Creative Youth Development Program
The program empowers young people to think critically and excel academically, while building and improving their community.
IBA’s Creative Youth Development Program fosters socio-emotional, intellectual and artistic growth in young people between 14 and 18 years old, while helping them develop 21st century skills to be successful in life. In fact, the program was nationally recognized in 2016 by former First Lady Michelle Obama with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
The program provides academic support, job readiness, arts education, leadership training, civic engagement and advocacy opportunities. In a safe space, youth are encouraged to make decisions, plan and develop programs and events, facilitate discussions, and create art portfolios. Our young people are resilient and we build off their strengths to support them in improving their grades, complete high school and proceed to post-secondary education through IBA’s partnership with Bunker Hill Community College.
During 2020, our participants put together a testament to their strength, their thirst for Justice Equality and Community Responsibility. In this yearbook you will find that much needed hope for a better future, you will see how, offering young people the opportunity to work towards overcoming difficulties, gives them the chance to exploit all their virtues by finding ways to express themselves.
Our program employs youth as peer leaders. We hire 20 youth as peer leaders during the school year and 30 during the summer.
School Cycle Description:
– October to May (28 weeks), Monday through Friday.
Daily Workshops: Our art workshops range from poetry and spoken word, photography and videography, to visual arts, movement and entrepreneurship. They are custom made to fit the needs and interests of our youth. We also offer Life Skills workshops, academic support, and community service opportunities. All of our programming has a strong social justice and civic engagement component, and our young people are actively involved in organizing, advocating, and using the arts as a means to spread the word about issues that affect them and our community.
Summer Program Description:
- July and August, Monday through Friday
Do you need a job this summer? Apply to IBA’s Creative Youth Development Program (YDP) an exciting job for high school teenagers where you’ll be part of a community of young leaders working together to create positive change in our community. You’ll take workshops in community building, art, and leadership, and participate in community action projects and challenging seminars to transform into a powerful agent for change.
This project was supported [in part] by the National Endowment for the Arts