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

Location: About Us
The Basic Beat
History of the Beatbox
Programs and Projects
Friends and Supporters
Advisory Board
BTECH Community Technology Center

The BTECH project is an innovative approach that addresses the needs of youth and adults in the 21st century workplace. Graduates of our technology programs benefit from enhanced digital skills and competitive technical capabilities as they enter or prepare for the work force.

BTECH offers the following courses and resources to bridge the digital divide to which economically and socially isolated rural areas are susceptible.

Basic Digital Film Production Workshop. Technology and art merge in this eight week workshop, which gives students a basic understanding of digital film production theories and techniques. Participants learn production techniques such as scriptwriting, camera operation, and video and audio editing. During the course of the workshop they work with peers to complete four short digital films and a final premier. The workshop meets twice a week for an hour, once in class and once in a web-based class, plus lab sessions and production work.

Basic Web Design Workshop. This eight-week workshop gives students a basic understanding of the techniques and technologies used in web design. Participants learn web concepts from imaging and automation to design strategies and site management, culminating in a finished and uploaded website by each student. The workshop meets twice a week for an hour and a half, plus individual lab sessions.

New Media Workshop. Combining elements of the digital film and web design courses, the eight-week new media workshop teaches students to create multimedia projects on film and the world wide web. Students learn film production techniques and theories as they create three short digital films. The produced websites serve as venues for students' digital films and other creative expressions. The workshop meets twice a week for an hour, plus individual lab sessions and production work.

Video editing studio. The studio provides two computer workstations for students and the public to professionally edit digital videos. Use requires short orientation session on the equipment.

Boiler Room audio recording and editing studio. The studio contains one computer workstation with Digi001 Audio Interface and ProTools for audio production needs. Use requires short orientation session on the equipment.

Microsoft Office and EasyPC Pro software. Expand your basic technology skills with interactive self-paced learning applications for Microsoft Office and PC users. Learn the components of Microsoft Windows, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access or use the Easy PC software and enhance your PC navigation, typing, and Internet exploring ease.

Open Internet lab. Open twelve hours a day, six days a week, the BTECH open Internet lab gives youth and the public access to high-speed computers for research, email, homework, and digital group competitions.


Beatbox Business Development Center (BBDC)

The fundamental goal of The Beatbox Business Development Center is to advance the personal and economic welfare of youth into adulthood and accelerate educational and social experiences through support and services to young entrepreneurs. By supporting healthy financial and business choices early on in the adolescent development stage, the BBDC hopes to impact the professional, creative, and educational development of aspiring entrepreneurs and businesspeople.

BYOB² (Be Your Own Boss/Break Your Own Barriers). Aimed at youth ages 14-24, the BYOB² entrepreneurial workshop will enhance professional opportunities for youth and improve personal choices, leadership skills, and self-concept. The course will expose youth to business concepts from opportunity recognition to financial analysis while they prepare and produce a professional business plan. BYOB² will use course sessions, guest speakers, labs, and experienced mentors from the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association to help stimulate financial and entrepreneurial growth. The workshop meets three times a week for an hour and a half, with two class sessions per week and one alternating guest speaker/lab session.


Beatbox Recreation Programs

The Beatbox's recreational programs provide youth with healthy activities to engage in movement, expression, and social interaction.

Mixing and Deejaying
Live concerts and dances
Pool room