Help Rochelle Get to The World Youth Chess Championships in the UAE

Help Rochelle from the I.S. 318 Chess Team compete in the World Youth Chess Championships in the United Arab Emirates this December. Rochelle needs to raise $5000 in travel and registration fees in order to achieve her goal. Please visit her visit her page to sign up and send Rochelle a donation:

Host a Fundraiser Screening for your School

Every year, stellar afterschool programs, like the chess program featured in Brooklyn Castle, have to fight to stay alive – and that just doesn’t seem fair to us. The uplifting and inspiring story of the I.S. 318 chess team moves people to action, we’ve seen it happen. Move people in your community by hosting a fundraiser screening of Brooklyn Castle at your school. You can use the proceeds from selling movie tickets to directly support your band, basketball team, robotics team, drama club, chess team, math team, debate team…you name it!

Email us at to request more information on how to bring Brooklyn Castle to your school.

Donate to I.S. 318’s Chess Team

Eighty-seven percent of the students on the I.S. 318 chess team are from homes with incomes well below the federal poverty line, which is currently just $22,000 for a family of four. The money you donate will help give these students educational experiences they would not otherwise be able to afford. Please help support I.S. 318’s chess team. Their funding has been reduced every year for several years now and, as a result, they have had to make very deep cuts.

Visit the I.S. 318 chess team’s page on Donors Choose to make a donation.

Help us Bring Brooklyn Castle to More Communities

Visit the Brooklyn Castle page on the IDA website to make a tax deductible donation that benefits both I.S. 318 and community screenings.  50% of all amounts donated through this link  goes directly to the chess program at I.S. 318, and the other 50% will help us bring the film to school groups and organizations who might not otherwise have a chance to see it.

Sign Pobo’s Petition: An Open Letter to Congress on Behalf of Afterschool

Pobo Efekoro, one of the stars of Brooklyn Castle, has started a petition to get Congress to support afterschool programs.

Click here to read the full text of Pobo’s petition then sign the widget below to show your support.  |  Start an Online Petition »

Write to your Representatives

Support Afterschool for America’s Children Act – a bipartisan bill in the Senate (S. 1370) and a companion bill in the House (H. 3821) – reauthorizing the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and supporting the innovative advances occurring in before-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs, helping re-engage children in their education and future.

Visit the Afterschool Alliance Policy & Action Center

Volunteer with Citizen Schools!

We are all experts: in our careers, in the lab, or in the garden. Over the course of 10 weeks, just one afternoon a week, you can share your expertise with middle school students and expose them to new opportunities by volunteering with Citizen Schools. Now is your chance to make a real and lasting impact. Visit Citizen Schools to learn more.

If you’re interested in teaching, click on the “Sign Up” button and their staff will follow up with more information.