They’ve Got Rhythm!

Students at our partner schools, Bronx Haven High School and Bronx Design and Construction Academy, have something to sing and dance about. They are part of a citywide initiative run by the NYPD called “My School’s Got Rhythm, Not Violence”. The program targets large school campuses in communities where violence and strained police relations have been issues.

The teens are recruited from different schools within the building to foster camaraderie within the school building, working as a collaborative team to write music and lyrics. Once complete, they then choreograph a dance moves to the song they’ve written together. Community Outreach officers of the police department facilitate the activities, incorporating anti-violence and conflict resolution techniques, empowering students to diffuse volatile situations before they escalate.

On April 8th, our students performed their song in a competition against other high schools in the borough, which aired on Bronxnet, the Bronx’s local television station. The students, who together represent the Alfred E. Smith Educational Campus, won first place! They will go on to compete against the winners of each borough. Stay tuned for updates!

Watch our students perform their song:

Video courtesy of BronxNet