History of our program
Coney Island Generation Gap Mission Statement & Future Focus Curriculum:
Founded in 2003, Coney Island Generation Gap is a community service organization founded by a consortium of professionals from the Coney Island area, proficient in a variety of specialized fields.
Coney Island Generation Gap Reunion Committee Corporation is pleased to submit this mission statement for your review. We look forward to your partnership in our cooperative efforts to rebuild Coney Island.
Our mission is our Future Focus Project/Arts and education, thus enabling moderate and low-income youth, a chance to build a strong path to their future, strong character and realize their fall potential at responsible citizens and leaders, through the eyes of media arts.
Coney Island Generation Gap, CIGG has successfully completed four documentaries since the storm took 100% of our program. CIGG'S Future Focus Project, FFP; Arts/Media and Education supports our clients during this critical time by providing information that will help youth/seniors and families unfamiliar with their overall career choices, and their environment, thus continuing to develop skills and advance in their futures. The FFP offers its members a comfortable atmosphere in which they can share, grow and network with other peers who have recently made the same transition into a future focus, thus teaching our youth arts and media education, computer skills, health and wellness, outdoor enjoyment, and recreation. Starting with a 16-week fall program and a 9-week summer program. The Future Focus Project, arts/media and documentaries are provided to youth, who work with CBO's, businesses, parks and recreation, store owners, civic leaders, churches, etc. CIGG'S commitment is helping youth to succeed; our program supports the objective to promote community involvement, youth with seniors, and family mentorship.
- Membership is open to Future Focus youth who are ready to make changes toward the future
- For our seniors get them out of their homes, into our parks, exploring the natural beauty through the eyes of cameras, and teach them the skills needed to interact with our youth, and allow them to bring their experiences to our youth. (Summer 2014)
- Each regularly scheduled meeting consists of two key elements: an expert counselor to discuss any on going mental health issues (since hurricane), instructor/speaker leading a discussion and a networking period.
- Weekly meetings cover a variety of subjects and activities that promote professional development. Topics include working together/discovering outdoors, communication skills, the copy right laws, film set-up, film and photo editing, Master of the set (how to DJ), creation of documentaries the ABC's, social/emotional issues, and etiquette classes, volunteerism, among others.
- FFP members have access to product discounts and professional resources to help them further their personal and professional growth. They will volunteer in outdoor activities, ex: gardening, mural painting, soup kitchen, etc., working with video cameras to document their experiences, and other essentials needed for a successful working, volunteer environment.
CIGG's Future Focus Project Is driven by four core goals:
- To increase the academic, experiential, vocational and community development opportunities of the underserved children/seniors and families of Coney Island.
- To promote the concepts of "community building" as a vibrant, life-long investment project, where each community member takes ownership of the neighborhood's rehabilitation, maintenance and long-term sustainability.
- To increase awareness, respect and appreciation for the rich cultural diversity in the community among our youth/seniors, and families.
- Financial literacy workshops are an important component of the Future Focus Project we will teach low-income youth/seniors how to become economically independent by creating fiscal goals, constructing budgets and investing in their futures. Our goal is to guide and understand organizing, also each one teaches one goal, media arts, teens & seniors, thus etiquette are the key to success. This will be made possible through corporate sponsorship, and community involvement.
Coney Island Generation Gaps Media Art Program runs as a fall/summer program. We provide the inter-disciplinary skills needed to successfully educate design students and to keep pace with the industry, the Media Arts Program proposes three new tracks to enhance Visual Communications, Media Arts through Television, CD's/DVD's, documentaries, and Graphic Design.
Students are introduced to the tracks in classes/studios and counseled by advisors during the fall/summer cycle. This program will be offered to 50 youth 13 & up, and for our seniors those seniors that are willing to guide our youth through their past and into the future.
Advertising Graphic Design
This program leads students to creative careers in Art Direction, a more focused combination of visual and verbal information design to create a message that moves consumers to action. Coney Island Generation Gap will also introduce an advertising design, which will address the changing nature of the ad industry and explore new methods of reaching a target audience, thus this will allow our students to learn how to market their work. Instruction will center on concept development and art direction for print, television, film and web based advertising with an emphasis on research and target marketing. We will also do fieldwork, which will include studies in nature/outdoors, studies on the history of our park/environment, community diversity, which will bring us to advertising, studio photography, thus creating a documentary that is innovative and creative.
- Story Boarding
- Print Advertising
- TV and Web Design
- CD/DVD Making
- Copy writing
- Documentary Making
- Master the mix
Coney Island Generation Gap has played a major role in the transformation of children and adults from a community with too many unproductive, unsupervised kids with too much time to get into trouble to an organization providing these youth with valuable structured programs. The Coney Island Generation Gap Program, has partnered with Friends of Kaiser Park, Partnership for Parks, 60th Pet., One Police Plaza CAB Unit, Feld Entertainment, approved Oil, CCNYC, and various other organizations, which focuses on Health and Wellness uses the Lead By Example Curriculum to: Empower young people by providing local Health and Wellness, volunteerism, Anti Violence information Future Focus opportunities, with life skills programing that promotes positive values, healthy habits, and education through the continued outdoor events we do (Google CIGG Soap Box Derby Race DA Hines) resulting in real life power, in and outside of the home.
1. Target Population:
In Coney Island, the need for high quality community development, academic and work programs for young people and families is acute. According to Census 2000, Coney Island has a high concentration of children born into poverty with the per capita income at $14,006. The lower income status of Coney Island's children and families is further evidenced by the fact that 11.8 percent of its residents received public assistance compared to 9.2 percent for Brooklyn and civilian unemployment represented 12.9 percent in Coney Island as compared to 10.7 percent in Brooklyn. Of Coney Island's 52, 330 residents, 17, 864 are black, 8,940 are Hispanic, 28, 252 are white, 1,144 Asian and 5,070 are classified as "other." Coney Island Generation Gap Reunion Committee, Corp (CIGG) helps our neighbors build powerful communities. We identify young people, ages 5-24, and their families in Coney Island public housing developments and the blocks that surround them and provide high quality academic, work experience and community building projects. We believe that this approach allows us to maximize the impact of our services; by reaching many young people in a small well-defined area, CIGG can impact the youth culture of the entire Coney Island community.
With a partnership with Elected officials, DYCD, NYCHA, NYC Parks Department, Partnership for Parks, District 21 schools, 60th Precinct, Community Groups, and other community partners we will maintain a staff of professionals, who will work diligently to keep Coney Island vibrant, safe, and keep our youth out of gangs and off the streets.
We need to secure a space for the program to run successfully, we have pre-surveyed more than 5000 community residents for their input on how they would like to see this program run, and pre-surveyed youth/families and seniors on what they would like to have in this program.
Beginning in the summer of 2003, CIGG has successfully hosted annual, family-centered summertime events, each serving approximately 5000 children and families. CIGG has also organized and hosted seasonal gala events, which serve to heighten community awareness around important health-related, civic, educational and neighborhood improvement issues. Additionally, for the past six years, CIGG has provided support to local organizations and families "at risk".
Coney Island Generation Gap has developed five fundamental strategies to address community problems: community organizing, advocacy, community development, senior outreach, and youth development. What is important here is that we all know what each group is doing that the method matches the strategy we've chosen and they all match the mission the group has adopted.
CIGG is committed to investing in consistent, authentic internal and external feedback. Our ability to reflect and augment delivery of services is driven by our strategic plan, which includes program goals and benchmarks for the next ten years. Methods and tools for evaluation will include input from our Congressman, State Senator, Councilman, and Assemblyman, in addition, to stakeholders and independent auditors. Other sources would include eliciting responses from DYCD, NYCHA, homeowners, school counselors, focus groups, program participant surveys, program quality checklists, staff performance evaluations, media and television sessions, ex: BET, community showcasing, and fiscal audits.
Coney Island Generation Gap, a non-profit dedicated to transforming communities, will help civic innovators make their communities more vibrant places where people can share, grow, network, and access better communication options, through media arts.
The support builds on the success of our fundraising which allows us to travel and tour with our civic innovators from several U.S. cities to several countries; that stimulated a host of local projects. CIGG has captured key lessons from the tours. The lessons show that scavenging around different cities and countries promotes civic engagement by building self esteem, encouraging verbal communication with others, and a greater quest for knowledge. These amenities are critical to attracting and retaining the talented youth that builds healthy economies.
The Future Focus Project has two key civic objectives:
1) To expose current and emerging leaders to policy and public space efforts that foster quality of life and civic engagement; and
2) To build and strengthen a network of leaders that will encourage the sharing of ideas and innovations between communities through media arts. This program will support 50 young and emerging leaders in implementing short-term, high-impact projects that strengthen mobility, public space improvements and civic engagement in their communities.
The project will establish a group of committed youth for change, and create a wider base of support for making Coney Island and surrounding communities healthier and more connected. In the longer term, we expect to see our youth pursuing more innovative approaches to documenting that contributes to healthier communities and fosters a culture of engagement.
This project will bring our community together to discover and share great ideas from across the globe that focus on public space as a driver of new opportunities, better quality of life, and residents who want to participate in shaping their community. The team at CIGG has demonstrated its ability to inspire quick results in documentation. We are especially excited to train young talent who can carry out the work of creating a more vibrant outlook on what is needed in the West end of Coney Island.
Coney Island Generation Gap supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.
Coney Island Generation Gap