In 2013, Spark Media Project (formerly Children’s Media Project) was named one of several local agencies contracted to bring after school programming into the City of Poughkeepsie School District. The contract was underwritten through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education, which advocates for 21st century readiness for every student by reinforcing the standard school curriculum with activities designed to boost communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and creativity and innovation.
Beginning in October 2013, Spark began offering free after-school programming in four Poughkeepsie schools: Clinton, Krieger, and Morse Elementary, and Poughkeepsie Middle School; In 2014, Spark expanded their reach to include Warring Elementary School.
Students in the 21st Century Program work with professional media educators to gain skills in digital storytelling, radio production, filmmaking, stop-motion animation, graphic design, multi-media creativity, music and video production and editing and much more.
Spark Media Project is thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative and looks forward to inspiring a new generation of media artists in the years to come!