It’s Good News: Center Where Students Gain Digital Media Experience Receives $40,000 Staten Island Foundation Grant


STATEN ISLAND, NY — Just a year ago, Jaclyn Tacoronte, executive director of the New York City Digital Media Center, announced the new nonprofit — a radio and television production studio in Stapleton.

The NYC Digital Media Center is an outlet that provides educational opportunities and real-world experience in media and journalism. And through the programs offered, community members can learn skills in the digital media industries.

The inauguration ceremony. (Courtesy of JMT Media)Staten Island Advance

Participants and students learn skills in broadcasting and television while having the opportunity to earn certification that can be applied to long-term education solutions. Members also have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment, local multidisciplinary leaders, and New York City community media partners.

The Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC of Staten Island has partnered with the center.

The contingent includes participants from McKee and Port Richmond High Schools, who have previously attended the spring and summer sessions.

The center received a $40,000 grant from the Staten Island Foundation, which will continue to support participating students.

In conjunction with the Staten Island JCC, a press conference was held at the Gerard Carter Center.

“To see an incredible pillar of the community such as the Staten Island Foundation and its Board of Trustees supporting the NYC Digital Media Center and programs, is an investment directly in forming and facilitating a lifelong passion for digital media with the end goal of training the next wave of content creators to tell the diverse stories of the greenest borough, Staten Island,” Tacoronte said. “To work with award-winning MC Milk, our students will receive knowledge first-hand in the industry,” she added.

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MC Milk. (Courtesy of JMT Media)Staten Island Advance

Councilor Kamillah Hanks said, “It’s amazing to see the impact the NYC Digital Media Center is having on our community, and I know this grant from the Staten Island Foundation will help support the Center in its efforts to provide our young people with the skills, opportunities and training needed to pursue exciting careers in a growing industry. I had the pleasure of meeting and being interviewed by some of the students in this year’s cohort and it is clear that the work the NYC Digital Media Center does is a true investment in our youth. Welcome to your new home at the JCC Gerard Carter Center in Stapleton!”

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Jaclyn Tacoronte, left, and Laura Jean Watters. (Courtesy of JMT Media)Staten Island Advance

“Our grant to the NYC Digital Media Center aligns with Foundation priorities to support a brighter future for young people on Staten Island,” said Laura Jean Watters, Executive Director of the Staten Island Foundation. “Students in this year’s cohort have enthusiastically embraced the professional opportunities available to them. We are confident that this investment of Foundation resources will lead to strong results.

“The Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC of Staten Island is proud to partner with the NYC Digital Media Center on these exciting programs that benefit our youth. Investing in job training for young people in Staten Island will certainly benefit our borough for generations to come,” added Orit Lender, CEO of the Jewish Community Center.

“I’m very excited and grateful to be able to work with the students in my community,” says award-winning MC Milk, a rapper and producer working with artists including MC Lyte, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Bilge and Sinead O’Connor.

Programs began in Spring 2022. For more information or to register, go to


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