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Computer Resource Centers: Youth and Teen Programming

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Our digital learning programs offer opportunities for youth and teens to develop digital skills, collaborate with friends on social media projects, think critically about digital media, and develop entrepreneurial and financial skills. 

After-School Digital Play

At our free After-School Digital Play classes, kids ages six through 14 may learn how to make games, code, design websites, make videos, create music posters, or make their own music!

Through a combination of engaging games and classroom activities, our educational staff lead youth through digital learning projects in a connected learning environment. We ask youth to be good digital citizens, think critically about digital media, and creatively express themselves in both their real and digital communities with integrity and positivity. All workshops focus on the goal of academic enrichment while encouraging fun!

This program is open to children registered in our Afterschool Program at Afterschool sites, and at participating drop-in locations. A recreation center membership is required. Recreation center memberships are free for kids and teens younger than 18 years old. 

For more information about our After-School Digital Play program, please email crc@parks.nyc.gov

New Media Arts Workshop: Youth ReMixing History

Youth ReMixing History is a free, citywide after-school workshop that prepares high school students for college and a career in digital media arts. Participants create interactive websites that explore a community issue of relevance to them. Through the workshop, students learn to update and remix an Educational Video Center archival social justice documentary, as well as shoot and edit video and still photography.

With support from the Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust, this partnership brings together the expertise of the Educational Video Center (EVC), the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP), and the NYC Parks RecYouth program.

This program begins in January 2017. A recreation center membership is required to attend. Recreation memberships are free for kids and teens younger than 18 years old. 

For more information about our Youth ReMixing History program, please email recyouth@parks.nyc.gov

NYCSPARX

NYCSPARX is a free, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) enrichment pilot program for girls of all physical and mental capabilities in grades six through 12. 

Participants are creative, playful, curious explorers, and connected learners who are willing to imagine, invent, and inspire each other. SPARX is free to all participants and encourages girls to collaborate as they engage each other in STEAM projects of their own invention, with a focus on community action.

SPARX is currently offered at the following two locations. 

The next session will take place from February 27 to March 4. Registration is now open! A recreation center membership is required to participate in this program. Recreation center memberships are free for kids and teens younger than 18 years old.

For more information, please email sparx@parks.nyc.gov or call (347) 394-4251.

RecYouth

Has anyone ever told you that you have an “eye for design”? Are you a pro at freestyling? Are your friends tired of playing video games with you because you always destroy them? If you answered yes to any of those questions, we have the next challenge for you—apply to RecYouth and take your interest to the next level in video, audio, graphic design, and game design. RecYouth is a free program for teens ages 13 through 17. Learn more about our RecYouth program

Teen Classes

Our general teen classes offer opportunities for you to develop your technology skills, as well as receive financial, academic, and career guidance in the form of entrepreneurial training, college prep, and resume writing. Find a teen class near you

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