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CHAT


Flagship Programs

CHAT Network + FYI Public Season Plays

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CHAT


Flagship Programs

CHAT Network + FYI Public Season Plays

change, heal, act together (CHAT)

ICAH's Change, Heal, Act Together (CHAT) Network engages youth and their communities through peer education, online and offline campaigns, and systems change work. Youth members range from 16-22 years old and are a combination of past youth program participants and youth who are new to ICAH. They gain expert knowledge around sexual health and reproductive justice through rigorous training and learn to organize, educate, and advocate for better programs and policies in school, family, and health systems. Members take the lead in facilitating ICAH’s peer education workshops.
 

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Public Season Plays


Public Season Plays


fyi Public season plays

Now more than ever, ICAH knows that cultural problems demand cultural solutions. If you believe that our creative imaginations can help dismantle oppressive systems and behaviors, please support the development of this critical art by donating now.

 

FIRST

Produced by Jessamyn Fitzpatrick
Directed by Quenna Barrett
Co-conceived by Deanalis Resto and Dione Addai

What “counts” when it comes to virginity? What about when the sex you’re having (or not having) is never even included in the conversation? First tells the story of a group of young people confronted with pressures to define and defend their ideas about virginity, leading them down a rabbit hole of complicating questions: What even is virginity? What has it meant historically and what does it mean today? How do narratives of virginity shape people’s behaviors and ideas about the value of sex and their value within that narrative? Along their journey, mystical figures offer competing but sometimes complimentary perspectives on various myths, stereotypes, and values surrounding the idea of virginity.

 

EXPECTATION

Produced by Alex Tey
Directed by Alyssa Vera Ramos

Part documentary theatre, part theatre of the oppressed, and part live action role play, Expectation is an immersive experience designed to explore the true stories of pregnant and parenting youth in Chicago. Hilarious, heartbreaking, infuriating, and triumphant, Expectation takes a close look at the difficult systems young people are forced to navigate, re-examines stereotypes and assumptions around teen pregnancy, and invites you to jump in and figure out where your voice can fit into the conversation. Audiences will replace shame and stigma with affirmation and support and find real ways to spark change.

 

GREY AREA

Produced by Vince Pagan
Directed by Jacob Watson
Written by Sarah Bernstein

Many of us "get" consent: yes means yes, no means no. But what if the reality is more complicated than that? When our culture lacks a shared vocabulary for active consent, we are left lost in the space between definitions spelled out in black-and-white. Gray Area asks the difficult questions about where our ideas about consent come from, how they get enacted in our lives, and what happens when our reality doesn’t live up to our ideals. How do we navigate these murky waters, and--when something goes wrong--how do we, and our communities, heal?