Tampa, Fla. – (September 27, 2012) – Four performances of “Speed-the-Plow” by the Tampa Bay Players will benefit Prodigy, a cultural arts program for teen offenders and at-risk youth, ages 7-17. Prodigy is a program of the University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UACDC) with 25 program locations in seven counties. Tampa Bay Players selected Prodigy to receive 25 percent of the proceeds from its four September performances.
“Prodigy uses an innovative approach to empower, educate and enable youth to provide a doorway to a better tomorrow away from crime and gangs,” says Dan Jurman, UACDC executive director and CEO. “Thanks to partners like Tampa Bay Players, our programming teaches young people essential life skills while also introducing them to various visual and performing arts. When you consider that Prodigy costs less than 4 percent of the cost of putting a child in juvenile detention, and the high percentage of children who stay out of the system after completion, the program is a great community investment.”
Prodigy is setting a higher standard and is among the best performing and lowest cost diversion programs in the state with a non-recidivism rate averaging 89 percent over a 12-month period.
By altering juvenile behavior, Prodigy prevents and diverts youth from moving deeper into the juvenile justice system, saving the state money, improving communities and transforming young lives.
The “Speed-the-Plow” play by David Mamet has run on Broadway and is a drama on the American movie business. Tampa Bay Players is a not for profit organization, a theatre company for actors, by actors, for charity, and has information online at http://www.facebook.com/TampaBayPlayers.
Prodigy is a research‐based diversion, intervention, and prevention program that provides a safe arena where at risk youth ages 7-17 learn communication, problem‐solving and conflict resolution skills through visual and performing arts. Prodigy currently serves more than 4,000 youth in seven West Central Florida counties and is operated by the UACDC in Tampa.
The University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UACDC) is a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention, and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. The UACDC was named nonprofit of the year for public and societal benefit by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011 and 2012. It is headquartered in the University Area Community Center Complex, owned by Hillsborough County and operated by the UACDC, which is located at 14013 North 22nd Street in Tampa. For more information about UACDC, please visit www.uacdc.org or call Sue Hutson at 813-558-5212.