Summer 2022 CLA Program

The Creative Leadership Academy (CLA) is now accepting applications for Summer 2022 and is open to both high school and/or college-aged youth ages 14-24. New CLA members, or Digital Apprentices, work alongside our college-aged staff and participate in weekly sessions with creative and technology professionals to build employability skills and establish digital portfolios.

CLA participants have the opportunity to earn a $250 stipend as you train with industry professionals and qualify for internships and employment with E4 Youth and our partners.

Past industry partners include Verizon Media, frog Design, The Butler Bros. and Wunderman Thompson. Industry Studio Sessions also includes training as content creators through the Austin Digital Heritage Project.


College-Aged Application

About the Creative Leadership Academy

The Creative Leadership Academy (CLA) was established in 2017 and is comprised of both high school and college-aged youth of color. The CLA provides youth with professional level training and employment opportunities with creative and technology industry partners, and also provides professional development and support for educators working with youth of color of all ages. New CLA participants, known as Digital Apprentices, earn stipends as they build digital portfolios and become eligible for employment with E4Youth as a Creative Mentor to lead our local high school enrichment “Get Creative” clubs, or as a Digital Docent to create immersive content and media for various E4 programs. CLA participants are also preferred candidates for internship and employment opportunities with E4 Youth’s industry partners.

CLA Requirements:

  • Ages 14 – 24
  • 20 hours a month of CLA participation
    • Opt in to activities Mondays – Fridays
      • Portfolio/Resume Development
      • Virtual Talks with Industry Professionals
      • Employability Skill Development
      • Personal SWOT Analysis
  • Mandatory participation for in person weekly CLA meetings on Mondays 1PM-5PM (location TBD) and online meetings every Wednesday 6:30PM-7:30PM, plus individual hours totally 10 weekly participation hours.
  • DATES: Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, July 15, 2022