Youth Technology Instruction

Playing to Win (PTW)
VISTA Name: 
Max Benitez
Program Start: 
Program End: 
Project Description: 

In the fall of 2003, the Playing2Win organization welcomed the assistance of Mr. Max Benitez as Youth Technology Instructor. As Youth Technology Coordinator/Instructor, Mr. Bentinez’s responsibilities included:

•Assistant Instructor of Media Literacy and Video Editing to the Middle School Youth After-School Program

•Assistant Instructor of iMovie video editing workshop for Playing 2 Win’s adult members

•Assisted with the Development of science/ technology curriculum

•Consulted the P2W’s development team in creating a youth hip hop entrepreneurship program

•Collaborated with Teachers College Columbia University students and faculty in the creation of an online iMovie video editing tutorial for summer technology camp 2004.

•Edited a video promoting a Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation annual event “Art at the Park”

•Represented P2W on the Studio Museum in Harlem Community Advisory Board

•Created Virtual Reality images of Playing 2 Win facilities for the new website

•Created a TV commercial for Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation’s Art at the Park Event

•Developed a series of Public Service Announcements about Playing 2 Win’s offerings

•Provided consultant support for the development team on program concepts and equipment needs

Project Outcome: 

Vista Fellows were involved with the following:

• The development of research instruments and conduct of an on-going survey of 100 participants and adult and youth programs to better serve our community.

• The development of volunteer support program for the ongoing support of 10 volunteers and recruitment of 10 others.

• Oversaw teacher support assessments and provided ongoing support for 4 teachers in youth and adult programs.

• Provided technical support for our center to keep the 50 machines and network running smoothly

• Assisted with the development of 5-10 proposals to raise approximately $100,000

• Assisted in the development of our Job Training Program recruitment and development.

Impact Quote: 

As the purpose of the AmeriCorps*VISTA program is to provide useful outreach to local communities, our participants echoed their sentiment through visible outreach and service projects. One example I am reminded of was the special PBS viewing of “Every Mother’s Son,” coordinated by Mr. Bentinez. The event called for local law enforcement agents and community members to come together in support of the idea of social change, justice and a forum for communication and healing. This project used the power of media and the passion of human nature to discuss the realities of police brutality in New York City. This event is also an example of a sustainable solution effort and the ability of change.
- Shawna BuShell, Executive Director

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