Teaching all things music and entertainment industry and digital media creation while skillfully weaving in life skills to
Washington DC area artists, high school students,
vulnerable youth and returning citizens.
MEET OUR SAFE PASSAGE MONITORS FOR 3 DCPS SCHOOLS
ACADEMY DC: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS 4 YOUTH AD CAMPAIGN
One of The Academy DC After School Program’s goal is to develop violence reduction radio commericials, social media ads, short films and other digital media content to help curb some of the violence in our community. This ad features the voice of an Eastern High School student and Mildred Muhammed the former wife of the DC Sniper visited Eastern.
This ads will be heard on area radio stations and will also be feature on instagram and twitter targeting social media accounts of youth who live in areas who are experience high incidents of violence.
This program is funded by Mayor Bowser’s Learn 24 & the Deputy Mayor’s Office on Education
ANTI CARJACKING AD CAMPAIGN
Our “Think About It” Ad campaign was originally funded by the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. The recent spike in the car jacking’s in Washington DC created an opportunity to develop several more ads for the district. The goal here is to encourage youth to think first and that this type of activity is not cool!
THE ACADEMY DC’S DASHAWN WALKER “MAN TIME” WINS FILM FEST AWARD!
Special Congratulations to our very own Dashawn Walker who recently won a GREENWOOD FILM FEST AWARD for Outstanding Performance for this role in a film The Academy DC developed to tell the story of the struggles a returning citizens faces upon re-entry into society.
This short 9 minute film titled “Man Time” was created by the Academy DC for the Office Of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement where we trained the the program’s ambassadors how to act, shoot and develop a film. This film was directed by Joseph Austin iii
This was Dashawn’s acting debut. See the film here.
PODCASTS DEVELOPED BY OUR MENTEES @ OFFICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY & ENGAGEMENT
The Academy DC After School Program
EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL, JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL & WASHINGTON GLOBAL PCS.
This program teaches youth how to produce digital media content. Podcasts, Youtube shows, short films, music videos, radio ads and more aimed at reducing violence and producing the next generation of news media personalities, writers, film makers and content producers in Washington DC area.
Only 15 spaces available (per school)
DC MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER APPOINTS ACADEMY DC & CENTER FOR NON PROFIT ADVANCEMENT AS A SAFE PASSAGE SERVICE PROVIDER & VIOLENCE PRODUCTION AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Media/Radio Personality, EZ Street and CEO and founder of The Academy DC and Creative Solutions 4 Youth 501c3 in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement was selected to receive a sizable grant from The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes. The Academy DC will begin implementing their “Safe Passage”educational program for students at 4 schools in the L’Enfant and Waterfront areas of SW, Washington, DC. The Academy has a structured program working with students to help them identify underlying issues, cause and affect action items, and how to solve brewing conflicts through communication not confrontation to name a few.
The program begins Monday, January 3, 2022 and works in tandem with EZ’s “Do Betta” DC Digital Media Content After School Program. Once students are dismissed from school, there’s a time period from school to home that creates a window of opportunity for some to fall victim to crime and or violence. This after school program works to be part of the solution to use the time of participating students wisely. This specialized program teaches various aspects of creative designing for digital platforms and more. Students are engaged in projects in a safe environment to learn, thrive and build leadership skills. A creative mind can create greatness when given a chance!
We are proud to announce the expansion of our services. Our work started with returning citizens at CSOSA DC in 2017 then at risk youth in 2019 at DYRS for Mayor Bowser and DC City government.
What we learned is that not all of the youth we serve are interested in music. Many were interested in related fields.
Yes, we will continue to specialize in teaching songwriting, sound recording, music video production and of course the all important life skills.
Here’s what else we now have to offer!
With over 30 years of radio and digital media experience under my belt, we thought it would be great to explore the idea of producing a podcast with our youth at DYRS. The goal is to train them to host and produce/edit their podcasts in Adobe Audition. #JobTraining Check out our first podcast below! #Funny
Congrats Ice Karim the Winner of our I GOT NEXT CHALLENGE! He won a $500 DTLR Gift Card, Free Video Shoot & Studio time courtesy of Haven House Studios. Plus the video for “Amazing” debuted in all DTLR stores nationwide and also on WUSA 9.
WE TEACH IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS
JOB READINESS TRAINING
One of the biggest obstacles our clients face is unemployment and having a challenged past can make this even more difficult. To address this we brought in Carmen Drummond to assist us in getting our clients job ready. We are also working with a few local businesses who have agreed to offer second chances to returning citizens.
DEZ GETS TWO JOBS!
Meet Dez one of our day one students from the CSOSA DC program. His passions are now gourmet cooking, fishing and he’s also appeared in a few local movies. Check out story of how he bought into our process and got 2 jobs in one week!
The Washington DC area is currently experiencing an increase gun violence. At the Academy we frequently bring in compelling speakers to share their stories with our at risk youth and returning citizens. We recent sat down with The NO SLIDE ZONE to talk about their efforts to curb violence in the African American community.
THE TRANSFORMATION OF LOLA DIOR
The story of how one of our students turned her life around
MEETING THEM WHERE THEY ARE
WE TEACH OUR CLIENTS HOW TO PRODUCE SONGS, MUSIC VIDEOS, CD ART, SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES, STAGE PERFORMANCE,BREATH CONTROL, HOW TO INTERVIEW ON RADIO OR TV AND MORE
MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION
Each 16 week session our clients team up to create and conceptualize a music video from scratch. We first record the actual song then create the video. This is also a opportunity to expose them to cameras and the equipment used to create. Some have expressed interest in learning how to produce and we are exploring the idea of doing a few sessions on how to actually shoot and edit the videos themselves. VIDEO: Click here to see the videos they conceptualized.
LIVE PERFORMANCE TRAINING
Most of our clients are raw talents and most have never performed on stage or with a live band. We recently created a a jam session where our clients performed their verses with a live band. It was pretty amazing! VIDEO: Click here to see how it turned out.
YOGA & CHILL
Each 16 week session we bring in our certified Yogi Akil Taffe to teach stretching and breathing techniques. Akil is also The Regional Marketing Director for RCA records. He also teaches our clients the in and outs of the record business as well. Emotional intelligence and Self Awareness are hallmarks of what we teach our returning citizens.
Our youngest in charge FLY ZYAH is currently getting airplay for her GoGo Remix of “Dear DC” on WKYS & WHUR. She was also featured on NBC4 by Shawn Yancey.
CREATIVE SOLUTION 4 YOUTH ANTI CAR JACKING CAMPAIGN
Our CEO EZ Street recently was hired by the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy to produce an anti carjacking campaign for the county. The awareness videos use a unique approach encouraging the youth to think before they act. You can see the social media video psa’s on our youtube channel.
VIRTUAL LEARNING DURING THE PANDEMIC
Going virtual wasn’t all bad. The Academy DC was even able to expose even more dynamic music industry professionals to our students via zoom! We learned several new strategies to engage the youth virtually that we continue to use use today!
Man Time was written, conceptualized and produced by 8 of our students. Life in Washington DC can be rough for some. They wanted to acknowledge the very real forces that are constantly attempting to pull them back into the street life. Hence the Crabs in the Barrel hook on track and the crabs at the table on the By ALL Means 2020 Mixtape cover. On this track they vow to stay the course and push forward to find and define their own manhood. They chose Fredrick Douglass and Dr Martin Luther King Jr. as men they felt were “real men” to model themselves after. 2 of our students were cameramen on the set of Man Time.