Bergen County: Reflections Teen Theater Program and Rise: Reflections Interactive Summer Experience

Bergen County: Reflections Teen Theater Program and Rise: Reflections Interactive Summer Experience.

County of Bergen

Department of Human Services

Division of Family Guidance

One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Phone: (201) 336-7350

Fax: (201) 336-7370

REFLECTIONS and RISE Teen Improvisational Theater Programs

What is Reflections?

Reflections is a volunteer teen theater program that runs throughout the school year to prepare and present improvised scenes on a variety of topics and timely issues. The purpose of the performances is to provide a forum for discussion.

Topics include but are not limited to, bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure, decision-making, prejudice, parent/teen communication, dating, divorce, sexuality, substance abuse and more.

After the scenes are performed, cast members stay in character and engage in an interactive discussion with the audience, facilitated by the Reflections supervisor. During the interactive part of the program, cast members will improvise variations suggested by the audience, providing viewers with the opportunity to learn alternative ways of handling situations. At the end of each performance, cast members come out of role and share their own personal thought on the issues addressed.

What is RISE?

RISE (Reflections Interactive Summer Experience) is a program like Reflections but is offered only in the summer.

What are the Outcomes?

Reflections provides audiences with a creative way to discuss sensitive material. The theatrical mode invites open, honest communication while serving as an innovative teaching tool. The content of the troupe’s performance can be tailored to fit the specific concerns of the audience. Performances lead to better understanding of the issues confronting both teenagers and adults.

Who Can Join Reflections?

Reflections welcomes Bergen County teens (grade 9-12) who are seeking creative ways to explore social issues in a supportive atmosphere and can make a commitment to a community service.

Members do not need a background in drama, however they should be comfortable being spontaneous and working in a group. Participation in Reflections includes attending weekly rehearsals and performing on a regular, rotating basis. The program is flexible in other extracurricular activities. Contact Reflections for an application.

Who can join RISE?

Bergen County teens who have just completed 8th grade those who just graduated high school, who would like to spend time over the summer, learning improvisation, participating in performances and workshops and meeting other teens with similar interests. Cast members can participate as little or as much as their summer schedule allows.

Contact RISE for an application.

Reflections and RISE Performances:

*Range from 45 to 90 minutes including interactive discussions

*May include up to three different topics

*Facilitate discussion on a variety of issues.

*Are geared towards adolescents and adults.

*Range in audience size from 15 to 100 people.

*Can be scheduled during the days, weeknights or weekends for school assembly programs, community groups, parent associations, combined parent/child audiences, conferences, staff training and summer camps.


Reflections and the RISE programs are available to conduct hands-on, interactive workshops that will provide your group with an experience of learning improvisational games and theatrical skills to address adolescent issues.

County of Bergen

Department of Human Services

Division of Family Guidance

Mission Statement

Bergen County’s Division of Family Guidance provides clinical, residential, educational, correctional, case management and monitoring services to at-risk children, adolescents and families, particularly those who are otherwise unable to receive needed services.

The Family Guidance Vision: The Division of Family Guidance is Bergen County’s resource for youth and families in need.


*Collaborative, Creative and Empirically Driven Programming

*Safe, Respectful, Dependable, Therapeutic Environments

*Developmentally Appropriate Expectations

*Empowerment through Opportunity

*Community Safety


Staci Block, Supervisor


Phone: (201) 336-7361

Fax: (201) 336-7370

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Bergen County pamphlet from REFLECTIONS and RISE. I have never used the service before so I have no opinion on it. Please call the above numbers or email them for more information.







About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Bergen County: Reflections Teen Theater Program and Rise: Reflections Interactive Summer Experience

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please contact the above numbers or email them for more information.

    Liked by 1 person

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