The Hippodrome Improvisational Teen Theatre (HITT) program is a prevention program for middle and high school students in Alachua County, Florida. This innovative curriculum combines prevention education with theatre techniques, youth-led performance, service learning, and peer education to reduce rates of alcohol and other substance use. The model targets primary peer influences (i.e., media, peer relations, adult mentors) through a comprehensive arts-based prevention approach that promotes active learning among participants and, through performance, opportunities for youth to impact change in their community.
Certified prevention specialists work with students in the classroom to identify, study, and examine substance abuse and related community issues. Professional theatre specialists teach students theatre techniques, improvisational scene work, and ensemble team performance to reinforce the classroom-based learning. Participants then design performances and workshops that extend the skills and knowledge to other young people and adults in the community. Hippodrome Improvisational Teen Theatre strengthens participants’ bonds to their school and community, as well as self-esteem, team cooperation, and other protective factors.
With funding from SAMHSA’s Service to Science Subcontract to Build Evaluation Capacity of Evidence-Based Interventions, program staff will enhance evaluation activities in the following ways:
Hippodrome State Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Phone: (352) 373-5968
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org