NYJL Performance of a Lifetime committee goes behind the scenes

In an age of YouTube stars and reality television, the NYJL Performance of a Lifetime (POAL) committee set a goal for the 2016-2017 year to expose kids in their after-school program, who are students of the Boys & Girls Harbor, to the idea that performance comes in many shapes and sizes. Additionally, they wanted to expose kids to “behind the scenes” roles so they understand they can work in entertainment without being an entertainer.

The year has included many fun trips and lessons, from a “Physics Show” to a recent tour of NBC studios. The kids kicked the week off with a visit from a former NBC page and now NBC employee, who gave the kids insight into what it means to work in television.

The following Saturday, 14 kids joined the volunteers for the studio tours and were exposed to many fascinating elements. They learned what it takes to produce live and taped news, late night television shows, and sketch comedy like “Saturday Night Live.” The kids got to end the tour taping their own late night TV show, where they got to play the hosts, the band, the announcer, the producers, and the audience.

These kids are passionate about performance and Performance of a Lifetime hopes to make this year’s goal part of their mission statement going forward. POAL wants the kids that come through their program to understand all the opportunity that is available in entertainment and help them pursue whatever their passion may be.

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