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Summer STEAM Program

Join us for a stimulating three-week experience exploring STEAM through music and film-making! We are accepting applications from rising 8th to 12th grade students to fill 25 slots!

Program Schedule and Overview

Program Overview


July 9 – July 26

9 am to 3:30 pm


Microsoft Office

11 Times Sq., New York, NY


9 am – 9:45 am — Sign-In/Breakfast/Community Time


9:45 am – 10 am – Transition to morning activities


10 am – 12 pm — Video Documentary Program
*, Beats Program*


12 pm – 1 pm — Lunch Time


1 pm – 3 pm — Afternoon workshops will be facilitated by various community and corporate partners that will range in topics of: College and Career Readiness workshops; Leadership workshops; Professionalism workshops


3 – 3:30 pm — Closing/Debrief of day


3:30pm – Sign-Out



*Every Thursday are Empowerment Site Visits – Is an all-day field trip to corporate sites for career exploration through various companies like American Airlines, Pay Pal, and


*Beats Program

As part of the NY Urban League/BEAT Explorers Summer program, students will initially receive a Comprehensive course on the basics of music production and song construction on site at the Microsoft office. During the last week of the program, students expand their perspectives on personal career development while acquiring valuable technical skill sets by working inside Subdecibel Sound under the mentorship of the two-industry savvy resident producer/engineers, Dorian Besson and Chepe Beltranera. Students experience first-hand how the inner-workings of a recording studio operate from both the engineer’s perspective as well as the artists. Students learn how to carry themselves in a professional setting while being mentored by professionals in order to gain experience and invaluable insight into music careers outside of rapping and singing like sound engineering, sound design and music production.


*Video Documentary Program

Using Adobe Premiere as the main tool, students will receive an intro to various techniques of video production. During the duration of the program, students will brainstorm, develop, and produce short video documentaries on themselves sharing their personal stories, journeys, and community relevance. Students will also have the opportunity to interview and film leaders within the New York Urban League community along with trips to locations across NYC. The main goal of this program is to provide students with the resources and space to fully express themselves through a creative, visual medium as well as introducing various useful technical skills.


*Local College Tour to Cooper Union School

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly known as Cooper Union or The Cooper Union and informally referred to, especially during the 19th century, as ‘the Cooper Institute’, is a private college at Cooper Square on the border of the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Inspired in 1830 when Peter Cooper learned about the government-supported École Polytechnique in France, Cooper Union was established in 1859.The school was built on a radical new model of American higher education based on founder Peter Cooper’s fundamental belief that an education “equal to the best technology schools [then] established” should be accessible to those who qualify, independent of their race, religion, sex, wealth or social status, and should be “open and free to all”.

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