Shameless is a collaborative songwriting workshop that gives young people tools to experience vulnerability and the power to overcome shame.
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.
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.
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.
Jess Godwin leads a Shameless workshop
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.
Shameless workshops have been delivered in partnership with Unsilence to the following Chicago schools...
Emmett Louis Till Math and Science Academy, Sidney Sawyer Elementary School, Mitchell Elementary School, Nicholson STEM Academy, Peter Cooper Elementary Dual Language Academy, Rowe Middle School, Evergreen Academy Middle School, Hanson Park Elementary School, Joshua D. Kershaw Elementary School, Charles R. Henderson Elementary
Shameless workshops and programs have been delivered at the following schools and communities around the country and abroad...
Illinois: John H Kinzie, Armour School, Westcott Elementary, Columbia Explorers Academy, Ariel academy, Loyola Academy, Metropolis Theater, Till Elementary, Lincolnwood Academy, Stevenson High School, Sawyer Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, Nicholson Stem, Cooper Elementary, Rowe Middle School, Evergreen Academy, Hanson Elementary, Kershaw Elementary, Charles Henderson Elementary; Italy: San Carlo (Milan), International School of Padua; Michigan: Fennvile High School; Ohio: Wogaman Middle School, DECA Middle School, Incarnation Catholic Middle School, Magsig Middle School, Vandalia Butler High School, Chamberlain Middle School, Northridge High School, Springboro High School, Kettering Middle School, Houston High School, Carroll High School, Chaminade-Julienne High School, Kettering Fairmont High School, Tower Heights Middle School, Wright Brothers Middle School, Oakwood High School, Piqua Junior High, Coy Middle School, Fair Lawn High School, Graham Middle School, Xenia High School, Dixie High School, Wayne High School, Tecumseh High School, Trotwood Middle School, Archbishop Alter High School, Beavercreek High School, Miamisburg Middle School, Northmont High School, Bethel High School, Weisenborn Junior High; Texas: Skyview Elementary
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