The Beyond the Bell Youth Development After-School Program recently participated in an official press conference announcing the Grand Opening of the new Charles White Elementary School Art Gallery. The event occurred on Thursday, January 17, 2018 and was hosted in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Specially selected student reporters researched information and donned their cameras and microphones to cover this exciting event for their elementary school. The students competed alongside their professional counterparts to interview some very important guests at the event. In attendance were LAUSD Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, School Board President Monica Garcia, and Principal Alfredo Juarez, as well as many other dignitaries who made the event possible.
Students were prepped and ready for the press conference with the help of their Multi-Media after school Youth Development Program. Through daily work in this enrichment program, students learn the media skills of still and video camera operation, storyboarding, lighting and editing. Students also learn how to prepare scripts and practice the art of capturing a great interview.
A particular highlight for students was when they interviewed Isabel Avila, a featured artist at the exhibit who is a former employee in the Youth Development After-School Program.
The Multi-Media program at Charles White Elementary is one of the many elementary after-school enrichment programs offered throughout the District by the Beyond the Bell Youth Development Program.