THE NATURAL PEARL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT & YOUTH MENTORING

 

TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH ARTS AND EDUCATION 

 

 

 

Faubourg Theatre, in the context of its Community Programs, is part of a large coalition with the Habitat for Humanity, Keeneyville School District 20, The Tanglewood Greenbrook Homeowners Association, and the Hanover Park Village. Faubourg Theatre is the community organization that serves as the catalyst to unearth hidden talent from the under-resourced children of diverse cultural backgrounds. Faubourg Theatre perpetually collaborates with teachers, social workers, and principals to identify individual children across grade levels to be invited into the programming. Our uniquely designed project-based learning is applied in small class setting to allow for personal attention tailored to each individual student's needs. After years of success in improvement of academic performance and behavioral patterns among children with social and economic challenges, we are looking at continuing to support  children often are left behind due to lack of financial resources and opportunities to develop their talent.

"The Love of a child is a true measure of one's worth" ― Anonymous

Performing Arts Training

We provide highly qualified art instructors teaching co-ordination, discipline, musicality, and stimulating imagination. We promote freedom of expression within a defined structure and timing format, thus strengthening character, confidence, and mind liberation. Faubourg Theatre's Performing Arts Academy Training Program has been progressively developed over the past 30 years. As a ballet and contemporary arts school, we are recognized by the world ballet community as a center for professionalism, which develops highly skilled, disciplined, and capable artists for the professional dance theater arena. Our year-round training focuses on building strong fundamental technique, musicality, artistry, and uncompromised work ethic among our students. To unlock and develop potential, we focus primarily on motivation and conscious planning for the future, thus enabling our students to identify goals and measure achievement. To stimulate creativity, we allocate time for supervised, yet undirected improvisation, choreography opportunity, heart to heart talk and family engagement.

Faubourg Theatre provides a strict training regimen of 3-6 hours a day, 6 days a week, 46 weeks a year, with 2 weeks allocated  to intensive workshops. Under the Natural Pearl Community Program, we incorporate children from the under-served layers of society, who are unable to afford the training, and provide them with scholarships to allow their talent development, social integration, and emotional and behavioral well-being.

The average annual cost per student is at $8,500. 90% of Performing Arts operations are funded through external donations, grants, voluntary work, and fundraisers.

Performances

We integrate students of diverse cultural backgrounds and various dance arts training experiences in the production of exciting theater performances and festivals. We give children the chance to celebrate the fruits of their work and share their gift with audiences, performing under magnificent lights, with beautiful decor and beautiful costumes.

Faubourg Theatre holds two major performances each year - a Christmas Show and a Summer Show, as well as community festivities, cultural celebrations, performances for the elderly, in which children from various cultural backgrounds, social status, and training levels work together as one towards a common goal - to bring joy to their families and to celebrate their hard work. Performances bring incredible joy to dancers, a sense of accomplishment, a reward for their work and discipline, an empowerment as agents of celebrity to the community.

The average annual cost per student is $2,000. 90% of the Performances operations are funded by external donations, grants, voluntary work, and fundraisers.

Mentoring

We mentor and guide youth through social and emotional hardship. We motivate them to excel in education and planning for the future. We provide them with further education and career council, and facilitate work placement and community engagement. Annual cost per child - $2,800.

Youth Mentoring Program – Designed to engage youth in productive work, facilitate job placement and higher education related decisions.

  • Over the past 9 years, we have been able to actively assist the community youth with channeling their artistic talents, providing them with free performing arts training and space for creating their own performing groups, as well as opportunities to perform.
  • We have provided free mentoring to guide youth through their struggles and decisions for the future. We have provided them with jobs within our organization, as employees elsewhere, or as even young entrepreneurs. This way we help their self esteem and engage them in rewarding work as fully functional members of society. We bring hope for the future, based on joy in the present.

This program has been fully funded by Faubourg Theatre volunteers. It involves professionally trained instructors, studio space, temporary housing, stage time, mentoring time to guide them through planning and drive them to job interviews, helping them organize and market their own small entrepreneurship. We work in close collaboration with the Hanover Park Police Department and the Mayor of Hanover Park, IL to assist with crime prevention and resolution. In 2015, our director Mr. Watmora Casey was awarded the Hanover Park award “Humanitarian Of The Year” in honor of his and his organization’s social contribution to the community.

The average annual cost is $2,800 per individual. 100% of this operation has been funded by voluntary work and donations.

PARTNERS & CONTRIBUTORS

DuPage Habitat for Humanity, Christian Education Foundation, Du Page Foundation, CamCraft, Hanover Park, IL, First Eagle Bank, Greenbrook-Tanglewood Homeowners Association, Hanover Park Village and Fire Department, Itasca Bank & Trust, Keeneyville School District 20, Lions Club of Roselle, Living Hope Bible Church of Roselle, Mayor Rodney Craig, Village of Hanover Park, Quartet Digital Printing of Evanston, Roselle Bank and Trust, Round Ground Metals, Inc of Hanover Park, Spavone's Ristorante, Bloomingdale, IL, The Susan Klimaitis Foundation, The Mudd Family Foundation, Village Clerk, Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda, Wickstrom Chevrolet of Roselle, Woodland Windows and Doors, Wintrust Community Bank of Hanover Park

WITH YOUR SUPPORT FAUBOURG THEATRE IMPACTS THE LIVES OF ALL CHILDREN  AND UNDER-RESOURCED FAMILIES IN BRIDGING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE PERFORMING ARTS.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT FAUBOURG THEATRE IS ABLE TO MENTOR YOUTH, PROCURE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, INSTILL A SENSE OF PRIDE IN ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH TALENT RECOGNITION AND DEVELOPMENT.

There is always a hill... You can go up or down, but no matter where you are, Art is always there to get you where you want to be...