Six Weeks of Summer
During the program, participants divide into six “familias” (families/teams) to identify an issue of mutual interest, during the course of six weeks each familia is trained and charged with the production of a short stop motion animation (2-3 min) called “issumation” and a short documentary (10-15 min) about the same issue. Some of the topics covered so far include: Teenage pregnancy, gang involvement, immigration, family separation, domestic violence, use of drugs, abortion, access to education, media influence on youth, access to healthy foods, among many other.
The skills you will learn
Graphic Design (Illustrator, Photoshop)
Video Production (Adobe Premiere, After Effects)
Project Management (Google Apps, Trello, Prezi)
Research (Video Interviews, Online surveys, Data Analysis)
Web Design & Development (Code Academy, WordPress)
Flexible Mechanism for Organic Formation
We designed and developed The Athena Academy for Media Arts, Science, & Technology to be a space where immigrant youth can strengthen their critical thinking skills through action research and build a community of care dedicated to service and civic responsibility.
Our approach to the use of technology revolves around increasing youth’s knowledge of media production, distribution, and consumption and the role these play in our daily lives
The curriculum stresses a variety of research methodologies that emphasize collective participation to create dialogue about social justice and eventual social transformation
Participants develop critical consciousness about the forces shaping our lives, understand the importance of college and career readiness, and are motivated and confident to reach their own academic and career goals
CYA is a really good experience you won't find anywhere elseMariana Lagunas
The program is like a second family, it is fun, you will learn a lotMauricio Acuña
It is fun, productive, something that helps you learn, helps you grow upAmairani Beltran