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
“bulb is really simple to work with. I’m used to Twitter and Facebook so bulb’s page layout with the banner and headshot seemed very familiar to me. It’s easy to design a portfolio that looks professional, but still says a lot about your personality and your talents.” —Khue Tran, Junior
Khue’s bulb showcases her skills as a writer and her growing passion for photography and video production. Along with nine other E4 students from Pflugerville, Khue’s excellent portfolio and mastery of E4’s employability curriculum earned her a badge for SXSW 2017, where she had the opportunity to network with other young creatives and industry professionals. Browse Khue’s portfolio here.
“Once you get a feel for organizing your work in collections and pages, bulb is super straightforward and streamlined. With bulb you can clearly outline the message behind your personal projects and explain how you contributed to the work if it was a group effort. The asset library is really helpful if you use bulb as an archive for your work, but you can also embed videos hosted on other sites in your portfolio, which is useful if a lot of your stuff is on YouTube or Vimeo.”
E4’s first full year, in 2016, with bulb was of great success.
With the Employability Curriculum in place, E4 Youth has launched 6 new enrichment clubs serving 100+ students in Austin schools and community organizations, 28 students earned SXSW (South By Southwest) badges and three students receive paid internships at GSD&M, where they developed and pitched a campaign for Southwest Airlines.
“We’re very fortunate to be partnered with bulb. They really seem to understand what E4 is working towards, and having the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of such a cool platform has been awesome for our students.” —E4’s Education Director, Humberto Perez.
To see more of what the high school students are creating through the E4Youth program, visit their bulb digital portfolios: