It is we deep sorrow that we share the passing of Mr. McEwen. He
was one of the founding members of Sesame Flyers and played an
instrumental role in us purchasing the property that stands as our
main office. He was always a champion for young people and the
community and his own children were raised by the village that is
Sesame Flyers, where we love a kid today and every day. We
appreciate the outpouring of love and support and thank you for
keeping him, his family and the Sesame Flyers community at large in
your highest thoughts and prayers. We are deeply thankful that his
son Kevin McEwan has recently joined us on staff and working with us
this summer on our Vision 150 project.
Legacy that is Sesame Flyers is one of dedicated, loyal and loving
adults that are committed to making a difference in the lives of
young people, their families and the community at large. 35 years
ago the founding members of Sesame Flyers made that commitment and
it has remained intact three decades later. Only Saturday July 28th
one of those members, Cecil McEwan has called home. This month I had
to take the time to honor a man that is the demonstration of the
Sesame Flyers Legacy. In this issue you will get a chance read more
about him and his contributions to the community. While he did
amazing work here at Sesame, I personally thankful that I was able
to call him a dear friend. Join me and the Sesame Flyers community
is honoring this great man of dedication, Cecil McEwan. It is
fitting that in this issue you will read about our commitment to
fathers and the activities we have planned around honoring great
Fathers in the community.
Feeling burned out these
days? You are not alone. As adults the task of managing work,
families and child rearing is consuming and can be overwhelming, too
often leaving us with no time for self and resulting in burnout.
Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can
occur when you experience long-term stress in your job, or when you
have worked in a physically or emotionally draining role for a long
time. You can also experience burnout when your efforts at work or
home have failed to produce the results that you expected, and you
feel deeply disillusioned as a result.
- Feel that every day at
work is a bad day.
July 10th and July 12 Sesame Flyers in collaboration with Sesame
Carnival held our first ever dance auditions for the Labor Day
Parade. It all started with a vision, a grand vision of at least 150
Masqueraders doing organized dancing down the parkway. We knew it
would be a massive undertaking and we were up for the challenge. We
assembled and incredible team to make this happen, under the
direction of our Cultural Director Persephone Dacosta and Professor
of Dance Kevin McEwen. In taking our first steps in bringing this
vision to reality, we started our auditions at the prestigious Mark
Morris Dance Studio. Scores of dancers came out for a chance to be
featured in this year’s parade. Out the gate, the dancers brought
their “A” game. We were truly impressed by the men and women who
came out to audition with us. It was both inspiring and fun to see
how motivated everyone was and the possibility of what they would be
for the Labor Day parade. We are honored to continue to be leaders
in the Labor Day parade and create a new legacy of what it is for a
band to give a show on the grandest of all stages.
On Thursday June 7th, 2018 Sesame Flyers was proud to join Brooklyn City Councilman Jumanne Williams, elected officials, advocacy groups and a coalition of students on the steps of City Hall to support the Summer Youth Employment Program. It was a call to action for increased investment to allow for the expansion of the program. The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) currently provides six weeks of summer employment to 70,000 youth, aged 14-24 across the five boroughs. Sesame Flyers currently is a worksite for the SYEP program and part of our legacy includes having helped over a thousand young people through this program.
Williams, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn,
noted SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career
exploration, financial literacy, and opportunities to continue
education and social growth. SYEP does not currently have the levels
of investment needed to provide universal placement for students
badly in need of a summer job. The elected officials, advocates, and
students, therefore, called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to expand
funding for the program in the fiscal year 2019 budget currently
being negotiated. Sesame Flyers will continue to be active in our
community and support initiatives that create career opportunities
for our youth.
like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has participated thus
far in our 35/35 CAMPAIGN that we first introduced to you
last month. It is the generous and consistent contributions from our
community that makes our vision of loving a kid today and everyday
come to life. Your continued support means to much to us and the
children and families we aim to serve and support each and every
day. If you would like to participate in the campaign please follow
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