Welcome to The Beatbox archived website.

The Beatbox youth center pilot project ended in June 2003. With the exception of this messege, this website is as it was the day we closed.
Please check http://www.thebeatbox.org for information on current Beatbox projects.

Thanks for your support, we are currently working on replicating The Beatbox in other communities. Please contact rwells@thebeatbox.org if you are interested in being involved.

I'll be in this rap sh*t till my f*ckin heart stops! - rugged ra

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The first ever e-Beat, The Beatbox's Monthly News - Wednesday, April 02, 2003

In this issue of e-Beat:
1. The Basic Beat
2. Beatbox Program Highlights - This month's e-Beat will introduce you to the BTECH community technology center programs and offerings
3. Featured Class-Technical CAD Drafting
4. Featured Events-Art Walk and the Gorge & Gobble Blowout Regale
5. Got Technology Needs? Take our technology needs assessment survey
6. Experience The Beatbox

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History of The Beatbox. - Friday, February 21, 2003


The roots of The Beatbox can be traced back to the basement of a business in Fairfield, Iowa in August 1999.  19 year-old Roland Wells had recently moved back to Fairfield after living for three years in Atlanta, Georgia and Phoenix, Arizona. He felt that there was a need in Fairfield for shared space where local youth could participate in creative activities and enjoy a supportive and respectful environment enriched with ideas of peer mentoring and expressive freedom.

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Beatbox Youth Dialogue a Success; - Friday, February 21, 2003

Youth Voice Opinions on Poverty

On Saturday November 2, 2002, thirty six local youth ages 15-25 participated in a youth dialogue at The Beatbox youth center sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation. The forum addressed reducing poverty and empowering youth through economic and community development. Mayor Ed Malloy presented an overview of Iowa’s and Jefferson County’s unique economic history and stressed Fairfield’s particular growth in the entrepreneurial sector. Sandy Stevers, director of the DECAT project for the Department of Human Services, shared data from the DECAT project to help the youth put Jefferson County juvenile crime rates and high school drop out rates into perspective with area counties.

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Please fill out the online survey located at: http://www.thebeatbox.org/survey/survey.html, it will help us apply for and receive grant funding.


Please fill out the following needs assessment and fax it back to us.: http://www.thebeatbox.org/needsassessment.pdf, it will help us to decide what programs and classes to offer.


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BTECH - Beatbox Technology Center

Courses Starting Soon:

- Basic Web Design

- A+ Certification
- AutoCAD
- Photoshop


The Beatbox - a virtual tour

Virtual Tour of the Beatbox (jan 2002, needs some updating.)

< vr tour here>


Check out Beatbox Project Websites, Class Websites and Student Websites

Note: Content and views expressed on student websites do not necessarily represent that of The Beatbox or Fairfield Youth Advocacy, Inc. Please direct any questions regarding student websites to btechweb@thebeatbox.org.

Current funding needs:

- 116 N. Court Building Purchase
- Year 2003 Operating Budget
- Special Programs

Please give generously, together we can provide this resource for our community's youth.

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Check out the latest beats and rhymes being produced by beater beaters... mp3s, profiles, info...
BTECH Web Design Course website. Information on the course objectives, lessons, and student websites.
BTECH Digital Film Production Workshopwebsite. Information on the course objectives, lessons, and student films.