The Bronx Documentary Center was birthed from a love of photography and a love for the Bronx. Now in its 11th year, the Center hosts “over 35 major exhibitions and hundreds of public programs, including film screenings, lectures, workshops, free guided exhibition tours for over 5,000 students, and community-based service projects for South Bronx residents.” –

The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) is one of the Center’s numerous programs. BJPL is a documentary photography and college success program serving middle through high school students in the 6th-12th grades. All experience levels are welcome and cameras and materials are provided by the BDC. Please note that during the fall semester, from October 13 – December 17, 2020, all BJPL programming will take place online via Zoom.

Applications are now open until Sept. 27th! Their virtual open house takes place Monday, September 21, 4-7PM.

For applications and more info – including FAQs, visit

 “Our free afterschool and summer documentary photography programs teach middle and high school Bronx students to use photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues, preparing them for college and future careers. The program includes visits with internationally-renowned photographers, field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets, and opportunities for life-changing international travel. Students and families participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours.” –

Michelle Caines
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Co-creator of Uptown Birdies, Michelle is a Harlem-born mother of three with a passion for anything educational and mindfulness. She enjoys hunting down affordable kid-friendly events within upper Manhattan and teaching mindfulness. Social handle: @mscaines & @tlbmindfulness