The Lower Bottom Playaz Summer Theater Day Camp offers a free six-week summer program to Oakland youth.
The camp concentrates on helping young people learn to act on stage and in the world. Campers spend time learning the basics of public performance, developing critical literacy, and connecting the benefit of those skills to their everyday lives.
While focusing on the importance of play and the power of imagination, the camp tackles problems that trouble the academic process for inner city youth even when school is in session. The failure to engage youth with curriculum relevant to their daily existence is in part responsible for abysmal public school graduation rates.
During the long idle days of summer, students lose a percentage of the learning gained during the school year. Only 10 percent of American students are engaged in summer enrichment or year-round schools.
The Lower Bottom Playaz day camp offers a caring safe space for youth to thrive. The camp ends Aug. 4, in a free big show and a community celebration that starts at 4 p.m. at Youth Uprising in East Oakland.
To support the work visit, www.lowerbottomplayaz.com To waitlist your child for 2017, contact Dr. Ayodele Nzinga at [email protected]