TBU Productions aims to strengthen communities through the production of music and films that explore social issues from the perspective of teens ages 13 to 20. Participation in the program motivates students to perform better academically while fostering their creativity and opening doors for future career opportunities. The program also serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas and resources between participants, community members, and various organizations.
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TBU Productions provides a safe and productive afterschool and summertime activity to over a hundred Schenectady High School students. There they receive support and mentorship while they create professional level music and film to communicate their perspectives and experiences. The program motivates students to perform better academically and provides skills that open doors for greater professional opportunities.
TBU Productions uses film and music to open an important dialogue, allowing parents, educators, and others in their community to better understand what their children are experiencing and provide better support. The organization also works to reduce social barriers to success for young people, allowing them to better participate in family life, and grow to be productive and prosperous adults.
TBU Productions productions are community produced, and they have been shown to bring the community together to rally around a shared mission. The organization also collaborates extensively with community organizations to provide better services to young people.
TBU Productions Afterschool Program
TBU Productions is a youth centered program founded by Prince Sprauve that fosters creative expression and provides a safe haven for high school students. It was designed to be a place where at-risk students come to express themselves through the arts and to escape negative influences.
Sprauve can relate all too well to the struggles young teens face. Born February 16, 1985 in Brooklyn’s Fort Green Housing Projects, Sprauve was the product of poverty and violence. His mother gave birth to him when she was only 15 and his father passed away days after his 13th birthday. Though Sprauve and his family lived in poverty, he was extraordinarily creative and displayed strong leadership qualities. Nonetheless, Sprauve became a product of his environment. His home life was in peril; he and his mother were struggling with poverty and he and his mother endured domestic abuse. Soon Sprauve found himself drawn to gang culture and dropped out of highschool at age 16. Circumstances eventually led to Sprauve relocating to Schenectady to live with his grandparents.
Time and distance from his past troubles in Brooklyn forced Sprauve to reflect on where his life was heading, and he as he matured he began evaluating his options for attaining a successful, meaningful life. In 2007, he applied to the Schenectady City School District. He began working in the “GE Wing” under Peter Parisi as a Para Professional. Sprauve’s entrance into the Schenectady City School system brought him into contact with many students who were experiencing similar problems that he had faced in New York City. From that point on, it became his mission to compel young teens from the streets to find hope. While working in Schenectady High School, Sprauve became interested in filming and directing. Under the tutelage of Mr. Connolly, Sprauve was exposed to professional video equipment and editing software. Although he had no previous experience, he was a fast learner, developing a strong passion for this art form.
Upon seeing Sprauve’s success and dedication to his program, he was offered a job as a Technical ParaProfessional working in the television studio full time. TBU Productions soon began to grow, increasing in the first year from 15 students to almost 40 students, and by 2008 membership reached almost 65 students. Students showed such an excitement and commitment that they would come to school just to attend the program, and even when school was not in session. Through this program, Sprauve developed close relationships with the students who began revealing their personal struggles.