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Secretary To The Zoning Board Of Appeals Open-Competitive Exam #63-096

E X A M I N A T I O N

SECRETARY TO THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #63-096

DATE OF EXAMINATION:       Saturday, March 05, 2016

PLACE AND TIME OF EXAMINATION:    TO BE ANNOUNCED

TIME: @ 8:30 AM

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:   February 04, 2016 @ 3:00pm – no exceptions

SALARY:                                           $32,000.00

The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill appropriate vacancies as they occur in the City of Mount Vernon.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be residents of the City of Mount Vernon for not less than one year prior to the examination date.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

  • A BS or BA degree in urban studies, architecture or a related field; PLUS 2 years of work experience, including secretarial experience; OR
  • Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma recognized by the New York State Education department; PLUS 4 years of the above mentioned experience; OR
  • Completion of a post high school business or secretarial course and 3 years of the above mentioned experience.

NOTE: For appointment from the resulting eligible list, applicants with a foreign high school diploma must submit a course by course evaluation of their educational credentials. You may pay the required evaluation fee. Evaluations will be accepted from services such as: WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES, INC., P.O. BOX 5087, NEW YORK,NY 10274-212-966-6311, GLOBAL LANGUAGE SERVICES, INC. 319 BROADWAY #200, NEW YORK, NY 10027, 212-227-1994, OR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. P.O. BOX 3665, CULVER CITY, CA., 90231.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Under general supervision, performs all the administrative and clerical work and has complete charge of all the books and records of the members of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board and the Architectural Review Council. This work calls for confidentially and the use of independent judgment. The work involves considerable contact with the public, interdepartmental staff and members of the Board Council and Committee. Supervision is not an aspect of this position. Does related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices involved in community planning and development, thorough understanding of the town’s social and economic structure and the need for improvements; good knowledge of modern business procedures; good knowledge of office terminology procedures and equipment; ability to use computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar and database software; ability to take notes at a satisfactory rate of speed where appropriate; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written directions; ability to establish effective working relationships with other public officials, developers and members of the general public; sound judgment; honesty; integrity; accuracy; tact and courtesy and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Grammar/Usage/Punctuation
  2. Keyboard practices
  3. Office practices    
  4. Office record keeping
  5. Spelling

Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

  1. Grammar/Usage/Punctuation – The grammar and usage questions test for the ability to apply the basic rules of grammar, usage. The punctuation questions test for a knowledge of the correct placement of punctuation marks in sentences. You will be presented with sets of four sentences from each of which you must choose the sentence that contains a grammatical, usage, or punctuation error.
  2. 2. Keyboarding practices – These questions test your knowledge of preferred practices in such areas as letter format, capitalization, hyphenation, plurals, possessives, word division, word and figure style for numbers, and common proofreading marks. In addition, you will be given a passage to proofread and followed by questions on how to correct the errors in the passage.
  3. 3. Office practices – These questions test for a knowledge of generally agreed-upon practices governing the handling of situations which typists, stenographers, secretaries and office assistants encounter in their work, as well as a knowledge of efficient and effective methods used to accomplish office tasks. The questions cover such topics as planning work flow; setting priorities; dealing effectively with staff, visitors and callers; filing and retrieving information; safeguarding confidentiality; using office equipment; and making procedures decisions and recommendations which contribute to a well-managed office.      
  4. 4. Office record keeping –These questions test your ability to perform common office record keeping tasks. The test consists of two or more “sets” of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organization or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents. You should bring with you a hand-held battery-or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function on your cell phone.
  5. Spelling – These questions test for the ability to spell words that are used in written business communications.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication “How to take a written test” helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm

Calculators are pERMITTED for this examination: DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER KEYBOARDS, SPELL CHECKERS, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS, ADDRESS BOOKS, LANGUAGE TRANSISTORS, DICTIONARIES OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.

Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their name placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. Life on the list will be stated at the time the list is established.

APPLICATION FEE: A $15.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION FOR MOUNT VERNON RESIDENTS. The applicable fee is required and must accompany your application. If your application is received without the required fee, it will be considered incomplete and you will not be admitted to the examination. Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the applications fee. The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and be sure to write the examination number on the money order. CASH OR CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Because NO REFUND will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission.

FEE WAIVER INFORMATION: A waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and are primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, receiving Supplemental Security Income payment, or Public Assistance. All claims for an application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for the application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver” form. This form is available in the Civil Service Office. You must submit the completed fee waiver form with your completed application.

Applications are available in the Mount Vernon Municipal Civil Service Commission Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or send a self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 – City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Applicants may also obtain applications from the City of Mount Vernon’s website at www.cmvny.com. All applications must be returned to the Civil Service Commission Office on or before the application deadline date.

 Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of February 4, 2016.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application and submit on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application at time of submission. You will be notified of the alternate test date which will take place in City Hall.

ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination. If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the Civil Service office in writing no later than the Friday before the test date and provide verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date will be scheduled.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address.

No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

12/15/15

Special City Council Meeting

The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday December 21, 2015 at 10:30 am in the City Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to Fix a Date for a Public Hearing on the 2016 Annual Estimate and any other business that may come before the City Council at that time. 

Special Board of Estimate & Contract Meeting

Please be advised that a Special Meeting of the Board of Estimate and Contract will be held on Monday December 21, 2015 at 9:30 am in the Mayor’s Conference Room.  The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the 2016 Annual Estimate and any other business that may come before the Board at that time.

City Clerk

George W. Brown

City of Mount Vernon Board of Estimate Proposed 2016 Budget

Please click on link to view the BOE 2016 Proposed Budget.

2016 Proposed Budget

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD – DECEMBER 14, 2015

Notice of Board of Estimate & Contract Public Hearing December 16, 2015

A public hearing will be held before the Board of Estimate and Contract of the City of Mount Vernon on December 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall in reference to the Annual Estimate for the year 2016.

 All interested citizens of the City of Mount Vernon will have the opportunity to give written and oral comment.

Copies of the detailed proposed budget will be available for the public in the Office of the City Clerk on: DECEMBER 14, 2015

Click the link below for full Notice of Public Hearing

NOPH Summary of Proposed Budget

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS – DECEMBER 15, 2015 revised

Custodial Foreman (Library) Open-Competitive Exam#64-729

E X A M I N A T I O N

CUSTODIAL FOREMAN

OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #64-729

DATE OF EXAMINATION:      Saturday, MARCH 5, 2016  

PLACE OF EXAMINATION:   AB Davis Middle SchoolMount Vernon, New York

TIME:                                            8:30am

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:            FEBRUARY 4, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions

SALARY:                                              $42,636 – $57,236

The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill appropriate vacancies in the City of Mount Vernon Library.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be residents of the City of Mount Vernon for not less than one year prior to the date of this examination.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:

. Completion of a standard grade school course; PLUS one year of experience in janitorial/custodian duties; OR

  • An equivalent combination of training and experience sufficient to indicate the ability to perform the duties.

DUTIES: This position has responsible charge of the custodial activities of the Mount Vernon Public Library. This is routine work but involves responsibility for planning and leading in the work of cleaners. In addition to a knowledge of building cleaning methods, supplies and equipment, some supervisory ability is required. Works under the general supervision of the Library Director. Immediate supervision is exercised over the work of cleaners. Does related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of building cleaning practices, supplies and equipment; ability to plan and supervise4 the work of others; ability to understand oral and written directions; ability to get along well with others; dependability; thoroughness; honesty; integrity and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

1) ABILITY TO READ AND FOLLOW WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS;                      

2) BUILDING CLEANING;                                      

3) BUILDING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE I;

4) SUPERVISION AND TRAINING.                                

ABILITY TO READ AND FOLLOW WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS – These questions test for the ability to read, understand and apply written instructions for performing tasks similar to those encountered on the job. All the information needed to answer these questions will be provided in the test booklet.

BUILDING CLEANING – These questions test for knowledge of basic principles and practices of building cleaning. They cover such areas as equipment, tools, supplies, methods and procedures for cleaning different types of surfaces and materials under various, commonly occurring circumstances.        

  • BUILDING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE I– These questions test for knowledge of the basic principles, practices and techniques essential to the correct operation and maintenance of public buildings. They cover such areas as building maintenance; preventive maintenance, and minor repair of electrical and plumbing systems; methods and equipment for snow removal; building safety and equipment storage.

 

  • SUPERVISION AND TRAINING – These questions test for the knowledge required by a supervisor to set goals, plan and organize work, train workers in how to do their jobs, and direct workers towards meeting established goals. The supervisory questions cover such areas as assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, maintaining work quality, motivating employees, increasing efficiency, and dealing with problems that may arise on the job. The training questions cover such areas as determining the necessity for training, selecting appropriate training methods, and evaluating the effectiveness of training.

A Guide for the Written Test for High-level Custodians is available at the New York State website:www.cs.ny.gov/localtestguides.cfm. Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request a copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.

Calculators are pERMITTED for this examination: DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER KEYBOARDS, SPELL CHECKERS, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS, ADDRESS BOOKS, LANGUAGE TRANSISTORS, DICTIONARIES OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.

Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their name placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. Life on the list will be stated at the time the list is established.

APPLICATION FEE: A $15.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION FOR MOUNT VERNON RESIDENTS. The applicable fee is required and must accompany your application. If your application is received without the required fee, it will be considered incomplete and you will not be admitted to the examination. Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the applications fee. The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and be sure to write the examination number on the money order. CASH OR CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Because NO REFUND will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission.

FEE WAIVER INFORMATION: A waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and are primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, receiving Supplemental Security Income payment, or Public Assistance. All claims for an application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for the application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver” form. This form is available in the Civil Service Office. You must submit the completed fee waiver form with your completed application.

Applications are available in the Mount Vernon Municipal Civil Service Commission Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or send a self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 – City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Applicants may also obtain applications from the City of Mount Vernon’s website at www.cmvny.com. All applications must be returned to the Civil Service Commission Office on or before the application deadline date,

Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of February 4, 2016.      

RELIGIOUS OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application and submit on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application at time of submission. You will be notified of the alternate test date which will take place in City Hall.

ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination. If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the Civil Service office in writing no later than the Friday before the test date and provide verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date will be scheduled.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address.

No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

                  THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

12/04/15

Assistant Computer & Network Support Technician

EX A M I N A T I O N

ASSISTANT COMPUTER & NETWORK SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #62-690

DATE OF EXAMINATION:        Saturday, FEBRUARY 6, 2016

PLACE OF EXAMINATION:      AB Davis Middle SchoolMount Vernon, New York

TIME:                                               8:30am

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:      JANUARY 7, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions

SALARY:                                            $41,534.00 – $52,841.00

The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill appropriate vacancies in the City of Mount Vernon City School District.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: There are not residency requirements for this examination.                                        

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s Degree in computer science, electronic data processing or a related field and one year of work experience in the installation, maintenance, repair and operation of electronic computers; OR
  • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma issued by the New York State Department of Education and three years of work experience as described in (a) above; OR
  • An equivalency combination of training and experience as defined by the limited of 9a) and (b) above.

NOTE: For appointment from the resulting eligible list, applicants with a foreign high school diploma must submit a course by course evaluation of their educational credentials. You must pay the required evaluation fee. Evaluations will be accepted from services such as: WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES, INC., P.O. BOX 5087, NEW YORK, NY 10274 – 212-966-6311, GLOBE LANGUAGE SERVICES, INC. 319 BROADWAY #200, NEW YORK, NY 10027, 212-227-1994, OR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. P.O. BOX 3665, CULVER CITY, CA. 90231.

DUTIES: This position involves responsibility for assisting in the installation, maintenance and minor repairs of a computer network system. The incumbent also assists computer uses in the operation f the computer system. The work is performed under general supervision. Supervision over the work of others is not a responsibility of employees in this class. Does related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Good knowledge of the use and operation of an electronic computer and related peripheral equipment; working knowledge of office terminology and procedures; ability to adapt purchased software to existing applications; ability to manually manipulate an alpha-numeric keyboard; ability to operate a computer; ability to understand and follow oral and written directions; ability to instruct others in use and adaptability or purchased hardware and software; accuracy; tact and courtesy; dependability; honesty; ability to get along well with others and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

1) OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF MICROCOMPUTERS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT;

2) INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF COMPUTER NETWORKS;

3) FUNDAMENTALS OF PC SYSTEMS;

4) USE AND OPERATION OF PC’S AND RELATED PERIPHERAL EQUIPMENT.

OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF MICROCOMPUTERS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT – These questions test for knowledge of the operating principles of microcomputer systems and related peripheral equipment, including appropriate troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair procedures for these systems and this equipment.

  • INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF COMPUTE NETWORKS – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the installation, maintenance and repair of computer network systems, and may include such areas as computer system and computer network operating procedures and terminology, system hardware, cabling, network set-ups, and troubleshooting network problems.
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF PC SYSTEMS – These questions test for knowledge of basic concepts and terminology related to PC’s. They cover such topics as PC and peripheral equipment; storage media; types of software used with PC’s; and other associated terms and concepts;
  • USE AND OPERATION OF PC’S AND RELATED PERIPHERAL EQUIPMENT – These questions are designed to test for technical knowledge and concepts relevant to the operation of a PC and associated peripheral equipment for word processing, spreadsheet analysis, data base management, data communications and other applications. The questions asked are not specific to any vendor or any model of PC.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication “How to take a written test” helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm

Calculators are pERMITTED for this examination: DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER KEYBOARDS, SPELL CHECKERS, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS, ADDRESS BOOKS, LANGUAGE TRANSISTORS, DICTIONARIES OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.

Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their name placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. Life on the list will be stated at the time the list is established.

APPLICATION FEE: A $15.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION FOR MOUNT VERNON RESIDENTS AND A $25.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR NON-RESIDENTS. The applicable fee is required and must accompany your application. If your application is received without the required fee, it will be considered incomplete and you will not be admitted to the examination. Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the applications fee. The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and be sure to write the examination number on the money order. CASH OR CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Because NO REFUND will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission.

FEE WAIVER INFORMATION: A waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and are primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, receiving Supplemental Security Income payment, or Public Assistance. All claims for an application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for the application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver” form. This form is available in the Civil Service Office. You must submit the completed fee waiver form with your completed application.

Applications are available in the Mount Vernon Municipal Civil Service Commission Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or send a self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 – City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Applicants may also obtain applications from the City of Mount Vernon’s website at www.cmvny.com. All applications must be returned to the Civil Service Commission Office on or before the application deadline date,

Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of January 7, 2016.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application and submit on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application at time of submission. You will be notified of the alternate test date which will take place in City Hall.

ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination. If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the Civil Service office in writing no later than the Friday before the test date and provide verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date will be scheduled.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address.

No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

12/02/15

Mount Vernon Film Program to Welcome Young Haitian Filmmakers

SignUp_Flyer-20150323[1]Exchange Program Exposes Filmmakers to United States and Offers Opportunity to Assist in Training Budding Filmmakers

Thanks to the support of Mayor Ernest D. Davis, Media Magic EVTED@the Doles will launch its new visiting filmmaker’s project in collaboration with Building Sustainable Borders and Cine Institute of Haiti. It’s part of our ongoing effort to expose Mount Vernon student-participants and the wider community to as wide and varied a media experience as possible. “Media Magic EVTD is a program that I strongly support that offers opportunity to our young people by trained professionals,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “Eric Tait is a well-respected media consultant and award-winning broadcast journalist and documentarian who previously mentored Mount Vernon youth while filming for a documentary on New York City’s African Burial Ground. He’s been back in the city for over two years to help young people prepare for careers in television, production and filmmaking.” From January 11 thru April 8, 2016 graduate students from Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti will join Media Magic’s instructors as teacher’s assistants in film, audio, lighting and editing techniques. Some of the graduate student’s film works may be screened in the Spring Mount Vernon International Film Festival slated for March 31 – April 2, 2016. By screening their films and sharing their personal stories in this event, the filmmakers will focus a spotlight on this special cultural exchange opportunity in the City of Mount Vernon, New York. Support for the Visiting Filmmakers will be provided by a number of churches, organizations and individual sponsors in the Mount Vernon area. Building Sustainable Borders has served as a clearinghouse for more than 5 years, to expose underserved youth from developing countries to study abroad opportunities that exist in the United States as well as humanitarian service opportunities for travelers abroad. With previous successes of students from the Dominican Republic in 2014 hosted by N J I T and again in the 2015 in collaboration with Essex County College in Newark, they are continuing their dedication to work and expand reach on the island of Hispaniola with Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. Ciné Institute is a premiere film school that offers their students a world-class education and professional exposure. As young filmmakers and journalists, they share their educational advancements with Media Magic as a cultural exchange experience. Ciné Institute’s unique model begins with tuition-free education and hands-on college-level training in a two-year program. Their employment division brings in clients like Arcade Fire, Google, Partners In Health and Donna Karan who provide real jobs and experience for students and alumni while producing top quality work. The organization’s professional support division builds on these programs, and gives a powerful voice to Haiti’s storytellers broadening the vision of student filmmakers. Media Magic EVTEd@the Doles is a hands-on Media Training Program that exposes Mount Vernon residents 14 years and older to a wide variety of film, broadcast, graphic-arts and other media-related creative, journalistic and technical skills. For more information, contact Keith Gonzales, mediamagicevted@gmail.com 250 So. Sixth Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York Ph: 914-371-6735

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