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There’s always something happening at CATC, from the rich stories of individual urban teens finding new hope and opportunity, to our twice-annual themed student art shows, or the excitement of seniors creating their futures through Bridging the Gap. Here are some ideas for stories. For appointments or interviews: Gail Silver at or 513.475.0002

School’s out for summer but not for CATC students. Here’s a sampling of the remarkable summer opportunities for our students during CATC “Opportunity Summer.”

Yellowstone expedition will open eyes and doors for 10 Cincinnati teens. CATC students are preparing for the trip of a lifetime, and experiences seldom if ever available to these urban, mostly at-risk teens.  In preparation for their August trip to Yellowstone National Park, they are studying Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey, to make the most of their personal growth through this trip.  Story opportunities include:
* various preparatory trips, such as the July 10, 2015 visit to the Cincinnati Zoo with Director Thane Maynard their personal guide to learn about wild animals they’re likely to see at Yellowstone.
* interview a student or too regarding their excitement, fears (first time flying, wild animals, all new experiences) and hopes for the trip, then after regarding what they learned, how they grew
* daily journal entries from the students at Yellowstone, with their photos, sketches, and brief observations about how the Yellowstone experience is helping them to understand the how lessons of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey apply to their own lives.
* Returning students mentoring other CATC students starting this fall, in the lessons of the Hero’s Journey as a path to successful lives

Training for meaningful careers, with Bridging the Gap:  All summer, recently graduated seniors are training in various career paths, including as nursing assistants (Cincinnati Children’s is primary partner), through the CATC Bridging the Gap workforce development program. BTG springs off of the arts-based programming that helps them achieve graduation, with supports to enable them to succeed after graduation.  Three of the  students have been selected  for a seven-week nursing leadership course at U.C.’s College of Nursing. More detail in release.

DAAPCamps.  Three CATC students are completing a week at DAAPCamps right now, with scholarships to this renowned program that attracts students from all over the country and world to explore their interest in various  design careers. The public exhibition of their work is this Saturday morning, June 27.  Details follow:

“I want to design something that will change the world.”  So said Destiny B., one of three CATC students headed for the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Camp, a weeklong summer enrichment program for high school students interested in architecture, fine art, graphic design, industrial design, fashion design, and interior design.

CATC and four Cincinnati area public schools participated in DAAP Alliance. The year-long initiative, designed to increase diversity in design-based careers, is sponsored by the U.C.’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and  Procter & Gamble. At the end of the school year, three CATC students showing promise for design careers were granted scholarships to DAAPCamp. The weeklong, on-campus program attracts students from dozens of U.S. high schools and some international students. It includes field trips and hands-on work in various design fields. The experience will give them an advance look at college life and steep them in the work and networks of their career interests.

Alexis P. be in the fashion design program. He says he’s looking forward to getting a glimpse of what it will be like to be in college and on his own, and the chance to develop his creative voice. Tyree B., who wants to be an engineer, says he knows that any type of design training will be useful and will be either in the architecture and interior design program or the shoe design program. Destiny, who wants to design something that will change the world, has elected fashion design.

The weeklong program begins Sunday June 21 and culminates on Saturday, June 27, with a graduation ceremony and an open-to-the-public exhibition of the work they produced during the week.

Ongoing story opportunities:
CATC results, how and why the arts can level the playing field for urban teens
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Stories about aspiring Bridging the Gap students and successful graduates.
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Student twice-yearly art shows

Spring college tours

Museum and gallery tours