The Remix Project cultivates young people’s creative energy by encouraging them to understand their abilities as real and their perspectives of tremendous value. We accomplish this by following a few core principles.

OVERVIEW

We give young people the space and equipment needed to experiment without judgment or bias in-order to explore the depth and breadth of their creative gift.

Through safe, controlled environments with industry standard equipment and software, we seek to minimize external distractions and allow students to refocus and work uninterrupted in a community of like-minded individuals.

We surround our participants with knowledgeable & supportive staff + industry based mentors

We introduce young women and men to new networks of creative peers.

Relationships are forged and collaboration flourishes as passion and gratitude resonate from within.

By doing these things our young people come to better their skillsets, learn their own truths, get introduced to exciting new networks and become empowered to begin shaping their reality with intention.

OUTREACH

Focused on trying to find the best and brightest talents our cities have to offer – The Remix Project builds strong partnerships with community members and organizations in order to best serve our young people. Employing youth as outreach workers, our teams work to raise awareness of existing services (both our own and others) and target individuals and communities with the greatest need.

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INTAKE

Each fall we open enrollment to the next group of leaders and innovators at The Remix Project. Following an application and comprehensive interview process in Q1 (January-March), candidates are chosen based on artistic talent, commitment, and other socioeconomic indicators.

ORIENTATION

Once an applicant has been vetted through our selection process, admittance begins with an introduction to facilities, faculty, curriculum and fellow classmates. Expectations from both participants and facilitators are restated and community-building initiatives proceed.

Major

After orientation, a young person in one of our academies will choose a “major” area of focus on which they will spend the majority of their time while at The Remix Project. Each academy has several majors to choose from. These majors should reflect the specific talents/desires of each individual participant as well as the career that they are exploring.

i.e. Photography or Music Engineering or Events Administration.

Minor

Participants are also allowed to pick a secondary focus while they are in the program aka a “minor”. A “minor” allows participants to further explore areas of interest that promote their overarching goals by allowing them to “audit” or sit in on another class happening in the program outside of their “major ” field of interest. Specializations that foster new skill sets and areas of expertise as enhancements to existing proficiencies.

ie. Someone who is majoring in Photography may minor in Graphic Design.

Thesis Project

By the conclusion of each program, participants construct a final body of work or “thesis project”. Portfolios, recording demos, and live events that showcase each individual’s artistic expression, refined as it now exists. These final demonstrations exponentially increase their potential to secure employment within respective industries and begin working in a professional capacity.

Curriculum Building

The Remix Project’s programming sustains a unique focus and commitment to education and arts curriculum that strives to be both holistic and therapeutic. Taking into account relevant mental and social factors, The Remix Project provides industry specific mentorships to complement the individualized learning plans we follow. Building unique work back schedules for each participant’s goals, our curriculum is largely dictated by the young person themselves. We then supplement these individual learning plans with bi-weekly mandatory classes, and Dean meetings as well as special workshops.

Mandatory Workshops

Civic leadership is best exercised by crossing boundaries between private, public, and nonprofit sectors to collaborate and solve shared problems. In that spirit, we combine diverse perspectives and backgrounds to facilitate innovation across complex situations (like the music business and other creative industries).

Our mandatory workshops are designed to optimize expertise and experience in real world scenarios and provide young people with honest windows into the histories, thinking and wisdom of industry experts and veterans.

Exit Strategies

The Remix Project promotes conditions that break down the various barriers which too often serve as impediments for disenfranchised youth. We want our young people to access purpose and move with intention for their lives.

More concretely, we do this by focusing in 3 areas as relates to exit strategies:

  1. Education. Whether by supporting someone to earn their high school diploma or to access post-secondary education, The Remix Project can often serve as a bridging program to more formal education system based success.
  2. Employment. For applicable young people, The Remix Project seeks to find opportunities for our alumni to continue growing in their field of passion either via an internship at a culturally relevant business or organization or by finding that young person a solid mentor in their field.
  3. Entrepreneurship. For many young people, stepping out into the world as an entrepreneur or as a freelance professional is the ultimate goal. If that’s the case for individual alumni, The Remix Project works hard to support our graduates officially launch their product or service into the marketplace.