(Boston, MA) – Citi Performing Arts Center today announced that a record-breaking 62 teens will participate in its award-winning youth employment program, City Spotlights Leadership Program, this summer. The seven-week program, designed to teach 21st Century job skills through hands-on arts training, will commence on Wednesday, July 6. This summer’s participants were selected from a group of nearly 180 teens who were considered. City Spotlights is the 2016 recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education’s Ann Flagg Multicultural Award, which recognizes an organization that has made significant contributions to the field of arts education dealing with multicultural issues and reaching diverse audiences.
City Spotlights is a unique youth employment program that empowers local teens to become leaders in school, at home, and in their communities by using their creative voices. Core program components include leadership training, community advocacy, and job readiness. In 2015, City Spotlights doubled in size, and this summer’s program will bring together 40 female, 20 male, and 2 transgender teens who collectively represent 31 Boston and Everett area high schools and 13 different neighborhoods.
“City Spotlights is at the heart of our nonprofit mission to provide arts education to the community, and we’re delighted to welcome a group of 62 talented teens from diverse neighborhoods during this summer’s program,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “Through music, dance, poetry, and theater, City Spotlights builds confidence, promotes leadership, and instills in these teens a belief that they can reach for the stars and change the world.”
City Spotlights participants are employed for a seven-week period beginning July 6. During the course of the program, teens will discuss and reflect on issues of injustice that affect their personal lives, and the livelihoods of their respective communities, to select an impactful social justice topic to focus on as a group, and then create artistic pieces giving life to this theme. Previous topics have included anti-bullying, equality, and self-acceptance. Participants will then perform their original artistic pieces in community centers across Boston, hold an advocacy day at the State House (July 14), do a Flash Mob tour around Boston (July 28), and conclude with a Final Showcase at the Shubert Theatre (August 11).
“Each person who earns a spot in this program is given the opportunity to learn, create, and collaborate at their own pace,” said Jalijah of Dorchester, a former City Spotlights participant. “It’s difficult to think of how my life would be without this program because it has had such a tremendous impact on the way I currently live my life and where I’m heading.”
PRESS RELEASE Release Date: June 22, 2016
Contacts: Michelle Chapman | Citi Performing Arts Center | 617.532.1210 | Mchapman@citicenter.org