As founder of The Children's Bilingual Theater 12 year old Jordan Schwartz traveled to New York in April to accept $10,000 from the "2006-Do Something-Brick Awards" Since 1996 the Do Something BRICK Awards have given over 1 million dollars in community service grants and scholarships to young social entrepreneurs throughout the nation. Each of 6 BRICK winners in the 18 and under category receives a $5,000 higher education scholarship and a $5,000 grant to help sustain their projects.
Jordan is a rising 8th grader at Atlanta Girls' School. As a 5th grader at Sedalia Park Charter School, when she was learning Spanish, her community theater experience gave her an idea. She started a project to bridge the language and cultural gap of ESOL students and students learning Spanish. Cobb Commission Chairman Sam Olens mentored Jordan and helped her raise over $3000 for a spring of 2004 production of "The Song of the Oak/El canto del roble". 17 volunteers, 2nd graders to college age, directed by Miguel Zavala from the Kennesaw State University faculty toured the student production to 4 Cobb schools.
Even after being diagnosed with Turner's Syndrome at age 11 Jordan continued the award winning theater outreach and with local support from the Mountain View Arts Alliance and grants and scholarships from Youth Venture, Inc. out of New York and the Puffin
Foundation out of New Jersey a production of "The Magical Piñata" was recently performed at The Art Place in Marietta.
Jordan, now 13, not only founded the project but has worked with community leaders to establish the company as a Georgia Non-Profit Corporation with a 501(c) (3) status. As a non-profit tax exempt organization, donors can receive tax credit for money or equipment
contributed to the project.
The theatre outreach is complemented with literacy outreach at Park Street Elementary where Jordan works with volunteers from her school drama club to present costumed theatrical readings. A 2007 production of "Cinderella Eats Rice & Beans" is planned for the