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4/30/15 - New Hive Grants Totaling $610,600 Bring Digital Media Learning to More City Youth


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New Hive Grants Totaling $610,600 Bring Digital Media Learning to More City Youth

4/30/2015 (New York, NY) - The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund announces new grants to help young people use digital media and technology to solve local environmental problems, create multimedia college applications, and think critically about the media. In all, 10 New York City organizations will receive grants totaling $610,600.

“Kids are constantly online, but schools have been slow to capitalize on the educational opportunities associated with digital media and the web,” says Kerry McCarthy, senior program officer at The Trust. “By meeting kids where they’re at, and using digital tools to help youth create and learn, our grants are filling an important gap.”

Since the Hive Fund’s founding five years ago by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The New York Community Trust, grants have been only to groups that had been selected to be part of Mozilla’s Hive NYC Learning Network. But this spring, grants are being made to groups outside that network, to large youth development agencies that will take projects incubated with the Fund’s support, and share them with new audiences.

For example, BELL Foundation will bring two projects launched with Hive Digital Media Learning Fund support to a South Bronx summer program. The first project: Eyebeam’s “Playable Fashion,” teaches teens to code and design wearable technology; and the second: New York Hall of Science’s “Collect, Construct, Change,” turns teens into “citizen scientists” that collect, analyze, and publish data on urban pollution.

"The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund has helped provide a wide range of exciting digital learning projects to young people residing throughout New York City,” says Salma Muro, executive director for BELL’s tri-state region. “We are honored to partner with such creative innovators in the STEM digital learning space.”

The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund made the following 10 grants in April 2015:

With a grant of $83,900, The After-School Corporation will train educators to use “Media Breaker,” a media literacy teaching tool created by the LAMP.

Beam Center, Inc. is using $50,000 to train teachers at six Brooklyn middle and high schools to incorporate digital media and students’ interests into lesson plans.

Eyebeam’s “Playable Fashion” project involves young people in designing computer games with wearable game controllers; and participants in New York Hall of Science’s “Collect, Construct, Change” workshops use mobile phones to gather and study data about urban pollution. With a grant of $100,000, BELL Foundation will bring both programs to two South Bronx summer programs for teens.

With $50,000, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will encourage teens to earn digital badges. An example: polishing and documenting a portfolio of art projects. They can use these badges when applying to undergraduate programs affiliated with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

With $39,000, Eyebeam will work with Rap Research Lab to engage high school students in researching hip-hop and rap, and using digital media to create visual maps of the data they collect.

Global Kids is using $48,100 to hold events featuring hands-on, youth-led digital media learning activities designed by members of Hive NYC. The events will take place in computer resource centers located in five City parks.   

The LAMP will use $9,300 to develop a series of “Media Breaker” workshops for teens at local branches of the YMCA. Participants will create original videos that analyze, critique, and respond to what they see on television.

The New York Hall of Science’s “Girls First Digital Studio” teaches girls and young women about computing and digital design. With a grant of $80,300, it will train staff from the City Department of Parks and Recreation, Coder Dojo, Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and Sports and Arts in Schools to run the program at their own sites, substantially increasing its reach and impact.  

With a grant of $100,000, Reel Works will refine and expand a system of digital badges that document and recognize youth achievement in media production.

With $50,000, the Wildlife Conservation Society will engage youth in environmentally-conscious urban planning using “Visionmaker/NYC,” a web-based educational tool.  


The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund was started by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The New York Community Trust in 2010. It brings together New York City’s museums, libraries, and youth-serving nonprofits, to design hands-on digital media projects that get kids excited about learning. In addition to MacArthur and The Trust, donors include the Altman Foundation; Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust; Mozilla Foundation; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; and David Rockefeller Fund.

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the City and its suburbs—and who are committed to improving them. The Trust supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make the City a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. The New York Community Trust ended 2014 with assets of nearly $2.6 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $158 million. The Trust welcomes new donors. Information at

Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network (Hive NYC) is a city-wide lab where educators, technologists and youth-development experts build innovative, connected learning experiences for young people. Its members include museums, libraries, afterschool programs, code clubs and informal learning spaces. Together, they share best practices, learn from one another, and create an ecosystem of programs, tools and events that prepare young people for success in the digital age. Information at


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