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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, July 23, 2015, Page A3, Image 3

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Instructors, students make video for PLAAY SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE After modeling an innovative program at Elementary School Academy during the 2014 15 school year, participants and students in the program recently produced a video, with the help of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ESA introduced a new tool to stem aggression among its students last fall. The program called "PLAAY" is an acronym Miley made adaptations to Dr. Stevenson's model to meet the needs of their stu dents "The students were excited about having the opportunity to participate in a video that will be viewed by the president," Davis said. "They did a great job, and hopefully this model will be used throughout the country. It was an honor for us to be chosen to do it." "PLAAY was intro duced to us by Dr. Shawn Ricks, of Winston-Salem State, who is chair of emotional strengths and challenges, personality and style. "Many of our students aren't properly prepared to deal with anger issues," Miley said. "We make a sincere effort to give them the coping skills to deal with these issues." Staff members also use videos, role-playing and music to teach. Students are encour aged to identify their feel ings and calculate how stressful they are (on a scale from 1 to 10); locate where one's body feels the I stress;communicate through self-talk to a trust ed friend or authority fig ure; breathe and exhale slowly when stressed to relieve the stress; have an authority figure help them continue to play, work, or learn with others. PLAAY also helps reduce racial and gender stress related to racial and gender conflicts while strengthening individual and family stress manage ment and racial coping assertiveness. It also designed to improve youth academic achievement and positive parent involve ment in school. Parental involvement is also vital to the program's success. The program uses the physical activity of bas ketball and culturally responsive group therapy to enhance youths' and their parents' capacities to challenge racial and gender stereotypes, develop inter personal and school achievement skills, and build stronger bonds between parents and their children. Participants in PLAAY are expected to maintain regular attendance, engage in honest dialect, extend mutual respect and consid eration, complete assign ments on time and, most importantly, have fun. "This program is totally outside regular school hours and we expect the students to have fun," Davis said. "Along the way, we hope to give them strategies for managing stress during intense inter personal situations and become more aware of the anger triggers that are like ly to lead to conflict ." TW I Nasir Graham, Kobe Thompson, Jaylon McLean, Anthony Snyder and T'Andre Williams, with Sam Davis. Submitted photos Jahaun King, Steven Evans, Samantha Davis, Ben Nanez and Omari Smith with Elliot Miley. that stands for Preventing Long-Term Anger and Aggression in Youth. It was originated by Dr. Howard Stevenson, a pro fessor at the University of Pennsylvania, who through his research found that it helps "youths manage their anger at school and home to complete their schooling assignments by using cul tural strengths". Editing of the video should be complete in the next few weeks. Copies of it will be sent to executives with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is expected to reach the desk of President Barack Obama. Sam Davis and Elliot Human Service Studies and a professor in the department of Rehabilitation and Human Services," Davis said. "When she introduced it to Mr. Miley and myself, we saw the potential of it in helping our students work through their problems. We were already using many of its concepts already, so it was relatively easy to incorporate it into what we were already doing." PLAAY helps the stu dents learn to use their communication skills to address their anger. A key part of PLAAY is helping youths know when they get angry while playing bas ketball, because sports is a great place to see youths' First No Stress Fest, 2 Chainz coming to Winston-Salem this weekend SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE ? ; On Saturday, July 25, the first No Stress Fest will come to Winston-Salem, featuring recording artist 2 Chainz, Travis Porter, DJ E. Sudd, Short Dawg, Skooly, Capl, and Carolina-based talents from a multitude of gen res of music such as rap, R&B, EDM to rock. The event will be held at Ziggy's Music Park, 170 W 9th St., from 2 to 11 p.m. and will be hosted by members of the FFCS (The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show) and MTV's Wild 'N Out's own Darren Brand, Chico Bean and Osama Bin Dratlkin. The event was inspired by 2 Chainz's own DJ, DJ E. Sudd, who is a native of High Point and an advocate of the arts and music scene in the Carolinas. Tickets for the all-day event will start at $35 for gen eral admission. VIP balcony seating. Platinum and Super Platinum packages are available starting at $55, which includes various additional perks such as balcony access, an official after-party invitation and artist meets and greets. Tickets can be purchased at, Ticketfly and all DTXR stores. The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest H. Pitt and Ndubisi Egemonye in 1974 and is published every Thursday by Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing Co. Inc., 617 N. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101. Periodicals postage paid at Winston-Salem, N.C. Annual subscription price is $30.72. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Chronicle, P.O. Box 1636 Winston-Salem ,NC 27102-1636 FOOD LION tUy 22 - Ju*y 2?, 2Q15 40 Oz. 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