HOPE! Drama Troupe is a group of youths whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect and strengthen families in Polk County. The troupe created a special, filmed set of monologues addressing the prevalence of abuse during the pandemic.

HOPE! DRAMA TROUPE YOUTH SUPPORT RESOURCES

First Call for Help 211

Iowa Department of Human Services 800.362.2178

Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Services 515.286.3600

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS) 515.282.9377

Young Women’s Resource Center 515.244.4901

Iowa Victim Service Call Center 800.770.1650 or text ‘IOWAHELP’ to 20121

Iowa Sexual Abuse Lifeline 800.284.7821

National Suicide Lifeline 800.273.8255 or text ‘START’ to 741741

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673

Children & Families of Iowa (Des Moines) 515.243.6147

National Runaway Safeline 800.786.2929

ChildHelp National Hotline 800.422.4453

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Support) 866.488.7386 or text ‘START’ to 678678

LGBT National Youth Talkline 800.246.7743

Trans Lifeline 877.565.8860

Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer 866.256.7668, 515.271.5060 (Des Moines)

Nissa African Family Services Helpline 844.269.6203

Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders 866.881.4641

RISE – Resources for Indigenous Survivors 641.481.0334

Deaf Iowans Against Abuse 319.531.7719 or text 515.661.4015

About HOPE! Drama Troupe

HOPE! Drama Troupe is a group of 20 middle school and high school youth whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect and strengthen families in Polk County.

Each year, HOPE! Drama Troupe members use an original script to educate area youth about child abuse and the impact it has on children and families. Their 25-minute performance defines the types of abuse, demonstrates the consequences of abuse, and identifies how to get help. The troupe tackles tough issues that are difficult for youth to talk about and portrays ways to discuss problems and seek assistance. 

​There is a documented link between childhood abuse and long-term health effects, including visual, learning and hearing deficits, increased illness, emotional disturbances, delayed language development, low self-esteem, and aggressive tendencies. According to Prevent Child Abuse America, the most costly long-term effects are those associated with responding to adults who, because of earlier abuse, are involved in criminal activity. Their report puts those costs at over $5 billion annually in the United States.

Polk County statistics show that child abuse is just as prevalent in Polk County as in other parts of the country. Educating young people about the consequences of child abuse and advising young victims to seek help is vital to the prevention of child abuse as well as important for early intervention for juvenile delinquency. Since it began in 1993, HOPE! Drama Troupe has always been well respected in local schools for its ability to communicate with teens about physical abuse, neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, date rape, teen pregnancy, and the many other problems associated with child abuse.

The troupe generally spends one day each month, November-May, with their professional directors and a counselor, touring Central Iowa and performing for various middle schools, high schools, community groups, and more.

Directed by Jenna Darsee, Nathan Jorgensen, and David A. VanCleave

To book the group for your school or organization, contact HOPE! Drama Troupe.

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