Opportunities for Students: Week of February 11th




Tribeca Film Fellows Deadline: Extended deadline due to weather
Each year, Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) invites emerging filmmakers, ages 16–18, to participate in a year-round fellowship program that fosters their creative, professional, and academic skills. Through this fellowship, students gain a deeper knowledge of the power of film to influence social change through intensive workshops, direct contact with seasoned filmmakers and the local and global leaders framing the issues.

Tribeca Film – Our City, My Story Deadline: Extended deadline due to weather
Our City, My Story is an annual celebration of excellence in New York City youth-made media that gives student-made work an audience during the Tribeca Film Festival. We are currently seeking narrative, documentary, and experimental short films, produced and edited by young people ages 14-19, that share a unique perspective on New York City and its ever-evolving, diverse, and complex identity.


East New York Farms Paid Internships – Deadline: March 1st
Applications for youth ages 13-15, who live or go to school in East New York and are interested in making a difference in their community are now open. This paid internship runs from March through November and will provide youth with opportunities to work on our farm, at our markets, and at gardens throughout the neighborhood. Informal Science & Engineering (ISE) Fair @ NYIT (Manhattan): February 16th 2013


Learning Labs Pop-Up @ New York Hall of Science: February 16th
Calling all teens (ages 13-18)! The Maker Space @ NYSCI is hosting their first “Learning Labs Pop-Up” on Saturday, February 16th from 1-4pm. It will be a day filled with 3D printing, computer animation, beat making, hacking, sound recording, and digital media galore.

Students will engage with New York City’s top change makers by discussing pressing diversity issues and developing a network of youth leaders. Participants will then go back to their communities, where they will implement a diversity project. YouthBridge-NY will then follow-up with them in the spring to evaluate their progress. The implementation of a diversity project at one’s school or community is the highlight of this year’s Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit.


College Now – in partnership with City University of New York
CUNY partners with public high schools to provide programs that offer eligible students a number of ways to improve their high school performance and get a head start on college. College Now offers academic courses, campus-based tours and cultural events, and scholarships.

The Double Discovery Center at Columbia University
Talent Search is a career and college counseling program for students in 7th to 12th grades, and Upward Bound is an intensive, year-round college preparatory program for high school students who have been underperforming. New applicants to Upward Bound must be in 9th or 10th grade.

Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF) offers intensive academic enrichment courses, test preparation, and social and personal development activities for students after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Programs are specific to middle and high school students.

Monroe College Jumpstart allows high school juniors and seniors to earn three college credits for free. In a 15-week course, the students study with professors in a college setting and earn credits. Courses are offered in accounting, business, criminal justice, culinary arts, allied health professions, hotel and restaurant management, marketing, web design and information technology. Students who complete the program are eligible for freshman scholarships if they choose to matriculate to Monroe for college, and the credits are transferable for students who go elsewhere.

Summer on the Hill at Horace Mann is an enrichment program for academically talented public school students from from the 3rd on through 12th grade. Students participate in Saturday-morning classes during the school year and a six-week summer session. They study language arts, math and science, and learn study skills. Summer programs include fine arts, recreation and an overnight trip to the John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Connecticut.

The TEAK Fellowship supports students seeking to gain admissions to top high schools and colleges. Students who are citizens or permanent residents, have proof of financial need and have scored above 90 percent on tests and in class may apply by October of their 6th-grade year. The program runs from the summer after 6th grade until college placement. Only 30 students are accepted each year.

Phew, First Week Is OVER!

This has been the most hectic week of my life. Seriously, getting seven different syllabi can make a person cry. However, I must say I like all of my professors, especially my communications professor. He used to be a sports reporter, which means I can ask him all the questions I want about in career of news media. Besides being back in class, this semester I have made two goals to myself. One, get on the dean’s list and two, get more involved on campus. I am already working on the second goal; I joined my black student union, AKEBA, I’m trying out to be a news anchor for Plattsburgh State Television(PSTV), and finally joined an alternative spring break club. I am also thinking about joining a fraternity Phi Kappa Phi, I will keep you guys posted.

Free FAFSA Workshop

FAFSA_11-15-12_v2The Brooklyn College Community Partnership is hosting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Workshop on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:00PM -8:00PM

FAFSA is a form that prospective college students must fill out in order to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. Filling out this form is mandatory as all colleges require this form to determine how much money you will receive as federal aid.

Mike Turner from the Higher Education Service Corporation (HESC) will be on hand to answer any questions. HESC administers the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). TAP awards help eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,000. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

We will provide refreshments, computers, mentors, and resources at the Brooklyn College Art Lab (BCAL), located at 301R Roosevelt Hall, on the Brooklyn College Campus.

Please come prepared. In order to complete the form, you will need to bring:

  • Student’s Social Security Card or Number
  • Parent’s or Guardian’s 2011 Tax Return or 2012 W-2

Please come and let us help you file the FAFSA!

This event is open to everyone who needs to file a FAFSA form. Parents and students are encouraged to come together. Please contact me, Denise Paige directly by email (paige@thebccp.org) or phone (718-951-5825) if you are sending students, bringing a group of students or have any questions or concerns.

You will need picture identification to show Campus Security when entering the building.

Looking forward to seeing you at this event!

Event Location:
Brooklyn College Arts Lab2900 Bedford Avenue
Roosevelt Hall, Brooklyn College Rm. 301R
P: 718-951-5825


How you can help post-Sandy


Bus pickups are available 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Sunday.

George Washington High School, 549 Audubon Avenue between Fort George Avenue and West 193rd Street

Seward Park High School, 350 Grand Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets

Hillcrest High School, 160-05 Hillcrest Avenue between 160th and 161st Streets

Waldbaum’s, 112-15 Beach Channel Drive near Wainwright Court and Beach 116th Street
Fort Tilden Park at Beach Channel Boulevard

John Jay High School, 237 Seventh Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets

MCU Park Parking Lot, 1904 Surf Avenue at West 17th Street

Tottenville High School, 100 Luten Avenue between Deisius and Billiou Streets

Miller Field, 600 New Dorp Lane at Weed Avenue
Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Boulevard at Sharrotts Road


Law Office of Jaques Leandre
232-06 Merrick Blvd.
Laurelton, NY 11413

For Girls Club families in need! We will be collecting packaged foods and dry goods (toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, etc) at the Girls Club for the next few weeks. Avenue C on the Lower East Side still has a few blocks without power, and our large grocery stores have been devastated. They might not be back in business for a few more weeks.

Folks also need blankets, pillows, towels, bedding … etc. as families are putting up relatives who have lost their homes.

Gift cards from Whole Foods (we have a Bowery/Houston store) would be useful- they have low cost generic brands and good bulk grains and rices.

We will be open from 10:30-7:30 everyday this coming week.
56 East 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue).

Disaster Assistance Contact:

Grassroots Organizations working on the ground

Occupy Sandy

Make the Road NY- Staten Island

For additional up-to-date resources on how to obtain assistance, please download this guide by Make The Road New York, or visit Google’s Crisis Map, Locate Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and the 596 Acres site.


The DDFR Archive and Saving Damaged Photos

The wonderful folks over at DDFR.TV have been hard at work sifting through thousands of photos and videos after their recent Brooklyn College visit. They were gracious enough to send us some of their latest production stills and scanned images below:

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we are humbled to have these images alongside our DDFR photo and story sharing experiences. As our hearts go out to all those affected by the storm, there is much to be said about the amazing relief work being carried out by everyday volunteers and organizations. The phenomenal efforts by Occupy Sandy Relief NYC helped introduce us to Operation Photo Rescue (OPR), a volunteer network of professional photojournalists, amateur digital photographers, and image restoration artists seeking to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances at no cost to the people who own them.

After having just concluded DDFR, we are particularly touched by OPR’s efforts and encourage anyone with damaged photos to visit the OPR website for more information about how to salvage flood damaged photos.

To preserve your images with DDFR, please register and upload your scans to: DDFR SocialNet

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Grand Finale

After the huge success of our week long DDFR photo and story sharing stations at Brooklyn College, last night’s Grand Finale proved to be nothing short of amazing! It was a truly proud moment for BCCP to see this partnership bring together the Brooklyn College community. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in DDFR.

And as Steve Ausbury (BCCP Deputy Director) put it best:
“I learned so much during this process, but most of all it’s the notion of history as a process that we are currently living in and co-creating, (rather than history as something that happens or happened to “more important” people) that has cast the greatest impression. We’re all important people! Photography has the power to frame and crystalize our historical process, our lives as we live them. And if we don’t seize this power to capture, narrate, and archive, certainly others will do it for us, misrepresent us, or, worse, ignore us.”


For these reasons and so many more, we encourage you to engage with this post and to continue sharing your photos and stories.


Don’t forget to contribute your photos to DDFR.tv and follow us on twitter (@thebccp) !


BCCP hosts Digital Diaspora Family Reunion at Brooklyn College – Day 2 & 3 Recap

We had a wonderful Wednesday of photosharing and storytelling with community participants, Brooklyn College and The World Academy for Total Community Health High School (WATCH) students at our BCAL and Subo Hall event. Although our week long Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) event came to a close yesterday, we hope you had a chance to share your story at Boylan Hall Room 3160 or to the Library Archives (Special Collections — located on the first floor).

Were you unable to participate this week? Come to the “Grand Finale” – a mulit-media show reflecting the stories of Brooklyn College students, faculty, administration, alumni, retirees, BCCP participants and others.  It will take place next Thursday, October 25 at SUBO (Brooklyn College Student Union Building on Campus Road and East 27th Street) at 5 PM.  BRING A PHOTO WITH YOU!

The BCCP would also like to thank all the participants, supporters and staff who came out and contributed to making DDFR at Brooklyn College a fantastic event. Be sure to also check the ddfr.tv website next week for edited stories and photos shared throughout the week. For more information, you can also catch the project featured on NY1.

BCCP hosts Digital Diaspora Family Reunion at Brooklyn College – Day 1


If you were unable to join us for the first day of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, be sure to stop by our various locations Wednesday and Thursday.

Day 2 – Wednesday, October 17th: 301 Roosevelt & SUBO Basement
Day 3 – Thursday, October 18th: TBA (follow us on twitter for updates)