Brianna has big dreams about a career as an artist, but she didn’t always think that way.
Two years ago, the now 18-year-old high school senior from Queens, N.Y., arrived at a new school in Westchester on the bank of the Hudson River, equipped with state-of-the-art educational technology in the classroom, something that was lacking at her previous school. Studying at the Martin Luther King Jr. High School, which is part of the Greenburgh-Graham school district for students who are at-risk or have special needs in Hastings-on-Hudson, has changed the way she thinks about the future — her future.
“I’ve been drawing since I was two, but now I’ve started to think that there’s so much more I can do with my art,” she says. She’s planning to launch a startup to sell her anime-like ink drawings. “I’m going to do digital arts at college, and then I can see selling my designs on mugs and T-shirts and teacups,” she says. “Maybe after that, I’ll do animation because that’s something else I’m super interested in.”
The computers and other equipment that are redefining education at her school are similar to the advanced technology often found at private schools and in more affluent public school districts. But now, thanks to an initiative with Microsoft and other partners, HP is working to bridge the digital divide by providing equipment and opportunities to students who are underserved by their schools’ existing resources.