Education and Community Programs
Summer Leadership Employment Program
The City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program, the Center's summer youth employment opportunity, is an intensive work-study leadership training program where 60+ Teen Leaders learn job readiness, community advocacy, and leadership development skills through the arts. Through an arts-based format led by local teaching artists and working professionals, this program empowers youth to take an active role in personal and professional development, and become engaged leaders among peers, in the workplace, and in communities through community advocacy workshops, civic advocacy at the Massachusetts State House, and an original arts performance at the Shubert Theatre on a social justice topic.
The City Spotlights Leadership Program is recognized locally and nationally as an exemplary model for arts education and creative workforce development. In July 2016, City Spotlights was awarded the Ann Flagg Multicultural Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. This national award recognizes significant contributions to arts education for youth dealing with multicultural issues and/or reaching diverse audiences and constituencies. Locally, NECN featured City Spotlights as a critical community program impacting local youth during the “Making the Grade” segment on August 9, 2016.
City Spotlights puts the power to change the world in the hands of 60+ talented and conscientious Teen Leaders. As Teen Leader Marly remarked, “We’re happy that WE were able to make a change in our communities. That WE were able to engage the community in our discussion. That WE stepped out of our comfort zone and did things we thought were impossible.”
During the City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program, teens develop skills to prepare them for future success through:
Teen Leaders have three central job responsibilities as community advocates: facilitating a Community Workshop Tour, presenting an Advocacy Presentation at the Massachusetts State House, and writing and performing an original Final Showcase. Teen Leaders prepare for each job function in the first four weeks of the program through workshops designed and taught by highly-skilled teaching artists and the Center’s Education staff in Workshop Development, Advocacy, and Arts Specialty (acting, music, and dance). This specialized training model provides the Teen Leaders with the appropriate knowledge and skills to perform impactful community advocacy on a social justice topic that affects them and their communities.
City Spotlights is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of creative leaders. Teen Leaders gain essential leadership skills in areas including conflict resolution, teambuilding, creative problem solving, responsible decision making, and effective communication through carefully designed curriculum and support systems, modeled by the Positive Youth Development frameworks.
College and Career Readiness
In addition to their job-specific training, Teen Leaders engage in weekly activities devoted to skill building in essential college and career readiness areas such as interviewing, networking, resume development, professional bio writing, presentation, and time management. These training opportunities are critical in preparing Teen Leaders with transferable job skills as Boston’s next generation of the creative economy workforce. Teens practice career skills through mock interviews, weekly networking Power Lunches with guest speaker creative professionals, and resume development workshops.
Program At A Glance:
WHEN: 6 Weeks from July – mid-August, Monday-Friday, 25 hours per week
WHERE: Boch Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston
WHO: Boston and Everett residents ages 15-19
COMPENSATION: Minimum wage for 25 hours/week
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