What is Shameless?
Shameless is a collaborative songwriting workshop that gives young people tools to experience the power of vulnerability and overcome shame.
Why is Shameless so needed?
Through the exciting process of songwriting, Shameless workshops confront 'personal silencing' and prevent the quiet suffering that leads to self-harm and bullying. Young people are able to put into song what they are often unable to speak.
What is a Shameless workshop?
Shameless workshops are fast-paced, upbeat, sometimes silly, incredibly powerful, and just plain fun. Shameless helps young people deal positively with their difficult emotions. Students engage in songwriting to process their feelings of shame and inadequacy - universal emotions that we all experience - that are too often silenced.
Who leads Shameless?
Shameless workshops are facilitated by its founder, award-winning singer-songwriter and actor Jess Godwin. Godwin is a music educator, she is a recipient of a 2015 3Arts Award, and her music has been licensed to a number of mainstream TV shows. She has appeared in productions by Writers Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf, and The Getty Villa. Jess is one half of the duo Sinfolk and lead singer of pop-gospel-folk band Dear Finch. Shameless was co-founded by entertainer and producer Michael Ingersoll.
What impact does Shameless have?
“We were writing down our feelings and things we wished were better,” (Michael Hightower, 7th grade student, Chicago). [...] Through Shameless, the students "are more willing to share ideas and accept others’ ideas even though they don’t match their own" (Brian Robinson, Chicago Public School teacher). [...] Shameless "transforms music classrooms into recording studios, providing students with the creative tools to confront their shame" (Christen A. Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 2017)
Want to bring Shameless to your community?
Get in touch with us here at Unsilence if you're interested in bringing Shameless to your community or school.
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