Digital Youth Leadership Program

A ten-day of digital art, communication, and leadership skills development program in Washington, DC for Argentinian youth from underserved communities. This program immerses Potrero Digital Argentinian teens in the work of Smithsonian ARTLAB+ through mentored labwork, behind-the-scenes tours, and peer-to-peer interaction.

The Smithsonian ARTLAB+ is a free after-school program, an inclusive space at the Hirshhorn Museum, where teens can explore digital media and technical tools, and take workshops to develop their interests and skills.

Potrero Digital is an Argentine digital school in an impoverished community of Buenos Aires, teaching digital skills to youth — and soft skills needed to make them ‘work ready’.

CEDA is inviting two students and their mentor from Potrero Digital in March 2021 (originally in March 2020 but postpone due COVID-19’s quarrantine) to participate in this Program. Students will practice their leadership skills by navigating challenging scenarios and then passing on their experiences through dialogue with their peers back in Argentina.

This initiative is being supported by the Smithsonian Institution, ICANA (Instituto Cultural Argentino Norteamericano), Embassy of the USA in Argentina, Embassy of Argentina in the USA, and mentored by Oscar winner, Argentine film director Juan Jose Campanella.

“Education is the best antidote to poverty.”

Juan José Campanella — Argentine television and film director, writer and producer. He is a prominent figure of cinema, and achieved worldwide fame with the release of The Secret in Their Eyes, for which he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.