Teen Mentor Project Description
Common Ground is a collaborative effort between Arts on the Block, Gandhi Brigade, Imagination Stage and Youth & Family Services of the YMCA. Common Ground involves dozens of middle and high school students from the Nob Hill and Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace neighborhoods and guides them through the planning and execution of a public “pop-up” performance, media, and visual art event within the community. Common Ground’s overarching goal is to nurture creativity, cooperation, and determination and to produce courageous and caring young leaders.
By participating in Common Ground as a teen mentor, you will:
- Nurture the ideas and values in your community
- Develop leadership, teamwork ,and communication skills that will help prepare you for success in school and future careers;
- Share your knowledge with younger students to promote friendship, artistic abilities, teamwork, respect, and responsibility;
- Learn all sorts of new skills—how to stand up and improvise and perform for an audience; how to build beautiful mosaics; how to communicate a story through video interviews and magazines; how to rappel down a wall; how to teach what you are learning to others!
- January 31 through April 4, 2014: Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 7 pm. You will be trained to work with middle school students, enjoy team building experiences with YMCA staff and work with performing and visual artists and filmmakers to learn how to make your daily experiences into performance art, make mosaics for the Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace community or create video stories.
- April 14 through April 17, 2014: Monday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Middle school students will join you and you will work alongside the artist/instructors to teach what you’ve learned.
- June 23 through July 31, 2014: Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 5 pm. You will work every afternoon with the artists and the middle school students in the arts focus area you have chosen (acting, visual art, filmmaking) and the summer will culminate with a “pop up” event bringing together everything you’ve learned for a terrific fun event for yourselves and the community!
Carroll Avenue YMCA Community Center
8733 Carroll Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903
- Make new friends!
- Earn an educational stipend ($)!
- Earn SSL hours!
- See a play at Imagination Stage!
- And much more!
You are eligible for Common Ground if you:
- Are currently a Montgomery County resident;
- Are currently in 9th through 12th grade*;
- Love performing or visual art or digital media/filmmaking;
- Enjoy working in teams and with middle-school students;
- Can be responsible for your own transportation to and from program.
To apply to be a Common Ground Teen Mentor, CLICK HERE!