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SEATTLE WORLD SCHOOL: HEALTH TALK

"Health Talk" was a collaboration between the Seattle World School (SWS) - formerly known as the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center - Refugee Women's Alliance, International Community Health Services, and Jack Straw Productions. The Seattle World School is a Seattle public school for newcomers to the United States. Students wrote, performed, created sound effects, and recorded dialogues about different health issues in the Jack Straw studios.

"Health Talk," like our 2011 project with students from this school, "Food Talk," was produced as part of School's Out Washington's Healthy Youth, Healthy Futures Washington program.


Click here to view a photo gallery from these sessions.


Health Talk: Introduction





Listen to the public service announcements here:

"A Silent Place," Written by Keristina Farra, read by Keristina Farra and Feben Girmay

"Rumors," Written and read by Kumneger Telila and Feben Girmay

"Energy," Written by Michael Alcantara, read by Michael Alcantara and Alyssa Keene

"Energia," Written by Michael Alcantara, read by Michael Alcantara and Amy Halter


"Health Talk" was produced with the generous support of School's Out Washington's Healthy Youth, Healthy Futures Washington program, City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, the Harvest Foundation, and the Washington State Arts Commission.

Our project team included Jack Straw writer Laura Gamache, audio engineers Moe Provencher and CJ Lazenby, vocal coaches Christine Marie Brown and Gin Hammond, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz; ICHS Health specialists Pia Sampaga and Amy Halter; Refugee Women's Alliance Youth Program Manager Megan Isakson and language instructor Melaku Lichebo. Special thanks to writer Donna Miscolta, photographer Nancy Peterfreund, principal Martin O'Callaghan, and the Seattle World students who made this project possible.

If you would like to learn more about this program, would like to use the PSAs for educational purposes, or would like us to help you produce a similar program, please contact us at education@jackstraw.org.

Our other World School projects:

  • Immigration Portraits (2019)
    World School students created a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America.
  • Hear It from Me: American Dreams and Realities (2018)
    World School worked with Jack Straw's professional writer, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry about their experiences in America.
  • Seattle World School 2016-17 Projects
    During our 2016-17 arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries created audio pieces about the Bill of Rights and sounds of their homes, and studied guitar with Jack Straw artist Bill Horist.
  • Immigration Portraits (2015)
    World School students created a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America.
  • Seattle World School 2014 Projects
    During our 2014 arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries participated in several projects to help strengthen their new English language and technical skills.
  • A World of Memories and Poetry Moments (2013)
    In two projects, World School students wrote and recorded original poetry and stories and produced CDs and a chapbook.
  • Poetry Moments (2012)
    Vietnamese high school students from Seattle World School worked with Jack Straw's professional writers, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry.
  • Food Talk (2011)
    Students from the SBOC (now Seattle World School) worked with a nutritionist from Seattle Children's Hospital and Jack Straw staff members to create public service announcements about healthy eating habits.


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