EVC’s New Media Arts Apprenticeship (NMAA) is an afterschool workshop that annually gives 40 high school students college and career preparation in digital media arts as they learn to create apps, shoot video and photography, remix archival social justice footage and design an interactive website exploring a community issue of relevance to them.
Students earn school credit participating two afternoons per week for 15-week semesters, gaining basic mastery in industry-standard digital media imaging and editing tools including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements and the WIX web-design platform. The students’ final interactive websites are presented and celebrated at public launch events. Additionally, students are prepared as media educators and then are placed in summer jobs as counselors teaching Photoshop Elements and animation to young campers.
This apprenticeship gives students a strong advantage in gaining acceptance to college-level digital media programs; marketable career-ready skills that are in great demand in the media and technology industries; and an understanding of the community-based applications of these skills. The apprenticeship aligns with 9th – 12th grade Common Core State standards and addresses Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Moving Image 12th grade standards in the areas of film production and animation.
Bridging the Gap is the newest online project from EVC’s New Media Arts Apprenticeship. We’re proud it won the prestigious Social Impact Award at the Emoti-con Youth Digital and Technology Challenge. This innovative project is designed to promote informed dialogue among youth, police, and the community, highlighting ineffective policing practices while also moving towards community problem-solving of this critical issue. EVC students presented their interactive community website, providing original interviews, historical footage from EVC archives, and research about police-community relations at Teachers College, Columbia University in June 2015. Following this launch, these students were be placed in summer camp counselor jobs.
EVC's New Media Apprenticeship, sponsored by ExpandEd Options, helped shape my future. Through the program, I learned that I like creating websites and video editing. It was also great to change people's perspectives on social issues. I am currently working on my arts and advertisement design major at City Tech. Working at University Settlement was a challenge at first; however, I learned that I love working with kids , which is something I never did before since I am an only child. Teaching lesson plans encouraged me to overcome my shyness and develop a better way to express myself. I really do appreciate the efforts on sponsoring internships because it opens up doors and let you explore ideas before you even choose a career.`` -- Melanie Martinez, Former NMAA Teaching Assistant & Youth Producer
For more information about the program, contact NMAA Instructor Leslie Englander at firstname.lastname@example.org.