Tariq on set at Spark Studios

With his heart pounding, Tariq clicked on the email. Was he going to chase his dream of becoming a filmmaker in New York City? Was he going to become the first person in his family to go to college? “We are pleased to inform you…” He didn’t need to read anymore: Tariq was going to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, class of 2022! Tariq didn’t have an easy childhood: born on the island of Jamaica, he moved at age 9 to the City of Poughkeepsie and struggled to find his place. In 10th grade, Tariq discovered his passion for making films at The Art Effect. With The Art Effect, Tariq earned an income, gained important filmmaking and workforce skills, and found a home among his peers and teachers. With this support, Tariq felt confident applying for college. Tariq was accepted into one of the best film schools in the country and would become the first person in his family to attend college. With The Art Effect’s guidance—from learning about filmmaking, to receiving mentorship during the college application process, to affording the full cost of attending college—Tariq’s dream became a reality. Local youth like Tariq need your help. By making a gift to The Art Effect, you are supporting programs that help students get into college and reach their ambitions. On Tuesday, November 27th, The Art Effect is participating in Giving Tuesday, the largest charitable day of the year nationwide.

Tariq and MaryEllen, Director of Education and Experience Programming, shortly after telling us he was accepted into NYU!

Your contribution can make a huge difference to local youth in need of The Art Effect’s programs and mentorship. With your help, future artists and media masters will be able to take their next step toward higher education. Join us on November 27th to reach our goal of raising $6,000 in 24 hours and help students like Tariq realize their dream of attending college. Make a gift by clicking here!

Tariq gave us a tour inside the Tisch Building at NYU! He’s enjoying all of his classes as a freshman so far.