The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 2013

Posted 22 April 2013 12:00 AM by Citi

Citi Performing Arts Center education department’s signature program, the City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program, is honored to be recognized as a 2013 beneficiary of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge alongside the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This is the 30th year of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, and is the largest road race held entirely within the Boston city limits. Citi Center will have a team of staff members running in the event as well as a tent to learn more about the program.

City Spotlights Summer Leadership provides youth with the paid opportunity to become community change agents and young cultural ambassadors. The program has three major elements: Leadership development, Career Training and Community Outreach through the arts. Through these elements, Teen Leaders acquire 21st Century Skills by creating original artistic pieces and educational lesson plans around social topics impacting Boston neighborhoods.

In summer 2012 the program featured 28 Teen Leaders of whom 26 live in the City of Boston. Our leaders represented 20 different schools – most had no formal arts training and little to no arts in their schools. These teen leaders spent 5 weeks developing leadership and job development skills while also getting intensive dance, theatre and music classes and creating original performance pieces in all three performing arts areas from our 4 talented teaching artists –culminating in a final performance of their original works at the Citi Wang Theatre and in community centers and public spaces all across Boston, reaching over 15,000 audience members.

Citi Performing Arts Center is honored to have the City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program be recognized in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. This funding will help support the growth of the program from a 5 week to a 7 week program, as well as increasing the Teen Leaders modest stipend to meeting minimum wage requirements for summer jobs in Boston in support of the Mayor’s summer jobs initiative. Because of this support, Citi Center is able to continue its mission of creating the next generation of creative thinkers, doers and leaders.

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