Our recent visit to Alaska Military Youth Academy produced some of our best animations yet!
Our recent visit to Alaska Military Youth Academy produced some of our best animations yet!
For the second cycle, AMAP has partnered with CHUM, which provides therapeutic riding to cadets at Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy.
New year, new ChalleNGe cycle begins! Our AMAP tour is well underway.
The recent graduates of Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy will continue their education or enter the workforce with employable media arts skills thanks to AMAP P2+.
Royer Studios’ AMAP goes north…all the way to the Alaska Military Youth Academy!
Royer Studios launches Animate My Action Plan at Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy!
Royer Studios is thrilled to have been awarded an additional three years of grant funding from the Office of Naval Research to continue empowering Youth ChalleNGe cadets through Animate My Action Plan.
These additional fund allow us to service more sites and continue exploring new ways of creating value for cadets and preparing them for the 21st Century workforce, through programs like AMAP Studios and AMAP P2+.
The first new site on our roster is Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy - Salemburg, one of two North Carolina academies.
In addition to a wonderful production, this was one of the finest premieres we’ve done in a long time! Many thanks to COL Timmons for organizing such a successful event! It meant a lot to the cadets that their teachers and staff were there to see their dreams come to life on the big screen.
Congratulations to AMAP Studios grad and future Red Bull-sponsored sky diver, Ryan Loggins!
AMAP P2 at the beautiful Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy.
AMAP’s latest evolution is off to a fantastic start at the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy.
Each week, all cadets participate in AMAP P2+ as an extra-curricular digital media class where they learn how to produce a form of media such as photographs, audio recordings, graphic designs, and videos. In this setting cadets strengthen skills such as creativity and imagination, critical thinking, and collaboration and teamwork.
Royer Studios’ facilitator, regional Emmy-award winning filmmaker, former University Professor, and U.S. Army Veteran, Mr. Vasquez, works with the Academy’s general education teachers to craft lessons in which cadets use their new skills in the GE classroom. The lessons are aligned with Michigan Academic Standards and GED Test Standards to prepare cadets for their upcoming exams in science, math, English, and social studies.
Cadets make and express personal connections to the topics they’re studying as they complete each phase of media production. This process encourages active learning, reinforces comprehension and retention of subject matter, and aids in cadets’ understanding of abstract concepts.
After successfully implementing Animate My Action Plan Phase II in eight Youth ChalleNGe Academies over the past three years, Royer Studios is excited to announce an pilot of a new iteration of the program, making media arts training available to more cadets than ever before.
Working with our partners, the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, Royer Studios has developed a pathway for all cadets to participate in entry-level vocational training focused on the acquisition of 21st Century workforce skills through digital media production. The updated program is designed to give cadets a competitive edge as they graduate Youth ChalleNGe and pursue higher education or enter the workforce.
Every platoon participates in one extracurricular class each week where they learn the fundamentals of producing media, ranging from photos and videos to graphic design and audio engineering. Cadets work individually on their own iPads to learn core concepts they are expected to use in the traditional classroom. These classes are facilitated by a multi-media professional with the assistance of two Youth ChalleNGe AMAP Studios graduates who serve as peer mentors while continuing their media arts education.
The real magic happens in the traditional classroom where cadets receive their education in preparation for a High School Diploma or GED. To keep creativity at the forefront of the educational spectrum, while also fostering “hard skills” like STEM, Royer Studios emphasizes the arts, the “A” in STEAM education.
In daily classes, including English, social studies, math, and science, cadets are grouped into cooperative learning “production teams” where everyone plays a critical role in the successful creation of a piece of media connected to what they are learning in the respective class.
This includes creating photo stories that explain a book being read by the class, recording podcasts about the periodic table of elements, shooting movie trailers to highlight an aspect of American history, and using graphic design to demystify slopes in math.
Stay tuned for the latest updates on AMAP and our new project at MYCA.
For the past 14 weeks, these Youth ChalleNGe graduates have immersed themselves in a media arts curriculum at AMAP Studios, located in Fort Stewart, Georgia. From animating and editing Phase I films for YC sites across the country to volunteering at the Savannah Film Festival to shooting a video highlighting The Jumping Place's efforts to raise funds for veterans, these teens have been busy!
With employable skills, resumes, and business cards in hand, it's time for the Eagles to leave the nest and soar!
February was busy as could be with three sites starting AMAP Phase I, one of which was FLYCA. Returning to Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy is always somewhat of a homecoming for us. When we piloted the program in summer 2014, we got to spend two weeks with these fine folks and learn about Youth ChalleNGe through their eyes.
Over two years later, the staff is just as wonderful and the program just as impressive. Oh - and of all the sites we've visited, FLYCA's food is still the yummiest! FLYCA certainly sets the standard of excellence for cadets to follow.
It was a true joy to be back in the presence of their four colorful platoons, known as Cougars, Wolf Pack, Bull Dogs, and Scorpions. Check out their handiwork below.
When creating Animate My Action Plan, Royer Studios strove for sustainability. We wanted to create a program that could outlive the grant funding and benefit cadets for years to come. To do this, we've focused on building capacity and training staff at each site.
South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy has been our first self-sufficient site, and last month their skilled staff implemented Phase I without the support of Royer Studios.
While we were sad to miss out on knowing another class of cadets, we are excited to see how well the SCYCA staff took to the program and brought it to life with excellence.
Great work, everybody!
2017 is bound to be a big year for Royer Studios and Animate My Action Plan. We'll be rounding out our roster with another Youth ChalleNGe academy, continuing the program at our existing seven sites, and preparing for the summer launch of AMAP Studios, a tuition-free vocational training program for AMAP Phase II graduates.
Fort Stewart helped us get the party started with Phase I for their latest class of cadets.
In Phase I, all cadets participate in the creation of animated short films in which they get to share their stories, highlighting their plans for success following graduation. Cadets have less than six hours to brainstorm ideas, write scripts, plan artwork and animation, create original artwork for five scenes, and record voiceover.
It's a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time and is made possible by teamwork.
On our last AMAP outing of the cycle, we got to visit the cadets at the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy at Barbers Point for a video production intensive and animation workshop.
It already felt like Christmas as we had several boxes of brand new production equipment to open and assemble.
Cadets did such a great job filming interviews that we plan on using several of them to show Phase I cadets what AMAP Phase II is all about.
It's been a fantastic year for Royer Studios as Animate My Action Plan has expanded and taken us all across the country in service to youth.
We look forward to continuing the journey in 2017 and thank you for your support of AMAP!
AMAP Phase II offers Youth ChalleNGe cadets the opportunity to gain hands-on experience learning media arts and the careers associated with different creative disciplines.
We knew we wanted to include coding, yet needed to find the right app; it had to be accessible to cadets at all levels. Thankfully, we found Hopscotch, which is wonderful for introducing coding to learners of all ages.
Needless to say, cadets have been impressing us with their results!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 11% by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As technology advances and production companies and video freelancers are working with exciting new content delivery methods, such as mobile devices and online TV, there is a higher demand for content, leading to more work for camera operators, editors, audio engineers, multi-media artists, producers, directors, and more.
AMAP Phase III, also known as AMAP Studios, offers exceptional Phase II graduates the opportunity to participate in a cost-free vocational training intensive focused on media development for the internet, including film and television production.
In this 18-week residential program participants, referred to as Eagles, receive over 800 hours of hands-on training and education through partnerships with local community colleges as well as mentorship from entertainment industry professionals. Accreditation of the program is underway.
Royer Studios and the National Guard Youth Foundation coordinate with a network of businesses across the country to support Eagles in securing entry-level employment in promising fields where they can quickly experience professional growth.
Scholarship opportunities for Eagles pursuing higher education are also available.
We'll keep you posted as AMAP Studios launches.
It's been a big year for Royer Studios as we welcome more sites to be a part of the Animate My Action Plan program.
The latest site to join our ranks is extra special, because they were the very first Youth ChalleNGe Academy in 1993, and they are one of the largest in the country.
Ladies, and gents...FORT STEWART YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY!
Nestled in the mountainous woods of Pierce, Idaho, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is transforming the lives of Idaho teens. Royer Studios is excited to announce that IDYCA is the latest site to include Animate My Action Plan in their 22.5 week program.