Funko recently hosted middle and high school students from the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a launch party of a new learning collaboration. (Contributed photo)

Funko recently hosted middle and high school students from the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a launch party of a new learning collaboration. (Contributed photo)

Funko staff to mentor local teens

Funko recently hosted middle and high school students from the YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a launch party. In addition to pizza, pool, air hockey, pinball machines and bowling, there was the opportunity to talk with the artists who make the Funko Pops figures, including sculptors, concept designers, packaging artists and other company creatives.

The launch party marked the beginning of a “learning collaboration” that will last throughout the school year. Once a month, Funko staff will meet with the teens to teach different aspects of the creative process.

“Life is about opportunities and relationships. If you take full advantage of both of these, you have a real good chance of achieving your goals,” said Ben Butcher, vice president of creative at Funko. “Partnering with the YMCA is a chance for Funko staff to pass along this idea to the youth in our community.”

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