Arts & Entertainment - Service Learning Opportunities

 GS ArtsCenter The Arts Center
300-G East Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Jesse Hollars - Youth Education Department Coordinator, or or (919)929-2787 ext. 204.
The ArtsCenter's mission is to inspire artistic creativity and to enrich the lives of people of all ages. High school students can fulfill their service learning hours requirements with us in a variety of ways. Each summer, local high school students serve as counselors during our popular ArtsCamp program. Counselors are a vital part of keeping ArtsCamp fun, safe, and enriching for campers in grades K-6. All counselor positions are filled by volunteers who must be entering 9th grade in the fall of their volunteer year, or older. New counselors are asked to commit at least TWO full weeks, for a total of 80-90 hours. Responsibilities include assisting teachers with art projects, leading games and break activities, facilitating snack and lunches, and most importantly, making sure each child feels safe, included, and is having a great time. For questions about the counselor program contact Jesse Hollars. You may download a Summer ArtsCamp counselor application from our website. During the school year, The ArtsCenter's AfterSchool Arts Immersion (AAI) program has volunteer opportunities for responsible, fun-loving teens who enjoy kids and the arts. Responsibilities include assisting teachers with art projects, leading games and break activities, facilitating snack and homework time, and most importantly, making sure that each child feels safe and is having a great time. For more information please make contact.

 GS Durham Arts Council Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
Lauren Tannenbaum or (919)560-2726. 
The Durham Arts Council is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. Summer 2015 – Teen Volunteers Needed! We will be accepting applications starting January 5, 2015. The Durham Arts Council is gearing up for another great year of Summer Arts Camp! Summer Camp is held Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Afternoon Adventures are held Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. We also need volunteers to assist early drop off beginning at 8:00 am. Summer Arts Camp provides volunteers the opportunity to assist camp instructors and to help kids with drawing, painting, photography, digital art, dance, theater, chorus, clay, sculpture, mixed media and more! Each two week session culminates in a visual and performing arts show. Applicants will be called in for an interview and are required to provide a letter of recommendation. We do require that our teen volunteers be 14 years old by June 10, 2015. Application deadline May 15, 2015.

GS Fusion Youth Radio Fusion Youth Radio (FYR) - Jackson Center
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The Jackson Center 512 West Rosemary Street Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Brentton Harrison or Manju Rajendran or or (919)960-1670.
Fusion Youth Radio (FYR) is a live youth radio program that airs every other Sunday on WXYC 89.3FM. FYR is a collaboration of the Jackson Center, WXYC 89.3FM at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Sacrificial Poets. High school students generate all content, select our featured youth spoken word artists as guests, write the scripts, create audio documentaries and act as hosts for each show. No prior experience is necessary—youth producers will learn the work of live radio production from mentors and as a part of the FYR team. Students are required to commit to meetings at the Jackson Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 pm and to production of FYR LIVE on the UNC campus from 3-6 pm on every other Sunday during the semester. There are opportunities for increasing responsibility and leadership roles for students who continue with the program beyond one semester. Fusion Youth Radio is dedicated to furthering equity, inspiring creativity, and promoting dialogue among youth from many different backgrounds by providing them opportunities to tell their stories in their own words. FYR is produced by youth, for everyone.

 GS Kids Notes KidZNotes
423 Morris Street 
Durham, NC 27701
Kathryn Wyatt - Executive Director or (919)321-4475.
Tiffany Walker - Executive Assistant & Business Manager or (919)321-4475.
Embarking on the fifth year, KidZNotes is an El Sistema-inspired nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that fights poverty and encourages positive decision making by instructing and engaging children in classical orchestral music. KidZNotes aims to improve children’s musical performance, to develop values that contribute to success at school and in society, and to promote children’s and families’ engagement in program and community activities. If you are interested in volunteering with KidZNotes, please contact us. All volunteers are welcome!  We especially need string players to come out to the Holton Center on Saturdays to work with kids (9am-11am).  After school hours on Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday may also be available.

 GS Music in my Mind Music in my Mind
Orange County Department on Aging
2551 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Ethan Lechner or (919)968-2087.
Music in my Mind is an Orange County effort to bring personally meaningful music to seniors with dementia. Music can awaken deep emotional memories, sometimes temporarily renewing awareness, relieving depression, and calming agitation. Local high school students are invited to work with individuals with dementia and their families to create playlists of music that resonates with the individual. A training program will show volunteers how to interview elders about their music tastes and how to use the equipment to construct a playlist. Volunteers will be asked to follow-up monthly with their elders to revise playlists. Meetings with elders to build playlists can be done at one of the Senior Centers in Orange County or at care facilities.  Here is a video that shows the amazing power of personalized music for a person with dementia. This is a clip of the film Alive Inside.

 GS Peoples Channel Peoples Channel
300AC Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
or (919)960-0088. 
The Peoples Channel's mission is to advance democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media. Through this mission, we aim to provide the means and promote the opportunity for area citizens to exercise free speech through media production, education and distribution of cable television programming. Volunteer opportunities range from covering local events in town and the school, to editing, to being crew in our in-house studio, to general office help. No experience necessary! The Peoples Channel will train all interested volunteers! Please visit our website to learn more about what we do, or come to an orientation on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 7-8pm.