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Become a Mentor for Mayor's Creative Youth Corps

City Seeking Host Sites and Mentors for Summer Program.
February 12, 2024

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Arts & Culture is looking for creative organizations/programs and leaders who are interested in serving as host sites and/or leading professional development sessions for the 2024 cohort of the Mayor's Creative Youth Corps (MCYC). MCYC is a pre-professional paid summer mentorship program for youth interested in pursuing a career in arts and culture.

By serving as a host site, organizations/programs will be paired with a mentee(s) who will provide support to your organization’s summer programming/work. In addition to working with your specific mentee(s), we ask host sites to provide one professional development session for the entire MCYC cohort. These can be lectures, performances/film screenings, hands-on workshops, or facilitated conversations. The City will pay the MCYC youth a summer stipend for their work and commitment to Albuquerque’s creative sector.

Interested organizations should fill out and submit the form found at no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2024.

Interested high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent graduates living in the Albuquerque metro area will be eligible to apply later this spring. MCYC provides Albuquerque’s creative youth a safe and meaningful opportunity to develop their skills, build a professional network, and prepare for the future. Besides time with their host sites, the MCYC youth work as a group on other civic engagement projects focused on community building, arts access, and celebrating youth voice. This year's dates are May 29 through July 26 (with the exception of July 4).

If serving as a host site does not fit your organization this year but you are interested in leading a professional development session, we still encourage you to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Delgado at [email protected].

Previous partner organizations include: Various City of Albuquerque departments; Albuquerque Museum; Public Art; Explora; Railyards Market; Fuego Art Studio; Fourteenfifteen Gallery; FUSION; National Institute of Flamenco; T-Shirt Lab; The Children's Hour; Three Sister's Kitchen; Together 4 Brothers; and Working Classroom.