CCM students can now apply to participate in the CCM AfterSchool arts education program for the 2016-17 academic year.

The program partners with City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids initiative to unite college students with elementary students in furthering an appreciation and understanding of the arts. For six months during the school year, children are guided through a variety of creative lessons and activities by trained CCM student leaders after school each week.

“This program allows our college student to make a direct impact on the community by connecting them with children in local schools,” said CCM Director of Community Engagement Anne Cushing-Reid. “CCM AfterSchool fosters an appreciation for music, acting, and dance at a young age while also strengthening the professional development and leadership skills of the CCM students.”

The program focuses on providing access to the arts in hands-on lessons that support 21st century learning skills including creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Professional development sessions are provided each semester to familiarize CCM students with curriculum materials and activities as well as techniques for working successfully with elementary school aged children.

Interested CCM students must be at least a second year undergraduate or graduate student in any discipline. Email Anne Cushing-Reid at anne.cushing-reid@uc.edu for more information on the application process.

CCM student leaders are placed into teams and matched with a participating Cincinnati Public School where they lead weekly after-school sessions on topics including: the basics of rythm and beat, singing, instrument making and creative movement.

Potential student leaders will complete a survey that matches their availability to school needs and will also undergo an interview with program coordinators before they are officially hired. Once selected, student leaders receive a small payment for their time. Cincinnatus Scholars may use the program to fulfill service hour requirements in lieu of payment.

The Second Annual Back to School Charity Concert, a student-led fundraiser to support CCM AfterSchool, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Urban Artifact craft brewery. Organized by CCM jazz student James Tillman, the fundraising concert features performances from four bands made up of current CCM students and alumni.

The concert is open to the general public and admission is free but organizers will accept donations to the CCM AfterSchool program in cash or checks, made to the University of Cincinnati Foundation/CCM Whiz Kids. Proceeds go toward curriculum and professional development, materials, on-going assessment and coaching.

For more information visit the concert’s event page.

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