The New York Videogame Critics Circle is a 501(c)3 non-profit, arts-oriented multicultural organization of 40 journalists. Throughout the year, we are dedicated to mentoring students between the ages of 13 and 21, offering college scholarships and internships, and doing community outreach, especially in communities in underserved areas like the Bronx and Lower East Side. Our 8th Annual New York Game Awards show, a Trojan horse for our mentoring activities in underserved communities that was hosted by writers from The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, attracted nearly 500 attendees and more than 400,000 online viewers.
We are currently raising funds for "Talking Games with Reggie and Harold," which will be a unique seven-part podcast with former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime and award-winning author/journalist Harold Goldberg. It's being created in order to help extremely students in underserved areas of New York City. Donations will benefit the New York Videogame Critics Circle of which Reggie is a board member and Harold is the founder.
We are raising funds for a new initiative to bring games and games writing courses to high school students in homeless shelters in New York City. While everyone has been hard hit by this terrible COVID-19 virus in some way, the hardest hit, underserved communities in the Bronx need our help. And no community has been hit harder than students in homeless shelters, who live in complex situations in the best of times and are having trouble even connecting to a WiFi hotspot right now. These are our communities in need. These are the communities we want to help.
In addition, during the time of COVID-19, we are moving our journalism courses online. Once completed, these courses will be available to educators around the country - for free. We will be available to help facilitate these courses - also at no cost.
It's not just a worthy cause; donors will get access to extra content from Reggie and our famous guests. Plus, selected donors will be able to ask questions of Reggie. Finally, all donors to Talking Games with Reggie and Harold" will have first access to purchase some of Harold's rare videogame memorabilia.