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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Introduction Lines (Nite Star Performance)

BELL RINGS (everyone enters)

Lucy: Are you coming to the party Friday?
Melissa: Yeah, I just have to get Leslie to cover for me...
Jocelyn: What do you mean, You're not bringing her with you, right?
Melissa: Hell no, but I have to tell my parents I'm going to be over at her house.
Lucy: I hope she doesn't come...
Melissa: She won't. Trust me.

(Leslie enters)

Melissa: Oh there she is, I'll see you guys later. (catches Leslie) Hey Leslie, listen. I need you to do me a favor. I want to go to this party Friday night, but my mom's on some controlling kick right now... I need you to tell my mom that I'm staying with you.
Leslie: You want me to lie to Auntie Samantha?
Melissa: You know... Lie is such an ugly word...
Leslie: (pauses) Well... what's in it for me?
Melissa: Well... let's talk about it.
( Melissa and Leslie walk off)

Lucy: What are you doing tonight?
Jocelyn: I don't know... I'm not feeling good... I think I'm going to go home.
Lucy: You should get Sean to come over and "Nurse" you back to health, you feel me?
Jocelyn: I don't really want to see him tonight...
Lucy: Really? uh oh...
Jocelyn: It's not like that, I'm just not feeling well and I--
Lucy: I'm trying to get Jason to take me to the movies.
Jocelyn: He's cheap, he's not taking you anywhere.
Lucy: I'm going to persuade him... Trust me.

(Jason calls for Lucy)

Jason: Lucy, I need you, come here please!
Lucy: Jay, what's wrong?
Jason: I can't find this review sheet and the test is next period...
Lucy: Well where did you put it?
Jason: If I knew I wouldn't be asking you to help me find it, now would I?
Lucy: Okay I will help you, but if I find it... can we go to the movies tonight?
Jason: What?
Lucy: If I find it, you'll take me to the movies tonight.
Jason: yeah, sure, whatever.
(Lucy pulls the sheet out of her back pocket)
Lucy: Oh, here it is.
Jason: You had this the whole time?
Lucy: Hm... I guess I did, and now you're taking me to the movies.
Jason: You're lucky I like you.
Lucy: Whatever, you love me, good luck.
(Lucy and Jason exit separately)

BB: Yo Sean, you've gotta hook me up with Monica.
Sean: Monica from my gym class?
BB: Yeah man, I'm trying to get her to come with me to Prom.
Sean: Well then just ask her.
BB: If I ask her she's going to say no.
Sean: How do you know that?
BB: Well... I kind of asked her before...
Sean: So why are you asking me to hook you up is she already said No?
BB: I figured if you speak on my behalf she might change her mind...
Sean: That sounds stupid.
BB: Yeah... but do you think it'll work?
Sean: Maybe... I'll hook it up tomorrow. I've got to go talk to Jocelyn.
BB: Cool, I'll hit you up later.
(BB exits, and Sean walks over to Jocelyn)

Sean: What's up baby? (Sean goes in for a kiss, but Jocelyn turns her cheek to him)
Jocelyn: Hey...
Sean: What's wrong with you?
Jocelyn: Nothing. I'm fine.
Sean: Yeah, Ok... So what're we doing tonight?
Jocelyn: Um... Look I'm not feeling good so I'm just going to stay home...
Sean: Well I can come by and take care of you...
Jocelyn: No, that's ok. You've done enough.
Sean: What?
Jocelyn: Nothing, I've got to get to class. I'll talk to you later.
(Jocelyn exits)

Friday, June 19, 2009

National Reproductive Health Awareness Day

SMART Receives a Mayoral Proclamation for National Reproductive Health Awareness Day

NEW YORK, June 18, 2009 — Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a special proclamation on June 18, 2009 declaring June 18 as National Reproductive Health Awareness Day, sponsored by Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS Research and Treatment (SMART).

“Outreach, education and support are important tools in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and I commend SMART’s efforts in providing a safe haven for women and youths affected by the epidemic,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Women now constitute a third of new AIDS cases, so this work is more important than ever.”

On June 18, 2009, SMART will be hosting its 11th annual SMART University Graduation commemorating its graduates at the New York Academy of Medicine. SMART serves high-risk heterosexual women and youth from New York City’s highest incidence areas. Over the last 11 years, the program has developed a client base that includes newly diagnosed and long-term survivors living with HIV/AIDS, mostly African-American and Latina women and youth of color. SMART’s priority is to serve all women and youth who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and seeks to: 1) create successful linkages to medical care or re-engage the out-of-care, 2) deliver culturally competent, evidence-based treatment education and prevention services, and 3) reduce the disparities, stigma and discrimination in access to prevention and care services that are experienced by women and youth of color.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Raffle Tickets

Raffle Winners:

1st Prize: Rosa Donohue

2nd Prize: Randolph Gomez

3rd Prize: Eston Clare


SMART University's Graduation is Thursday June 18th, 2009

We are still selling raffle tickets and they can now be bought online! (Buy before 2:00 PM)

If people still want to buy tickets they can purchase them on the SMART University website. (
Go to the Donate Button, and when asked if the money goes towards a program put in "RAFFLE TICKETS"
(you should see this page: )

1 Ticket is $2
1 Book (6 tickets) is $10

Grand Prize: 19" Flat Screen TV
Second Prize: $150 Wine Bar and Restaurant Gift Card
Third Prize: $100 American Express Gift Card
Thank You!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

June Updates

Friday June 5th- Pretty much everyone was here today! The scenes just need touch ups, and great work with working on the intro-improv session. It was fun! Next Week SMART Youth will be meeting at the office THURSDAY at 4:00 to do some spoken word writing and finish up with whatever needs to be done. See You then!

Thursday June 11th- Great group turn out to finish up our scenes and work on the spoken word pieces. Everything is coming along great! I can't wait until the finished product! Thank You Nite Star and Youth!

Friday June 19th, 2009- Welcome back Efrain! Thanks for covering for Derek and Danny... who are now in trouble! Everyone memorize your lines! I'll try to put them up soon, just in case.

Friday June 26th, 2009- Our Nite Star performance will be July 8th, in the Bronx (Tiffany will provide the location and information). Just a few more practices left, all the scenes are done! Please come if you can make it next THURSDAY! Good Job Everyone!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

SMART University Graduation

The graduation will be held at the NY Academy of Medicine, located on 1216 5th avenue between 102nd and 103rd street.
June 18th, Thursday
Check-in will begin at 1:00 pm for the ceremony.
If you will be attending the reception, please RSVP by Friday June 5th by calling Samantha Clare at (212) 564-3282 or e-mailing us at
Tickets for the reception will cost $75 and can be purchased through Sam or at the door.

For more information regarding SMART University, please refer to our website:

Thank you for your support and I hope to see you all at graduation!

-Clarissa Silva

*Youth will be helping out with set up, clean up, and hosting*

Saturday, May 9, 2009

SMART Youth @ Gmail

SMART Youth has a Gmail account for contact info!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Baseball Event

Brought in by Efrain:

A Day at the Ballpark
Bring your family and friends!

St. Paul and St. Agnes Parish
Key Span Park (Coney Island)
Brooklyn, NY

Game Day: Saturday July 11th, 2009
Game Time: 6 PM
Place: Key Span Park (Coney Island), Surf Avenue-Brooklyn, NY
Price: $15 per person- Field Box Seat, (Under 2 years old/sit on a lap- Free)

You Will Receive: Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball Cap. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will also receive a Brooklyn Cyclones Visor.
Everyone gets to enjoy the fireworks after the game!

All payments must be made by: Sunday June 7th, 2009

Edna Torres: (347) 661-6302

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tiffany's First Brainstorm

College Trips
Arcade Day/Laser Tag/ Paintball
Field Day
Amusement/Water/Theme Park
Beach Day

Workshops/ In The Office:
Anything with the Arts

Fundraising/ Events:
Talent/Fashion/Charity Show (NiteStar)

May Updates

Friday May 1st- First day with NiteStar! Intro to what we will be doing for the next 9 weeks as we create our OWN performance! Welcome Tiffany, our newest Youth Coordinator!

Friday May 8th- Second Session with NiteStar, since it was a nice day, it might be the reason not many youth came, but we had fun anyways! Hopefully more people will come next week, and bring your ideas to start writing scenes for our performance!

Friday May 15th- Great work everyone! Due to starting late we were not able to create many character scenarios, however we will definately be ready for next session! Lets try to knock out all the scenarios by getting in on time! Remember everyone should be in by 4pm (Or should I say "fo'" o'clock) so that we can be ready to start @ 4.30! Make sure you have you're "big booty" on!
(As said by Tiffany)

Friday May 22nd- Group was very small, However, we got a lot of work done, have our 3 scenes planned for NiteStar, and have 1 scene's script done. So great work to those who were in! Hopefully we have a bigger turn out next week!

Friday May 29th- A larger group turn out, yay! We have one scene down and the draft of the next scene. You guys were great! This isn't easy, but it sure is fun! Thanks Nite Star! Hopefully we'll be able to present something in time for the SMART Inc. Graduation (June 18th).

Friday, April 24, 2009

College List

Here are the colleges SMART Youth would like to visit over the Summer:

Within Reach:
*Stony Brook
*John Jay

Road Trips:
Penn State

-Note: Cornell, and Ithaca are in the same area upstate in Ithaca, NY. Swarthmore and Haverford are in the same area outside of Phili, PA.

If We Had Money:
Miami University
Arizona University

*: Possible, Top Choices

Thursday, April 9, 2009


SMART Youth went through a Budgeting and SMART Spending Workshop!

April Updates and Reminders

Friday, April 10 - Smart Youth not meeting due to Good Friday

Friday, April 17 - Ice Skating at Chelsea Piers! It is happening! Details coming shortly, but for now, know that we need to meet a little earlier (before 4), and I will need permission forms from those of you under 18.

Friday April 24th- Focus group about which colleges everyone is interested in and would like to visit on some road trips over the summer. Discussion about fund raising ideas as well and then some fun with Dance Dance Revolution!

Thursday April 30th- SMART Youth went to go see a private performance by Nite Star! it was great! We start working with Nite Star Tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Updates Summary

February 6th, 2009: SMART Youth Goes to Yale!
Tamara managed her fashion show at Yale, and it turned out excellent! SMART Youth had a great time, and enjoyed the tour of the beautiful campus! I think some have more motivation to do well in school to get into a Top School like Yale (and the nice/good looking people helped) :)

February 13th, 2009: Last Day of Cooking Classes with City Harvest
Thank you for everything! We will now go on with cooking and staying healthy in our outreach!

February 20th, 2009: Goodbye John! Hello Marissa
Thank you for everything! You were a great group leader and I hope you can stay in touch!
SMART Youth now presents Marissa! I hope she will be with us for awhile, let's show her how great of a group we are!

Time for The Brainstorming Session!

February 27th,2009:
SYNC set up some "ground rules" but nothing that we didn't know already right guys?
Looking forward to having more SMART fun!

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Look

As you can see I've just updated the blog's look.
I really liked the structure of the last layout, but I thought it was color mostly. So I just took that one and made it a little more interesting--and incorporated our logo, yay.

I'm going to try and work on adding video and photos now....I don't know how soon that'll happen but look out for it.

PS - if anyone knows where the black tablet pen for the tablet is please let someone in the office know! I can't work on the graphics for the website without it.