“CCY provided an experience for Jessica that guided her in finding resources in herself that she never knew existed. What makes CCY so special is the combination of caring with firmness, discipline, respect, and an expectance of and belief that students will be at their highest level of functioning in all areas - academic, artistic, interpersonal and self-discipline. CCY has been a transforming experience for Jessica.”
- Sandra Rizkallah
Parent of Jessica Rizkallah
Student Life, Dorms, and Facilities
Free time and Weekends
Students receive a balanced schedule of studying and supervised free time. Weekday classes only cover five hours per day, so free time is built in around each mealtime, at the beginning and end of each day, and on weekends. "Down time" is an important aspect of each day to provide students with rest and to give them the opportunity to reflect on what they have been learning during the program. Students participate in weekly Leadership Training and attend workshops, performances and films. Students may travel to professional venues in their art form. Each week there is a student–run coffeehouse ("open-mic" nights), dances, and Director's Meetings. Students will have evening access to computer labs and arts studios, as scheduled. Evening and weekends tend to have a few structured social events so that students may enjoy themselves and relax with new friends in an enjoyable, supervised environment.
Students have a curfew of 10:30 p.m. (Sunday - Friday) and 11:00 pm on Saturday. Curfew means you are on your hall, ready for hall meetings and quiet visiting with hallmates.
Male and female students reside in separate dormitory buildings. Male and female Residential Advisors live on each of the residence halls with students. Each student receives a key for his or her room and for their specific dorm building, as these are key-entry facilities.
Students live in residence halls on the Wesleyan University campus. Students have access to a lounge area, share central bathroom facilities and reside in dormitory rooms containing beds, desks, desk chairs, closet space, dressers, and shelves. Linens are not provided, therefore students should be prepared to bring pillows, sheets and towels for personal use. Dorm rooms are not air-conditioned, so students are encouraged to bring small fans with them. There are no refrigerators in the rooms, however students may bring a small one of their own if desired. Handbooks with information on what to bring, travel, rules, etc. are mailed once students are accepted and confirmed.
Dorm rooms are either single, double or triple. Generally, most are singles. Students can not pre-select a roommate. Roommates are assigned without racial, religious, or economic discrimination, and students are informed of their room assignment on the day of arrival. Students who come to the program with other students they know cannot request placement within the same dorm room. The Center for Creative Youth encourages students to meet and make new friends during the four-week residency, and students should know that they will have plenty of time each day to visit with friends during mealtimes, at structured social events, and during free time.
Students are responsible for their own laundry. Washers and dryers are located in the basements of the dormitories, and are operated with a Student I.D. Each student must put money on their card at Registration. We recommend $10.00 - $15.00 for the 4 weeks. Dancers are urged to put $20.00 on their card.
Students have access to the main University Library, the Art Library, the computer labs, and certain recreational facilities such as the basketball and tennis courts, running tracks and playing fields with permission and supervision. The pool may be available on a limited schedule. Specific hours for utilizing the facilities are determined by the CCY staff and the Wesleyan University facility summer schedules.