Mission Statement

The Revisions project brings spoken word poetry into a therapeutic atmosphere in order to use creativity to gain perspective on the story of our lives and re-frame our present within the natural strengths of participants.  

Why enroll in ReVisions?

Learn how to rewrite your past
Join a community of courageous voices
Don't let your past compose your future
Perform your truth to power

Our Approach

Our curriculum focuses on the Narrative therapy approach where clients participate in a series of sessions intended to ReVision the story of their life. This approach implies that the way we view our past dictates how we step into our future, and our perspective on the past is malleable. We focus on bringing attention to the relationship between emotion, thought and action while providing clients the opportunity to examine how they navigate these experiences.

Why art with an emphasis on poetry?

Through narrative therapy we are able to:

  • Provide clients the opportunity to elevate their voices over the din of distraction where they witness their personal truth
  • Connect individuals to a national community of poets and events where grappling with potent personal issues is a common bond

  • Establish young voices as a megaphone to bring awareness to other youth about reporting abuse and seeking help

  • Foster a culture of empathetic listeners

  • Generate a creative space for personal exploration where there are no wrong answers only new discoveries

  • Provide tools that honor and utilize the natural skills of participants

  • Create empathy through understanding other people’s struggles in a face to face situation

The ReVisons program also works to produce youth poetry films intended to bring awareness to issues such as child abuse.

The Snake and the Mouse, by Miguel Hernandez

The ReVisions program has sent us high level youth poets to perform at prestigious gala fundraisers, neighborhood block parties and child abuse prevention rallies on the steps of the San Francisco city hall. For two years our partnership with this program has led to a profound increase in awareness of issues surrounding child abuse as student poems have courageously addressed personal experience, community strength, and the ferocious power of youth to stand up against cycles of violence. We believe that it is possible to live in a world without child abuse and the messages of these young artists lead the way to motivating more young people to speak up and report these egregious situations.

  • Kate frankfurt, Chief Development Officer San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
  • Who we serve: Youth, Adults, Group sessions, schools, judiciary clients, community based organizations.
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