BENEFITING: DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION CENTER INC
EVENT DATE: Aug 23, 2013
During the week of August 18th I will attempt to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar. This is at the absolute edge of my comfort and experience - but I've been training with a small group of friends since January to conquer the 12 miles of cross-currents and container ships, and join the list of fewer than 400 people who ever made it to Morocco without a wetsuit.
This adventure is also an opportunity to raise support for Downtown Community Television Center's (DCTV's) youth documentary fellowship program. For every $2,000 we raise, we'll support a year-long media fellowship for one of the underserved New York teenagers who come from across the City to DCTV each week to learn documentary production skills and create meaningful media. DCTV is a 501c-3 charity that has been serving young New Yorkers since 1972.
Having worked in the production end of DCTV for the last 10 years, I've seen first hand the transformative effect the media fellowship has on young people, the bonds built between student and teachers, and the great works they produce. Listen here to Ezra (a current senior fellow) describe what the fellowship means to him.
Over the past year, institutional giving for DCTV's youth training program has been drastically cut and we're fighting to keep the program serving as many young New Yorkers as possible. So your support of this project goes directly towards enabling a student to continue participating twice a week in an arts-education program whose small class size and individual instruction have helped its students win acclaim at film festivals across the world - and leads to a 100% success rate at getting into college.
If you haven't been down to DCTV and met some of the Media Fellows, I'd love to give you a tour anytime (except from August 15th-25th when I'm scheduled to swim the strait!). All of the proceeds from this challenge will go directly to the youth media programs at DCTV - and I'm hopeful that this will be part of the combination of fundraising efforts that will keep the youth media fellows at DCTV thriving.