Summer Program 2014

   

The Digital Media Training Program in Harlem conducted a 3D Animation Workshop and a Black Scientist Speakers Series for black and Latino junior high and high school students at the Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applies Science. Visual artist and animator Femi Ige taught the students 3D animation using the open source animation software Blender. During the workshop students learned how to create a three dimensional car.

     In order to encourage students to pursue careers in science and math the Black Scientist Speakers Series was launched. It featured presentations by four black scientists who talked about their areas of research and how they embarked on their careers. Dr. Jamol Pender was born in the Bronx, New York and earned his PhD. from Princeton University in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Chike Ukeagbu, originally from Nigeria, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the City University of New York and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mgavi Brathwaite was born in Harlem, New York and earned a Masters of Science degree in Plant Biotechnology from Tuskegee University. Dr. Christopher Blackwood, was born in the Bronx, New York and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Pharmacology.

     The project was a collaboration between the Riverside Church Division of Children, Youth and Families directed by the Reverend James Singletary, the Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry’s Digital Media Training Program directed by Columbia Journalism School Adjunct Professor Melvin McCray and Columbia Engineering School’s Outreach Program directed by Emily Ford. 

     The Digital Media Training Program in Harlem hopes to inspire, train and nurture the next generation of young scientists and digital media artists. The program was funded by the West Harlem Development Corporation.

 

 

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

In this video students from the Digital Media Training Program in Harlem at the Riverside Church  report on the life and death of President Nelson Mandela. The Reverend James Forbes, the ministerial staff and the congregation of Riverside Church were early supporters of the anti-apartheid movement and enjoyed a special relationship with Mandela once he was freed from prison after 27 years. After his death on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95, the church celebrated his life and legacy in a memorial service of praise and thanksgiving. The young students in the media-training program are learning journalism, oral history, video and photography. The students used the occasion of Mandela’s death to sharpen their journalism skills and learn more about one of the most influential men of the last century. They were particularly intrigued by the fact that Mandela addressed enthusiastic crowds in the sanctuary where they were reporting. The opening montage contains rare footage of Mandela's farewell address to the Riverside Church filmed by McCray in 2005. 

Members of The Digital Media Training Program at the Riverside Church led by Rev. James Singletary (top row third from left), Director of Children, Youth and Families at the Riverside Church and Melvin McCray (bottom), Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Members of The Digital Media Training Program at the Riverside Church led by Rev. James Singletary (top row third from left), Director of Children, Youth and Families at the Riverside Church and Melvin McCray (bottom), Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

High school students meet every Friday night to work on media projects of their own choosing. The program is part of the Phelps Stokes Digital Media Training Program at the Riverside Church. It's administered by Rev. James Singletary, director of Youth, Children and Families and Melvin McCray, adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Funding has been provided by the West Harlem Development Corporation.

The Digital Media Training Program In Harlem

The Harlem Thourgh My Eyes Project

The primary goal of the Harlem Through My Eyes Project is to create a multi-media exhibit, website and photography book. A secondary goal is to train black and Hispanic youth in the Harlem community in video, photography, 3D animation, computer programming and journalism. The Digital Media Training Program in Harlem seeks to change the long-term prospects of African Americans and Latino youth through their participation in digital media training. The program will enable underserved young people, 11 to 22, to produce projects that express their reality and vision, feature their projects in public screenings and online exhibits, develop their collaborative, communication and critical thinking skills, critique and provide instructive feedback on their work, counsel them on how to channel their creativity and skills into viable career paths as well as guide them to additional training, internships and entry level job positions.