NBHN PAC’s premier project…A grassroots program geared to transforming the lives of children in the Lehigh Valley area by helping them to develop self-esteem,
healthy and productive habits, thoughts and lifestyles by creating exchanges between young people and seniors.  A performing arts center with a purpose…

Objective/Mission: Transforming lives by creating exchanges between youth and seniors
Goal(s): To foster growth of character by
·        Developing a sense of community
·        Developing feelings of empathy, tolerance, concern, and respect for seniors

The program targets two high-risk groups:       

1) Children of low-income families                                                                                                      
2) Citizens 50 years and older
These groups are considered “high-risk” for varied economic and social reasons.

Children—Nationally, it is estimated that 20% of children live at or below poverty levels.  Twenty-Seven percent of Pennsylvania families with children are likely to be
headed by a single parent and considered to be low income (about $18,850 for a Hispanic family of four) 1 and that inappropriate activity is on the rise for children
and adolescents-incidents of substance abuse, violence mental health disorders, sexual activity, for example.  As a result one of the most pressing priorities facing
us today is to improve this outcome. Seniors-Nationally, Pennsylvania has the second largest population of individuals over 50 years.  Older Americans often
experience the following feelings and are more likely to commit suicide:

·        Worthlessness, nervousness
·        Emptiness, irritability
·        Feel like no one loves them
·        And that life is not worth living.

NBHN PAC Senior Outreach Program endeavors to address some of the needs of both populations.

Facilitation:  
1.        Children are introduced to various forms of expression from in-house and guest speakers and instructors and 30 minute-performances at various nursing    
homes and senior centers
2.        Children are also required submit one a 1-page type/written report each segment about their chosen discipline
3.        Children participate in Gift Give-away for seniors and Toy Give-Away for children during holidays at no charge to the community.  

In 2005, approximately 3000 toys were collected and distributed to 135 families in the Lehigh Valley (105 families-Cumberland Gardens, 35 families-Lehigh and
Northampton Counties).  To date 18 senior care facilities have been serviced.

The Benefit
·        Children can reap positive social and academic benefits from involvement in the arts…valuable skills that will help them successfully navigate through life
·        Research for seniors has shown that certain types of interpersonal therapy are effective treatments for late-life depression.  1) Improves quality of life 2)               
Improves outlook on life




For more information contact:
Avella Evans: SOP coordinator
sop@nbhnpac.org
New Beginning Here & Now Performing Arts Center, Inc.                                                                                                                                                       
100 Cascade Drive
Allentown, Pa 18109
Office: 610-264-1900
Fax: 1-866-380-8790
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Senior Outreach
Reaching Higher Heights & New Dimensions