The PAST Project (prevailing and surviving together) is a 501(c)3, tax exempt organization, designed to promote a coordinated approach to the provision of services for victimized, exploited and at-risk youth by providing a two-fold approach to redirecting traumatic thoughts, disappointments and emotional instability brought on by chaos and dysfunction. The approach, is to redirect and reduce negative feelings through therapy and motivational programming, combined with a strategic placement in the performing arts area. This unique approach assesses and provides services that will quickly reduce the effects of distress and assist the youth and family in returning to an environment of understanding, acceptance, affection and regularity.
The PAST Project is focused on providing the highest level of service for sexually exploited, runaway, and traumatized youth. Each youth will receive individual therapy, as well as group and individual social consultation. All are youth-centered and participants will be encouraged to use their voices in a positive way to motivate change and create a life of fulfillment and joy. We connect with the youth and their families to encourage an immediate change. Services may include law enforcement and other community partners to assist in meeting our goals and instilling a new life perspective, so each youth and their families, can live a productive, safe and beneficial life. The performing arts portion of redirecting is designed to lift the self-esteem of children and adolescents through various forms of the arts, i.e., dance, music, writing, poetry, modeling, drama and speaking skills, offered to families and individuals. This approach assists the youth in clearing negative thoughts and replacing them with a more passionate and sustaining family oriented alternative.
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR RECOVERED YOUTH
We welcome working with and helping youth who has experienced the cruelty of modern day slavery.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Victims are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation in commercial sex or forced labor. Victims include young children, teenagers, men and women. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines it as:
Youth take charge of their attitudes and behaviors. They learn that smiling is also a form of communication.
Youth choose a special occasion to dress up and have fun. Atmosphere is important in their socialization.
Six reasons The PAST Project is one of the most unique approaches to changing the behavior and thinking of youth in turmoil.
1. Youth will now have a safe place to go when help is needed. The advantage of this recovery process is that it taps into the passion and dreams of the youth
2. We allow the information process to unfold from the heart and mind of the youth, and actively listen to what the youth is “not” saying in words. We allow self expression.
3. We offer individualized acceptance, by throwing out any preconceived notions about what “you” think may have happened (even if you may be right).
4. Allow enough time for the youth to come to grips with his/her circumstances and how they got there. Youth will need time to deprogram from familiar chaos for the process to yield results.
5. Youth are assigned an instructor, depending on their chosen art form. Social mediating will include the deprogramming process. Professionals gain trust by providing what the youth need at that particular time, such as: gaining insight into who they are as individuals, school performance, love, and a sensible plan for moving forward in a positive direction, while leaving the trauma and chaos of the past in the PAST!
6. Young people are given little time to wallow in self-pity, but will have exercises that will re-direct negative thinking and provide a positive mental escape. These tools will be posted in the rehearsal hall and music rooms as a constant reminder.
traumatic experiences come with meaningful and therapeutic performances.
Youth celebrate important occasions and build a solid community with peers.