It all began with one hard working student seeking to get more out of her YES Prep experience than the rest. This students name is Andrea Rodriguez. Based on the successful internship program Andrea held for 2 years with Perry Video & Photography, Yes! Prep Northeast has adopted her model of hard work to share with the other students. With the help of Craig Brandenburg, Mark DiBella, and Jack & Julie Perry, the YES Prep Advisory Board was created. The purpose of the board is to bring the best in local Houston video production business talent to the students of YES Prep.
The 2009-2010 year is the charter year of The YES Prep Y Blazers Studios Advisory Board of about 8 volunteer positions to work with the students at Yes! Prep. Yes! Prep has a video production and photography class and business that we will be working with to mentor and help them become knowledgeable video professionals. The structure of the Advisory Board is below.
The Advisory Board met with Mark Dibella and Craig Brandenburg from YES Prep on October 7th at Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant in The Heights from 5-7p. Each board member proudly wore their name tag with slogans like, "I love wedding video and kids!" or "I love motion graphics and kids!" or "I love legal video and kids!". The board has a lot of fun poking at each other. At the meeting, we introduced everyone on the Board, assign months for presentations to the students, and discuss future of board. The enthusiasm for this local business and student participation concept was outstanding! All of the Advisory Board is excited to begin this charter year to connect with the Yes! students. Currently, The Advisory Board has 2 programs:
1) Yes! Learning days
2) Yes! Internships during weekends and summer
The Advisory Board will base its involvement with YES Prep Northeast on these 2 programs. Additionally, The Board has discussed the potential for day long film festivals, during school internships, and other ideas to build on as the relationship with The Advisory Board and YES Prep matures. We are very excited to have such talented businesses share their expertise and experiences with YES Prep.
2009-2011 Advisory Board Members are:
Permanent Directors - Craig Brandenburg, Mark Dibella
Rotating Director - Jack Perry, Perry Video & Photography
Officers - Ken Kosub - XL Films
Trevor Brock - Legal Media
Pam Radford - Legal Media
Harrison Smith - Neko Neko Films
Mike Alderer - Title Safe
Scott Szabo - Szabo Sound and Music
Kevin Fitzpatrick - Brain Wavz Graphics
Just like Andrea Rodriguez trained and worked with Perry Video & Photography 2 years ago, more YES Prep students are eager to take advantage of these wonderful connections and learning opportunities with the Advisory Board Businesses.
YES Prep Public Schools are Houston area Charter School nationally ranked for it's entrepreneurial approach to teaching high school students. At YES Prep Northeast Campus, they have a very unique video production program. In the past 2 yrs, they have even formed a business for the students within the school. All money earned goes back to the Video program. In 2009, The Advisory Board for YBlazers Studios was created to connect local Houston, Texas video production companies with the students for learning days and internships.