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This year we've been revamping, streamlining, and refocusing all of our programming to better serve our community and Backstory's mission. We are so excited for everything coming up in 2023, including a refresh of our Backstory Youth Leadership Program! 


Important Info:

  • ALL Current BYLP Members will need to reapply for 2023 just the same as prospective new members. (Current seniors are still eligible through the summer)

  • Our Leadership Class offered in January will be a mandatory prerequisite and part of your application process. (There will be multiple ways for students to "attend" this class as needed - more details below and at the parent meeting).

  • Members will be required to volunteer for at least 1 outreach event each year.

  • Members must commit to be mentored by a BST teaching artist and to Co-teach at least 1, 2-week long summer camp class.

  • Parents, with their students, must attend either 1 of the 2 mandatory informational parent meetings. If neither meeting time is an option, you may schedule a time with Mary and/or Kelly to review.

Save the Dates:

  • Becoming A Leader Prerequisite class, may attend in person, hybrid or view class recordings asynchronously. Class will culminate in a portfolio that students applying for BYLP will present at their interview. (All required portfolio items will be created during class time).
    CLASS RUNS: Sat. January 28th  - March 18th at 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Class overview: 
    -Intro to Leadership -Ethics - Creating your Own Code of Ethics (Portfolio item) - Leadership Styles (Portfolio item) - Personality Inventories (Portfolio item) - Success Paradox -Goal Setting (Portfolio item) -Ethical Dilemmas and Case Studies -Resumes, Project Management, Planning & Organizing (Portfolio item/s)

  • BYLP Mandatory Retreat - May 7th - All Day

At the parent meeting we will discuss outreach sign ups for 2023 as well as application deadlines, what to expect with summer co-teaching, and interview dates. Sign ups and further application details will also be shared during class. We will also have the summer teaching schedule ready for your reference - final scheduling conflicts are due by the retreat.


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HUGE THANKS to Kathy and Jose Escobar at #Waterheals for taking us out on the water again this year for a much needed afternoon of fun, bonding, and growing!

BYLP Water Heals Team Building Day 2018

BYLP Water Heals Team Building Day 2018

BYLP Water Heals Team Building Day 2018
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BYLP'S Backstory:

BYLP was developed in 2017 as an extension of BackStory’s work study program for advanced students and in an effort to expand leadership opportunities for students interested in pursuing higher education in the fields of theatre arts, teaching, and public service. It functions as a multi-tiered mentorship program as teens are mentored by adult instructors and teens informally mentor younger performers! Students ages 14-18, identified through peer or instructor recommendation, work in cohorts of three with an adult supervisor to develop summer theater programs for beginning and intermediate performers ages 8-13 which culminate in stage shows at the Broomfield Auditorium. In addition, Youth Leaders collaborate throughout the winter or spring to produce an original play for public performance. Throughout the year, BYLP members teach free workshops in community spaces for local youth as a service project. Participants meet quarterly to review roles and responsibilities and learn essential skills for classroom management, theatrical direction, stage show production, stage management, marketing, and script writing. A Steering Committee is elected from the larger group during their spring learning summit to meet monthly and learn the production and management aspect of the BYLP and the theatre company. In 2019, BYLP members will teach and produce 7 public shows with over 70 young actors through fee-based summer camps, provide 4 free workshops for approximately 40 youth at The Refuge, and produce The Realm, an entirely youth-led production at the Broomfield Auditorium! Though 2020 threw us a few curve balls, our amazing leaders led 6 summer performance classes online and in the studio, adapting to COVID requirements with admirable flexibility and assisted with several free in-person and online workshops throughout the spring and summer!

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