First Lady Honors National Arts And Humanities Youth Program Award Recipients

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    New York City Urban Debate League (Bronx, NY) The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) program is dedicated to giving all students the opportunity to become highly-skilled debaters. Since the program’s inception, the NYCUDL has partnered with schools across New York City, particularly Title I public schools, to build successful debate teams. This network of over ten schools offers an array of workshops held after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer. Each workshop immerses the participants in a number of subjects including public speaking, research techniques, philosophy, public policy, civics, international affairs, law, and ethnic studies.

    Out of School Programs (Bronx, NY) DreamYard’s Out of School Programs (OSP) offer South Bronx teens after-school, Saturdays and summer opportunities. Led by professional teaching artists, OSP participants and teaching artists collaborate in rigorous art-making experiences that hone artistic craft, inspire imagination, and promote social consciousness. DreamYard invests a great deal of time and resources in providing professional development to its teaching artists to ensure high-quality arts teaching practices and deep impact for the students. 100% of OSP participants graduate from high school and attend college.

    Paso Nuevo/Next Step (Washington, DC) Paso Nuevo is a year-round after-school performance workshop for Latino and multicultural youth, ages 12- 18. While incorporating aspects of acting techniques (including voice and movement), the program focuses on individual creative expression and performance in a safe, collaborative environment. Paso Nuevo uses theatre arts as a vehicle for enhancing self-esteem, developing language and communication skills, strengthening cultural identity, and promoting literacy in both English and Spanish.

    RISE! (Rhythm in Setting Expectations) (Norfolk, VA) RISE! (Rhythm in Setting Expectations) is a multidisciplinary program that provides underserved youth, ages 7-17, with year-round arts-based workshops. The program is housed in the historic Attucks Theatre, a 30,000 square foot facility, which is the oldest theatre in the country that was constructed, owned, and operated by African Americans and considered to be a national landmark.

    Student Historians High-School Internship Program (New York NY) The New-York Historical Society’s (N-YHS) Student Historian Internship Program offers high school students access to over four centuries of art, documents, and artifacts in New York’s oldest museum. In response to the growing need to make history matter for young audiences, the Student Historian High School Internship Program was launched in 2005. The program is called Student Historian Program because students take on the role of real historians, researching, analyzing, and interpreting the past.

    Youth Radio (Oakland, CA)
 Youth Radio is a Peabody Award-winning youth media organization that provides free, intensive training in media arts and journalism to underserved youth, ages 14-18. Upon completing six months of intensive media training, participants are able to work as interns on a diverse range of arts and humanities programs at Youth Radio that cover areas such as arts and culture, a spoken word showcase, eclectic/urban music, and current events.

    Congratulations to all of these wonderful young people!!!!  We applaud you!

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