19 Sep

How to Become a Screenwriter

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a screenwriter? Do you want to tell stories and make people feel things? Are you a creative person who’s always been told “you should write a screenplay!” but have no idea where to start?

If so, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you! Our screenwriting enrichment program is designed to give students the tools they need to write and sell their own original scripts. We’re not just talking about learning how to write dialogue or create compelling characters—we’ll teach you everything from story structure to pitching your work in person.

In this program, you’ll be introduced to the exciting process of writing for the screen, where character, action, plot, and setting are key. You will explore the fundamental elements of screenwriting through writing exercises and weekly live virtual workshop sessions, and develop original ideas into a complete short screenplay through writing exercises. Final written screenplays can be included in your professional portfolios!

The program begins the week of October 24th, 2022, and ends on December 4th, 2022. It is a 5-week program that can be taken by 8th-12th graders working on a computer or laptop.

What are you waiting for?! Join our screenwriting program today!

14 Sep

From Behind the Lens & Beyond- Learn Photography Technique

The national photography competition has been so much fun, here at Stride we have loved seeing all your beautiful photos. If you love taking photos then our Behind the Lens & Beyond program is just what you need to grow with this skill. 

The next program in our photography series is starting soon, October 24, 2022! 

From Behind the Lens and Beyond is a 5-week program that will review the basics of using a camera and examine different photography techniques. Participants will be taught techniques through discussions and live sessions. Each week, participants will learn to examine photos and techniques leading to self-ability to critique their own photos. All while creating a personal PowerPoint portfolio.

The course is designed for beginners looking to get started with photography, as well as those who are more experienced but want an opportunity to learn more about different techniques in photography. The course includes live sessions where you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about your personal projects, as well as discuss your ideas with other students in real-time. You also get access to all recorded sessions so you can watch them again if needed! And at the end of each week, there are assignments for you to complete on your own time—these are designed so that you can continue practicing what you’ve learned throughout the week!

You’ve got a camera. You’re taking photos. Maybe you’re even thinking about how to take better photos. But how do you get the perfect shot? How do you know if your photos are any good? And how do you know how to improve them?

You’re not alone—this is a common problem for photographers at all levels of skill, whether they’re just starting out or have been shooting for years. That’s why we’ve created this program, perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to use their digital camera better or just get started with photography! Click Here to Register. 

30 Aug

Challenge your artistic ability in our Audio/Video Production Program

We’re excited to announce our new Audio and Video Production program, which is the perfect opportunity for students to get their feet wet in the world of audio and video production.

This program, led by Emmett Van Slyke, will introduce students to the foundations of audio and video production through hands-on manipulation of the audio and video assets provided. This includes basic effects treatments and the beginnings of audio/video techniques employed in modern audio/video production using universally available freeware applications.

In this 5-week program, students will learn how to manipulate their own media assets in order to create their very own podcasts, music videos, radio shows, or even commercials! Students will be able to explore their creativity with a working computer/laptop by creating a final project that showcases their new skills!

The program begins the week of October 24, 2022, and lasts 5 weeks. It’s perfect for 6th-12th graders who want to get started in this exciting field! Register today, enrollment ends on September 6, 2022. 

More about Emmett Van Slyke: As a composer, Emmett has scored various feature-length films and shorts. His theatre compositions include Reflecting Poe, The Crucible – for which he received an ACTF Kennedy Center Award, Telling The Truth, for The National Whistle Blowers Symposium, Wolfskinder, and Gemini Vanishing with Moveink at the Sargent Theatre in NYC.

29 Aug

Become Your Own Boss

Do you have an idea for a product or service that you’re just itching to bring to life? But how do you get started? How do you build a business plan? How do you know what steps to take and where to start? 

We have the answer: our popular 10-week Entrepreneurship Program! In this program, we will walk you through the Lean Stack method of developing an in-depth business idea. Then we will use real-world examples and case studies to illustrate how this method works in practice, and by the end of the program, you’ll have developed a comprehensive business plan that can be used on your resume, portfolio, and more!

In addition to learning how to develop a solid business plan, we’ll also cover some basic marketing techniques, so that when you’re finished with this program—and when it’s time for you to start pitching your ideas—you’ll be able to present them with confidence and clarity.

We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of businesses YOU can build with us! Registration for this program ends on September 6, 2022, and space is limited. 

28 Aug

Exploring Your Passion for Graphic Design 

Do you have a passion for art and design? Do you enjoy learning new things? Are you looking for a new way to enhance your portfolio?

If you answered yes to all three of these questions, then our Introduction to Graphic Design is the perfect program for you! In this program, we will explore various design elements like colors, shapes, and images. We will also learn skills to organize and convey information. We will practice strengthening conceptual skills by creating our own personal brand that can be used on your resume or portfolio! You will learn how to create clean, effective products and graphics that can be used in any industry.

This program begins the week of September 12th, 2022. The program is 5 weeks long with one class per week. You’ll need a working laptop or computer for this class. You’ll be able to work on projects at home during your free time as well as during the class time. There will be a final project/portfolio addition at the end of the course where you will present your best designs from the course and present your personal brand.

Not only will this Graphic Design program teach you how to create graphics and products, but it will also help you develop a stronger understanding of who you are as a designer. By taking on projects that have real-world applications outside of school, you’ll be able to see how what you’re learning applies in the real world.

We are excited that you are interested in joining us on this exciting journey! Register today! The program closes for enrollment on September 6, 2022. 

18 Aug

Are you ready to create your own website?

The Wix Editor is a free, intuitive tool that allows you to design, build, and publish your own unique responsive website. This introductory program explores the basics of Wix Editor and website design principles. The Wix Editor contains hundreds of stunning, customizable elements that students can experiment with and explore to create their own site.

In this five-week program, students will learn how to:

  • Choose and customize layout styles for their new site
  • Use text formatting options to add images, links, and even dropdown menus
  • Create custom headers and footers for their pages
  • Upload photos directly from their phones or laptops to their sites using the built-in photo editor
  • Link pages together using hyperlinks (both internal links within their own site as well as external links leading outside of it)

This program is offered in two different sessions.  Each session lasts five weeks, so students who complete both sessions will have more than enough time to create a fully functional and responsive personal website using all the tools they’ve learned over the duration of this program!

Session 1 Begins the week of September 12, 2022

Session 2 Begins the week of October 24, 2022

Registration for 8th-12th graders 

Don’t forget to check out the Intermediate and Advanced programs too! 

13 Aug

Get A Free Stride Enrichment Program Session

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do something new? At Stride, we believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the world of creative expression, so we’re offering you a FREE introductory session for some of our select programs.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, aspiring playwriter, screenwriter, novelist, or are interested in being an engineer—or even if you’re just curious about what these fields entail—we’ve got something for you. Below is a list of our programs that are offering a complimentary intro session; click the title of the program to register for your session. 

Entrepreneurship: This free course will teach you everything from business basics and marketing strategies to social media marketing and digital marketing. You’ll learn how to set up your own business and market it online.

Playwriting: Our playwriting program is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to write a play but didn’t quite know where to start. You’ll learn about character development, plot structure and narrative arc, dialogue techniques, set design, and more in this class!

Screenwriting: If you’re interested in writing for film or television (or just want more practice with your writing), this is the class for you! We’ll introduce you to some of the most common conventions used in screenwriting today and help guide you through creating your own script from scratch.

Writing & Publishing Your Own Novel: With the Write a Novel enrichment program offered by Stride, which is open to teens and adults, you’ll experience in-depth creative writing workshops, weekly feedback, and the guidance and support you need to write a quality novel and help you achieve your literary dreams.

You may have thought about writing a novel before, or maybe even started one. But maybe you didn’t know where to start, or how to make it come together. Or maybe you just got overwhelmed with other things going on in your life. Whatever the reason is that has kept you from writing this story—we want to help!

CPR Training for Teens: This program equips students with the knowledge necessary to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, choking, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, students, and infants.

Introduction to Engineering Drawing Through Autodesk Tinkercad:  Learn the basics of creating 3-D solid models using Autodesk Tinkercad. You will create simple circuits by adding code blocks and building your own drawings. At the end of the program, you will make your own drawing as a final project in Tinkercad. There is a class set up in Tinkercad for you to access, create, and upload assignments. This is a fully hands-on course that meets weekly with the instructor.

Introduction To 3D and Immersive Experience/Game Design: This program explores how to produce 3D and immersive content. It provides a solid foundation for understanding what immersive media is, and students complete research and hands-on projects using the free-to-use, industry-standard Unity software to explore concepts in greater depth. Leave with an understanding of the basics of crafting quality immersive experiences and prepare yourself to take on more advanced studies.

Intermediate Web Design with Wix: This program focuses on user experience design, with students exploring the practices, tools, and mindsets needed to create impactful websites. Students can take inspiration from Wix’s professional design practices and cutting-edge theories to create websites that show off their ideas in compelling ways.

Advanced Web Design & Development with Wix: Wix allows students to skip the setup and go straight into the development of web tools and applications without having to use HTML or CSS. This program covers the basics of JavaScript, Velo – Wix’s coding language and platform, and project-based activities where students will explore topics such as sequencing, user interactions, loops, and variables.

Mobile App Development: Learn how to develop your skills in mobile app development and design, with access to a mobile app that can be deployed on an Apple or Android device. You can connect with peers to share your passion for this growing career field.

CPR Training for Adults: This program will equip you with the knowledge necessary for recognizing, treating, and preventing a variety of first aid emergencies involving adults, students, and infants. During our live sessions, you will watch videos and practice the process of CPR. You’ll also understand why CPR and first aid training are so important to learn. Most heart-related CPR is done in your home or with someone you know, so having the knowledge and being comfortable doing CPR can be lifesaving. 

Beginning From Behind the Lens: Learn all the basics of how to use your camera! You’ll get hands-on experience with three key settings (aperture, ISO, and shutter speed) and have the opportunity to create a personal PowerPoint portfolio by the end of the program.

From Behind the Lens and Beyond: Review the basics of using a camera, while examining different photography techniques. Every week, participants will learn to examine photos and techniques leading to self-ability to critique their own photos.

Introduction to Graphic Design: Learn design elements like colors, shapes, and images as well as skills to organize and convey information. You will use what you learn to create your own personal brand that you can use for your resume, portfolio, and more!