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CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/24/2014: CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK

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AKA  CANY
New York, NY

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CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/24/2014: CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK

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Also Known As: CANY
Physical Address: New York, NY 10001 6259
EIN: 13-3204610
Web URL: www.cany.org 
NTEE Category: F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F99 Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C.
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A99 Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C.
O Youth Development
O99 Other Youth Development N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 1984 
How This Organization Is Funded: Earned Income/Service Fees - $200,000
Corporation/Foundation - $200,000
Individuals - $250,000


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Mission Statement

CANY's mission is to empower people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.  Through the use of drama therapy CANY helps children and adults imagine new possibilities, expand their self concept and build the social and emotional tools they need to thrive.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

Total Revenue $634,982
Total Expenses $607,836

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Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

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Jonathan Hilton

Term:

Since Jan 2004

Profile:

Mr. Hilton originally joined CANY (then called Imagination Workshop) in 1978 while pursuing an acting career in New York. Working first as a theater artist and then as the Program Coordinator at the NYU-Cornell Medical Center program in White Plains, he left in 1982 to found a new therapeutic drama program for troubled adolescents in Orange County, New York. He has over 25 years in nonprofit management as director of theater company and cultural organizations in New York City.  He serves on the Board of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding; which provides trainings in peacebuilding and conflict resolution internationally.

Leadership Statement:

Creative Alternatives is the only organization in New York City providing trauma informed drama therapy programs on site at agencies serving children and adults with histories of trauma and violence. There is growing  recognition of alternative treatment models for trauma affected individuals and CANY has become a leader in the field.  Based on a three year strategic plan vision of growth, CANY has invested in development and secured major donor commitments towards this vision which includes relocation to a new home where we will launch our expanded training program and community presence.

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Programs

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Program Description:

Creative Alternatives contracts with 17 facilities in the greater New York area and Connecticut providing over 1500 groups annually. Facilities include residential treatment centers for abused children, hospitals, addiction treatment centers, HIV/AIDS clinics, safe shelters for victims of domestic violence, Veterans mental health programs and alternative school programs for at risk and troubled youth. Additionally, Creative Alternatives provides trainings to staff at partner facilities and other facilities in the use of creative arts as a therapeutic tool for treatment.

Program Long-Term Success:

Led a conference for 70 child mental health care workers from across Connecticut on the therapeutic use of drama in the healing process with traumatized children.

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Program: Gender Violence (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified

Program Description:

Programs with women victims of violence at domestic violence safe shelters and international refugee centers.

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Program: Drama Therapy for Youth with Trauma Histories (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$300,000
Category:
Youth Development
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Program Description:

Partnering with several special schools, residential facilities and community centers, CANY provides therapeutic drama groups for high risk youth with a range of behavioral and emotional challenges.   Programs are targeted for specific youth populations, such as LGBT foster youth, single foster moms, psychiatrically disabled youth; youth aging out of foster car;  juvenile justice youth.

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Program: Long & Short Term Training in Drama Therapy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$200,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

A range of training programs to teach the use of creative drama interventions to social workers, theater artists, educators, mental health professionals, students. Training programs include one and three day intensive workshops; 9 month Learning Collaborative training model with 4-5 agencies; 9 month Certificate Program.

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Program: Veterans with Traumatic Stress (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$35,000
Category:
Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Population Served:
Military/Veterans

Program Description:

Drama therapy programs with veterans and active service members in mental health treatment at partner hospitals.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

In 2012 CANY provided drama therapy services to over 1,000 children and adults affected by trauma: 50% children and youth; 15% women survivors of domestic violence; 20% veterans with PTSD; 10% refugees and   5% other misc populations.  CANY also provided training programs in the use of therapeutic drama to 167 clinicians, educators and artists.  This included the launch of a training program in CT through a $100,000 grant, to train clinicians in youth treatment agencies in our model of drama therapy.   In 2013,  CANY will expand our veterans program with a new program serving active service members with PTSD; launch a new program with youth with trauma histories which will include a comprehensive outcomes study of impact.  CANY's 3 years strategic plan envisions re-locating to a new home in 2013 and launching our full Certificate Program in our model of drama therapy as well as expanding our presence and impact in NYC.

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