Local students participate in NBCU Academy’s Next Level Summit (includes video story)

NBCU Academy’s Next Level Summit was hosted at SLAM Academy Charter High School in Little Havana. The event featured panels with guest speakers who highlighted leadership topics and invited students to participate in discussions.

NBCU Academy, Telemundo Academy and SLAM partnered up for the summit, which was attended by about 100 students.

“This is, to my knowledge, is the first time this has happened,” said Danny Tapia, manager of corporate and external communication for the Telemundo network. “And that’s why we wanted to make sure that we included one of our original partners for Telemundo Academy. It’s such a beautiful facility.” 

Tapia was also one of the event organizers.

The event took place at the SLAM gym, where students listened and participated. The summit, which streamed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., included opportunities for high schoolers to engage.

“So there is going to be a competition that’s being hosted by Adobe where students get to produce a short video, and they submit it for a prize,” explained Tapia.

Among the attendees were journalism students from Telemundo Academy, a program that invites guest speakers every month to give students insights into their careers and daily tasks.

“It all culminates with the students working on a final project in the classroom, and our speakers, our executives, are the ones that provide feedback and are kind of judges a la Shark Tank,” said Tapia.

Tapia’s main goal is to connect the network’s, talents, executives and managers with students.

“We also connect them to a talent acquisitions team so our students are aware of all the different opportunities from the page program once they graduate,” Tapia said. “They can work at NBC, specifically Telemundo.”

This was NBCU Academy’s sixth summit. Next year’s dates have not been announced. For more information and to access previous panels, visit the NBCU Academy website.

Samantha Gutierrez is a student journalist majoring in Digital Communication and Media. As a bilingual reporter, she enjoys covering stories about her diverse Miami community. With a strong passion for broadcasting, she aspires to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist in South Florida.

Esteban Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He is a producer for Caplin News and FIU's Sports show, Sideline. He hopes to pursue this path of producing for Sports Networks and/or Hollywood in the Film Industry.