I feel like 24th Street is a place that has allowed me to grow as a storyteller and a person, all while making a positive impact on the lives of all of these children that I’ve mentored. It’s been an experience that I will be eternally grateful for.
— Rosibel (Leadership Program Graduate)
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Teen Leadership Academy

Volunteer, Mentor, Lead

There were always these teens who were mentors,…I always aspired to be one of them. This was my first year [as a mentor] and I’m excited for the next three.
— Abraham (Freshman Mentor)
  • Opportunity for youth ages 14-18

  • Mentor After ‘Cool students (1 day/week)

  • Participate in Drama III Workshop (Wednesday)

  • Attend field trips around Los Angeles

  • Potential for paying jobs upon completion of program

  • Email theatre@24thstreet.org or call 213-745-6516 / stop by between 12-6pm

Drama III/Teen Leadership Academy

This is a class that has two parts to it. The first is acting class with Artistic Director Debbie Devine. Drama III is designed to help students think creatively and learn to express. This class occurs every Wednesday, 3:30 – 5 PM.

The second half is Leadership Academy ­­where students can put to work their leadership skills by assisting Teaching Artists in After ‘Cool class on a weekly basis as mentors. Mentors will participate in After ‘Cool performances, help guide the students and lead warm ups and exercises. After each class, Mentors will meet and use their observation skills to pick an artist of the day and provide constructive feedback on the growth of students. Mentors are then expected to help maintain the theatre and prepare it for Enter Stage Right for the next morning.

After 'Cool Mentorship Day

  • Tuesday Class (3:30 – 6:00)

  • Thursday Class (3:30 – 6:00)

  • Friday Class (3:30 – 6:00)

Field Trips

The Academy students will also go on several Field Trips throughout the year. The field trips are Arts and Community based to help involve students from The Academy with other forms of art and performances as well as better connect to their community. In the past years trips have included The Pasadena Playhouse, The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, USC, LACMA, Mercado la Paloma, Moving Arts Theatre and Mack Sennett Studios. Students with consistent attendance in class will be given priority to the field trip.

Expectations/Qualifications of Interested Students

I am more confident, and I am always going to thank theatre for that.
— Maria (Leadership Program Graduate)
  • Interest in developing core leadership and skills.

  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility.

  • Demonstrates ability to successfully balance work, school and extracurricular commitments.

  • Meet and collaborate with some of the world’s best artists, cultural workers, teachers and professionals.

  • Program complements academic performance and challenges students to step up to higher level of achievement.

Program Requirements

  • Consistent attendance to Drama III Master Class.

  • Consistent attendance to mentor After 'Cool students.

  • Attendance to all 24th STreet Theatre programming and productions.

Application Info:

Call 213-745-6516 or email theatre@24thstreet.org to inquire about the 2018-19 school year.

  • After 1st year, students can apply for ten highly coveted paying jobs at 24th STreet.

  • Monthly arts field trips, including off site trips and immersive, in-depth looks at 24th STreet programming.

  • Requirements: ages 14-18, high school student, commitment to mentor one day per week for After 'Cool program

Funding for the Leadership Academy provided by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign and The Artistic Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Youth