Each summer, the City of Rochester provides young people with an opportunity to enhance their experiences by sponsoring the Summer of Opportunity Program. Youths aged 14 to 20 are offered a paid internship to learn the trade of a variety of businesses around Rochester in this job readiness program. They go through interviews conducted by the participating businesses in order to be selected. In addition to on-the-job training, the six week program includes pre-screenings, parent orientation, college visits, professional development training, resume creation and interview skills.
This year, RCTV has the honor of hosting two groups of interns. The morning group of ten youths is working on flash coding and animation under the guidance of Arzouma Kompaoré and Rajesh Barnabas. The afternoon group of thirteen youths is learning media production with Tiffany Walters and Shakierah Smith.
Both groups have enjoyed exposure to guest lecturers in their fields, such as Student Academy Award Nominee Meghdad Asadi Lari and Hollywood coding pro Josh T. Nimoy, who did coding for the movie Tron: Legacy, and who will by skyped in next Wednesday.
The morning animation crew focused on learning flash animation. They designed characters then developed an action script to animate those characters.
Roc Nation, a series of TV programs produced by the afternoon group, included a sports segment, a fitness and wellness section in which the group demonstrated how to make healthy shakes, an informational section, and a do-it-yourself section. During one of the do-it-yourself sections, Tanya Butler, the fashion consultant from Breakthrough Magazine, came in and demonstrated how to make a makeup box.
The students’ parents, families and friends will be invited to attend a closing celebration on Thursday, August 13 to see the final results of the students’ work across the six weeks of their internship.