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Programs

SYMTP

Opportunity for All Ages

Summer Youth Musical Theatre Program (SYMTP) remains one of the most engaging project-based learning experiences for youth in the Globe-Miami-San Carlos community. With a focus on drama, including music and stagecraft, we regularly hear of how our participants have grown in confidence and competence on and off the stage. We are proud to share that many of our graduates have pursued the arts professionally and continue to find ways to serve their communities by empowering others.

Master Classes

Productions

Stagecraft

“SYMTP provided me with a safe place and a group of great people that helped me grow into somebody much more daring than I would’ve been had I not joined six years ago.  It planted a seed that was a love for art that grew into a full on passion.”

SYMTP Participant

“As parents, we’ve seen a huge change in our son.  He’s come out of his shyness.  He’s found a place where he belongs with friends who are like family.  Thank you, SYMTP!”

SYMTP Parent

“SYMTP is all about oneness: choral singing as one voice, actors acting as one within a scene, and a bunch of kids coming together from all walks of life to create one show.  And, at the end of the day, we are all one family.”

SYMTP Participant

(X)YMTP

The X of (X)YMTP represents our value of Exploration and Experimentation. Our students and staff are committed to the craft of storytelling through theatre and are challenging themselves to devise and design by exercising their own voice and telling their own stories.

  • Past (X)YMTP Shows
    • James and the Giant Peach, Spring 2016
    • Beauty and the Beast, Spring 2017
    • Les Miserables, Summer 2018
    • Theory of Relativity, Spring 2019
    • Bittersweet Lullaby : Baking Friends : Finding the One : Book Lovers, Spring 2022

Teen Mentorship Program

We believe that there is a sweet spot to personal growth; it is a space where safety and bravery meet. And this is where our teens thrive. Young leaders are stretched and supported, challenged and championed by Monsoon. Many teens have told us that their experience in our mentorship program was formative in their development as people and professionals and gave them a life-long commitment to serve others.

  • The Teen Mentorship program began in 2018 with six teens assisting our staff with Jungle Book Kids.
  • In the last few years, we have equipped dozens of young people, ages 14 to 24, as Mentors, many of whom have grown into leaders in our community and beyond.

Because of the generosity of our funders, we have awarded over $10,000 in higher education scholarships to our young leaders.

“I began the mentorship program wanting to learn how to better interact with children and others in general. What I experienced was way beyond my expectations. I not only learned how to be a better teacher to children younger than me, but I also was able to develop my teamwork and leadership skills. I had many responsibilities assigned to me including coming up with choreography, helping to develop kids’ characters, set building, sound engineering, and many others. Every day I was assigned new tasks that challenged my skills. I learned something new every day because of this.”

– Teen Mentor for The Lion King, JR.

Outreach

Our Outreach Program is an in-school arts outreach program that serves roughly 1500 children annually. Our teaching teams utilize various art modalities including theatre arts, visual arts, music and literary arts in order to encourage creative exploration among our young students. Our outreach classes not only help with literacy and intellectual curiosity, but also build teamwork and social-emotional learning competencies. Through the years, we have received much positive feedback from teachers that their students are more engaged in learning and have grown in confidence and self-expression.

  • The Outreach Program began in 2016 with a focus on theatre arts classes, beginning with local elementary schools in Globe-Miami.
  • In 2018, we developed our own mini-musical theatre curriculum, choosing themes from popular children’s stories like Peter Pan and The Jungle Book.
  • Through the years, we have sponsored field trips at area schools to our youth productions, exposing many children to live theatre for the first time.
  • In 2019, we successfully completed our Year of the Lion project and hosted 1800 children at our production of The Lion King, Jr.
  • The Outreach Program began with the invaluable support of United Fund of Globe-Miami.

“I recently had an IEP for [a student] at Copper Rim.  In the meeting, I talked about how [he] had such a strong sense of self and identity. How he embraces his hearing loss as part of his identity and carried himself with pride. This is not typical for a student with hearing loss at that age. [His] mom credited you and your arts program for part of that strong self-concept.  She said your program really helped him bring out his best self.”

– Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, ASDB – Desert Valleys Regional Cooperative

Midnight Cicadas Robotics

The Midnight Cicadas Robotics teams are proud to label ourselves as a “rural” robotics team. We participate in all FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) programs:

  • FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition)
  • FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge)
  • FLL (FIRST LEGO League)
  • FLL Jr. (FIRST LEGO League Junior)

We have a strong sense of diversity, equity and inclusion. We value each other’s input, ensure every person on the team is contributing, and foster an environment where anyone of any background can find a welcoming, compassionate community, and at the same time excel in the challenges presented to us. Building a robot is not our destination; building a robot is the path we follow to learn, innovate, collaborate, and build character. We use the task of building an incredibly complicated machine in little time under immense pressure while working together as a large team to bring out the best qualities in one another. Our team also strives to be involved in the community by attending as many public events as possible to spread awareness about FIRST robotics.


Monsoon Lab

Monsoon Lab was created in 2020 as an open space for young people to explore new creative projects. This program intentionally makes room for student-directed initiatives, fanning the flame of self-expression and inquiry-based education. Young people are inspired to be, express and share who they are and grow the next measure. The natural byproduct of this venture is community transformation, starting with the grassroots. Monsoon Lab gives youth the freedom to experiment and offers the scaffolding to build the community they dream of!

In spring of 2021, our young people spearheaded community-based projects that were born out of their own dreams and desires. You can read below some of the projects that our teens led.

  • One student worked with 30 elementary and middle school students to create care packages for 60 residents of a local long-term care facility. The residents were so moved by the many notes of love that the kids wrote to them during the long shutdown.
  • Another student tutored middle schoolers who were failing in math at her old school. She was so excited when one of her failing students passed the class with a B, only after a few weeks of working with her.
  • One student piloted art therapy workshops for elementary school students and a separate one for teens that encouraged social and emotional learning. Concerned over the isolation many children experienced during the pandemic, she intentionally focused on art practices that children could continue at home.
  • Two other students raised over a thousand dollars to plant raised bed gardens for families on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. They brought fun craft activities and healthy snacks to share with the children, and were touched by how welcome they felt.
  • Another student taught and played acting games with fifth and sixth graders twice a week for several weeks at her old school. The best part was getting to share her love of theatre with them.