Beam Center Updates


Beam Center is busy everyday working with youth, teaching teachers and creating inspiring projects that make learning meaningful and fun! Scroll down for updates and follow us on Facebook or Instagram for cool photos, video and action from Beam day to day.

We appreciate everyone who helps make our work possible. Check out our Beam Is campaign and hear from Beam youth what makes Beam special. Please consider supporting our work with students, schools and communities by making a donation.

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Beam Updates

CareerCLUE with teens from Boys & Girls High School in Brooklyn

Watch Beam Center Apprentices in action! We are so proud that Beam was highlighted in this video about the CareerCLUE program, supported by NYC DOE, NYC Community and Renewal Schools and the Fund for Public Schools. Hear from our students and teachers about learning and making at Beam.

Posted December 2018

Call for Beam Camp 2019 Project Proposals!

Deadline January 6, 2019

Submit your proposal to make this year’s project the best yet! Please share with your friends, colleagues and networks! See detailed proposal instructions here.

For inspiration, check out Beam projects from the last 14 years here!

Bread & Brawn Video Release!

Beam Is….

We asked young people we work with in NYC and at Beam Camp to tell us their Beam story and answer the question “What is Beam?” Here are just a few things they said.

Beam Center is a place of hard work and a lot of fun. Noor, age 16

Beam is a place where I felt heard and appreciated. Deborah, age 13

Beam is filled with creative and motivational people, Bakhti, age 16

Beam is opportunity. Briana, age 19

What is Beam to you? Watch and share our video stories on Beam’s YouTube channel and join us in telling your “Beam is” story.

Posted November 2018

Celebration Gala!

Beam supporters, staff and youth gathered to CELEBRATE investment in youth as part of the 2018 Youth Inc Celebration Gala. As a first-time honoree, you helped us smash expectations and together we raised close to $100,000 to benefit Beam youth programs. After we hit $75,000, we announced a stretch goal to direct all additional money raised to benefit the NYC Beam Project coming in June 2019. (You can still donate to the campaign until December 14, 2018.) Thank you for your support!

Here are some photos from the night!

Posted November 2018

Beam Center to be Honored at Celebration Gala, November 14, 2018

This fall, Beam Center is one of 10 NYC youth nonprofits to be honored at the annual Youth Inc Celebration Gala held on November 14, 2018 at The Grand Hyatt New York. We are proud to be recognized for our work with youth and all monies we raise will be directed to youth programs. We would love for you to attend or consider a sponsorship. More details about the event and how you can support Beam with a ticket purchase or donation here.

Posted October 2018

Beam Camp NH August Project: Bread and Brawn

Thanks to Todd Bookman from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) for visiting Beam as we were completing the Bread & Brawn project. He was able to capture some of the crazy but inspiring (and delicious) stuff that happens at Beam. Listen to Beam Campers describe the work here.

(Our story was also picked up by US News & World Report.)

Photo credit: Todd Bookman

Photo credit: Todd Bookman

Beam Summer in the City

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This summer in NYC, we built 100s of projects with:

  • 24 Apprentices at our Brooklyn Beam Center

  • 200+ public school students in 5 boroughs

  • 400+ elementary and middle schoolers at Beam and CAMBA Day Camps

This summer, Beam Center is firing on all cylinders with programs in 7 locations across NYC plus our sleepaway camp in New Hampshire. We are creating exciting projects with young people at Brooklyn Summer Day Camp, Teen Apprenticeship at Beam Center and Beam's Invention X Nature program for STEM Summer in the City in schools in each borough. More details from our NYC summer programs here.

July 2018

Presenting Time Tomb: Beam Camp New Hampshire Project July 2018

Campers constructed a monument to myth, memory and meaning, employing skills of welding, coding, storytelling with lots and lots of concrete.  More details here .

Campers constructed a monument to myth, memory and meaning, employing skills of welding, coding, storytelling with lots and lots of concrete. More details here.

Spring 2018: School Projects & Showcases

As we wrap up the school year, it’s incredible to see Beam youth and instructors working in and out of the classroom. We are thrilled to celebrate all the amazing projects created by Beam youth during our in-school partnerships this year. We are amazed and proud that we worked with over 5,000 public school students this year in 25 NYC schools!

Kudos to students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School who won Crowd Favorite Award at Emoticon 2018 for the LoveYrslf Floating Flowers, Brooklyn International High School students who participated in the NYC Sustainability Showcase with Interactive Raspberry Pi Recycling Bins and Beam Instructor Christopher Yau who was named ConEdison’s Brooklyn Yankee Kid! Also, students from Bronx International High School created their own hydroponic garden with Beam instructors and were featured on News12 in the Bronx.

June 2018

Inventgenuity Festival 2018 - Nose/Knows

Our 9th annual Festival weekend was a smell-tacular success! Held on March 24 & 25 at The Brooklyn New School, we had 400+ Kids and Families
30+ Beam Teens
10+ Amazing Beam Instructors
and 1 Live-Streaming, Giant Glowing Schnoz 

PLUS over $3,000+ raised for Day Camp Scholarships!

Thanks to ConEdison for support for the Festival and Beam Center's work in Brooklyn FabLab schools!

More photos and fun here.

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Posted April 2018

Announcing Beam Camp Projects 2018!

We're thrilled to announce the projects for Beam Camp NH 2018! This year's international design competition netted over 50 submissions, from which we have selected two incredible projects. Join us this summer to build big and dream big! Check out Beam Camp in New Hampshire for more details.

Posted February 2018

Posted February 2018


Beam Youth Leader Recognized as SuperStar!

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Calvin Stalvig, Director of the BeamWorks Apprentice program and Youth Development Leader, was awarded 1st place in the Algorhythm SuperStar Youth Development Awards! This past spring and summer, over 90% of Beam Apprentices had statistically significant socio-emotional learning gains due to participation in our program. 

Calvin was key in helping youth gain self-confidence, develop team-building skills and increase their positive identity. We are thrilled that Calvin and Beam Center were recognized for our work with youth!

This summer, high school Apprentices learned about NYC water ecology, developed STEM lessons which they taught to younger children and took field trips to explore and discover NYC's waterways. 

Posted January 2018


Making Memories 2017

Thanks for your reflections on MAKING Memories of 2017. We are deeply grateful for the thoughtful and strenuous collaboration of the all the kids, teens, teachers, staff and guest artists who have made incredible projects with us this year. 

MAKE A MOMENT was the theme of our year-end campaign. We were proud to highlight our youth, artists and projects. 

Thank you for all your support! Your donations exceeded our goals and help us make a difference for NYC youth in 2018! 

Posted December 2017

Let's build big together.

An intergalactic salvage station struck by a meteor, a solar-powered cinematic riff on a French film from 1902, a 2-story arboreal kaleidoscope: every year, Beam Camp solicits proposals for unique and spectacular large-scale projects that serve as the centerpiece for a 25-day session of camp, during which they are built and brought to life by 100 campers and staff. Deadline for submissions is January 7, 2018.

Posted October 2017

Experience Beam Camp NH Summer 2017

We had a great summer with hundreds of kids in New Hampshire. We were thrilled to be profiled by Todd Bookman of NH Public Radio, by The Weather Channel and by two Beamers as part of their independent projects. Great photos of the Kinetic Cluster and Salvage Station No. 8!

Posted September 2017

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Big, Bold Beam Apprenticeship

We had our biggest Apprenticeship summer yet working with over 80 teenagers in three locations (one in Brooklyn and two in the Bronx). Two groups created “Watershed” a rolling educational cart with games designed to teach younger children about water ecology, while another group created a “Solar-powered Satellite Dish” that communicated with plants! The Brooklyn teens took the Watershed to several local playgrounds in Red Hook, engaging younger kids in learning about science and the environment.

Teens also explored NYC waterways by going canoeing on Newtown Creek and taking a trip to the Rockaways! It was the first time many of the teens either rode a canoe or swam at the New York beach.

Posted September 2017

Beam Block Party

On June 3rd, we celebrated our 1st Beam Block Party, showcasing the work of our students from 23 public schools all over NYC! Thanks to parents, teens and special guests who stopped by. Learn more and see photos here 

Posted June 2017

Beam Center Awarded $100,000 in Susan Crown Exchange Digital Challenge

Beam Center was selected as one of 8 nationwide programs to participate in the Susan Crown Exchange Challenge with an accompanying award of $100,000. We are proud to be recognized as an exemplary program using digital tools for learning and serving youth ages 13-18 in out-of-school settings. Each program focuses on skill growth by working with youth to create and connect hands-on learning experiences to life, work and play beyond the program. Read more here.

Posted May 2017