As part of the Creative Leadership Academy, Digital Docent provides professional level training and employment opportunities for college age youth to collect and curate oral histories in any neighborhood in the world. Digital Docents work with professionals to build their portfolios and qualify for additional employment opportunities with E4 Youth and its partners.

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  • Active participation in weekly training sessions oral history collecting activities
  • Complete E4 Youth’s Employability Curriculum activities
  • Personal SWOT Analysis
  • Career Mapping
  • Portfolio Development
  • Resume Development


  • $250/Semester Gift Card
  • Access to industry events and networking opportunities
  • Employment opportunities
    • E4 Youth Creative Mentor – lead enrichment clubs
    • VR Remix Parties – lead immersive demos and workshops
  • Job Shadow and internship opportunities with E4 Youth partners

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Case Studies

Participants earn stipends as they work with seasoned professionals in audio video production, journalism, immersive media development, music and technology. During the Spring of 2019, Digital Docents researched and collected oral histories related to four East Austin landmarks including the Victory Grill, the mural at 12th and Chicon, the Draylen Mason mural and Harlem Theater. Follow the links below to explore the content they created throughout this process.

Historical image of former Harlem Theater, in Austin TX

"The One and Only" – Remembering East Austin's Harlem Theater

Opening its doors October of 1935, The Harlem Theater of East Austin was an iconic cultural hub of the black […]

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Two men in East Austin look at new mural on 12th & Chicon, Austin TX

A Tale of Unity at 12th & Chicon: “We Rise”

If you’re driving through East Austin or checking out the burgeoning clubs near 12th and Chicon, take note of the […]

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Keeping Austin Diverse: The Historic Victory Grill

The Victory Grill is a historical restaurant built in 1945 on East 11th Street in Austin, Texas. In the era […]

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Landscape image of Truth's mural of Draylen Mason on side of electrical box in East Austin, TX.

Memorial to a Fallen Stranger: Austin Artist "Truth" on Draylen Mason

In March of 2018, Austin residents were stunned by a string of package bombings around the city, which killed two […]

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