214 west 29th Street suite 1401 NY, NY 10001

Chelsea

photography, non-profit photography program, digital photography, after-school photography program

NYC SALT’s mission and responsibility is to help mold well‐intentioned, creative, and expressive young adults through our photography and mentoring instruction. While we have shown that professional photography can have an awesome effect on at‐risk high school students, our classroom continues to harness the young talent and energy that can have an equally awesome impact on the world of photography, and academia. Many of our students go on to attend top colleges. Through NYC SALT's instruction, our students build not only their own portfolios, but their confidence and aspirations as well. 
Since 2007, NYC SALT has given our students the tools for creative visual expression, helping to build their self‐esteem and confidence, and empowering them with opportunities to achieve higher education and stable careers. 
At the heart of NYC SALT is a four-year photography and college‐mentoring program that meets twice a week throughout the school year. Taught by trained professional photographers, the students are provided digital cameras and computers and spend the year learning the technical and creative aspects of the craft, as well as how to apply their skills in the job market. Through the instructors' connections, our students are exposed to various and dynamic professions in media and the arts. NYC SALT is structured so that the students work incrementally towards achieving the necessary skills to develop portfolios for college and to attain freelance jobs.
In the five years since becoming a nonprofit we have had 100% of our students graduate from high school and go to college. We have had 58 Scholastic Art Awards in the past three years, and have had one student rank in the top 30 senior portfolios in the nation. Out of all of our students to go to college, 86% go to four year colleges and 14% to community colleges in NYC. Our graduates have received over $200K in grant and scholarship money. We have students with full scholarships to Syracuse University (2), University of Vermont (1), and Fordham University (1). We have two students at the Savannah College of Art and Design who have collectively received $40,000 over two years for their photography and art portfolios.
Our yearly goals for NYC SALT students and programming are:
1. For our students to learn to use a camera and communicate about their world through the photos they take.
2. For photography to be a tool that builds self-esteem and confidence.
3. For our students to use photography as a stepping stone to explore and create stories through other forms of media.
4. For our students to become proficient in the creation of content using computers, software, digital technology, and the internet.
5. For all of our seniors get into college, go, and graduate.
6. To assist our high school students in college preparation.
7. For our students to win awards and contests with what they produce, earning scholarship money.
8. For all our students to have strong 10‐15 picture portfolios by the end of each year.
9. To initiate a freelance co‐op program for our advanced students to apply for and receive freelance opportunities to earn money.
NYC SALT’s mission and responsibility is to help mold well‐intentioned, creative, and expressive young adults through our photography and mentoring instruction. While we have shown that professional photography can have an awesome effect on at‐risk high school students, our classroom continues to harness the young talent and energy that can have an equally awesome impact on the world of photography, and academia. Many of our students go on to attend top colleges. Through NYC SALT's instruction, our students build not only their own portfolios, but their confidence and aspirations as well. 
Since 2007, NYC SALT has given our students the tools for creative visual expression, helping to build their self‐esteem and confidence, and empowering them with opportunities to achieve higher education and stable careers. 
At the heart of NYC SALT is a four-year photography and college‐mentoring program that meets twice a week throughout the school year. Taught by trained professional photographers, the students are provided digital cameras and computers and spend the year learning the technical and creative aspects of the craft, as well as how to apply their skills in the job market. Through the instructors' connections, our students are exposed to various and dynamic professions in media and the arts. NYC SALT is structured so that the students work incrementally towards achieving the necessary skills to develop portfolios for college and to attain freelance jobs.
In the five years since becoming a nonprofit we have had 100% of our students graduate from high school and go to college. We have had 58 Scholastic Art Awards in the past three years, and have had one student rank in the top 30 senior portfolios in the nation. Out of all of our students to go to college, 86% go to four year colleges and 14% to community colleges in NYC. Our graduates have received over $200K in grant and scholarship money. We have students with full scholarships to Syracuse University (2), University of Vermont (1), and Fordham University (1). We have two students at the Savannah College of Art and Design who have collectively received $40,000 over two years for their photography and art portfolios.
Our yearly goals for NYC SALT students and programming are:
1. For our students to learn to use a camera and communicate about their world through the photos they take.2. For photography to be a tool that builds self-esteem and confidence.3. For our students to use photography as a stepping stone to explore and create stories through other forms of media.4. For our students to become proficient in the creation of content using computers, software, digital technology, and the internet.5. For all of our seniors get into college, go, and graduate.6. To assist our high school students in college preparation.7. For our students to win awards and contests with what they produce, earning scholarship money.8. For all our students to have strong 10‐15 picture portfolios by the end of each year.9. To initiate a freelance co‐op program for our advanced students to apply for and receive freelance opportunities to earn money.
NYC SALT is the only nonprofit in New York City that teaches professional photography skills to teenagers, while also providing college preparation and mentoring services. We treat our students as if they were entering the field as young professionals. This means that starting in 9th grade and continuing throughout high school and into college, an NYC SALT student will have the opportunity to attend weekly classes led by professional photographers, photo editors, and other industry leaders. Classes cover subjects as diverse as studio lighting, composition, story-telling, street photography, digital printing, social media and iphonography, and training in Adobe Lightroom. Coupled with the individual, hands-on instruction and guidance from our devoted volunteers, all of whom are professionals, our students have access to skills rivaled only by college graduate programs. Despite these technical superlatives, the key to NYC SALT’s educational approach is the close relationships that develop out of the time the students spend in the program.
NYC SALT takes a collaborative approach to our programing. We are unique because of our understanding that even work based in digital technology involves people first. It is common to find a graduate of SALT attending a Thursday class, or working in our studio between college classes. Additionally, we do not separate students by age or experience, because we recognize that the relationships developed among students are as essential to their learning as the instruction. Students share their relevant experiences, struggles, and concerns with each other. They also contribute their personalities to the feel of our studio. We attribute the desire of our students to create their best work to this relaxed learning environment. NYC SALT’s success stories are the individual awards, scholarships, and job opportunities our students obtain. These accomplishments double as motivation for our younger students who interact with impressive yet familiar peers.
We are proud to shepherd NYC SALT students through the college application process. Our new partnership with the Educational Alliance affords our students the opportunity to attend SAT preparation classes, and to learn more about their target schools. NYC SALT inspires our students to consider college as a real option, from introducing them to a college campus through the Summer Press Institute at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, to the positive impact that the arts can have on education outcomes. According to a recent NEA study, “Teenagers…of low socioeconomic status who have a history of in-depth arts involvement ("high arts")…were 15 percent more likely to enroll in a highly or moderately selective four-year college than low-arts, low-SES students,” and “three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor's degree” (“New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth.” National Endowment for the Arts, Newsroom. March 30, 2012. “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth.” November 5, 2012. http://www.nea.gov/news/news12/Arts-At-Risk-Youth.html).
NYC SALT addresses the lack of arts education available to students in New York City by offering much needed, long-term programming. We concentrate our efforts on empowering a small group of teenagers from early on in high school until they graduate. We provide professional equipment and “high arts” instruction to our students, focusing them on building complete, quality portfolios. Once they get into college, we maintain contact with them and help them navigate through their college years so that after graduation, they have the connections and the confidence to attain successful careers.
NYC SALT is the only nonprofit in New York City that teaches professional photography skills to teenagers, while also providing college preparation and mentoring services. We treat our students as if they were entering the field as young professionals. This means that starting in 9th grade and continuing throughout high school and into college, an NYC SALT student will have the opportunity to attend weekly classes led by professional photographers, photo editors, and other industry leaders. Classes cover subjects as diverse as studio lighting, composition, story-telling, street photography, digital printing, social media and iphonography, and training in Adobe Lightroom. Coupled with the individual, hands-on instruction and guidance from our devoted volunteers, all of whom are professionals, our students have access to skills rivaled only by college graduate programs. Despite these technical superlatives, the key to NYC SALT’s educational approach is the close relationships that develop out of the time the students spend in the program.
NYC SALT takes a collaborative approach to our programing. We are unique because of our understanding that even work based in digital technology involves people first. It is common to find a graduate of SALT attending a Thursday class, or working in our studio between college classes. Additionally, we do not separate students by age or experience, because we recognize that the relationships developed among students are as essential to their learning as the instruction. Students share their relevant experiences, struggles, and concerns with each other. They also contribute their personalities to the feel of our studio. We attribute the desire of our students to create their best work to this relaxed learning environment. NYC SALT’s success stories are the individual awards, scholarships, and job opportunities our students obtain. These accomplishments double as motivation for our younger students who interact with impressive yet familiar peers.
We are proud to shepherd NYC SALT students through the college application process. Our new partnership with the Educational Alliance affords our students the opportunity to attend SAT preparation classes, and to learn more about their target schools. NYC SALT inspires our students to consider college as a real option, from introducing them to a college campus through the Summer Press Institute at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, to the positive impact that the arts can have on education outcomes. According to a recent NEA study, “Teenagers…of low socioeconomic status who have a history of in-depth arts involvement ("high arts")…were 15 percent more likely to enroll in a highly or moderately selective four-year college than low-arts, low-SES students,” and “three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor's degree” (“New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth.” National Endowment for the Arts, Newsroom. March 30, 2012. “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth.” November 5, 2012. http://www.nea.gov/news/news12/Arts-At-Risk-Youth.html).
NYC SALT addresses the lack of arts education available to students in New York City by offering much needed, long-term programming. We concentrate our efforts on empowering a small group of teenagers from early on in high school until they graduate. We provide professional equipment and “high arts” instruction to our students, focusing them on building complete, quality portfolios. Once they get into college, we maintain contact with them and help them navigate through their college years so that after graduation, they have the connections and the confidence to attain successful careers.
We incorporate digital technology into almost every level of our class and individual work. Early instruction for students focuses on using DSLR cameras, uploading images to programs like Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, Photo Mechanic, and Photoshop, and numerous digital post-production strategies including storage, editing, retouching and printing. Specialized instruction is geared towards applying these techniques according to audience, job function, and personal preference.
The entire workflow for our students, from capture to output, is a digital process. Especially for our graduates, who stay connected to NYC SALT through our online presence and our print sales page https://prints.nycsalt.org/. Our Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/nyc%20salt account is both a practical and efficient way for them to continue producing shareable art. We have an Instagram and Twitter presence https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nycsalt&src=hash. We have just started utilizing these accounts with the kids as a way for them to have their work seen by more people. Having relationships with professionals like Tim Young, an “iphone-ographer,” helps our students better utilize apps and social media to supplement and enhance their craft. 
We are also sure to help students understand that crafting a photograph is much like creating a message. NYC SALT instructors teach our students to take care honing their artwork. Increasingly using social media and photography in tandem to develop a unique voice helps our students to understand subtle differences along the various stages of artistic production. It is this sphere – the confluence of digital and social media as it pertains to art – in which we envision NYC SALT continuing to innovate, as our students continue to experiment with sharing their intellectual and artistic output.
We incorporate digital technology into almost every level of our class and individual work. Early instruction for students focuses on using DSLR cameras, uploading images to programs like Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, Photo Mechanic, and Photoshop, and numerous digital post-production strategies including storage, editing, retouching and printing. Specialized instruction is geared towards applying these techniques according to audience, job function, and personal preference.
The entire workflow for our students, from capture to output, is a digital process. Especially for our graduates, who stay connected to NYC SALT through our online presence and our print sales page https://prints.nycsalt.org/. Our Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/nyc%20salt account is both a practical and efficient way for them to continue producing shareable art. We have an Instagram and Twitter presence https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nycsalt&src=hash. We have just started utilizing these accounts with the kids as a way for them to have their work seen by more people. Having relationships with professionals like Tim Young, an “iphone-ographer,” helps our students better utilize apps and social media to supplement and enhance their craft. 
We are also sure to help students understand that crafting a photograph is much like creating a message. NYC SALT instructors teach our students to take care honing their artwork. Increasingly using social media and photography in tandem to develop a unique voice helps our students to understand subtle differences along the various stages of artistic production. It is this sphere – the confluence of digital and social media as it pertains to art – in which we envision NYC SALT continuing to innovate, as our students continue to experiment with sharing their intellectual and artistic output.

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