The more people we reach the more lives we impact. That’s why we’re continuously working to create new partnerships and opportunities to expand the ROM book club experience. Our current focus is two new exciting programs designed to increase literacy and encourage empowerment.
The REAL WORD Podcast
ROM is in the planning stages of launching its first podcast, The REAL WORD, a platform for students in lower-income communities to talk about books, life and whatever is on their minds! In this podcast, an ode to MTV’s popular classic reality television show The Real World, a close-knit group of high-school teens from low-income families in California’s San Fernando Valley will reveal themselves through their ROM book club experience. Expressing passion, heartbreak and discovery as they navigate life, apply to college and contemplate the future, it’s captivating and heartwarming. The REAL WORD is a one-of-a-kind intimate look into the minds of today’s at-risk youth offering an extraordinary opportunity to hear today’s important young voices that ordinarily aren’t heard. By giving a voice to this community, The REAL WORD will give its listening audience much-needed fresh insight into our literary culture.
Production for The REAL WORD is set to begin in the fall of 2016 with the podcast making its debut January 2017.
The Artisan Apprentice Program
Through a specially designed mentor relationship with an experienced professional artist, ROM will provide at-risk and previously incarcerated adults an opportunity to learn a craft, gain desirable job skills and build the self-confidence vital for success. Created in partnership with New Earth (www.newearthlife.org), an organization whose mission is to empower youth involved in the juvenile justice system, ROM’s Artisan Apprentice Program will leverage the expertise of Los Angeles artists to educate and inspire young adults in the community to achieve greater potential. During a three-month semester, apprentices will have the opportunity to learn a range of skills through hands-on training to gain practical experience in crafting, production and business management. ROM will assign a related book to read and a trained facilitator will lead discussions exploring the theme and its influence on the creative process. In addition to receiving pay, students will be eligible to earn English credits. The program will culminate in a show of the work created – from metalworking to glass to carpentry – celebrating both creative artistry and the power of successful mentor relationships.
ROM’s 2016 pilot Artisan Apprentice Program will feature LA artisans Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks, Cooper Reynolds Gross of Spark & Dowel and Meyghan Hill of (wh)OREHAüS STUDIOS. Apprentice program funding will be provided through Jewish Vocational Services or a similar work-program funding source.
The Artisan Apprentice Program is slated to launch in October 2016.