For Young People

Watch the City Spotlights Leadership Program BNN PSA above.

The City Spotlights Leadership Program empowers youth to become leaders in school, at home, and in their communities using their creative voices. Last summer, the City Spotlights Leadership Program featured 30 Teen Leaders from 23 different schools and 7 Boston neighborhoods- most had no formal arts training and little to no arts in their schools. The leadership, community, and career development training that the program provides creates a foundation for Teen Leaders to grow into adults who will champion change, drive innovation, and ensure our community’s long term vitality.

Program Summary

During the City Spotlights Leadership Program, teens develop skills to prepare them for future success through:

Arts and Leadership Training: Teens explore their personal identities as leaders through acting, singing, dance and spoken word with local teaching artists. Teens develop artistic pieces that both educate and inspire action about important social messages that impact their community.

Community Advocacy: Teen create interactive arts workshops to conduct with children in community centers throughout Boston on topics such as bullying prevention and building confidence. Teens deliver a presentation for government officials at the State House advocating for changes such as increased funding for youth arts programs.

Professional Development: Teens practice career skills through mock interviews, weekly networking lunches with guest speaker creative professionals, and resume development workshops

Performance: Teen Leaders take to the streets of Boston with flash mobs and original inspirational songs, performing in parks, on sidewalks, even on the T! City Spotlights culminates in a final performance of their original works in the Grand Lobby of the historic Wang Theatre.

Program At A Glance:

WHEN: 7 Weeks from July – mid-August, Monday-Friday, 25 hours per week
WHERE: Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston
WHO: Boston residents ages 15-19
COMPENSATION: Minimum wage


Previous performing arts experience is not necessary!

Auditions will include dancing, acting, and singing. Be prepared to take risks, collaborate creatively with others, show us your professionalism, and have fun!

If possible, please bring a resume.

If you are eligible to apply for BYF, doing so will greatly increase your chances of acceptance. Please ask your school guidance counselor for details on the Boston Youth Fund.

Auditions will be held on in February and March. Check back here in January for more updates! Additional dates may be added. Additional dates may be added.

Applicants may sign up for an audition by contacting Kelly Prestel at or 617.532.1221.

2014 City Spotlights
By The Numbers
31 City Spotlights Leaders
13+ Guest Speakers/Artists
99 Street Performances
14,125 Audience Members
1,143 Children participated in interactive workshops led by Teen Leaders
19 Community Center, Camp, and Library Interactive Workshop Sites
22 Neighborhoods reached through Street Performances and Community Workshops
220+ Final Showcase Audience Members

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