About the Program

AMPLIFY is an alternative activities program that uses arts & media to promote positive youth development and leadership. Committed to using the arts as a positive outlet for expression, we aim to build confidence, community, and creativity.

As a FREE program for all youth, ages 10-18, in the Santa Clara County, our program runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The curriculum is based on three-month cohorts during Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Over the three-month cohort, youth will create their own projects, work in teams, and develop their confidence. Every month, we hold a Family Night where the youth can invite their family and friends to participate in activities together. Then, at the end of the cohort, we celebrate the youth’s accomplishments at a Community Showcase where family, friends, and community members are also invited.

Arts – Each cohort, we expose youth to different art forms including performance arts, creative writing, and crafts. From reciting monologues to writing poems to creating vision boards, we want to help shape youth voices.

Media— The youth have the opportunity to learn hands-on photography, filmmaking, and digital editing. We offer exclusive mentorship with aspiring filmmakers in order to support driven youth who want to create ever-lasting stories. Our projects are recognized by organizations like CreaTV and Betting on our Future, receiving awards since 2012.

Leadership –Through the arts & media projects, youth will also build leadership skills such as communication, advocacy, and teamwork. Many AMPLIFY participants  are part of their school leadership teams and they go on to purse higher education. We believe that the arts are a powerful tool in building leaders and creators in our community.



Youth can apply and join AMPLIFY at any time by filling out the online application below or by picking up a paper-copy at our office. While youth are able to join the program at any time during the year, we encourage new members to join near the beginning of a new cohort.

For more information, please contact us at (408) 975-2730 or send us an email at amplify@aaci.org. For specific enrollment questions, please contact Tina Lu at tina.lu@aaci.org.

Get involved in AMPLIFY by joining one of our programs, attending our next Family Night, or leave us a message!

Online Application – Apply Now!


AMPLIFY (Arts & Media Promoting Leadership Initiatives For Youth) is a program under the AACI Wellness Services Department.

Services from AMPLIFY are funded by Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Dept. – Substance Use Prevention Services and the Social Services Agency.