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For 14 years, SNN has demonstrated its capabilities to execute programs that afford students the opportunity to grow in their development. SNN has longstanding collaborations with community-based, borough and citywide not-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies and institutions providing social services vital to our target population. Areas of support include counseling, career development family living organizations and a variety of other educational groups.
All classes are aimed at cultivating students’ critical thinking abilities. Students also write, edit and publish the SNN newspaper; produce a television program that is broadcast on BCAT, the Brooklyn public access cable station; and read and understand the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Viva and Easy English news.In addition, to compliment both the Journalism and the Broadcast sections of our program and to deepen our students’ cultural, business, science and social perspectives, we take several educational trips during the year. Sites we visit each year are: the Museum of Television and Radio, the Hayden Planetarium, Madison Square Garden, the Sony Imax Theatre, the New York Stock Exchange, a newspaper plant, and a senior citizens’ home. All trips are discussed beforehand and analyzed afterward so that the students can consider (and report on) the meaning and value of the experience and how well it met expectations.The program design and evaluation is developed and executed in collaboration with school administrations, and we regularly seek feedback and input from our students’ parents and caregivers. Our staff’s interactions with students are always predicated on helping the students become productive, constructive members of society, capable of responsible thought and action.Though school classrooms serve as the hub for educational activities, it is really the interdisciplinary journalism program conducted at the SNN Multimedia Center that allows participants to learn a diverse set of skills through the hands-on experience of publishing a monthly 10,000 circulation newspaper, producing a monthly news show with interviews and features, and the production of mini documentaries on a variety of subjects and themes. The program allows participants to cultivate their intellectual, emotional, and social selves while honing critical thinking, self-awareness and self-confidence.We currently serve participants at our Day and After-School programs.
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