El Puente Williamsburg Leadership Center Summer Urban Arts Intensive presents "Little Shop of Horrors," 2014
The Williamsburg Leadership Center (WLC) is El Puente’s flagship holistic youth and community development program that began in 1982 and still operates out of its original headquarters- an inspiring renovated former Catholic Church building in the Southside of Williamsburg (Los Sures). In the last three decades, the Williamsburg Center has been the hub for much of El Puente’s legacy of ground breaking and change making programs, advocacy and initiatives. It was the home for the El Puente Academy for 13 years. In addition, it remains the premier Arts and Cultural Center for the organization with a professional dance studio, art room, and presenting stage, fully equipped with a sound system and stage lighting. The headquarters also houses El Puente’s Executive staff and the Green Light District initiative.
El Puente's Van Lier Fellows with Council Member Antonio Reynoso, 2015
The Williamsburg Leadership Center offers a free comprehensive afterschool program for teens ages 13-19, that integrates El Puente’s signature Membership model that focuses on holistic leadership development, one to one mentoring and project based service learning. The year round program activities include academic enrichment and support, college prep and transition support for youth and their families, health and wellness, internships, gender groups, leadership training and pre professional training in the visual and performing arts. The Center’s pre professional arts classes include: dance (modern, contemporary and jazz), bboy/bgirl, drama, voice, studio/public art and spoken word. The Williamsburg Leadership Center has supported three Van Lier Performing Arts Fellows with support from the New York Community Trust, offering intensive training in the arts and one-on-one mentorship. El Puente WLC's Teaching Artists integrate an “arts for social change” model that engages the youth artists in using their artistic expression to educate, provoke dialogue and promote action around issues of equity and social justice. The program also produces numerous showcases and cultural events throughout the year featuring the work of its youth artists. The Leadership Center also hosts a 4-6 week Summer Urban Arts Intensive as well as an SYEP Summer Leadership Program.
Williamsburg Leadership Center Information:
211 South 4th Street * Brooklyn, NY 11211
Ages: 13 - 19
Hours: Mon-Fri, 3p - 7p
Activities: Tutoring, Homework Help, College Prep, Dance (Ballet, Modern, Hip-Hop/Breakdance), Visual Arts, Video, Drama, Spoken Word, Health and Wellness Support, Leadership Training, Community Action Projects, and Internships.