Youth Development

Projectexplorer Ltd

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.projectexplorer.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To provide a global cultural experience through film and multimedia materials aimed at fostering the next generation of global citizens.

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Service Areas

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National

ProjectExplorer
specifically targets outreach efforts to teachers and underserved communities.
While schools in every US state and more than 25 countries benefit from our free
programming, we focus our efforts locally in the NYC metro area, northeastern United States, and in low-income and at-risk
schools in the US.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2003

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Ms. Jenny M Buccos

Keywords

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education, technology, global, k-12, project, explorer

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EIN

56-2380398

 Number

7036317926

Also Known As

PROJECTEXPLORER.ORG

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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ProjectExplorer knows that travel is an educational experience that is like no other; our projects and materials are designed to expose students to various regions, traditions and cultures, but also to help shape the next generation of global citizens.

Over the last decade, the emphasis placed on global education has significantly increased in primary and secondary education. Students and educators are no longer limited by the geographic locations of their places of learning; technology can literally bring the world to the classroom. Via the internet, ProjectExplorer provides students with access to peoples and places around the world. Our multimedia approach makes ProjectExplorer accessible to students from diverse backgrounds, of any learning style or ability.

As a web-based resource, ProjectExplorer is able to reach a diverse audience, providing opportunities to access and share information. ProjectExplorer story-based learning covers multiple subject areas that foster cross-cultural understanding.

Programs

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Program 1

ProjectExplorer produces free online materials and lessons appropriate for Middle Elementary, Middle School, and High School grade levels, intended for use in the United States, but available to students around the globe. In just 2 years since the debut of our first project, ProjectExplorer has attracted a global audience of more than 500,000 and currently has connected with approximately 800 US schools in EVERY state. As expected, the majority of our student users (more than 90%) comes from the United States. In addition, ProjectExplorer engages in KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12 community outreach programs, including school visits, to encourage classroom use our multimedia materials, and to encourage discussion about the themes and lessons the students have seen. While our main focus is on the online component, these community outreach opportunities give another dimension to our work and help students further understand the information presented in our free films, text-based materials and audio materials.

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Service Areas

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National

ProjectExplorer
specifically targets outreach efforts to teachers and underserved communities.
While schools in every US state and more than 25 countries benefit from our free
programming, we focus our efforts locally in the NYC metro area, northeastern United States, and in low-income and at-risk
schools in the US.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Jenny M Buccos

BIO

Jenny M Buccos is Director, Producer, and Founder of ProjectExplorer. 

 

Born in Washington, DC, Ms. Buccos spent her childhood in the small town of Fonda in upstate 

New York. Arriving in New York City in 1999 she began working with a Credit Suisse First 

Boston as marketing project manager on two web-based startup projects. It is here she gained 

experience with global media production as part of web-based marketing campaigns where she 

managed projects in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York. Coming from a small, rural background 

this experience opened her eyes to the diverse cultures and histories of the world, to which she 

had no previous access. 

 

In 2001, she left the corporate world. In searching for a more fulfilling position, she was inspired 

by Michael Palin’s series of travel adventures and the power of travel as a medium for 

strengthening education. In 2003, she co-founded ProjectExplorer as a way to educate youth 

about the world’s cultures, histories, and people. 

 

After 18 months of fundraising, business development, and research – including educator, 

student and parent input – she produced and directed ProjectExplorer’s first educational 

program entitled “Shakespeare’s England”. The first time Director/Producer’s unique vision of 

learning and student-focused mini-documentaries attracted the support of world-renowned 

organizations such as The Old Vic Theatre, The National Archives, The Shakespeare Birthplace 

Trust, and Film London. 

 

With the success of “Shakespeare’s England” in 2006 she directed and produced “South Africa”, 

part I in Spring 2007 and part II in 2008, in a country and continent to which she had never been. 

Working with the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. John Kani, the Apartheid Museum, the 

FW de Klerk Foundation, Robben Island, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, The Institute for 

Justice and Reconciliation, and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, she created a rich, unique film and 

multimedia program to engage and inform school-aged children about South Africa’s diverse 

cultural history while educating about difficult subjects like AIDS and the legacy of apartheid.   

 

In 2008, she co-created the Student-to-Student program, a hands-on educational program 

created to train high school students in multimedia production and on-camera journalism. She is 

a professional mentor for students participating in the program. 

 

In June 2008, she was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine for her work in South Africa.  

 

From September to November 2008, she was on location in Jordan filming her third series 

entitled “Cultural Crossroads”, which debuted in Winter 2009.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Simon Goddard

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Term: May 2005 -

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