Afro-Caribbean Jazz Advanced Apprenticeship

ASM Afro-Caribbean Jazz Apprenticeship

In-Person Summer Classes start June, 2021

Instructor: Adrian Ruiz

Ages 14-18 (must be in high school).


Phone number: 773-698-6004
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble program provides the opportunity to expand on the fundamentals of Jazz and its intersection with Afro-Latin traditions of the Caribbean. Fill out application here. Search for Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Instructor Adrian Ruiz.

Graduates from this program are regularly invited to perform in professional gigs with SRBCC’s family of artists and instructors.

Earn cash while you learn!

Teens in our programs earn stipends.

For teens who successfully meet certain program requirements (including attendance and participation), After School Matters provides them with a monetary stipend.

Summer $336 – $725
School Year $275 – $425 (per session, Fall and/or Spring)

Stipends lower participation barriers, reinforce the importance of dedicated participation and hard work in programs, and make an economic impact on teens, their families and communities. Providing stipends to our teens empowers them and reinforces the value of their time and efforts.

Schweitzer Fellow

The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center is hosting a Schweitzer Fellow! This prestigious public health fellowship is designed to allow for the collaborative establishment of a community-based project. SRBCC’s Fellow, Loíza DeJesús, is currently completing a Master of Arts in General Psychology at Roosevelt University. Together, Loíza and SRBCC leadership have worked to create a community-based, culturally rooted, psycho-social intervention for at-risk CPS high school students. 

The project will function as a supplement to SRBCC’s existing Music Apprenticeship programs. Youth engaged in the apprenticeships will have the opportunity to participate in peer-support groups, one-on-one mentoring, and skill development, with stipends earned for their time commitment. Youth participants will develop increased self-esteem, build on their coping and life skills, and learn to find and use essential community resources for themselves and others. We intend to expand the program into a wellness-promoters model with youth serving as peer-educators, leaders, and advocates, always in the context of the arts.