ENACT brings hope to at-risk schoolchildren by changing how they think about themselves
New York (PRWEB) August 3, 2009
Corporate Counseling Associates (CCA) announced today that Tom Diamante, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Human Capital, has been named to the board of directors for ENACT—a non-profit organization that uses a pioneering creative drama approach to promote social change in New York City public schools.
Founded in 1987, ENACT's mission is to help public school students, their families and school staff learn crucial social and emotional skills through creative drama and drama therapy techniques. Professional actor-instructors engage in interactive classroom-based activities and specialized role-play to help students become more productive in school and in their lives.
Diamante, an HR strategist, author and organizational change expert, has been with CCA since summer 2007. The human capital consulting and EAP counseling firm provides employee support services such as change management, health and wellness initiatives, work-life balance consulting and human resources strategy.
"ENACT brings hope to at-risk schoolchildren by changing how they think about themselves," explained Diamante. "Transcending school-life difficulties, ENACT's powerful use of drama techniques engages the student in ways they've never experienced. Upon witnessing their work, it was something I wanted to support."
The ENACT team – artists, educators, social workers, and drama therapists – work collaboratively with teachers and administrators at schools across New York City to show students how to identify and remove the barriers that prevent them from learning. ENACT builds an atmosphere of trust among students, helping them to communicate feelings, identify decision-making moments, find positive alternatives to violence and self-destructive habits, and realize the impact of their actions.
Settings include in-school and after-school student programs, parent and family workshops, professional staff development and auditorium performances. The non-profit has been funded by grants from the Ford Foundation, the AOL/Time Warner Foundation, the New York City Council, United Way of New York City, the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts and others.
"ENACT exemplifies a commitment to understanding organizational and individual dynamics that affect performance," Diamante added. "Its methodology cuts through barriers that might otherwise interfere with growth; this innovation, perfected over twenty years, brings measurable outcomes that parents, teachers, donors and the kids themselves embrace. I'm proud to serve on their board."
About Corporate Counseling Associates
CCA manages critical people issues that place organizations at risk. In business for 25 years with over 250 top-tier accounts, CCA brings a full-time staff of industrial and organizational psychologists, clinical social workers/psychologists and counseling professionals to solve human capital-based business problems. CCA's integrated human capital consulting service offerings are: EAP & Work/Life, Learning & Development and Coaching & Organizational Consulting. For more information, call (212) 686-6827.
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