NEW YORK CITY PROGRAMS
In NYC, ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists deliver creative arts programming through 1- to 2-hour volunteer opportunities year-round as well as a six-week summer camp.
ASTEP on STAGE!
ASTEP on STAGE! began in 2013 as a bridge between artists with time to share their passion and youth throughout the city with limited or no access to the transformative power of the arts. The ASTEP on STAGE! model partners with New York City community organizations serving youth affected by the justice system, incarceration, gun violence, homelessness, immigration status, systemic poverty, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more!
ASTEP at Refugee Youth Summer Academy
A team of 16-18 ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists lead the creative arts classes at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy, which supports the personal growth, cultural adjustment, and education of children who have recently arrived in New York City as refugees, asylees, and unaccompanied minors. This program helps students successfully transition into the US school system while also introducing them to the magic of the arts. Learn more!
Incarnation Children’s Center
ASTEP’s workshops at the Incarnation Children’s Center engage youth living with HIV/AIDS and other cognitive disabilities through experiences that focus on developing a strong sense of community. ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists curate bi-monthly open mic nights that introduce youth to new art forms performed by professional artists, and simultaneously provides a safe space for young people who are interested in sharing their own artwork. ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists also lead seasonal “fun days” that consist of arts-inspired games and activities with a focus on teamwork, creative problem solving, and fun! Learn more!