Flobots.org recognizes a pressing need for a centralized location where music, arts, cultural and education-based community programming can be accessed by Denver youth and their families. The Denver Housing Authority recognizes this need as well. After conducting a six-year community needs assessment in the La Alma/South Lincoln neighborhood, the DHA has begun Phases I & II of a redevelopment project in that neighborhood. Flobots.org was asked to be part of Phase II by providing programming at the Flobots.org Youth Media Studio. Construction of the studio is set to begin in March 2012.
The Youth Media Studio will enable youth between the ages 11-22 to achieve the following:
- Write and record original music in a state of the art facility using industry standard computers and production equipment.
- Produce original videos using industry standard computers and production equipment
- Spend time is a safe, after-school environment as opposed to engaging in activities that compromise their personal safety and neighborhood safety.
- Engage in job-training mentorships and internships with working professionals in the music, arts and digital media industry
- Gain the skills required to find employment in the music, arts and digital media industry.
- Acquire the relevant skills to become facilitators in Flobots.org’s classrooms.
Flobots.org’s Youth Media Studio will be a centrally-located facility with access to public transit opportunities. It will serve as a resource to the following audiences:
- Neighborhood youth between the ages of 11-22.
- Denver Public Schools.
- Students who are transitioning out of youth residential treatment centers.
- University scholars who wish to engage in internships and mentorship training.
- Community members who wish to volunteer with at-risk and under-served youth.
- Local and national musicians who desire to teach their craft to Denver youth.
- Youth who are enrolled in the Playing For Change Foundation’s music programs in Ghana, Nepal, South Africa, Mali and Rwanda.
Flobots.org Youth Media Studio will house 5-10 community classrooms, 20 computer workstations, an indoor performance space, administrative offices and an industry-standard digital media and music recording studio.Flobots.org intends to provide Denver’s under-served and at-risk youth population with access to Industry standard music and video-production equipment. By doing so, students will be better prepared for university programs which require technical literacy skills that might not otherwise have been provided to this population. Students who are trained on industry-standard equipment will also be better prepared to enter the job market.