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East side summer program combats boredom

A group of parents is bringing students together to learn skills that will help them in high school and beyond.

A quick BINGO icebreaker transforms strangers into a troupe.

"I haven't really met all the kids, but some of them have some really bright futures ahead of them," said high school senior Clarence Springs.

This is how a summer of shaping bright futures begins. Over the next six weeks, two dozen teenagers will become playwrights, as part of a fine-arts workshop with Project Alert and East Point Promise Prevention Coalition.

"We wanted them to be exposed to different things, and their voices to be heard," explains Adrianne Houses of East Point Promise Prevention Coalition. "That's why they'll be the ones writing the play, directing the play, participating in the play."

Through teamwork and hard work, these kids will channel niche skills and talents they hope to use after high school. But it's not just a workshop for aspiring actors. Program organizers say it's for any kid with a creative side. Future directors, producers, makeup artists, fashion designers, and videographers are all part of the group.

The six-week workshop is funded by community donations, so students can attend for free.

And if fun isn't enough incentive to attend - good attendance means some rewarding field trips.

"Every Thursday we are going on college excursion trips...University of Houston, TSU, UT," said Houses.

They will also experience etiquette classes and a fine dining course during the six weeks - showing students that a summer at home can still be a meaningful summer outside of the house.

Teenagers can late register for the workshop at the Barbara Jordan Center Tuesday, June 12, at 9 a.m.

Donations of spiral notebooks, water, and packaged snacks can be dropped off during the next six weeks at the Barbara Jordan Center.

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