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Recent News

Blogging Workshop co-hosted by Essence Magazine designer

Danny Shaw–web designer for Essence magazine and People–jointly led a blogging and website design workshop for students of the Reciprocity Foundation.  Supporting Danny were acclaimed photographer Lina Bertucci and graphic designer Andree Desmarais.  The evening included time for students to envision their blog/website, participate in a photo shoot and lead the design process for their […]

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Workshop with Metropolis Ensemble Trains Reciprocity Poets/Performers

Last week, the Reciprocity Foundation collaborated with film-maker Alexis Neophytides and the Metropolis Ensemble to create spoken word poetry, set it to live music (the bassoon and a variety of percussion instruments) and then film each segment for our student’s college applications, digital portfolios and professional blogs/websites. The Reciprocity students had no trouble scripting poems […]

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Derek Cobb performs with Alvin Ailey Dance Company

Reciprocity graduate Derek Cobb–dancer, singer, songwriter and model–has an upcoming performance with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. It’s his 3rd performance with the company and he’d appreciate the support of the Reciprocity community. The performances will be at the Ailey Citigroup Theater on: August 27th @ 7pm August 28th @ 3pm August 28th @ 7pm […]

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First Holistic Center for Homeless Youth

The Reciprocity Foundation is currently pursuing a 5-year lease in the Fashion District to open the first-ever holistic center for homeless youth. It will be a space where youth can create original films and music, meditate and practice yoga, learn to cook vegetarian meals and to work with holistic health practitioners on healing from trauma […]

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Reciprocity Awarded Grant to Support Film Outreach

In August 2011, the Reciprocity Foundation was awarded a grant by the Fledging Fund to support a nationwide outreach project for the youth-created film INVISIBLE: Diaries of New York’s Homeless Youth. With the support of this grant, the film will be screened at key conferences in Texas (Texas Homeless Network), Portland (Pear), Philadelphia (National Assn […]

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INVISIBLE (the film) Screened at the Harm Reduction Coalition

On June 26th, 2011, Lyssette Horne, Taz Tagore and Adam Bucko led a screening of the Reciprocity youth-created film called INVISIBLE: Diaries of New York’s Homeless Youth at the Harm Reduction Coalition. Over 20 representatives from homeless shelters, youth-serving agencies and members of the HRC attended the screening. This event kicks off a nationwide tour […]

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Youth on Retreat

In May 2011, the Reciprocity Foundation hosted it’s first youth retreat at the Dharma Drum Center near Pine Bush, NY. Twelve youth signed up to attend and several had risked losing their shelter bed to go on retreat. This was an exciting moment for many of the Reciprocity students–some of whom had never left an […]

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Reciprocity Youth Filmmakers Attend 2011 Emmys

I was excited and nervous to attend the Emmy Awards in New York City. I mean, the best of the film and television industry was going to be there. Being nominated for an Emmy award on our first documentary was surprising and humbling too. It reminded me that we all have so much to be […]

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From the Streets … to the Red Carpet! Homeless Youth Win Emmy Nomination!

They spent their teenage years living on the streets of New York City. Today, a group of formerly homeless adolescents is one step away from winning an Emmy for the gritty, critically acclaimed documentary they produced about their own lives. “Invisible: The Diaries of New York’s Homeless Youth” was created by—and inspired by—teens and young […]

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New Film & Media Training Program for Youth

Are you an aspiring film producer, film/tv/music video director, or media activist? Do you have ideas that can change the world? Are you ready to take charge of your SUCCESS? Study with award winning filmmakers and media activists from companies like MTV, NEW YORK TIMES, SPIKE TV, CW/PIX and ESSENCE STUDIOS Learn directing, screenwriting, cinematography, […]

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