The Youth Center at Literacy Connects

The Youth Center at Literacy Connects is a space, whether it be in-person or virtual,

where middle school students can creatively express themselves and engage in Social Emotional Learning.

Now enrolling for 21-22!

At the Youth Center, you will:

  • Write stories and turn them into short plays and films.
  • Discover the strengths and assets you bring to your communities.
  • Learn to work towards common goals.
  • Practice clarifying roles, rotating leadership, and giving and receiving feedback.
  • Build skills in technology and teamwork.
  • Make friends and have fun!

Want to see what it’s like? Check out some of our Summer Camp pieces!

Youth Center 2021-2022 Hybrid Programming

In light of COVID-19 and student safety, our 2021-22 Youth Center programming is temporarily online. We will return to in-person (with an online option) as soon as safety permits. 


Through innovative modifications, our virtual format fits flexibly into students’ schedules and reduces screen time.  



Youth ages 11-15 chose their roles in the production process, increasing focus while building skills.     


Each session results in quarterly final productions that highlight each student’s contribution.     


In addition to our Literacy Connects teaching artists, high school interns from Amphitheater Public Schools

and instructors from the UA Poetry Center offer variety in content and teaching styles. 

Want to know more? Watch our video!

See what students made during our 2020 StoriesThatStream! Virtual Summer Camp:

Mom’s Magic, by Hanna

Sam the Superhero, by Michael

Story of Talent, by Kassie

Can’t get enough? Here are some videos we made in-person at the Youth Center:

Want to learn how to make videos like these? Sign up for our next session!

Literacy Connects is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit © 2018

Qualified Charitable Organization Code: 20553

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