Tuesdays in the Triangle start for youth
By Vanessa Lange, BPDC Youth Development Director
The southwest corner of West Park along W. 130th St., also known as “The Triangle”, has long been an area of the neighborhood with few quality afterschool opportunities for youth. Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation, in partnership with Councilman Brian Kazy and West Preparatory Academy, is taking the first steps to change that situation in 2016. A new program, “Tuesdays in the Triangle” is being offered for 5th-8th grade students after school afternoons January through April. This new program will offer a variety of opportunities for youth to pursue their interests and learn new skills.
Starting in January, teaching artist Jessica Hodges of the Antaeus Dance Company will teach hip-hop, jazz, and modern styles. In March, the youth will delve into the world of video game design using Game Maker Studio, provided by the GigaLearn technology education program. The year will finish up in April with a mixed media art class provided by Art House, which will feature creative projects such as papermaking and collage.
All “Tuesdays in the Triangle” programs will be held at West Preparatory Academy on Crossburn Ave. Principal Jennifer Heyman is excited to open the school’s doors to the community and provide a safe space for youth to go after school. While the program is starting off small with Tuesdays for an hour after school, West Preparatory is open to the possibility of expanding hours in the future. Councilman Kazy is particularly committed to increasing access to youth opportunities in this part of the neighborhood and has hopes of eventually opening a space where youth can go every day after school.
“Tuesdays in the Triangle” programming is funded by the Cuyahoga County Council through the Starting Point Out-of-School Time grant program. Funds have been committed for the 2015-2016 school year, with the potential for renewal for an additional two years. Additional funding will be pursued to expand offerings in the future.
All programs are expected to fill up quickly. Early registration is recommended. Registration forms are available online at Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation, West Preparatory Academy, and online at www.bpdc.org. Please direct any questions to Vanessa at (216) 671-2710 or email.
|Tuesdays in the Triangle Program Schedule|
|Dance||Jan. 12- Feb. 16||4:15-5:30pm||Tuesday Jan. 5|
|Video Game Design||March 1 – 22||4:15-5:30pm||Tuesday Feb. 23|
|Mixed Media Art||April 5 – May 3||4:15-5:30pm||Tuesday March 22|