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5/28/13 - $925,099 Awarded to 12 Nonprofits for Digital Media Learning



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Hive Digital Media Learning Fund Awards $925,099 to 12 Nonprofits

Can an online physics game replace Call of Duty?

New York, May 28—Probably not. But kids already use their devices to do more than blow up bad guys on a screen. And when they are able to choose the subjects, platforms, and technology—and do it together—even a physics game can become pretty cool.

Enter the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust, which makes grants to 40 museums, libraries, and youth groups to develop ways of tapping into teens’ digital lives to spark creativity, exploration of new interests, and learning technology skills. All grantees are members of Mozilla’s Hive NYC Learning Network, and work together on projects that encourage youth to become creators rather than just consumers, and prepare them for college and career success in the digital age. With this round of grants, the Fund has awarded $3.7 million since it was started in 2011 with grants from the MacArthur Foundation and The Trust. Eleven of the grants are for projects in the City, including $150,000 to Urban Word—which “champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep, and performance opportunities”—to improve their digital literacy.

“Hive NYC and its members are committed to designing and creating innovative education opportunities for youth across all five boroughs,” said Chris Lawrence, senior director of Mozilla Mentor Team and Hive NYC Learning Network. “Together with the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust, we provide support and an infrastructure that enable nonprofit, youth-serving organizations to join forces and change the landscape for out-of-school learning in NYC.”

“The New York Community Trust’s role is not only to fund these exciting projects, but to use our knowledge about local arts and education to identify effective nonprofits developing digital media learning projects and to bring funders together to magnify impact,” said Kerry McCarthy, arts program officer at The Trust. “We are helping kids discover their interests, connect with others who share their passion, and tie it back to what they are learning in school.”

  • $25,000 to Bank Street College of Education (one year), to provide workshops that help Hive NYC members respond to youth interests and develop projects that link school with after-school programs that teach kids new skills using digital media. Partners: The LAMP and Hive NYC.
  • $17,914 to Brooklyn Public Library (six months), for Brooklyn Haunts, a workshop series and location-based online game that teaches kids about the history of their neighborhoods. Partner: Global Kids
  • $101,000 to City Lore (one year), to develop and evaluate KickFlip 2.0, a skateboard location-based smartphone game with teens and game designers. Partners: Parsons The New School for Design, DCTV, and Harold Hunter Foundation
  • $50,000 to DreamYard Project (eight months), to develop a pre-college digital portfolio of students’ work samples and assignments. Partner: Parsons The New School for Design
  • $50,000 to Institute of Play (six months), to develop Gamekit, an online game-design network. Partner: Museum of the Moving Image
  • $43,785 to Iridescent (six months), to create the Gravity Game, an online physics game for teens. Partner: Robot Super Brain Designers
  • $50,000 to Make the Road New York (six months), to start Changemaker, an online youth activist program that deals with local social issues. Partners: Latino Justice PRLDEF and Urban Arts Partnership
  • $25,000 to Museum of the Moving Image (six months), to help City youth learn HTML coding and other web development skills. Partners: Young Rewired State and Hive NYC
  • $25,000 to New York Public Radio – WNYC (six months), for Radio Rookies live radio chats and a media-making program. Partners: Common Sense Media, Facing History and Ourselves, and New York Public Library
  • $150,000 to Urban Word (two years), for the Critical Literacy and Connected Learning Program to improve digital literacy. Partners: New York Public Radio–WNYC and Columbia University Teacher’s College.
  • $37,400 to World Up (six months), for the Living Remix Project, to introduce students to music production and technology. Partner: New York City Department of Education
  • $350,000 to Indiana University (two years), to research digital media learning efforts in the Hive NYC Learning Network. Partner: New York University
The Hive Digital Medial Learning Fund is supported by the following organizations:

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • David Rockefeller Fund
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