Bronx Junior 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. BJPL students and families also participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours.
If you are a current BJPL student, go here to find class information and program updates.
Have questions? Visit our FAQ's page here.
BJPL 2021-2022 After-School Program
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
The Bronx Junior Photo League is a free year-long documentary photography and college success program for students in the 6th-12th grades. All experience levels are welcome and cameras and materials are provided by the BDC. Have questions about the application or program? Scroll down for our BJPL FAQ or attend one of our virtual open houses that take place each fall.
All BJPL classes will meet in-person for the 2021-2022 school year. In the past year, we have continued to realize the importance of in-person education at the BDC. In order to continue to provide on-site classes we made the decision to require vaccination for all BJPL participants.
For the BJPL 2021-2022 after-school program, in order to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and community members, all staff and eligible students, ages 12 and older, are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
You will be asked to submit proof of vaccination with your application. All records will be kept confidential. All student applicants must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that children who are 12 to 17 years old are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
October 13, 2021 - June 8, 2022
Open to all students who will be in the 6th through 8th grades in Fall 2021.
Apply online. Applications due Friday, October 1st.
October 12, 2021 - June 9, 2022
Tuesdays + Thursdays, 4:30-6:30PM
Open to all students who will be in the 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2021.
Apply online. Applications due Friday, October 1st.
BJPL Summer Program
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022 SUMMER PROGRAM WILL OPEN IN MAY 2022.
The Bronx Junior 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. All experience levels are welcome for the photobook classes; prior photography OR journalism experience is required for the newspaper class.
PHOTOBOOK (In-Person) | 7th-12th 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-12th grades in Fall 2022. No previous experience is necessary!
Applications will open in May 2022.
COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER (In-Person) | 9th-12th Grade
Students will photograph for and design a community newspaper focused on a five-block radius of the Bronx Documentary Center. Students will be given weekly assignments, as if they were a photographer for a newspaper, and will then complete them during class, as well as pitch and create stories of their own. Students will work together as a class to design, create, and print a newspaper featuring their work. 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 9th-12th grades in Fall 2022. Photography or journalism experience is required.
Applications will open in May 2022.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions for On-Site Programming
Bronx Junior Photo League classes will follow rigorous health and safety protocols, including temperature screening, social distancing, and mask wearing, as per New York State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Parents and guardians will be asked to complete consent forms to participate in the BJPL summer program.
More information about the Bronx Documentary Center’s COVID-19 safety procedures can be found here. If you have questions, please contact the Education Manager at email@example.com.
- The BDC requires vaccination for all eligible students. All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to get the COVID vaccine and can schedule an appointment, walk-in without an appointment at many city-run vaccination sites, or walk in without an appointment at New York State-run vaccination sites.
- We require submission of a negative COVID-19 test result to the BDC Education Manager prior to the first day of class each semester:
- All students must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken 3 days prior to the first day of class on October 13th or 14th, 2021.
- All students must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken 3 days prior to the first day of class on January 24th, 25th, or 26th.
- Students will not be allowed to attend class until the test is submitted. Scroll down for information on Health & Hospital testing sites (all free) throughout New York City.
- We will require consistent and correct use of well-fitting face masks with proper filtration by all students, staff, and visitors. The BDC will provide KN95 masks to students and staff each week.
- A daily temperature screen is required for all students and staff upon arrival. This will be conducted by BDC staff and your temperature noted on the sign-in sheet. Anyone with temperatures above the guideline of 97.1-99.1°F will be requested to go home. We ask parents, guardians, or caregivers to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness including COVID-19. Children who have symptoms of any infectious illness or symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend. Staff will also monitor for signs of infectious illness, including COVID-19, and will not attend if they have symptoms.
- Students and staff will be required to sanitize their hands every time they enter the building. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to all buildings and throughout the classroom.
- We will clearly establish and enforce physical distancing. We will be meeting in the Bronx Documentary Center’s Annex Gallery and in the adjacent community garden, which will enable us to enforce:
- at least 3 feet between all masked students indoors,
- at least 3 feet between all masked students outdoors,
- and at least 6 feet while eating and drinking and unmasked.
We will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies readily available through the classroom and will thoroughly clean between each class.
All meals will be eaten outdoors as weather allows.
We will plan for activities that can take place outdoors as much as possible, utilizing the community garden next door and our Melrose neighborhood. When classes are indoors, all windows will be opened for ventilation.
- All activities will take place within walking distance of the Bronx Documentary Center. We will not take any public transportation during the class hours.
We will provide separated individual spaces to store each student’s belongings. Each student will also be using individual equipment and supplies.
If anyone does not adhere to our safety guidelines after repeated (up to 3 instances) reminders from staff, we hold the right to dismiss them from the program.
We will follow these COVID-19 safety procedures if any students or staff show symptoms, receive a diagnosis or positive test of COVID-19, or have direct exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. All COVID-19 concerns should be directed to Education Manager Bianca Farrow.
COVID-19 Vaccinations + Testing for Youth
Vaccinations for Students 12+
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all New York residents 12 and older. Read more on the phased vaccine distribution here. Note: People who are 12 to 17 years old are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
If you have questions, call the New York State COVID-19 hotline at 833-NYS-4-VAX (833-697-4829).
Steps to get vaccinated:
- Find a vaccination site near you (not accessible with Internet Explorer) to make an appointment or see if they accept walk-ins. You can also use this sites to help find appointments: https://nycvaccinelist.com/
- New Yorkers must bring proof of age and New York residency. Some sites may only vaccinate people from a certain borough or ZIP code. See accepted forms of proof of eligibility here.
- Minors must have identification to verify they are at least 16 years of age, or they must have a parent or legal guardian present to attest on their behalf. A parent or legal guardian must also provide consent for vaccination — either in person or by phone — at the time of the vaccine appointment.
You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. ID and residency documentation for proof of eligibility is to confirm eligibility for vaccination. When you receive the vaccine, your privacy will be protected. There are strict laws in place to ensure confidentiality of your personal information.
BJPL in the Media
'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 BJPL
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 Bronx Junior Photo League can continue to grow. Support the BJPL today.
Past BDC students and alumni share their experiences at the BDC.