The NABFEME YOUTH MASTERS Program
Focus on the Future
NABFEME Youth Masters is an interactive learning program that serves as the catalyst for the next generation of entertainment industry professionals. NABFEME Youth Masters is presented by the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. through the organization’s Donna M. Moore Scholarship Program.
Working as a voluntary partnership between entertainment industry professionals and various learning institutions, NABFEME Youth Masters provides insight and direction to students concerning potential entertainment industry careers and how to prepare for them. The program, first introduced to the students of Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn, New York, brings accomplished entertainment executives into the classroom to present an insider’s perspective on working in the music and entertainment industry. Students receive direct access to working entertainment professionals; the interaction provided increases their awareness about the range of career options that are available within the industry. The participating executives are known as NABFEME VPs (Visiting Professionals), who also participate in related activities such as networking sessions, seminars and mock job interviews.
Each NABFEME Youth Masters session begins with a panel comprised of entertainment industry professionals from various disciplines interacting with students in a talk-show type format. If available, after the panel discussion, students have the opportunity to attend a pre-arranged field trip to an entertainment industry related workplace and physically witness career techniques in engineering, production, marketing, television, public relations, music video production, graphic design, fashion and new media to name a few.
Since its launch in the spring of 2006, NABFEME Youth Masters participants have included behind-the-scenes music professionals such as engineers, fashion models, athletes, film producers, songwriters, music publishers, casting agents, newscasters, artist managers, video directors, attorneys, label executives and much more.
NABFEME YOUTH MASTERS MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of NABFEME Youth Masters is to share learning experiences with today’s youth while cultivating new leaders and inspiring academic achievement through committed involvement and professional excellence.
NABFEME Youth Masters:
- Exposes students to working professionals in various fields of entertainment and through that direct contact the program familiarizes students with the demands and expectations of those particular fields.
- Prepares students to become the sophisticated and well-prepared employees that the business community and entertainment companies are seeking.
- Provides for professionals and corporations, who are interested in giving back to the community, an opportunity to help ambitious students achieve their goals.
Donna M. Moore Scholarship is a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc.