2020 After School Program

Power Up USA 2020 Virtual After School Program

PowerUp USA After School Program is sponsored by Culture Blocks— a community partnership between ASC, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to bring arts and cultural experiences closer to where residents live. Culture Blocks is funded by Mecklenburg County.

Who is your Super Hero? Your parents, A teacher, A fiction or non-fiction character that you create?

In honor of Carolinas own Chadwick Boseman ( Black Panthers) our topic for the fall After-school program is "Super Heros". You have the option to create a superhero film, animation, gaming project or website. It can be a short film, Interactive game, animation story, documentary, website or YouTube video. There will also be a section in the program where you will partner with other students for collaboration and accountability.


October 5, 2020 - December 14, 2020 - Monday & Wednesday 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Our Digital Film & Video program introduces the art of acting, screenwriting, camera operation, and digital editing to students ages 10 -17. Students are provided an encouraging and supportive arena in which to explore their creativity, improve communication, and learn scientific research skills. PowerUp accomplishes this mission by implementing several unique program elements including:

Program elements:
• Life is a World of Actors
• Film History & Scientific Research Education
• Storytelling Through Screenwriting
• ABC’s of Filmmaking
• Using Technology in the Film Process
• Creating Your Art
• Student Filmmaking Expo

Coding and Intro to Gaming Apps

October 13, 2020 - December 10, 2020 - Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Is your youngster interested in computers, graphics, web design or gaming? Our youth coding camp is a great way to spark your child’s interest in STEAM and to get an early start at developing a truly valuable skill set. Our program covers the basics of HTML, CSS, Java and elements of storytelling. Each student will design a personal website and work in groups to create a Superhero game.

PowerUp USA graduation and project presentation Sunday, December 13, 2020 400p:m
( In-person or virtual) based on COVID -19 conditions.

Each student who completes the program will receive a certificate of achievement.

We have a limited amount of Laptop to be used during the after school program. Laptop distribution and return for those in the Summer Camp program will be October 10th, 2020 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.