City Spotlights Leadership Program


The City Spotlights Leadership Program empowers youth to become leaders in school, at home, and in their communities using their creative voices. In 2016, the City Spotlights Leadership Program featured 61 Teen Leaders from 30 different schools and 10 Boston and Everett neighborhoods- most had no formal arts training and little to no arts in their schools. The leadership, community, and career development training that the program provides creates a foundation for Teen Leaders to grow into adults who will champion change, drive innovation, and ensure our community’s long term vitality.

Program Summary

During the City Spotlights Leadership Program, teens develop skills to prepare them for future success through:

Arts and Leadership Training: Teens explore their personal identities as leaders through acting, singing, dance and spoken word with local teaching artists. Teens develop artistic pieces that both educate and inspire action about important social messages that impact their community.

Community Advocacy: Teens create interactive arts workshops to conduct with children in community centers throughout Boston on topics such as bullying prevention and building confidence. Teens deliver a presentation for government officials at the State House advocating for changes such as increased funding for youth arts programs.

Professional Development: Teens practice career skills through mock interviews, weekly networking lunches with guest speaker creative professionals, and resume development workshops.

Performance: Teen Leaders take to the streets of Boston with flash mobs and original inspirational songs, performing in parks, on sidewalks, even on the T! City Spotlights culminates in a final performance of their original works at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

Program At A Glance:

WHEN: 6 Weeks from July – mid-August, Monday-Friday, 25 hours per week
WHERE: Boch Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston
WHO: Boston and Everett residents ages 15-19
COMPENSATION: Minimum wage for 25 hours/week

Quotes From Alumni 

"The City Spotlights programs has increased my confidence in myself and skills." - Jacarrea Garraway (currently studying Film/TV Production at New York University)

"City Spotlights taught me to work well with others from difference concentrations. I've learned how to step up and step back, speak out when something isn't right, and be an advocate." - Marly Frederique (currently studying Political Science, Black Studies, and French at UMass Dartmouth)

"City Spotlights has helped me with public speaking, resume building, cooperation, and has forced me outside my comfort zone with dancing!" - CJ Sonnie (currently studying Acting/Film at Bridgewater State University)

"City Spotlights has given me so much inspiration to create. The professional development has helped me present myself effectively to get into organizations. The Public Speaking has been beneficial in classes and presentations." - Emma Trujillo (currently studying Writing Literature & Publishing at Emerson College)

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