Werner Paulino, a senior at Esperanza Academy majoring in Entrepreneurship, has a dream of opening his very own recording studio one day. Today, he is one step closer to realizing this dream thanks to AMLA’s (Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos) Latin School of Performing Arts and Mega Radio 1310.
An amazing combination of people have shaped Werner’s path thus far including his parents who own and operate their own bodega surely giving Werner his entrepreneurial spirit. His brother, Waskar Paulino, is a musician who took classes at AMLA which introduced Werner to Esperanza. Werner was in AMLA’s first Audio Engineering class, and through his hard work and dedication, it was easy to see his potential. It was then that Director of AMLA Alice Santana made him teacher’s assistant for the beginner’s classes.
At AMLA, Werner has been able to hone his skills as well as his creativity. He has already completed an internship with East Room Sound Studio. Now, he has the incredible opportunity of entering the world of radio through an internship conceived by Esperanza and Mega. At Mega, under the guidance of Radio DJ Jorge Melendez, Werner will learn how to operate various equipment, become proficient in audio editing software, and essentially produce a radio show.
Both Esperanza and Mega are incredibly excited about this partnership. Esperanza Chief of Staff and AMLA Board Chair, Rev. Danny Cortes says:
“At Esperanza, we are dedicated to educating the youth in our community so that they are able to seamlessly transition from classroom learning to real-world experience. It is our hope that AMLA will continue to yield talented young Latinos who are prepared to pursue higher education and share their culture within our community and beyond. We are committed to producing high-quality creators and consumers of music and the arts.”
Mega’s General Manager Don Davis, said of the partnership:
“Mega Radio is very serious about its responsibility to the community as a leading radio voice for Hispanics in the Philadelphia area. We believe that offering internship opportunities to qualified students like Werner is an example of that. Giving him a chance to learn about broadcasting production in a professional environment and support the great training he has received at AMLA can help him develop his skills quicker, and perhaps help him prepare for his future career.”
We are incredibly proud of Werner and students like him who seize the life-fulfilling opportunities presented to them at Esperanza.
From left to right: VP of Media & Marketing at Esperanza Josue Duarte, Mega Radio DJ Jorge Melendez, AMLA & Esperanza Academy Student Werner Paulino, Mega Radio General Manger Don Davis, and Director of AMLA Alice Santana.