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Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago (GBHTT)

In partnership with the U.S. State Department (through the Embassy in Port of Spain) and 2 Cents Movement, Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago is empowering teenage girls through theatre-making, spoken word, and song. After touring eight countries, Girl Be Heard received overwhelming support from partners and community members expressing great interest in providing the same community-based programs we have for young women in and around New York City to those abroad. In October 2016, Girl Be Heard received a grant from the U.S. State Department through the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago and the Oak Foundation to establish a GBH program outside the United States.

Lead Partner: The 2 Cents Movement

The 2 Cents Movement reaches youth where they are, creating new spaces of contemporary art and discourse that challenge youth to think deeply, speak boldly, care selflessly, and act decisively towards addressing social issues. Girl Be Heard has identified 2 Cents Movement (2CM) to oversee the local chapter. We are working closely with the 2CM leadership team to share best practices and pioneer the first pilot/after-school program in Trinidad and Tobago.

Meet the Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago Team

Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago has a trained team of highly experienced professionals, including six additional Teaching Artists specially trained in our curriculum. A group of 15 girls auditioned and were chosen to be the first cohort to go through GBHTT’s girl empowerment program at Bishop’s Centenary College, which launched on January 6, 2017.

Video: Impact Media

GBHTT Teaching Artists

Penelope Spencer Deneka Thomas 1 Tishanna Williams
Penelope Spencer,                     Deneka Thomas,                           Tishanna Williams,
Lead Teaching Artist                  Assistant Teaching Artist                Teaching Artist

GBHTT Program Manager

Takiyah De Four
Takiyah De Four (takiyah@girlbeheard.org)

GBHTT Community Advisory Board

Richard Blewitt, UNDP
Nicole Joseph Chin, Founder of Ms. Brafit and Vital Voices Global Fellow
Marina Hilaire-Bartlett, PSI-Caribbean
Moira Lindsay, PSI-Caribbean
Anthea McLaughlin, Bridge Foundation
Sharon Mottley, PSI-Caribbean
Ann Marie Narine, Heroes Foundation
Amílcar Presi Sanatan
Stephen C. Weeks, U.S. Embassy Trinidad and Tobago

History and Schedule of Events

March 2016
Across Borders: Trinidad and Tobago Tour
Performance and Workshops:
Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk Trinidad – Ms. Brafit, Ltd.
St. Jude’s School for Girls
Bishop’s Centenary College
Central Bank Auditorium
The Ambassador’s Residence

December 13, 2016
Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago Auditions
Bishop’s Centenary College
2:15pm

December 14 and 15, 2016
GBHTT Teacher Training
The Branch Tobago

January 6, 2017
First Session of GBHTT
Bishop’s Centenary College

March 14, 2017
UnPlugged
Join us for the students of GBHTT’s first program first public performance
Little Carib Theatre

End of April
GBHTT Community Event
TBA

June 29, 2017
Culminating Performance – Stage the Revolution
Central Bank Auditorium

June 30, 2017
Last Session of GBHTT
Bishop’s Centenary College

Pioneering a Pilot Program
At the invitation of Trinidadian-based partner Nicole Joseph Chin (of Ms. Brafit) and with strategic guidance from the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, GBH brought Girl Power performances and workshops to schools and community centers in Port of Spain March of 2016. Our young performers had the opportunity to perform for hundreds of school children. We thank Nicole for her vision and passion in making this program possible!

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GBHTT in the News

Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, January 15th 2017