DAMLA is a youth development program that promotes personal, academic, and social enhancement via the performing arts. DAMLA serves a cross-cultural student population in grades K-8, emphasizing leadership, citizenship, and scholarship in young people.


Academy founder and co-director, Daphne A. Moote, along with co-founder and creative consultant, Akani Fletcher, have trained hundreds of students in grades K-7. Their ongoing educational research has fashioned a curriculum that is both challenging and fun. In addition to daily cooking experiences, innovative science projects, creative media, and a lot of encouragement, each summer series culminates in the performance of an original children’s play, written and directed by Akani.