WEEN Academy

The WEEN academy is a 4-week crash course that molds young women of color between the ages of 18-26 to spark change.

Our curriculum covers branding, on-air talent, philanthropy, event planning, self-esteem, social justice, and entrepreneurship. Through lectures, technology, workshops, social service projects and field trips our students are exposed to inside knowledge that promotes innovation and activism.

As a result of the tools and resources provided, our alumni have been afforded the opportunities to intern and work with some of the most reputable companies in music, fashion, technology, public relations, government, television and radio.

How can I become a WEEN academy student?

Candidates must attend a special virtual audition (due to COVID). Each candidate will undergo a series of group and individual interviews about your desired life path, interests, skills, current events and industry knowledge in front of a panel of judges.  Judges pick the top 50 ladies to make the academy

What are the qualifications to audition?

Candidates wishing to audition must be women of color ages 18+ (must turn 18 on or before July 1 of the calendar year). A college degree is not required. Candidate must RSVP for in-person auditions, submit an application and undergo a rigorous auditioning process of panel interviews. Candidates do not have to have major experience already within the entertainment industry.

Where is the academy & how long is it?

Normally, the academy is held the entire month of July from 8:30am-1:30pm in New York City. Due to COVID, we are holding a special WEEN Academy the entire month of July for 2hrs each evening M-F. (2Hr time frame TBD)

How much does it cost?

Virtual academy: Tuition and books are free of charge.

In-person academy: Tuition, books, and lecture lunches are free of charge. Students must research, find and pay for (read more) their own housing, and costs of transportation to and within NYC for the month of July. We encourage students to hustle and secure part-time jobs in NYC to offset any costs. Part of the WEEN academy experience is multi-tasking and critically navigating life in NYC. Those that want to be in NYC find a way to be here.

What is the benefit of being a WEEN academy student?

Aside from access to inside knowledge from leading industry executives and an instant global network/sisterhood, each graduate earns a WEEN academy certification and access to WEEN mentoring,  internships,  job leads, and executive referrals.  We have an 89% graduation rate and an 86% internship and/or job placement.

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