The Vortex Youth Project (VYP) is a 10-week intensive paid internship program that provides Los Angeles teens and young adults with multimedia training and life skills. The process is designed to serve as a cathartic form of healing, self-awareness and empowerment. Participants will develop collaborative abilities by working on community development tasks with their peers and mentors including military veterans. They will also learn to write, direct and produce stories in various formats, and perform technical, production and light maintenance/clerical tasks at The Vortex, a multipurpose community center, performance space and production studio. Due to current stay-at-home policies intended to combat the coronavirus outbreak, instruction will take place online and via telephone initially. Onsite training will take place in accordance with the recommendations of government officials when it is safe to do so. The VYP is a public-private partnership between the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, L.A. Youth at Work, HIRE-LA's Youth, Stage of the Arts, Generation Hip Hop Global, HomeFront Rising, The Vortex, Coalition for Responsible Community Development and Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center. The campaign is led by HomeFront Rising founder Jeff Norman and longtime activist Carmelo Alvarez, who previously spearheaded similar efforts in Los Angeles and Tijuana.

HomeFront Rising connects emerging creators with established professionals. Our theater and music workshops help veterans meet the challenges of everyday life. Our U.S. Tour of Duty applies the mindset and training of veterans to civilian life. HomeFront Rising is managed by Fulcrum Arts, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to HomeFront Rising are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.



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