Lynn Larsen


Luis Zavala


Bonnie Saxton


The main purpose of VYVA Inc. is to provide students with hands on work experience in the visual media arts industry by working with community partnerships to earn scholarship money for college. This will be accomplished through the creation of visual media for both government and private sector business, and takes the form of graphic arts, commercial visual media, and public service announcements. The organization will take an educational approach, providing students with relevant tools needed for successful transitioning into the industry.

VYVA Inc. will work with community partners to teach students life skills. The organization will produce VMA (visual media arts) projects for community partners as well as projects for other non-profit organizations. The companies will donate funds to VYVA Inc., and in return, VYVA Inc. will produce items; this may range from, but not limited to, designing business cards, logos, and web sites, developing apps for smart phones and tablets, to 30 sec commercials and 3-5 minute PSA's. These products are not being sold to the company in question; they are a gift in appreciation for their donation. The amount given allows the students to create the gift in question as practice for their VMA skills.

In exchange, students that are assigned to each project will log hours; these will qualify for graduation and several scholarship application requirements. They will also receive letters of recommendation from the companies, and hands on training and work experience that can be used for resume completion. The distribution of scholarship money earned by students will be based on individual participation of community service hours and what the project earned. Each project will earn scholarship money, which will be divided between the students and placed into a scholarship account. Once the students attend an accredited 2/4-year college, trade school, or private school, the scholarship money they have earned will be paid directly to the institution. At the end of their college experiences, the students will be required to report how the money was used and how they benefited from the program. This requirement is to collect data that will be used to further verify the non-profit status and the impact the program has on the community.