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Partnership: El Nido


Students participating in this partnership course will be exposed to basics skills and techniques within the following departments at the Digital NEST: 

  • Digital Arts + Technology 
  • Web + Information Technology
  • People Projects and Leadership

DAT: Media Creator Meetup


with Mayra Ruiz-Valtierra

Join the Media Creator team for the opportunity to exercise your creativity. Earn volunteer hours while working to build the NEST community through small projects in graphic design, photography, videography, and music production. This is a creative space, for creative thinkers, who have creative solutions.

Additional Information: Open to all members, recommended for new members. Members will learn: 

  • Adobe illustrator 
  • Digital Illustrations
  • Design Layout + Composition
  • Creating artist page on Instagram

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DAT: Acting Lab I


with Andres Mercado

Ready to become a movie star? In this training we will learn the fundamentals of script analysis, character development, and on-camera acting through scene study, monologues, and a variety of exercises.

Additional Information: Open to all members, recommended for new members. Highly recommended for Connect Crew and Events Unit members. This training can be taken more than once. 

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DAT: Photography Meetup


with Carlos Campos

If you’re stuck in “auto mode” on your camera because “manual mode” seems too intimidating, the photography meetup is here for you!  Learn the basics of exposure and how to use the settings on your camera. Join us in this creative space to get the support and training you need to be a great photographer! During this meetup we will focus on Studio photography and editorial photoshoots. This is great for new and experienced members to create portfolio peices for their creative resume. 

Additional Information: Open to all members, recommended for new members.  Members will learn to use: 

  • T6i Camera
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Studio Photography
  • Studio Lighting and Color Setup

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DAT: Podcast Meetup
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DAT: Podcast Meetup


with Jane Tobias

In this meetup we’ll  document stories from our community and share them with the public. The Podcast Meetup is designed to introduce you to future careers in media creation and journalism. In this workshop you will practice radio and documentary journalism by creating podcast episodes that tell the stories of communities and issues that are important to you. 

Additional Information: Open to all members, recommended for new members. Members will learn to use: 

  • Adobe Audition
  • Studio Microphones
  • Rode Podcasting Interface
  • Zoom H1 + H6

DAT: Writer's Room


with Gabriel Medina

Let’s write a script together! In this lab we will learn about the creative writing process and short film structure, then apply those skills in co-creating a script that we will film in the Summer. This year’s script will be set in a Magical Realist world, we encourage you to come with ideas and watch one or more of the following films prior to the lab: 

Additional Information: Open to high school juniors, seniors, and college students interested in pursuing a career in screenwriting or curious about the writing process.

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PPL: Events Unit Meetup


with Yazmin Herrera

Be part of the team that designs, plans, and manages events that tie the NEST to the wider community. Learn how to think critically, solve problems, and see a project through from beginning to end alongside of a supportive team. You can transfer those skills to become a project manager, event coordinator, or a promoter. Past events coordinated by this team include holiday parties, game days, fashion shows, and movie screenings. What will our next event be? It’s up to you!

WIT: Girls Who Code


with Monica Gutierrez


Girls who code is club created for women by women that feel underrepresented in tech, workplace,classrooms and other areas of life. This club provides a safe, supportive and exciting space for female-identified members to take the mystery out tech, engage in funtivities, get exposed to various career fields while creating an enjoyable community of girls that want to change the way females are represented.

Additional Information: 

  • Free food and snacks provided


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