E4Youth helps high school students find and prepare for employment opportunities by showcasing their digital portfolios to industry professionals at their annual event.
E4 Youth (E4Y) is an Austin-based, non-profit organization founded in 2009, with a mission is to help bridge the gap between underserved youth and creative commercial arts careers by identifying, nurturing, and promoting talent through training, mentoring and internships.
During their annual event, A Night with E4 Youth, they feature E4 Youth high school participants as they talk about their experiences and showcase their creative media work. The students use bulb to showcase their creative digital portfolios, as industry professionals visit with them at their booths. Students in the enrichment programs throughout Austin have been creating bulb digital portfolios as part of E4’s newly implemented Employability Curriculum. The annual event is also a way to recognize their partners, coaches, educators, creative college mentors, and students for their accomplishments.
With bulb’s simple and intuitive UI, professional and highly customizable design, and collaborative features, E4Y believes their partnership with bulb helps students take their first steps toward a career in the creative industry. Since E4’s first experience with bulb in 2016, their partnership has been overwhelmingly positive.
Here is what a few of the students and mentors from E4Youth have to say about using bulb to showcase their work
“Your resume says a lot about what you can do, but a portfolio is a much more tactile representation of your talents. It’s one thing to just mention all the projects you’ve worked on in bullet points, but being able to curate your past accomplishments in a cohesive portfolio not only demonstrates the breadth and variety of your skills, but also your growth and development as a creative.” —E4Youth Founder, Carl Settles.
“When students first start getting involved with E4, they all come into the program with different levels of experience as content producers. One of my favorite things about bulb is that using it helps students regardless of where they are on that spectrum. If you’re just starting to take an inventory of your skills and you’re not sure what projects you want to showcase, developing a portfolio on bulb can help you identify what you’re already good at, as well as what parts of your skillset you need to focus on as you continue to work on new projects. Or, if you’ve already have a lot of content and you have a good feel for what your interests are, bulb is still a great way to collect and curate your projects in a cohesive package. It’s a really great exercise in professionalism that isn’t typically covered in your average public school curriculum” —E4 Creative College Mentor, Alex Sifuentez
“If anyone wants to know who you are or what’s significant about you, your portfolio is exactly that. It shows all of the creative works you’ve compiled over time across different mediums. If you just put all your photos on Facebook and all your music on Soundcloud, for example, when potential employers or collaborators are trying to look you up, it’s harder to find all of your content and to get a sense of who you are as an artist. When you have all your work in one place, your audience has a better understanding of the kind of creator you are and what you’re like to work with.” —Santiago Dent, Sophmore
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