved my life. I grew up in the crime-ridden Harlem, New York neighborhood of the late 80s / early 90s, where poverty, gun violence and drug addiction were common place. As a child with nine siblings in a dysfunctional household, I was in and out of group homes, often on the streets, and struggled daily to survive.  At 18 years of age, I am thankful to have experienced a breakthrough, when I took my first acting class at Rockland Community College. I discovered how I could channel the pain and tough experiences of my past, understand how to shift negative energy stemming from a negative past, and create brighter future possibilities.

I always wished drama and theatre had been exposed to me at an earlier age; made available while I was in the system.

Today I am a professionally trained actor, mentor, teacher, producer and director.  For more about me, please visit my website: ShabayaClark.com 

On behalf of myself and the students of the “Drama Free!” Theatre Arts and Education Program, we thank you immensely for your time, consideration and support.  It will make a world of difference.


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