The Lighthouse Project


Giving Youth the Opportunity to Explore and Create

The Lighthouse Project is a teen center housed inside the Homewood-Brushton YMCA The Lighthouse is an exciting place for teens to be creative, connect with peers and access cutting edge media technology.



The Audio Arts & Visual Arts Clubs meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the school year.  These clubs serve as creative havens where teens can learn, collaborate, and hone their artistic talents. Club participants learn how to use industry standard equipment and software and work together to create music, videos and artwork to present and perform around their community. Teaching artists introduce project ideas and make space for youth who want to work on projects of their own design.  Enrollment remains open throughout the year. Consistent attendance is encouraged but not required.

The Audio Arts Club includes the following activities:

  • Beat Production

  • Audio Engineering

  • Song Writing

  • Deejaying

  • Podcasting

  • Rap & Poetry

  • Studio Recording

The Visual Arts Club includes the following activities:

  • Photoshop

  • Youtubing

  • Videos

  • Comics & Anime

  • Photography

  • Drawing & Painting

Each program includes:

  • Hands-on access to industry standard technology and software

  • Artist development and mentorship

  • City-wide presentation and performance opportunities

  • Daily snack and dinner for all students

  • Homework help

  • Transportation home to students living in 15208, 15206, and 15221 zip codes


Courses offer in-depth skill building and expert instruction in a specific artform or discipline. Courses are typically 10-weeks long and take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Each year we offer a variety of courses in subjects such as Deejaying, Beatmaking, Youtubing and Photoshop. Courses require registration, consistent attendance, and have specific start and end dates. Contact us at to learn about upcoming courses.


The dance crew provides opportunities for teens to learn current techniques in hip-hop dance and work together under the direction of a professional dance educator in creating original choreography. The dance crew is open to teens of all skill levels from beginners to experienced dancers. The dance crew recruits new members twice a year in the fall and winter.


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Email your completed form to:

James Brown, YMCA Lighthouse Project Director:

Or mail it to: YMCA Lighthouse Project, 7140 Bennett Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208

Questions: or call (412) 227-3800


The Lighthouse Recording Studio is a community-based recording facility providing a professional, comfortable and creative environment for people of all ages to create, rehearse and record musical projects. Since opening in 2016, the studio has hosted a large number of sessions spanning hip-hop, R&B, gospel, acoustic, jazz, rock and pop.

The studio provides year round free programming and instruction to high school teens after school and is available for fee-based recording and rehearsal sessions during weekdays and Saturdays.

The recording studio is staffed by a team of professional engineers and young audio apprentices. When you bring a recording project to the Lighthouse you not only get a great result, you are also contributing to the development of our young musicians and audio apprentices.


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