Kea’au Youth Business Center Adding New Classes

Kea`au Youth Business Center (KYBC), an award-winning program, is proud to announce a new round of After-School training classes starting in April. These 7- to 8-weekly classes are hands-on and students aged 13-19 years old will have the opportunity to train with professionals in the field and participate in “real world” projects which serve the community and develop skills for the 21st century.

Recently celebrated it’s 5th birthday, Keaau Youth Business Center has served many area youths and a new round of after-school program is slated to start in April. Pictured from left to right: Attendees of the KYBC 5th birthday bash – Larry Czerwonka, Board member of Grassroots Community Development Group; Aunty Ulu, Hawaiian cultural practitioner; Trina Nahm-Mijo, KYBC Director; J Yoshimoto, Hawaii County Councilman District 3; Charmaine Shigemura, County of Hawaii Executive Assistant; Fred Blas, Hawaii County Councilman District 5, and Gil Kahele, State Senator for Hawaii Island District 2.

Starting Monday April 2, vocal artist and sound engineer Damon Williams will run a 7-weekly “Sound Recording/Music Production” class  from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Learn the art of music production and pop, island, hip-hop, rock, and alternative music making in KYBC’s professional studio. Topics such as recording, editing, mixing, and mastering will be covered.  Students are encouraged to bring their original material for the recording sessions. Fee is $40/person.

Also starting April 2, Chef Extraordinaire Jon Aynessazian will be offering an “Ohana Culinary Arts” class from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. High school students interested in the culinary arts? Bring your moms, dads, aunties, uncles, or tutus and learn to cook with your ohana. No matter what your experience level is, you can prepare foods that are easy, yummy and healthy. Other kitchen basics will be covered as well. A team of two can sign up for this 8-weekly class for $50, with cooking ingredients included in this fee.

On Wednesday April 4 starts a “Story in Pictures: Creating the Graphic Novel” class, from 3:00-5:00pm. Illustrator and author Diane Thornton will help you create your own mini graphic novel; no prior drawing experience is required. Learn drawing basics, language of comics, story sequence, composition, character development, and much more. Basic Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills may be covered as well. Fee for this 8-weekly class is $40/student.

To register for any of these classes, please log onto: www.kybc808.com and fill out the application and consent forms. Class enrollment is limited so sign up today!

KYBC is located at 16-540 Kea`au-Pahoa Highway, Ste. 6, in Kea`au Town Center across Ace Hardware.  For questions, please call Lily at 966-6354.

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