Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester has received a three-year $425,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation to support the launch of a new after-school digital media program for 14-to-18-year-olds.

The new program is called the O.T.E.A.M., which stands for Otis, Teens, Educators, Artists, and Mentors.

The O.T.E.A.M. will create partnerships with community organizations that serve high school youths.

The goal of the program is to put students on a track that leads either to college enrollment or to employment in one of the Southern California creative industries.

“When it comes to the arts, this group is underserved,” said Samuel C. Hoi, Otis president.

“Many programs provide technological training but very few focus on the creative applications of technology,” said Hoi. “This provides Otis a real opportunity to help young people.

“Just consider the career possibilities — from visual effects to digital animation, from electronic gaming to motion graphics — these are important industries in Southern California.”

The James Irvine Foundation is a private nonprofit grant-making foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, inclusive, and successful society.

The foundation expects to make grants of $61 million in 2005 for the people of California.

Information, www.irvine.org