35-30 35th St
Astoria, NY 11106
A.R.R.O.W. Media Lab
NYC Parks Media Labs
NYC Parks Media Labs’s A.R.R.O.W. Media Lab is a featured program in the 2019 Report.
Who is served: New York City residents
Number of participants served annually: 10,337 (4230 adults)
Location: New York City
Frequency/Duration: Varies, 6-8 weeks, once or twice per week
Curriculum: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, multimedia production, computer literacy, web design
Skill level: Basic
Outcomes: Participants can receive certifications including Microsoft Office Specialist, Adobe Certified Associate
Partnerships: Educational Video Center, Pathways to Graduation, the Girl Scouts, MakerSpace NYC, NYC Salt Photography Program
Cost: Free (Membership required, annual fee of $25-$150)
Sources of funding: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
What makes this program stand out? Media Labs makes digital literacy, office suite, and tech design training available to New Yorkers through Parks Department recreation centers. With 5 locations in the Bronx, 6 in Brooklyn, 12 in Manhattan, 6 in Queens, and 1 in Staten Island, Media Labs help make basic tech training accessible throughout the 5 boroughs. Most Media Labs have offer both open hours and programmed media education courses for a range of age and skill levels, including programs for job seekers. In total, 22 locations have Tech Opps programs—instructor-led courses which offer industry-standard certifications in Microsoft and Adobe software.
The Labs also offer workforce development courses that focus on online job searching and resume writing. ”We empower our communities and the voices in those communities to become producers of content and to be more of the storytellers,” says Keenan Houser, program developer for Media Education of classes offered through the media labs.
What do participants need to succeed? To participate in a Media Lab class, a recreation center membership is required. For some programs, participants must commit to attend all classes.
What does the organization need? More STEM and coding programs at Media Lab locations around the city equipped with interdisciplinary instructors who are trained technologists.