Through our free, after school & summer Creative Arts and Hip Hop Culture Sessions TRUE Skool provides a fun, space for participants who seek to advance their knowledge in community building, social justice and 'how to' creatively address challenges in our communities. Youth and participants will raise their creative voices about important topics such as:
Unemployment among teens and young adults
Health, wellness and self-care
Racial segregation disparities in economics, education and juvenile justice systems
Through our wide range of after-school and summer activities, such as community service projects, art, music and dance classes, developing workshops to peer educate, and business classes, youth then become the experts on these topics and begin to develop creative responses and solutions.
The "Just Rockin" Music Program
Named in honor of the late, great DJ Rock Dee, our 1st DJ Instructor. In his honor, we continue his Hip Hop Culture , Community & Musical Legacy.
Participants in the DJ Class learn basic, intermediate and advanced DJ skills such as scratching, blending, BPMs, and how to set up/use the DJ equipment. Participants perform a final DJ set at the end of each session.
Art of MC Class
Participants in the Art of MC class work with instructors on composing original music both on group projects and solo projects, performing, and marketing their music.
TRUE Skool offers workshops on breakdancing, popping and locking. Students do not need prior dance experience to take these classes. Each session ends in a performance and participants are encouraged to enter local and national dance competitions.
All of our arts programming is project based working with various mediums such as spray paint, acrylics, oils, pastels, stenciling, and more. Projects include everything from creating custom canvases, print-screening, stenciling, animation, murals, and more. Participants display art and sell at at our session showcases, community events, and galleries.
Participants in the Music Production class work with instructors on making beats, producing songs, recording using Logic Pro and Pro Tools 9 along with other software and equipment such as Native Instruments Maschines, keyboards, mixers, etc.
Band & Performance/ Open Jam
This is a new class added in fall 2014 that teaches
music composition, live instruments, and performance. Topics include how social change and technology have affected how we make and listen to music and the history of music composition and performance over the last few decades.
Video Production Class
TRUE Skool participants will learn the basic fundamentals of video production. Youth will be introduced to the technology and programs used to create videos and short films. Through this they will have the capability to create media that will spread TRUE Skool’s Mission.