Studio 64: CentroNía’s Youth Development and Leadership Program, prepares and guides youth towards future opportunities created and defined by them and rooted in entrepreneurial initiative, social justice, communities, cultures and languages. The Youth Development program is a direct result of a need to serve our children as they have transitioned through the various CentroNía programs.
Studio 64 brings young African American, Afro-Latino and Latinos ages 14 to 19 into a dynamic, multi-faceted, arts and project based program designed to build character, identity, foster community and cultural awareness. Our facility provides state of the art professional equipment, access to professional photographers, film makers, videographers, graphic artists and musicians. Students produce works with original content and points of view.
We focus on providing an engaging educational program that ties visual media and technical arts to students’ academic learning. Students develop as leaders and artists through engaging in arts-based workshops, exploring college and career options, service learning and leading community service projects. We also provide academic support in the form of one -on-one tutoring concentrating on youth’s learning style and skill level to help them achieve their academic goals. In knowing that every opportunity is a chance to learn we use each moment to educate. Educational activities include interactive workshops with teaching artists who are also arts industry professionals. Each of our teaching artists brings intimate knowledge of their career and present real life experiences to the youth. Our program takes place after-school from 3:30 to 5:30. Youth participate in 2 workshops per week every other day. During the summer, days are extended to accommodate summer break and we provide a more extensive arts and employment training program. We serve youth who would not ordinarily have opportunities presented by our program and who express an interest in media arts. As an educational institution delivering bilingual education in a multicultural environment, our Youth Development & Leadership program is an extension of our commitment to create culturally and linguistically relevant programs for youth in underserved communities and/or youth of immigrant populations, including: Latino, Caribbean, African-American, Asian, and African youth. Youth also participate in workshops at a number of partnership facilities within the district.