The Dj Project: This program is an arts entrepreneurship and prevention program built on a hip-hop foundation that uses music to engage youth, giving them opportunities to develop in a context familiar to them. Through collaboration with our in-house youth workforce development programs The DJ Project model is a creative learning experience for our hip-hop generation. DJ Project participants have the opportunity to assume leadership roles and opportunities for professional development. The DJ Project consists of two components:
A. After-School Event Production Crew: This is a stipend-based program that is blended with the EP Events/Campaign program where youth workers are responsible for the execution of The DJ Project's event production, business management, and marketing activities. The youth enrolled in this program focus on EP event campaigns 2 days out of the week, and the DJ Project event production on 2 days out of the week, as well.
Schedule: The program offers two cycles per year, Fall/Winter (30 weeks) and Summer (8 weeks), 10 youth per cycle; and programming is conducted 2 days per week, 2 hours per day, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Additionally, 2 youth leaders are invited to assist in leading the activities and become advisors/mentors for youth entering the Fall/Winter and Summer cycles.
B. After-School Alternative Activities: The DJ Project's after-school alternative program provides DJ classes. The classes built around a youth development framework integrate lessons in professionalism, project management, and collaboration; and culminates in CD compilations, public performances, and graduation ceremonies. Youth who participate in these activities also receive substance abuse prevention education delivered via an evidence-based substance abuse prevention curriculum, Keepin It Real, that covers topics such as refusal, peer pressure, how to avoid conflict, etc. In addition to the educational workshops, each youth is assessed to identify need(s) for additional support services.
Schedule: Classes are offered during 2 cycles per annum, Summer (8 weeks) and Fall (32 weeks); with DJing offered on T-W from 4:00-6:00pm.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact:
Celina Lucero, Program Director
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