The 2012 Summer Youth Programs hosted a total of 97 visits averaging 12 students per week.
The Ceramic Art program continued for a second summer and attracted 32 participants. This summer we used a whiteware grog, as opposed to the red clay that was used last summer. The white clay eliminated many problems with cleaning the facility, but created new problems of the pots breaking during the firing process. Surviving pieces are currently on display at the museum.
The Karate class, in response to a request for an exercise class by Ocotillo residents, was generously funded by a DOVES grant. The program reached a total of 51 students averaging seven students per session. Through the grant, Gi's were purchased for the first seven students to participate. The gi's, along with the training, provided a sense of self confidence in the youth.
The museum also piloted a video and technology program geared toward providing 21st century job skills and computer proficiency. The students shot on hand held video cameras and edited the footage into short videos hosted on the IVD Museum YouTube Channel and featured on the video blog. Four students regularly participated in the program and total of five videos were created.