Innovation and Boys Town have teamed up to provide counseling and parenting services to our students and their families, including Boys Town’s signature Common Sense Parenting Program®. Boys Town actively participates in the Innovation community, meets regularly with Innovation staff, and maintains an office at Innovation, staffed by trained Boys Town counselors.
Once a year, Innovation students get a chance to leave the classroom for a week or more to embark on credit-bearing project based experiential learning. This experience is at the heart of our mission, and allows our students to contextualize their education within the real world – in other cities, states, and countries!
Past Enrichment weeks include: Discover Senegal, Puerto Rico – a Culinary Journey, Islands of New York, ReMix Arts, Software Engineering, Music Recording, Graffiti Arts, Florida Ecology, “Think Tank” – New Orleans Social Justice
In March of 2016, Innovation embarked on its 6th annual Enrichment Week project-based learning program.
Over 400 students in 18 clusters engaged in true, project-based, experiential learning, in New York City and across the globe! Some highlights of the program included: Discover Brazil, Social Justice:NY to NOLA, Cycle Harlem, Conquer Spain!, Coding Virtual Reality, the REMIX project, and Innovation Music Recording Studio.
Congratulations to staff and students who conceived and carried out projects with great social, political and educational value, and that exemplified our core values of leadership, collaboration and social activism through Innovation!
Innovation is proud to be a participant in the PBS Newshour Reporting Labs.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs are classrooms, after-school programs and clubs around the country producing original, inspiring reports about how national and global issues affect local communities. Students work with our staff and industry professionals to gain insight on this career field. They gain real-life experience that is translated to the workforce.
Innovation’s Special Education Collaborative Video:
The Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) is a comprehensive, standards-aligned computer science and software engineering education program for grades 6 to 12. The goals of the program are: (1) to increase the number of high school graduates, particularly from traditionally under-represented groups, who are ready to enter new and emerging high-tech fields, and (2) to develop students’ computational thinking and problem solving skills in real-world contexts.
The Remix Project is an arts incubator and training program that is divided into four academies:
Recording Arts, Business Arts and Creative Arts. The Remix Project was created in order to help
level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served
communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative
industries and/or further their formal education. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of
young people in order to help them find success as participants.