The Arts Aspire program promotes strong leadership as well as college and career readiness for students and young adults ages 14-21. Arts Aspire activities at all three levels take place in a professional environment in which participants interact with business and community leaders, cultural organizations, non-profits, K-12 schools, universities, as well as families and patrons who take part in Center programs.
Arts Aspire is a three-tier pyramid of defined, hands-on activities and program levels that allow youth to graduate from one tier to the next beginning in high school and continuing beyond graduation, whether they attend college or not. The three levels are tailored to the experience and ability of participants as follows:
- General training in leadership and professional skills by community leaders
- Monthly meetings and workshops
- Community-based outreach project with an area non-profit or business
- Work-place experiences and community service hours in Center education programs
Arts Associates for ages 17-18
- Project-based training in leadership and professional skills
- Shadowing, observing and hands-on experiences
- Gain leadership skills through direct contact with education programs
- Specialized training in multiple focus areas
- Stipends available for specific projects
Arts Apprentice for ages 18-21
- Internship-based advanced training program in a focus area of interest
- Hands-on, work-place experiences at the Center
- Increased responsibility in setting and meeting goals
- Hourly pay rate for specific projects
Each tier of the pyramid builds essential 21st century workplace skills through hands-on experiences in a fast-paced environment with kids, families, and arts-minded people. Through Arts Aspire participants apply what they learn, expand their knowledge of working in the arts, and benefit from invaluable on-the-job experiences that develop their leadership skills. They also have fun along the way.
Arts Aspire has been made possible by support from the following Community Foundation of Broward Funds: Donald C. Grobmyer Fund, David and Francie Horvitz Family Fund, and Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund.
Teen Arts Ambassadors is funded in part by a General Fund Social Services Grant from the City of Hollywood