Opportunity for Middle School Students

Recommended and shared by middle school parent, Brenda Hartman-Souder –

The YMCA’s Young Authors Academy of the Downtown Writers Center is for 6th – 12th grade students with a passion for creative writing, film-making, songwriting, and performing. Small group instruction in the literary arts is provided weekly by professional writers who are also experienced in teaching middle and high school students.

YAA students experience a safe, accepting, positive learning environment where they grow both artisticallty and personally, developing their talents and collaborating with peers who share their interest in the creative arts.

The program has been generously funded to include Y members and students attending Syracuse City School District schools at no cost (some restrictions do apply). The Downtown Writers Center, a program of the Arts Branch of the YMCA, strives to keep the cost for all others affordable and needs-based financial aid is available.

All classes meet at the Downtown Y, 340 Montgomery Street. and there is seating in the DWC Library for parents who would like to wait. Transportation is not provided but the Y is close to the Centro City Hub. Students receiving scholarships through the SCSD or Y membership are required to attend regularly. Poor attendance may result in removal from the program and inability to register for future YAA programming.

For the brochure and registration form, follow this link: www.syracuse.ymca.org/lib-local/assets/Arts%20Assets/YAA%2018WIN%20Trifold.pdf

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