“If I had the knowledge, skill, and money to use all the tools in the world, I would start digitally remixing all my short stories and poems…It would also be great if I could animate one of Edgar Allan Poe’s works such as the ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ or ‘The Raven.'” – Monica Chin, mentee
Our mentees are defining the digital age, bringing the craft of writing into the 21st century. In our Digital Media Mentoring Program, we boost girls’ tech savvy and creative potential through digital media. In bringing our curriculum and writing approach into the digital age, we prepare the girls we serve to truly be the next generation of writers — on whatever platform they choose.
Students are paired one-to-one with a digital media professional and together they transform their writing into digital art. All Studio Workshops are facilitated with the support of graduate students at Parsons The New School for Design, and feature writing and digital skill-building exercises, prompts, and share-outs to diversify participants’ modes of self-expression. At the end of a program year, girls are equipped to tell a story in GIFs, write a poem in HTML, and take their words to the next level.
This program is strongly encouraged for girls who want to translate their writing into multimedia stories, develop an online portfolio of work, and build skills for internships and college. In partnership with Parsons The New School for Design, program participants attend Studio Workshops at Parsons, prepare for an interactive exhibition, and publish their work on new media platforms.
This work is supported with leadership funding from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust, with additional support from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and The Pinkerton Foundation.