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Youth Services 

Leadership ARTS Mentoring Program

The Leadership ARTS Mentoring Program (LAMP) offers leadership skill development in combination with vocational arts education for young people aged 14–24 living in low-income households. 

The program aims to inspire and empower participants as they create personal and career growth plans to enable self-sustainability, overcome personal barriers and contribute positively to their families and communities.

LAMP builds leadership skills in combination with creative disciplines in areas such as: 
        •    Film/TV Production
        •    Graphic Design
        •    Music Production
        •    Photography
        •    Urban Gardening and Hydroponics

 

Why the arts? Studies show that at-risk youth who have access to the arts have better academic outcomes, higher career goals and are more civically engaged. *

* The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies (2012), National Endowment for the Arts

Curriculum

LAMP is a year-round curriculum, which include Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. If funding is available, LBCAP may also hire participants as summer interns, providing an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

LAMP consists of three kinds of instruction: targeted leadership education, personal development workshops and specific instruction in the arts. 

Targeted leadership education

In the targeted leadership education component, LAMP teaches teens to re-evaluate their daily interactions within their families, at school and among peers, encouraging them to take initiative and accept more responsibility. LAMP participants also complete a StrengthsQuest training module to identify their personal themes and inherent talents.

Personal development workshops

These workshops incorporate team-building and character-development exercises. Participants learn life skills including personal finance, workforce readiness, and critical thinking.

Arts education and training

Leveraging the fact that we live in the same region as some of the world’s foremost creative professionals, we recruit recognized experts to teach each of the program’s art disciplines. Because of our association with PADNET and other local organizations, LAMP participants also learn these valuable skills on state-of-the-art equipment using industry-standard tools, preparing them for career opportunities in our own community and beyond. 

Bringing it all together

Through this combination of instruction, LAMP participants learn to organize, write and present information, which develops their interpersonal and communication skills. They learn to plan activities and think through complex tasks. We foster their desire to be challenged and cultivate the ability to solve problems creatively, reason critically, develop positive relationships, stay flexible and open-minded in thought and action, understand ambiguous concepts and build camaraderie by encouraging each other.

Young people want their opinions and interests to matter. LAMP creates that environment by giving teens a voice, an opportunity to learn and express themselves, and a conduit for their talents.  

How to apply

Each year, we enroll between 80 and 120 youth in LAMP. Participants must be at-risk or underserved and between the ages of 14 and 24, either in-school or out-of-school.

To learn more about LAMP and apply, contact our Youth Programs Coordinator, Terrence Berry at tberry@lbcap.org or call
562-216-4645. 

 

Contact Us

117 W. Victoria St
Long Beach, CA 90805
Phone: (562) 216-4600