Jelicity Luna thinks about her future, about her career path once she graduates from high school next year. And thanks to SAY Sí, she’s pretty sure she’ll end up at the intersection of computer science and political science.
Luna, a junior in high school, has spent four years on new media projects at SAY Sí, a nonprofit arts program dedicated to nurturing San Antonio youth. She makes video games as part of a team. Her natural love for computer science and learned passion for community (also thanks to SAY Sí) have her ready to carve out her own niche.
Being at SAY Sí “really gave me a love for the community, wanting to give back to the community,” Luna said. “And that’s where I went down the idea of … political science, and then I matched it with, like, the actual work we do in the studio of computer science.”
Luna spends part of her week inside SAY Sí’s Home for Innovation and Video Ecology, also known as HIVE or new media. It’s one of several arts programs offered by the nonprofit, which was founded 28 years ago.
“SAY Sí is a creative, safe space for young people,” said Nicole Amri, SAY Sí’s co-executive director. It aims to provide quality arts programs to San Antonio youth, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.