Mimicking Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Daddy Yankee and more, middle school-aged students took charge of their first ever “Red Carpet” in Washington Heights, an Oscar-inspired event held on February 15 by La Plaza Beacon Afterschool Program. The students – 90 in total – also directed, worked as stage hands and videotaped the program.
La Plaza Beacon is part of Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division. During after-school hours, La Plaza Beacon’s school-based community center transforms a local school into a thriving neighborhood center. It provides a safe, supervised place where youth go for recreation, cultural activities, homework help and tutoring.
“The Red Carpet event was magic,” La Plaza Beacon Director Leonardo Dominguez said. “We gave them technical support and advise; they learned how to put together a huge event like this by themselves.”