BDC Youth Photo League
Our free afterschool and summer documentary photography programs teach middle and high school Bronx students to use photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues and prepare them for college and future careers. The program includes visits with internationally-renowned photographers, field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets, and opportunities for life-changing national and international travel. BDC Youth Photo League students and families also participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours. All materials are provided by the BDC.
Questions about the program or the application? Visit our FAQ's page here.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or BDC Youth Education Manager, Ricardo J. Partida at email@example.com
Reach us by phone at 614-254-2234
Please note the classes are all IN-PERSON and held at the Bronx Documentary Center Annex, located at 364 E. 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455.
has generously provided equipment used in the program.
BDC Youth Photo League 2023-2024 After-School Program
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2023/24 SCHOOL YEAR
MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th-8th Grade)
Program dates: September 27, 2023 - May 31, 2024
HIGH SCHOOL (9th-12th Grade)
Program dates: September 26, 2023 - May 31, 2024
Tuesdays + Thursdays, 4:30-6:30PM
BJPL Summer Program
APPLICATIONS Are closed FOR THE 2023 SUMMER PROGRAM
The BDC Youth Photo League summer program is a FREE six-week-long newspaper and zine and photobook making class for students entering the 7th through 12th grades.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (7th-8th Grade)
Students will explore storytelling with photography through the medium of a photobook, experimenting with collaging, zines, and sequencing, ultimately creating their own unique photobook. In weekly Creative Conversations, students will meet working photographers and editors to gain inspiration from their work and learn about possible career pathways.
Open to students entering the 7th-8th grades. No previous experience is necessary!
HIGH SCHOOL (9th-12th Grade)
Video Newsroom Program
Using their phones and simple recording equipment, High School students will learn to report, produce, and edit video news pieces, telling the stories of the Bronx in a visual medium. This class will include multiple reporting trips to landmarks like Yankee Stadium and the Bronx River.
Open to students entering the 9th-12th grades. No experience is necessary! Cameras and other materials are to be provided by the BDC.
BDC Youth Photo League in the Media
'Finding Inspiration: Kids in the Arts' I ABC News 7 I SEP 17, 2023
High number of smoke shops in South Bronx worries doctors, students I ABC News I SEP 22, 2023
Young journalists put spotlight on city housing agency in student newspaper I News 12 I DEC 18, 2022
'The People That Are Within These Frames': A Community Offers Self Portraits | The New York Times | JUN 10, 2021
Bronx Documentary Center Uses Photojournalism to Drive Social Change | State of the Planet | AUG 5, 2020
Bronx Junior Photo League: Year-End Exhibition | The Eye of Photography | JUN 16, 2020
The Best Things to See at Photoville 2019 | Popular Photography | SEP 19, 2019
Cómo estudiar cine y fotografía de forma gratuita | Univision | DEC 12, 2018
Young photojournalists' work from the Bronx Documentary Center | CBS News | DEC 9, 2018
Bronx Student Photographers Win Awards for Documenting Their Communities | Vice | MAR 26, 2018
This is 18 | The New York Times | OCT 2018
Teenage Documentarians Show the Power of Photography | The New York Times | MAY 4, 2017
Emerging Young Photographers in the South Bronx | The New York Times | AUG 9, 2016
Youthful Perspective on the Bronx | The Riverdale Press | JUN 1, 2016
Meet The BDC Youth Photo League
Students in our free after-school program gather each week to explore the issues and stories that connect their Bronx community to the wider world through photography and writing.
With the help of community members like you, the BDC Youth Photo League can continue to grow. Support them today.
Past BDC students and alumni share their experiences at the BDC.