Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Seminar 1 on Women & Violence
CANY & ReStart
From Our Board of Directors
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CANY Observes Domestic Violence
Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; a time for organizations and individuals to bring light to an issue that effects so many in our communities and around the world.

A staggering one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, with young people aged 16-24 experiencing domestic violence at the highest rates.  This month, and all yearlong, CANY stands with each and every woman, man & child who survives the physical and emotional abuse of domestic violence.

All of us at CANY are honored to personally know the incredible strength of domestic violence survivors through our drama therapy work.  One client in particular, however, is an inspiration to CANY staff and supporters alike.  She bravely shared her story of growth and transformation at CANY's 2013 Pearl Gala. 

Click the photo below to view her speech on YouTube:

Join CANY for Seminar 1:
on Women & Violence
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The CANY Seminar Series is fast approaching, but it's not too late to get tickets for the lectures and/or register for the full-day drama therapy trainings!

Launching the Series, Mahnaz Afkhami will be presenting Leading to Change: Eliminating Violence Against Women on Friday November 1st.  As former Minister for Women's Affairs in Iran, and Founder of the Women's Learning Partnership, Mahnaz Afkhami has spent her life fighting for women's rights despite death threats and exile.  Learn about her lifelong work and the global effort to empower female leaders and end the widespread violence against women.
  • Friday, Nov 1 (7pm) at the JCC in Manhattan (@ 334 Amsterdam Ave.)
And join us on Saturday November 2nd for a full-day training in using CANY's model of trauma-informed drama therapy with domestic violence survivors.  Led by CANY's Heidi Landis and Meredith Dean.
  • Saturday, Nov 2 (10am-5pm) at CANY (@ 225 W. 99th St.) 
CANY Partners with the DOE's ReStart Academy

CANY is happy to announce a new partner for the 2013-2014
program year; ReStart Academy (NYC Department of Education). ReStart Academy sites provide educational services for 16-21 year old students who are currently in temporary/involuntary settings, including substance abuse treatment, mental/behavioral health treatment, transitional housing, social service agencies and other transitional settings.

Beginning this week, CANY will be bringing drama therapy groups to five ReStart Academy sites throughout the city.  CANY's programs with adolescents represent over half of our work, and we look forward to bringing the transformative power of drama therapy to these adolescents and young adults. 
From Our Board of Directors

We asked our newest Board members, Robyn Johnson and Dr. Shilpa Taufique what inspired them to join the CANY Board of Directors, here were their answers:

Robyn, "
I became fascinated with CANY upon hearing about the program from [another Board member].  I could not believe that I hadn't heard of drama therapy before. I feel that this process can help so many people envision a new positive reality for their lives. I want more people to be aware of this process and to help expand services to anyone who would benefit from it."

Shilpa, "Joining the Board felt like a natural match. Throughout my career, I have seen numerous lives turned upside down and fall apart as a result of "drama"-- traumatic, dramatic experiences that no one should suffer. When I first learned of CANY, I immediately felt the need to support their work--they are able to use "drama" for good, and make lives worth living."   
CANY Joins #Giving Tuesday

In case you missed our last email--CANY is excited to be joining thousands of nonprofits, businesses and individuals around the world on the second annual Giving Tuesday; a global day to celebrate giving back.

On December 3, get involved and join the global movement to kick off the giving season.  We have two days after Thanksgiving for shopping; let's spend one day embracing the true spirit of the giving season. Help CANY and the thousands involved make this #GivingTuesday the best one yet!  

For more information on how to get involved visit: and check your inbox on Tuesdays for more CANY Giving Tuesday updates!