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.

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.”