In (PRO)ject Us: The Creative Arts Suite, YOUmedia, the Commonwealth Foundation and Donda’s House are teaming up to adapt the popular STEAM Studio concept. Offered in 2013 and 2014, those experiences connected youth interested in fashion to professional clients through a one-week summer intensive that developed a range of skills and ultimately led to opportunities for product placement and internships.
(PRO)ject Us builds off of that model, but will offer teens a series of workshop-intensive experiences over a year rather than in a one-to-two week summer engagement. Partners also plan to expand the number of career interests from the fashion-focused STEAM Studio model renamed the Style Suite, adding the Sound Suite (music) and Media Suite. The project team will collaborate to create music, fashion, and media pathways and award badges in connection with professional mentorship that leads to internship opportunities.