Catching Up w/ Content Creators Academy (August 2019)

Friends of CCAJC,

Happy summer! We wrapped up another great school year at CCAJC, with almost double the number of students attending the program than last year. And we expanded the range of creative projects our students worked on. From photography to graphic design to digital editing to branding to videography, our students were able to explore content creation in ways they don’t have access to in their schools. One big highlight was our Music Video project, which saw students working with local musicians to create original music videos for new songs. Check out the amazing results here!

We also want to give a shout out to all the awesome mentors we had over the school year! 

Mentors bring fresh perspectives and real world career advice to our classroom. Some of our recent ones include: Jenna Laurenzo, who stopped by to discuss making her debut feature film, Lez Bomb; Jeremy Dehitta from Dream But Don’t Sleep, who came to class with PeteyxKraze to discuss shooting music videos; Megan Brewi from the PGA, who discussed social media in professional golf; and Lia Meden, who talked with the class about the transition from school to professional life.

Want to be a part of our 2019-2020 school year? 

CCAJC is currently accepting applications for our after-school program. Classes will begin in late September/early October and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. It is free to participate in the program, and it’s open to students ages 14-18. Apply online at CCAJC.org!

Also, CCAJC is always on the lookout for class mentors to talk with our students about their professional experience. We believe it’s important for our students to learn about a wide range of careers. Design and marketing are integral to almost every industry, so we want to hear from everyone! If you are interested, please fill out our online volunteer form and we will be in touch.

If you’d like to support our work and the continuation of our free after school programming for Jersey City youth, please consider donating to CCAJC. Your support helps us increase the number of students we reach each school year and provide more opportunities for them to learn valuable professional and academic lessons.

Catching Up w/ Content Creators Academy (March 2019)

Youth in JC Kick-Off

Last September we were proud to be a part of the Youth in JC launch event. Dozens of area youth came out to network with professionals who offered career advice and mentorship in a wide range of fields. The evening also featured talks from keynote speakers, assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight, entrepreneur Nick Nwoke, and educator Clarence “Coach C” Collins. The second Youth Networking Event was held last month and featured a fantastic talk from Pamela Johnson, director of the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement. We will be announcing the next Youth Networking Event very soon. Stay tuned!

Photography Exhibit

In November we had the first exhibit of student work for the 2018/19 school year at the Journal Squared Sky Lounge. The exhibit featured recent photography work from our current students. Highlighting both their skills behind the camera and as digital editors, the event was a chance for parents and the community to see incredible progress our group has made in just a few short months. Thanks to Wealth and Co for helping organize and providing the delicious food for the event.

Featured Mentors

Shout outs to all the awesome mentors we’ve had so far this school year! These folks have offered valuable insights for our students into a wide range of professions. Some highlights: Photographer/designer Nabil Miftahi worked with students on smartphone photography. David Trotta of Whealth and Co led a workshop on food photography and social media marketing. Muñeca Mullins brought the class to her studio for a lesson on fashion photography. And Zeena Koda gave the class a tour of the Atlantic Records offices and led a presentation from her digital marketing team.

Want to Be a Mentor?

CCAJC is always on the lookout for class mentors to talk with our students about their professional experience. We love to hear from designers and marketers, but we also believe it’s important for our students to learn about a wide range of careers. Design and marketing are integral to almost every industry, so we want to hear from everyone! If you are interested, please fill out our online volunteer form and we will be in touch.

Support CCAJC

If you’d like to support our work and the continuation of our free after school programming for Jersey City youth, please consider donating to CCAJC. Your support helps us increase the number of students we reach each school year and provide more opportunities for them to learn valuable professional and academic lessons.

Donations

We also accept tech donations for our classrooms. We are always looking for laptops (capable of running the Adobe Creative Cloud) and photography and videography equipment (cameras, lights, tripods, microphones, etc.) You can email info@ccajc.org if you have any equipment you’d like to donate!

Thank You!

We have been very fortunate to be supported by a number of fantastic individuals and organizations that make CCAJC possible, including:

Andco
BCB Bank
Jersey City Youth Foundation
Nick and Stephanie Nwoke
Party with Purpose
SILVERMAN

CCAJC Graduation and Fundraiser

On June 21st, the students of Content Creators Academy JC graduated from the program and the CCAJC team celebrated with a ceremony and showcase in Atlas Public House!

Students, board members, and guests got together to celebrate the students’ accomplishments and support the overall mission of CCAJC.

Here are some photos from the event!