The BAI program is distinct within the ecosystem of summer youth employment programs in Boston due to its integration of the arts as a central facet of the program model. Potential interns are recruited by the PIC knowing that their worksites will be arts-focused organizations. The interns’ interest in the arts and identity as artists are key elements of program recruitment.
In addition, the program incorporates a CYD approach and philosophy into the program design, which along with creativity and art-making includes: elevating youth voice and leadership; teamwork; self-identity, and connection building. The program model intentionally includes opportunities for the interns to share their art-making with one another and to work together in small teams. The program also offers ways for them to make connections with an array of potential mentors and adults via their worksite supervisors and the program partners (826 Boston, executive coach Muadi Dibinga, College Advising Corps) along with the EdVestors Internship and Program Coordinator.