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.

June 1 – July 1, 2021

Morning (In-Person)* Cast: 9:00 AM -11:00 AM, Monday – Friday


Afternoon (Online) Cast: 1:00 PM -3:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Do you like acting, writing, editing, dancing, and/or animating? Do you want to do some of those things but have never tried? Join the Youth Center Summer Camp! During this month-long camp, we will be exploring how to adapt your own stories into short films that will be featured on YouTube. You can choose to do this from the comfort of your own home or join us in person!

Sign up here!

*Subject to change based on local ordinances

Over the course of one session students will:

  • Write their own stories and turn them into a series of films.
  • Discover the strengths and assets they bring to their communities.
  • Learn to work towards common goals.
  • Practice clarifying roles, rotating leadership, and giving and receiving feedback.
  • Build skills in technology and teamwork.
  • Create lasting relationships and build a community with peers outside of a school setting.

Want to see what it’s like? Check out our Quarter 1 Film Fest!

Youth Center 2020-2021 Virtual Programming

In light of COVID-19 and student safety, our 2020-21 Youth Center programming is now remote!     


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!

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Qualified Charitable Organization Code: 20553

Best of Stories That Soar! tickets are now available.


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