ENACT / Fund for the City of New York


ENACT understands that children learn best when their social and emotional needs are met. Healthy student development is often hindered when a student has experienced neglect and trauma.   ENACT has been a pioneer of trauma-informed practices and social, emotional learning since our inception in 1987 and has reached over 150,000 youth in New York City’s five boroughs.

The “magic” is in our method that combines our signature drama-therapy and creative theater techniques and is delivered by teams of engaging professional actors and counselors. Our evidence-based approach demonstrates that ENACT programs increase attendance, greatly improve behavior and lessen violent incidents while improving overall school climate.

While our method is highly adaptive for customized success, we have had greatest impact on:

  • Schools suffering from extraordinary drop-out rates, such as alternative learning centers and schools at risk of failing
  • Disengaged and truant youth
  • Students with history of violence / behavior management issues
  • Put-at-risk youth
  • Schools experiencing intense bullying and cyber-bullying trends