GAMING FOR CHANGE
Our goal - beyond offering an awesome experience in the lab - is to be a positive force in the lives of children, their families, and our neighborhood. We are proud to be a local storefront business that forges strong partnerships with nearby schools as well as helps where we can in the greater world. Here are some of our efforts:
TableTop Cafe in Abuja, Nigeria
In 2018, Brooklyn Game Lab made a sizable donation to cover all the setup and year-one costs for the establishment of a board game cafe in Nigeria - the first of its kind in West Africa!
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa (with the 5th largest population on Earth), and Abuja is the most populous city in Nigeria - a melting pot of over 300 tribes. While classic gaming has long been popular, most Nigerians have yet to be introduced to modern board gaming. Brooklyn Game Lab - and a promising, Nigerian game designer, Kenechukwu Ogbuagu - are working to change that!
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
As of July 1st, 2018, Brooklyn Game Lab has made 175 symbolic adoptions through the World Wildlife Fund on behalf of our students - adding up nearly $10,000 in donations in just our first four years of operation. These animals - once adopted - become companion animals for our kid owners inside the world of Dungeons & Dragons!
GREAT WOMEN OF GAMING
Too often, gaming is seen as a boys' activity. One of the central goals of our organization is to debunk that myth. Parents come to us regularly, curious about the programming, but unsure if it'll be a good fit for their daughter. Every time those girls give gaming a try, they love it. We've made great strides towards gender parity in the lab, but we wanted to take it a step further. That's why we started Great Women of Gaming. This is a free club developed by our female staff members which highlights a different prominent women in history every session. Games are selected and designed to delve deeper into the week's theme. We've been excited to watch this group grow with each passing semester...
In light of Hurricane Maria, Brooklyn Game Lab held a special edition of our family gaming program Around the World in 80 Games. Families played the card game San Juan with one change to the rules - they were allowed to purchase special buffs and buildings to help raise money for relief. Together we donated more than $4500 to the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.
Get Organized BK
Brooklyn Game Lab has opened the lab up to GOBK for its meetings and trainings - and is working with the organization to develop games & events that drive member engagement.
GOBK is an organization of Brooklyn residents working together to defend democracy and human dignity, shine a light on corruption, resist hate and injustice, and love and protect neighbors from harm posed by the Trump Administration.
GOBK works with resource-partners and allies to stand up to racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. To fight changes that would allow Wall Street to concentrate wealth and run roughshod over consumer protections. To preserve the social safety net that protects so many of us and our neighbors. To protect our planet from the devastating impact of climate change. To defend freedom of the press and voting rights. To strengthen our democracy.