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Great River Arts' "Voices" Teen Radio Program Receives Grant

The Great River Arts Institute (GRAI) in Bellows Falls recently received $15,000 in grant funding from the AD Henderson Foundation, to continue its' Voices: Vermont Teen Radio 2010 program.

Voices helps under-served youth create a personal narrative through the development of a radio documentary.

A few current local schools participating include Bellows Falls Union High School, Green Mountain Union High School, the Compass School, Kindle Farm School and Youth Services.

Voices also utilizes valuable local resources such as the Bellows Falls community radio station WOOL.FM and Youth Services, INC., as well as professional writers and producers who live and work throughout the Connecticut River Valley.

Visiting writer Kathe Izzo will again be working with local teens ages 15-19, conducting workshops at area high schools, youth groups and at the Great River Arts facility in Bellows Falls.

Last year Izzo worked with over 50 area teens with the Voices project.

An internationally published poet, Izzo is the founding director of The Shadow Project, a creative thinking workshop she developed which has become highly acclaimed for it's therapeutic benefits and creative inspiration.

"We also welcome participation from any area school or youth group as well," said GRAI Education Director Kristen Fehrenbach in a recent interview.

"Any interested parties just need to get in touch with us for more details. Participation in this program is free of cost and during our weekend GRAI intensives we provide snacks and lunch for the kids."

Voices will officially launch on Saturday Feb. 6 with their first introductory writing and radio technology workshop, which is open to all teens ages 15-19.

As part of the initiative to encourage teens to write, GRAI is also offering a professional development workshop with Izzo for teachers, youth workers, writers and parents.

On Sunday, Feb. 7, GRAI will also offer Like Moths To A Flame: How To Get Kids To Love Writing, a writing boot camp for educators, parents and writers.

This is a style class teaching a "nuts and bolts" approach to writing, complete with lesson plans and writing exercises.

The cost of this particular workshop is $30., with the proceeds going to support Voices Teen Radio 2010.

GRAI is an arts center in Bellows Falls that supports visual and literary artists.

For more information about the workshops, Vermont Teen Radio or GRAI, contact Kristen Fehrenbach at 463-3330.

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