Central Valley Scholars & ExpresArte Present

The Black Youth



About The Program

In collaboration with ExpresArte Cultural Wellness Collective, 

the Black Youth Empowerment Program creates a network of Black leadership across the Central Valley, and advances Black wellness, education, creativity, and empowerment of the Diaspora. Participants will receive a $100 award for completion of the program and a welcome package. The key goals of this program are to:

  • Hold space for Black Central Valley youth to learn about their identities, histories and wellness, as well as to celebrate themselves and their own excellence. 

  • Create a network of young Black Leadership rooted in the Central Valley to serve as themtors for future cohorts.

  • Students can use arts and culture to express and self-reflect on their personal journeys.


Amir Williams, BYEP 2021 Alum

Program Details


  • This is a five-week summer program beginning July 6, 2021 and ending August 5, 2021.

  • Program sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. 


  • Must be a current high school, continuation school, charter school, or G.E.D school student in the San Joaquin Valley

  • Must identify as person who is Black.


  • The application closed on June 16, 2021. 

  • The 2022 application will be available next year.

  • For any questions or accommodations please contact us.

Program Curriculum

Session 1: Introduction and Terminology 

Date: July 6, 4:30 pm - 6 pm

Students will create group guidelines and begin to build community with each other through team building exercises and icebreakers. They will learn key terms (such as microaggressions, intersectionality, decolonization, and colorism) which will serve as a foundation for the following sessions.


Julianna Swilley (She/Her)

About The Founder

Julianna is proudly from Dinuba, California and a recent graduate of UCLA. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Education and Visual and Performing Arts Education and is currently working as a teaching assistant at an LA-based elementary school and as an educator at the Hammer Museum. Julianna has a passion for education and is committed to increasing equity and access of higher education for underrepresented communities. As part of the Central Valley Scholars team, Julianna hopes to empower students by seeking out resources and opportunities for communities all across the Central Valley.

Have additional questions? Contact Us. Black Youth Empowerment Program Terms And Conditions.