Return to FLYCA

Return to FLYCA

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.

South Carolina YCA Leads the Way

South Carolina YCA Leads the Way

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!

Fort Stewart YCA Kicks Off AMAP 2017

Fort Stewart YCA Kicks Off AMAP 2017

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.

All participants write scripts; then each team votes on one script to produce, which these members of the Lady Phoenix are doing now. 

All participants write scripts; then each team votes on one script to produce, which these members of the Lady Phoenix are doing now. 

Next up, teams select a spokesperson to pitch the scripts to the class. 

Next up, teams select a spokesperson to pitch the scripts to the class. 

Cadets plan the art and animation for the five scenes of their films and immediately get to work on creating it.

Cadets plan the art and animation for the five scenes of their films and immediately get to work on creating it.

After recording voiceover, cadets have the opportunity to animate their own films on the iPad.

After recording voiceover, cadets have the opportunity to animate their own films on the iPad.

Happy Holidays from Royer Studios

Happy Holidays from Royer Studios

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. 

Opening the goodies and learning to use them.

Opening the goodies and learning to use them.

Cadets took turns filling different roles on-set while learning interviewing techniques. 

Cadets took turns filling different roles on-set while learning interviewing techniques. 

Cadets using stop-motion animation to bring their sustainable energy PSAs to life for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. 

Cadets using stop-motion animation to bring their sustainable energy PSAs to life for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. 

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!

Computer Coding Now in AMAP Phase II

Computer Coding Now in AMAP Phase II

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!

Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.
— Steve Jobs

AMAP Studios Launching in 2017

AMAP Studios Launching in 2017

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.

 

Celebrating the Start of AMAP at Fort Stewart YCA

Celebrating the Start of AMAP at Fort Stewart YCA

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!

Welcoming Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy to the AMAP Family!

Welcoming Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy to the AMAP Family!

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.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Phase II cadets at Fort Gordon Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Augusta, Georgia have been producing fantastic media in AMAP Phase II. Here are a few shots of the cadets in action.

Cadets learn lighting, sound, and interviewing techniques while shooting a promo for Youth ChalleNGe.

Cadets learn lighting, sound, and interviewing techniques while shooting a promo for Youth ChalleNGe.

In Phase II audio lessons, cadets work in GarageBand to produce songs and podcasts.

In Phase II audio lessons, cadets work in GarageBand to produce songs and podcasts.

Anything for the shot! Cadets work together to bring their vision to life.

Anything for the shot! Cadets work together to bring their vision to life.

Keep up the great work, Fort Gordon! We hope to see several of you at AMAP Studios.

Congratulations, AMAP Cadets of Gillis W. Long Class 2016-1!

Congratulations, AMAP Cadets of Gillis W. Long Class 2016-1!

This weekend, over 200 cadets graduated the Louisiana Youth ChalleNGe Program at the Gillis W. Long Center, including 17 cadets in Royer Studios' Animate My Action Plan program, two of whom graduated as 5-star cadets, the highest level of achievement in YC.

AMAP Phase II: Endings & Beginnings

AMAP Phase II: Endings & Beginnings

Royer Studios' AMAP Phase II is coming to a close at two locations and just beginning at a third. See what the young leaders in the latest YC cycles have been learning!

Welcome to AnimateMyActionPlan.com

Welcome to AnimateMyActionPlan.com

We'll be expanding AnimateMyActionPlan.com as we expand Animated My Action Plan and look forward to sharing the achievements of Youth ChalleNGe's young leaders who dare to dream and believe.