We are a non-profit, faith based organization that has a traveling ministry team that goes to schools and homeschool groups all over the country for one week periods. During this time, students attending these one week seminars receive hands-on instruction in drama, communication, construction, sewing, acting, organization skills, interpersonal skills, art related skills and principles, and technical training in stage lighting, sound design, and basic electoral work. This week of teaching and training culminates in a two hour live performance where the students apply what they have learned for their parents, peers and the general public. The teams routinely work with elementary and high school students in the same week, beginning on a Monday and concluding with performances Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
The teams of trained professionals that work with the students, are in desperate need of updated sound and lighting equipment, including a new computer, sound board, various lighting instruments, and new boxes and cases to safely store equipment. There is also a pressing need for a new travel trailer and a vehicle powerful enough to safely tow it. The estimated cost of updating these systems would be well over 100,000$ and is too much for the ministry to take on currently but is desperately needed. We are seeking help in finding grants, or combinations of grants to help cover these costs, so that our teams can continue to work effectively and safely with young people all over the country.