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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 $250 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.

As part of this program, students will engage in a creative project that asks students to produce an artistic work such as a short story, a series of poems, a painting, a photographic essay, a collage, a sculpture, a musical composition, a film or video, etc., in response to a content element of the program. This project will serve as a reflection of students' personal growth and learning throughout the program.


Amir Williams (He/Him)

BYEP 2021 Alum

Program Details


  • This is a five-week summer program beginning July 5, 2022 and ending August 4, 2022.

  • Program sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 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 Black and/or African American.


  • Applications are currently closed and will re-open March 2023.

  • For any questions or accommodations please contact us.

Program Curriculum

Session 1: Introduction and Terminology 

Date: July 5, 4:00 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 student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously, she earned her B.A. in Psychology with minors in Education and Visual and Performing Arts Education. As a biracial, Black and Mexican-American, woman she is committed to increasing access and representation of BIPoC communities. Julianna has a passion for education and is committed to increasing equity and access to higher education and visual and performing arts 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.

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