April 2022 Creative Youth Opportunities

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We're excited to share a full list of youth opportunities with the TeenTix community!

This list was compiled by TeenTix alum and current Partnerships, Education, and Grants Manager at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Ashraf Hasham. Thank you Ashraf for compiling these great opportunities for young people!

Check back each month for opportunities and updates like these that might be relevant to you and your interests!

Creative/Leadership Opportunities

  • Spring Break in Session: Digital Audio Production Workshop Series - Want to learn how to use Ableton Live to write music? Itching for something to do over spring break? foundry10 and VERA are teaming up to offer a FREE weeklong digital audio production workshop specifically for teens ages 14-19! This workshop series offers skill building in digital audio songwriting for new, beginner, and intermediate producers, and opportunities to meet and learn from special guest artists! Beginners will learn how to record audio, use MIDI to make beats, basic mixing and sharing their work. More advanced students can learn to up their game with mixing, learn about Ableton’s MPE capabilities and creative effects usage like sidechaining or reverse gate. Spots are limited to 25 people - fill out the sign-up form today! April 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th (no class on Wednesday), 11am - 2pm at The Vera Project.
  • Get PAID to create a radio story this summer with KUOW’s RadioActive Youth Media. In the Intro to Radio Journalism Workshop, you’ll learn audio storytelling skills like recording in a professional studio, interviewing, script writing, and audio editing while producing a radio story about one person in your community. The workshop is one week long, from July 11th – 15th, 2022. Three days are online, and two days are in-person at the KUOW studios in Seattle’s University District. The workshop is open to teens ages 15-18 in the greater Seattle area. Participants earn $250 for completing the workshop. No previous experience is necessary. Admission is by lottery. Applications close April 12th, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Learn more and apply at kuow.org/summer.
  • Northwest Film Forum is working with Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods to help you share your story and building skills in filmmaking at the same time. Right now, the City and Sound Transit are planning for new light rail to go from West Seattle through Downtown to Ballard. It will be the biggest construction project to ever go through Seattle. The hope is that each station feels welcoming—feels like a real place for everyone. You can use the power of storytelling to help make these places yours. Register by April 18th, 2022, must be attending high school to be eligible! Program starts April 28th, 2022. Learn more here.
  • Submissions for the 2022/23 Youth Poet Laureate program are open until April 25th, 2022! The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to poetry, performance, civic and community engagement, education, and equity across the Puget Sound Region. Download an application and learn more here.

Internships/Jobs

  • Northwest Folklife’s Cultural + Creative Workforce Development (CCWD) program is accepting applications right now for a variety of internships from host sites King County Equity Now, Specular.tv, Northwest Film Forum, creative agency Milli, and The Rhapsody Project
  • The Vera Project is hiring two (2) summer/fall Civic Engagement Interns! $17/hr. Deadline April 24th, 2022. Learn more here.
  • King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) education team is partnering with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to provide a high school summer internship program. They are seeking 12 interns interested in learning how government agencies, nonprofit organizations and local communities influence the health of bodies of water and water infrastructure in the Puget Sound region. By participating in field trips and workshops, interns will gain a deep understanding of the role we all play in this issue, the careers that contribute to improving water quality, and actions for prioritizing environmental and social justice. Interns will pass on the knowledge they gain to members of their community through school-year based projects. Complete Application before or by May 22nd, 2022, by 11:59 PM. Eligible for high school aged youth who are at least 15 years old by July 5th, 2022. Apply here! $17.72/hr.
  • National Park Service’s In My Backyard (IMBY) program is a 5-week virtual summer internship experience, with possible in-person meet-ups (COVID-19 permitting) tailored for youth looking to better connect with themselves and our nation’s public lands and stories. The program runs from July 11th to August 12th, 2022. Participants commit 6 hours per week, totaling 30 hours, and will be compensated Seattle’s minimum wage ($17.72/hr). Activities, guest speakers, and discussions will center on weekly themes which include self-discovery, advocacy, stewardship, and storytelling. Learn more and apply here. Applications due May 13th, 2022! The 2022 cohort is limited to 20 youth leaders based in the Seattle-area. All are encouraged to apply!
  • Penguin Productions is hiring for 3 summer positions. Students and emerging professionals ages 17-25 especially encouraged to apply. Lots of possibility to continue with Penguin into the fall if desired. For complete job descriptions see http://penguinproductionsseattle.org/about-us/work-with-us/ For more information, contact [email protected] Penguin Productions unites youth leadership and adult mentorship to co-create theater and cultivate a healthy, equitable, and thriving future.
    • Summer Stage Manager for outdoor teen production of 12th Night, July 5th-July 31st, 2022. $500. Experience with neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ youth, and Shakespeare, a plus.
    • Producing Director for "Finding Trails", a festival of short plays commissioned for specific Seattle parks. July/August. $2,000. Relationships with local BIPOC theater and/or community networks a plus.
    • Communications Manager/Digital Storyteller June 15th-September 15th, 2022, $300/month.
  • YMCA’s latest HOT JOBS list of entry-level jobs attached here!

Career Days

  • Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)'s annual Career Day is coming up on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022! All virtual! Hear from a Diverse Panel of Women; Fine Tune Communication Skills for Professional Life; Learn tips for writing a Cover Letter and Resume that leaves an impression; Mapping Values and Visioning Futures; Learn how to build an online platform and social media skills; and more. Sign up here!
  • In partnership with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development and Office of Arts & Culture invite you to the second installment of The Roadshow Series, this time focused on working in the film industry! The Roadshow is for emerging creatives (ages 26 and below) interested in pursuing a career in film, entertainment, and creative industries. Join us at SIFF Cinema Uptown on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 12:30-3:00 pm, for a free session of NFFTY 2022 (their 15th festival!) for a discussion with Seattle-based filmmaker Wes Hurley, followed by a Q&A and networking. Learn more and sign up here.

College Pipelines

  • The Young Executives of Color (YEOC) 2022-2023 Application is currently open. Priority Deadline is May 31st, 2022 at 11:59pm. YEOC is a FREE nine-month college pipeline program hosted by the University of Washington Foster School of Business. The program currently serves 190 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from 75 schools in the state Washington. Students attend sessions on the UW campus one Saturday every month for college preparation, business lectures, professional development, and powerful mentorship. The only cost to students is transportation to UW Seattle. High school students who are current freshmen, sophomores or juniors from any high school in Washington State. Students from underrepresented backgrounds (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian) & First Generation are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior business experience or knowledge is not required, just an interest to learn. Learn more and apply here.

Youth Voice/Participation is Power

  • Provide Feedback on Seattle Transportation Plan: Help Seattle Department of Transportation establish a renewed vision for the future of our streets and public spaces by participating in a public survey.
  • SoundTransit’s Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions (WSBLE) project is in the formal public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). This is an especially important time to get involved and tell them what you think! CLICK HERE Open until April 28th, 2022.
  • The Seattle Redistricting Commission has begun the process of examining how to redraw the boundaries of Seattle’s seven City Council Districts and is inviting community members to learn about the process and provide feedback. You can review drafts of proposed maps and offer your feedback at the Seattle Redistricting Commission website. The designated public comment period is open February 16th – July 31st, 2022. Learn more here.
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