Summer 2021 CLA Program

This summer, we’re opening up participation in the Creative Leadership Academy (CLA) to high school – aged students. They’ll be able to join our college-aged youth as they participate in Industry Studios with top creative and technology professionals as they build employability skills and digtal portfolios.

Past partners have included Verizon Media, frog Design, The Butler Bros. and Wunderman Thompson. Industry Studios also include E4 Youth’s business of music fellowship program Music Legacy ATX along with training as content creators through the Austin Digital Heritage Project.

Earn a $250 cash stipend as you train with industry professionals and qualify for employment with E4 Youth and our partners.

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Application for high school youth (14 – 17)

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About the Creative Leadership Academy

The Creative Leadership Academy (CLA) works with creative and technology industry partners to provide professional level training and employment opportunities for college age youth of color and professional development for educators working with youth of color of all ages. Youth earn stipends as they build portfolios and become eligible for employment leading our high school enrichment clubs, creating digital and immersive content, and internship opportunities with E4 Youth’s industry partners.

CLA Requirements:

  • Ages 16 – 24
  • 10 hours a week CLA participation
    • Opt in to activities Mondays – Fridays, 6 – 10 p.m.
      • Portfolio/Resume Development
      • Virtual Talks with Industry Professionals
      • Employability Skill Development
      • Personal SWOT Analysis
  • Mandatory participation in a partner-led weekly Industry Studio on Wednesdays 6 – 7:30 p.m.. June 7th – July 29th, 2021

Key Dates

CLA Info Session: May 24, 2021
Application Deadline: May 28, 2021
Industry Studio Sessions Kick Off: June 7th, 2021
Weekly Industry Studio Sessions: Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Summer CLA Schedule

Monday, June 7, 2021
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Summer CLA Program Orientation Part 1

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Summer CLA Program Orientation Part 1
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CLA Team Meeting

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Summer CLA Program Orientation Part 2
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Industry Studio Session

Thursday, June 10, 2021
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CLA Team Meeting
June 14, 2021 – July 23, 2021

Mondays
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CLA Team Meeting
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Special Workshops

Tuesdays
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. CLA Team Meeting
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Creative Pathway Talk

Wednesdays
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CLA Team Meeting
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Industry Studio Session

Monday, July 26, 2021
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CLA Team Meeting
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal for Summer CLA Program Capstone Event

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. CLA Team Meeting
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal for Summer CLA Program Capstone Event

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CLA Team Meeting
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Industry Studio Session

CLA Alumni


Bryson Williams
Lead Creative – The Permanent Legacy Foundation, Austin TX

  • LBJ High School (Austin TX)
  • Texas State University Graduate
  • 5 E4 Youth internships at ad agencies and start ups
  • Job Propulsion Labs Portfolio School

Bryson Williams - E4 Youth Alumnus


Savannah Garza
DesignerMarina Arts District, Corpus Christi TX

Akins High School (Austin, TX)
St. Edwards University Graduate
Former E4 Youth Creative Mentor
Former Designer at Go Daddy


James Grandberry
Junior Copywriter, McGarrah Jessee, Austin TX

  • Journalism Degree, University of Texas at Austin
  • Current E4 Creative Mentor
  • Job Propulsion Labs Portfolio School


Andrea Danao
Interaction Design Intern, Nokia

  • BA in Sociology, UT Austin
  • Former E4 Creative Mentor
  • UI/UX Design Co-op, Johnson & Johnson
  • UI/UX Design Intern, The Permanent Legacy Foundation

Christopher Robinson
Associate Solutions Engineer at Tableau Software, Austin TX

  • BBA in Marketing, Texas State University
  • Former E4 Creative Mentor
  • Product Consultant, Tableau Software
  • Line Cook, Marco’s Italian Restaurant