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Join us at
the Eighth Annual Sesame Flyers International Scholarship and
Awards Gala on Thursday,May 11, 2017, from 7pm- 11pm, at Giando
on the Water, located at 400 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.
This month Sesame Flyers International announced that it will extend its CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures) program to the students of P.S. 244, P.S. 269, and Medgar Evers High School Prep.
CASA afterschool programs, which lasts 90 minutes, are designed by artist instructors to develop in students the capacity for teamwork, for group discipline, and for task completion. Strengthening these skills in a cultural arts context has benefits that impact peer-to-peer and student-to-teacher relationships. In addition, CASA program activities also help students nurture creativity, foster innovation, and stimulate an interest in creating art for their community. Cultural performance arts presented by Sesame Flyers International empower students as they explore personal creative expression through exposure to culturally relevant art forms.
Nelson, Sesame Flyers Executive Director believes, “Arts programming
that is culturally sensitive encourages positive social and
emotional growth, bolsters self- esteem as well as provides
structured and supervised opportunities in an informal environment
for students to express themselves creatively.”
be culminating programs in the spring to showcase CASA program
participants' work. The culminating programs will take place at each
of the respective schools and are free and open to peers, parents,
teachers, and the community.
Sesame Flyers International would like to remind small business owners that SYEP Worksite applications are available. SYEP, a six-week program (July 5 to August 11) allows hosts to help a young person establish good work habits and learn what it means to run a business.
A recent Wharton UPenn study of the New York City SYEP program found that the program has a profound impact on the youth who participate as the rates of incarceration and homicide are less for youth who are selected by the lottery to participate in the program than for those who are not selected.
Participants who are randomly selected by a lottery are matched with a worksite for the summer in a variety of industries from health care to finance. The SYEP program is a success because local businesses have made the effort of connecting our young people to the benefits of a good work ethic.
Last summer over $93.4 million dollars in city, state, federal and private funds were allocated to this vital citywide program. This dollar amount was met by over 140,000 youth who submitted applications to participate, while funding allowed 60,113 youth to be enrolled in the program, over 40 per cent of whom were Brooklyn residents and 40 per cent were of African descent. 10,850 local businesses large and small, including those in the private sector, throughout New York City provided our youth an opportunity to experience the rigors and rewards of employment.
Participants work 20-25 hours per week, earn NYS minimum wage and learn time management, fiscal responsibility and how to contribute as a member of an effective team. Participants spend their summer putting into practice the prized 21st century skill set.
Sponsored by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the SYEP program has implemented web based application and payroll systems for the participants. Participants are issued debit cards and those who have bank accounts are paid through direct deposit.
In addition to developing job skills through work experience, part of each summer’s work experience includes an Educational Component that investigates the areas of Work Readiness, Financial Literacy, Higher Education Exploration, Career Exploration, and Health Education. Among the concepts discovered by SYEP participants, is the range of options available to them after high school, how to think critically about managing money, and how to incorporate elements of a healthy lifestyle that can prevent the diseases that run rampant in our community such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
If you own a local business, you can provide a work experience to a young person that will last a lifetime. Worksite applications are available now, get started with the online pre app here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a hardcopy application. The worksite application deadline is May 13, 2017. For more information, click the DYCD link.
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