Youth Programs


Are you interested in the arts?! Do you want to nurture your creative side as you develop key social and leadership skills?! If so, CLE|LEAD is the space for you!

We encourage young people to join us in exploring their future dreams through advancing their art talents and meeting new friends. Picture it: state of the art creative studios with cameras, 3D printers, pottery wheels, lights, backdrops, painting murals, sketching models, and computers. In addition to the amazing building. The staff are just as cool! Steph, Mrs. Eddy, Mr. Banks, BAM, and Anastasia are all professional teaching artists and facilitators with different backgrounds and experiences.

CLE|LEAD = leadership, building positive community, and Social-Emotional Learning!

So what we are really saying is that the program is here to empower folks to improve the skills that we all need to be successful, drama-free, happier, and fulfilled in the world. We offer classes in the following areas:

    1. Ceramics/Sculpting (pottery wheel, hand building, state of the art kilns, lots of clay)
    2. Photography (work with professional models, high-quality digital cameras, studio, and onsite shoots)
    3. Graphic Arts (Screen printing, t-shirt design, 3D printing, Photoshop, Illustrator, Wacom Tablets, and more)
    4. Painting & Drawing (sketching, acrylic painting, still lifes, public mural projects, color theory, design, and mixology)

    Join CLE|LEAD at NewBridge and spend this school year developing and improving your skills 3 days a week after school. Set yourself up to make money, think for yourself, and be a part of a positive community. Not only will you have fun, but if you finish out the year you’ll be eligible for a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Pre-College Program. CLE|LEAD also provides bus tickets and snacks. Also, did we mention that this program is free?

    Must Have Info:

    • CLE|LEAD at NewBridge Cleveland starts on October 1st and ends on April 26th. It's a commitment and it's worth it!
    • Have questions? Email BAM at or call her at 216-205-4577.
    • You are not officially enrolled until you interview with NewBridge staff. Reach out today!

    NewBridge is currently working with Design Lab Early College, East Technical High School, John Adams - College & Career, School of One - Glenville & Colinwood, John Hay (Early College, Architecture & Design, Science & Medicine), Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Cleveland School of the Arts, MLK Jr. High School, Cleveland Early College, Lincoln West School of Science and Health, and High School for Digital Arts for the 2018-2019 school year. If you do not attend one of these schools email BAM for other opportunities.


CLE|LEAD Part II Summer

Fast forward to June 2019! You’ve been with us for 6 months and you are ready to gain job experience, earn money, and positively impact Cleveland. NewBridge will interview and hire a group of students to work as camp counselors and community ambassadors (painting murals, planning projects, and mentoring middle schoolers). For six weeks you will work and train with NewBridge staff, improve your resume, and gain experience you will need to find a job in the future!

Courses taught during this program are:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Arts
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography


Let’s say you really liked your time at NewBridge. Good news! You can come back as long as you’re still in high school. Returning students return as youth leaders who lead the way for new students as they enter CLE|LEAD Part I!


Cleveland Institute of Art’s Pre-College Program

Imagine: you’ve completed CLE|LEAD Part I and you are ready for a college experience! CIA generously provides eligible NewBridge students with a full scholarship to attend the Pre-College Program. You will get to live on campus, experience college classes, earn college credit, see what dorm life is all about, and make new friends all while creating amazing artwork to build your portfolio!