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The following FEL!X modules are all currently available. In addition, the FEL!X team can help you develop a custom program to fit your needs.
FEL!X: Building Resilience
Building Resilience is the latest module created for FEL!X, an innovative, immersive program with a methodology that guides students to explore sensitive topics as they playfully stretch their imaginations through historical improv.
The module challenges students to become aware of their own implicit biases as they “experience” historic crises from multiple perspectives.
Students walk in the shoes of figures from diverse generations and cultures such as a Taino Queen and Pope during the Taino epidemic, a Mongolian soldier during the Black Plague, or a Native American child during the 1918 Flu. In order to role-play, students must take into account each character’s personal circumstances and historical context. Students are then asked to answer the same question from their own personal perspectives.
FEL!X: Understanding Social Cues
In the United States, some 3.5 million people now live with some form of autism. For many, autism makes it difficult to correctly interpret facial expressions and emotions, as well as show empathy, and that often causes them to be ostracized and bullied.
This FEL!X module is designed to help individuals who have autism spectrum disorder, since it’s been shown that autistic individuals often benefit from roleplaying everyday situations. FEL!X enables therapists and teachers who are working with the program guide their patients and students more effectively.
FEL!X: Building Friendships
This module, also aims at young people with autism spectrum disorder. It focuses on helping participants become more comfortable with creating friendships by improvising interactions in a safe and fun environment under the guidance of educators and mental health professionals. During our pilot study we are happy to report first time friendships were established.
FEL!X: Building Connections In Israel
In this module students use improv to stage and discuss topics so they could better listen to the many voices that make up Israel - from ancient times to today. The module’s cast of characters includes a carefully curated group of personas that come from diverse religious backgrounds. This program is currently available through Makom Israel: The Jewish Education Project.
FEL!X: Bullying - Leveling the Playing Field
Whether on the playground, in sweatshops, in coalfields, or in personal relationships, there is often an imbalance of power. FEL!X: Bullying - Leveling the Playing Field encourages youth to experience one of Colorado’s most significant historical events, the Ludlow Massacre, from different points of view. The Ludlow Massacre, was an attack on striking coal miners and their families by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company guards at Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914, resulting in the deaths of 25 people, including 11 children. The module addresses Intolerance, prejudice, bullying, and power on a large scale using the labor movement as an example. Students are invited to walk in the shoes of a wide cast of characters representing different, and often opposing, sides of the Ludlow story.
Often we jump to conclusions and don’t consider new perspectives - allowing our biases to blind us.
FEL!X: Building Resilience forces students to slow down to consider new perspectives. The platform lets them literally turn into someone else with improvisations based on historical characters. They can step into the shoes of Chief Joseph Nez Perce Tribal Leader or Queen Elizabeth I, for instance. By becoming historical figures from diverse generations and cultures, FEL!X creates a comforting distance from which to see how others have navigated similar crises throughout history. Students become more empathetic, hopeful and less alone.
There are no scripts. Students make up their responses as they move through the platform. We provide game like activities , bios and historical context but they handle the rest.
For instance, we took them back to the time of the Black Plague to discuss how those during that time period - and those coming soon afterwards - dealt with feelings of power or powerlessness.
Students selected a character from a curated list: a young mother who was a victim, a doctor, a rat that carried the disease, the pope, poets, painters, and journalists
Students often create their own costumes, props and visual backdrops to deepen their experience as they respond to the questions in character.
After everyone takes a turn they return to the present day and they share their personal ideas of power or lack thereof.
This is a brief overview. The FEL!X journey includes so much more. Spoiler alert, students get to see themselves 30 years into the future.
After returning from the guided tour with FEL!X, students:
- - Feel connected to history and connected to each other
- They can see that after a very dark period, lightness can be found on the other side.
Walk in their shoes. Stand tall in your own!
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