On Thursday, December 13, 2012, teenagers from the Garden of Dreams Foundation celebrated the completion of Fuse Rocks the Classroom with a wrap party at Fuse Studios in New York City. Check out a first look below!
The 12 teens from Garden of Dreams partner organization WHEDco, a Bronx-based community organization, hosted the party for members of the Fuse staff who dedicated their time to working with the students and teaching them about all aspects of life in the music television industry. Throughout this ten week after-school program, run by Fuse and the Garden of Dreams Foundation, participants learned everything from working a camera and writing a script for a show, to creating original content for the web and scheduling blocks of programming for a network.
In addition to spending time with each department, the teens had the opportunity to attend a live performance by Ne-Yo at Fuse Studios, as well as conduct an interview with rapper Meek Mill. Participants also sat down with Yasmine Richard, host of Fuse's Top 20 Countdown and Trending 10, and learned about life in front of the camera. The semester culminated with the students creating their own original program which was screened at the wrap party. In addition to the video unveiling, students also received individual plaques and certificates of completion at the wrap party, presented to them by Yasmine.
Fuse, in partnership with Garden of Dreams, collaborated to create "Fuse Rocks the Classroom," a program that introduces high school students to the music television industry. Launched in January, 2009, "Fuse Rocks the Classroom" provides teens with a unique opportunity to meet Fuse executives and staff, learn about their roles at the network and the skills necessary to pursue a career in music television.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501 3C non-profit charity with the mission of positively impacting the lives of children facing obstacles, in partnership with The Madison Square Garden Company. The Foundation works closely with the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse to create unique, unforgettable events and programs that provide children with a personal and on-going connection with the magic of The Madison Square Garden Company, brightening their lives and making dreams come true. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 215,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the programs we run and the children we serve please visit www.GardenofDreamsFoundation.org.