Education Blog

Have Fun. Do Good. Volunteer!

By Paige Grand Pré, Education Communications Associate 03.02.16

The JBFC’s education programs for school and community organization groups are made possible with the passionate support of our dedicated volunteers. We encourage you to join our team and have a positive impact on the lives of young children across the region.

Minds in Motion
This interdisciplinary program gives students the opportunity to collaboratively write, storyboard, direct, and produce their own original stop-motion animated film. The curriculum creatively integrates elements of science, technology, math, language arts, and the arts for a dynamic project-based learning experience. During the 2015–16 school year, over 30 fourth grade classes and after-school students will participate in Minds in Motion.

Minds in Motion volunteers work closely with the same group of students over the course of twelve weeks as they collaboratively create their own original animated films. No experience necessary! Minds in Motion takes place in schools and community organizations throughout Westchester.

Training & Information Session: January 27, 2017 from 10:00–12:00 pm (email Imani Humphries, to RSVP.)

See Hear Feel Film
This one-of-a-kind education initiative helps third grade students become more active viewers of visual media and lead more examined lives. The program uses film to spark students’ creative expression and storytelling skills, while helping them write with clarity, confidence, and joy. During the 2015–16 school year, students from over 35 elementary schools throughout Westchester County will visit the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab for the two-hour program. During the workshops, students view and discuss short films from around the world and collaborate creatively in small groups to practice the tools filmmakers use to tell stories.

Volunteers for See Hear Feel Film help third grade students learn to think like filmmakers during two-hour weekday sessions at the Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville. The program takes place on Tuesdays - Thursdays at 9:30–11:30 am and 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Some volunteers help out with See Hear Feel Film once or twice a week, while others participate once or twice a month. We welcome any level of commitment!

Training & Information Session: January 20, 2017 from 10:00am–12:00 pm (email Imani Humphries, to RSVP.)

For more information, contact Imani Humphries,

To Apply:

Please fill out an application electronically and send it along via email to with “Education Volunteer” in the subject line of your email. You may also mail your application to Jacob Burns Film Center, ATTN: Human Resources, 405 Manville Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570. No phone calls please.