NYC FIRST runs a facility dedicated to STEM learning at the local New York Public Library branch. Though not physically housed within a school, the STEM Center partners deeply with the public K- 12 school district as well as with the community at large. In very tangible ways, it is bringing school into the community and bringing community into the school.
At its best, a school is a place where students and young people have the opportunity to explore, think creatively, form social bonds, and learn about the world around them. To help make this vision a reality, Education Reimagined focuses on making learner-centered education available to each and every child in America.
While the summer months offer an excellent window into how schools and communities come together to jointly grow and teach our young people, these collaborative efforts ought to exist all year. It is against this backdrop that we elevate three organizations seeking to redefine the relationship between school and community, in ways big and small.
NGIN set out on a project that entailed desk research, stakeholder engagement interviews with national experts as well as local and regional leaders from digital equity focused organizations, wealth creation organizations, and community-based organizations.
In 2020, SFE grantee NYC FIRST faced a challenge experienced by most organizations that provide direct services to students and young learners: how to translate highly nuanced, interactive educational programming to a remote context.
By pursuing work that so clearly illustrates the ties between the built environment and social and economic outcomes, MASS Design’s strategic mindset is implicitly aware of the social, physical, and technological factors that inform multidimensional infrastructure.