Project BRAVE (Bringing Reality About Violence Education) is a violence prevention education program which develops interactive educational events for at-risk youth and was created with the goal of decreasing violence in our community through awareness, leadership training activities, and effective partnerships with other local agencies.
Project BRAVE provides no cost comprehensive workshops to youth ages 10-18 where they are taught life skills and healthy alternatives to violence and other self destructive behaviors.
Project BRAVE augments workshop sessions with powerful High Visibility stage productions (Plays, Talent Revues, and school assemblies) that emphasize prevention education themes before live audiences. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department program reaches thousands of students each year through interactive sessions where students are encouraged to write out or act scenes of violence or intolerance in their neighborhoods.
Rod Ambrose acts as the Prevention Education Coordinator for the city of Phoenix’s Project BRAVE (Bringing the Reality About Violence Education). Additionally, Ambrose serves as Chairman of the South Mountain WORKS Coalition and is a dedicated board member of the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center. He also spends a good deal of time on stage with the Black Theater Troupe, of which Ambrose is a founding member. In 2010 the Arizona Chapter of the LINKS conferred upon him the Living History award and in 2012 Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed, in Ambrose’s name, November 30 as Community Artist and Youth Activist Day.
Rod Ambrose explains, Project BRAVE gives students an outlet to understand date rape, domestic violence and bullying, among other social issues that can lead to tragedy. The longtime stage actor said the program helps students express themselves through performances designed at educating larger groups of children.