NSBD Teens Reflect While Building Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar Exhibition

As we wrap up our work during the final stages of the exhibition project our teens decided to share some thoughts about their overall experience with the Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar project.

Here is what some of them had to say about the project:

Great experience going to Joloff and eating Senegalese food. Brittney E.

This project was a lot of work, but I enjoyed learning about Dakar and the dance classes we took at Cumbe. Sheeba B.

I learned a lot about Dakar, Senegal and Senegalese culture. Erica N.

I’m putting filmmaker on my resume and the project has given me a better understanding of Africa and Senegal. Brionna U.

I enjoyed learning to work with people in a group, gaining leadership skills, and tasting the Senegalese food at Joloff restaurant. Jinelle T.

It opened my eyes to Senegalese culture and I can now say I am a curator. Rayanna A.

The great thing about doing projects like this is that you can engage participants on many different levels. Some will like project-based work, others filmmaking, others research and writing, others will enjoy design, while still others will enjoy the cultural immersion like the dancing, drumming and food tasting that we participated in.

We’re really excited that our students were able to get so many things out of the process, skills that will help them academically and in life.

NSBD Teens Reflect on the Project

Our teens have been working on the Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar project for over 6 months now!  During this time they have had the opportunity to meet and interview many artists that have made significant contributions to the growing Senegalese community in central Brooklyn. The knowledge acquired from these interviews combined with their research has taught them many exciting new facts about Dakar as well as the various ways Senegalese migration has been impacting their community.

Here is what some our teens have to say about the experience so far:

The project has been very interesting so far. I have never done anything like it before. It has taught me a lot of fascinating facts about Dakar. Petra C.

Overall, the program has been great. It has gotten me out of the house and it has helped improve my communication and research skills. I also get to meet a lot of new people. Trevor F.

I enjoy watching videos and learning about how different news sources present information about Senegal and Mali. Jinelle T.

Speaking to people of Senegalese descent is an honor. It’s not everyday we get to meet and learn about accomplished people like Marie Basse. Senee R.