BBPU Summer Academy 2021

African Culture Ancient to the Future

Monday, August 16 11:00am - 12:30pm

Mr. Richardson

An exciting glance at the  modern Afrocentric study of African Culture and History -- what they haven't taught you in school! Africa is a dynamic continent, with diverse people, cultures, and histories. This course will expand your image of Africa and inspire you to learn more! 


Recommended Ages: 13+

Yoga for Everyone

Monday, August 16
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Ms. Marie and Ms. Andrews

This yoga is for you! Come enjoy positive-minded experience and learn some yoga moves if it's your first time!

Recommended Ages: 7+

Credit Score: Building Great Credit Early

Tuesday, August 17
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Mr. Mitz

It's time to get your paper right! You will learn the ins and outs of how to create a budget, utilize a bank, and build a great credit score!

-How to set things up if they need a starting point

-The way to keep things efficient, if they've already established themselves

-Traps to be aware of when dealing with financial instiutions

-And much more


Recommended Ages: 13+

Systemic Racism for Teens

Friday, August 20
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Mrs. Williams-Rajee and Mr. Thierry

Have you ever been challenged in explaining the concept of racism? Even though we experience it everyday, it can still be challenging to talk about, particularly when others dismiss your experience and view point. In this course you will have the opportunity to learn about different concepts related to racism and practice ways for bringing this back to the classroom and your friends.

Recommended Ages: 13+

Poetry & Protest

Thursday, August 19
11:00am - 12:30pm

Ms. Osman

Poetry and Protest is an online seminar for young writers who want to engage more critically with their own creative practice. We will learn about the Black Arts Movement, a 1960s movement with the goal of creating art and literature that centered Black people's liberation. This will inform our own work as we write and share poems inspired by this legacy and commitment to political and personal expression.

Recommended Ages: 13+

Black History Untold! 

Thursday, August 19
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Mr. Rajee

Join this class to learn history not taught in the history books. Explore different time periods and events that have been pivotal across the Black diaspora, but largely untold in the mainstream. From provocateurs to innovators and unsung heros, you will learn more than just names and places, but how Black people have shaped the course of history. 

Recommended Ages: 12+

It's the Ability to Manage Stress for Me

Mr. Green Jones

Tuesday, August 17 5:00pm - 6:30pm

This class will go over skills to help high school students manage stress and better regulate their moods during these unprecedented times. Participants will learn tools for recognizing and shifting negative thought patterns. Participants will also learn behaviors that support optimal mental health and help to overcome negative mood states.

Recommended Ages: 14+

Happy Painting

Ms. R. Stephens

Wednesday, August 18
2:00pm - 3:30pm

The aim of this class is to have a fun experience exploring creativity using basic art techniques.

Recommended Ages: All

Workout Hip Hop HiiT!

Friday August 20
11:00am - 12:30pm

Ms. Wilson

An easy-to-follow fitness format that combines dance cardio and high intensity interval training. It simple enough for a beginner, yet challenging enough for advance athletes and dancers.

Recommended Ages: 11+

How Great is Zimbabwe!

Friday, August 20
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Dr. Mutare

This course will tell the story of how colonialism retold history and stole notoriety for the building of the ruins claiming that Africans could not be creative enough to achieve such a feat. How artifacts have been stolen from various African countries as well as the move to restore the art. Where do we stand now as African people to reclaim our dignity as we move ahead as a people?

Recommended Ages: 12+

Framed Resistance: The Most Powerful Moments in Black Cinema

Wednesday, August 18
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Mr. Thierry

Cinematic storytelling is a powerful tool that can shape perceptions, inspire action, and spark imaginations. Sadly, more often than not in American history cinema has been used to reinforce injustice and limit Black life. Still, since the early days of cinema Black folks have resisted by telling stories that counter stereotypes, called people to action, and offered alternative visions of Black life. This workshop will offer the next generation of Black storytellers a brief history of Black cinema through viewing and discussing some of its most powerful moments on screen. Make sure to bring your milk duds and popcorn!

Recommended Ages: 13+