The Hive NYC Fund is pleased to announce its first round of Innovation Fund grants, which were awarded this month to members ranging in organizational budget, population served, program focus, and youth engagement approach. A total of $130,635 to 7 organizations was granted to the following members and projects:
Center for Urban Pedagogy and Wildlife Conservation Society received a collaborative grant totaling $39,606 ($19,803 each) to pilot Digital City Studies, an afterschool transmedia program that will engage high school youth to examine New York City’s environmental ecosystem and the individuals that have shaped its distinct identity.
Education Video Center received a grant of $20,000 to facilitate a learning exchange that will bring young people from NYC and Tennessee’s Clearfork Valley communities together to engage thinking critically about digital equity and activism in urban and rural areas. This exchange will focus on the interconnected systems that impact their communities, introduce youth to current initiatives to bring broadband access to rural Tennessee, and provide a participatory and collaborative opportunity for youth to build on their storytelling, media making, and digital communications skills.
Global Action Project received a grant of $20,000 to pilot and develop a model for youth-produced, politically responsive, cross-platform, rapid response media production that can speak to critical issues impacting youth as they arise.
New York On Tech received a grant of $20,000 to pilot a digital storytelling curriculum that teaches students how to effectively capture their experiences learning about coding, technology, and careers in digital media and technical fields.
STEM from Dance received a grant of $12,200 to iterate on its core programming–in which young women choreograph multimedia dance pieces that they learn to code throughout the semester–to prototype new ways of integrating dance and technology and create corresponding curriculum in partnership with their youth participants.
TechKids Unlimited received a grant of $18,830 to pilot their Creative Technologist Teen Internship for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which aims to support youth transitioning from high school in learning computer science and tech skills while also developing their social and emotional learning skills.