We hosted our 18th Annual Benefit at Capitale in NYC, honoring Caroline Kennedy and Roy Ryu, with special guest Assembly Member Michael Blake. Program included special guests via livestream from Poongsan High School in Korea, as well as performances from Bronx poets, Bronx Youth Chorus and DreamYard Prep HS chorus students.
Last Friday, over 70 parents participated in our annual Parents Arts Fair – a day of healing and wellness-centered experiences, including aromatherapy, Johrei, yoga and meditation, visual arts, Zumba, and aromatherapy, as well as a cultural and community resource fair. Thank you to all who joined us for this wonderful event.
Last year, a group of ambitious students set out to form DreamYard Prep High School’s first ever Debate Team. Since then, the team has climbed the ranks of the NYC High School Division and been named as the second best team in the city. Their success has not gone unnoticed, and they were invited to compete at the 44th Annual Harvard Forensics Tournament against the top 300 boarding, private, and public school teams from around the U.S. and the world, including teams from China, Canada, England, and 39 states.
Spotlight: Digital Cleanse from Mozilla
Last year, several of us did a Data Detox together to clean up our data trails online. After eights days of detox - we may have all been a little frightened by what we learned - but we also had a better hold on what info websites and apps were collecting about us and an understanding of how we could control it.
This year, Mozilla is offering a couple guides that help get our digi houses in order. You can find the Data Detox guide here, as well as more info on toys and gadgets that might be tracking us and password management.
DreamYard had the amazing opportunity to exhibit student and community artworks at the Tisch Illumination Fund space in New York City. The exhibit showcased works from the Bronx Art Collective (the Art Center’s Saturday out-of-school program), and community artwork that the Illumination Fund has generously supported, including glass mosaics at Hayden Lord Park and murals on 165th Street in the Bronx.
The exhibit, “The Bronx is Being...,” highlighted DreamYard's commitment to showcasing the beauty of the Bronx and nourishing it by building communities through art.
The opening event for the show included spoken word poetry by two students, Alondra Uribe and Brianna Alicea, who spoke of their experiences of living in The Bronx and what it meant to them and to the people around them. As a former-participant-turned-intern at DreamYard, I was able to participate and help put together this amazing exhibit. It was exhilarating to see my mural, “Women of the Bronx,” which I created years prior while a student at the DreamYard Art Center, become a part of the space with other amazing artworks. It solidified my belief that if an artist makes work to uplift others and bring obscured issues into the light, it won't be forgotten. As part of the Bronx Art Collective, I worked hard every Saturday to make art that was compelling and meaningful to me and the community -- and to see it years later still relevant to DreamYard and its mission in The Bronx is extremely rewarding.
We are thrilled to kick off the new year by welcoming five members to our Board of Directors — each of whom will continue to elevate our mission to build pathways to opportunity and equity.
Digi Notes is a monthly digital learning newsletter put together by our Director of Digital Learning, Hillary Kolos. Each Digi Notes offers examples of digital learning-focused program examples, articles, and resources.
Bronx Tech Spotlight: The Glass Files
Interview with Co-Founder, Sarah Poyet
Hillary: Can you tell me about The Glass Files and how you came to start it?
Sarah: We are a software company. Families use The Glass Files web and mobile apps to treasure their media, then make their stories intersect with History by sharing them with cultural institutions and the public.
My grandfather Walter witnessed the rise of fascism in Europe and I videotaped his memoir in 2007. He escaped to the United States alone as an immigrant and refugee at the age of 17 and lost his entire family in the Holocaust.
I came out with 9 hours of footage and then my grandfather passed away. It seemed like a real shame to edit his story down to a few minutes, and at the same time there was no place on the internet guaranteeing families full privacy control of their most cherished media, so we built The Glass Files.