The My School-My Community program equips students and teachers in NYC classrooms with 21st century problem-solving and communication skills to face the problems in their school communities. After significant research about the issues in their schools, students use storytelling, self-directed videos and community campaigns to become advocates for change. One student explains, "It's a reflective program, at the same time you're learning how to edit and film you're learning a lot about yourself."
From bullying to unhealthy relationships to gang violence and teen pregnancy, the negative forces outside the academic realm significantly impact student achievement. And a perceived lack of influence often leaves students feeling powerless to do anything about these problems. This apathy towards their school community weakens any sense of civic responsibility and with less than 68% of NYC students graduating there is a clear need for programs that deepen student engagement at school.
My School-My Community empowers at-risk students to become agents of change within their school communities, through harnessing the power of media. Students discover the power of expression while affirming their own, unique voices and in doing so they help to shape solutions for the larger community. Through this process, students reengage with their school communities as well as develop academic, technical and personal skills, all of which are necessary for success in college and careers.
By developing students' sense of agency and self-determination, students will become strong, confident individuals that are more likely to share their valuable perspectives. And by reengaging students and supporting college and career readiness, the program enables future success. The program's capacity-building approach offers students experience tackling issues in a collaborative, dynamic manner, with the goal of creating lasting change in their school communities.
Total Funding Received to Date: $0
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $20,000
Total Funding Goal: $20,000
Communications and Program Manager