Bildersee Beacon had
their Valentine’s Day event in partnership with the NYPD Explorers
program. Festively dressed in red and pink, over 50 kids from the
program where in attendance. They played musical chairs, did arts
and crafts as well as enjoying candy and popcorn. They had a great
time on Valentine’s Day.
I hope the start of the year has been safe and prosperous for you all. A lot of great work is happening this year in our free community afterschool programs, due to strong leadership and teamwork. I am thankful for a staff that is committed to bringing quality and excellence to our young people day in and day out. On the Carnival side of the agency, I am excited to announce the theme for the West Indian American Day parade is “Spirit of Carnival” - The Spirit of Carnival is the feeling of pure joy and euphoria you experience when all the right elements are awakened and come to life. I believe all the right elements are beginning to line up for us here at Sesame which will provide a memorable 2020.
While many great things are happening in the agency, I would be remiss to not acknowledge recent events such as the passing of Kobe Bryant and young rap artist Pop Smoke. The trauma of these events has truly brought to the forefront the importance of making a difference while you are here and to continue our unwavering work in youth and community development.
In this edition we are giving a special focus to the ground level work with our youth in our programs and also highlight tips around teen mental health. We have to pay close attention to our young people and cherish the spirit of our youth.
One of the most valuable ways in which we assist our young people is
by providing jobs through our Summer Youth Employment Program. If
you are an entrepreneur or know one, I urge you to consider being a
worksite this summer. You can read below for more information.
We all have dreams and we aren't allowed to measure whose dream or what dreams deserve more support than others, but if you are aware of inner city circumstances most kids face, then you will be a little more attentive and empathetic to stories and efforts to making these dreams come to life. A dream of being able to provide for the next generation to come, a dream of supporting underserved community of kids, young adults, and single parent households is something Team Live Action wants to accomplish and see it through. Kwame Hinds is a product of such as mentioned and like most kids who try to find a way, Kwame saw an outlet through the game of basketball which he has been playing since he was a kid as well.
Kwame created Team Live Action in order to provide an opportunity
for kids of all ages to develop basketball skills and receive
mentorship but most important, show them there's a positive way of
making something of themselves. Throughout the summer of 2019, Team
Live Action took to the local school yard at the Sesame Flyers
Winthrop Beacon. Kwame chose this location because he too played
there and saw it was lacking in the same programs that once kept him
productive and safe as a youth.
On January 18th, 2020 Team Live Action in conjunction with MKN+MVZ New York, which is Roudy's creative service company, put together a local fundraising game for the 11 and under team to raise not only funding for the programs but awareness and community support. Team Live Action took to the indoor courts at the Winthrop Beacon in Brooklyn and competed against another local program "Inbound Technic" led by Perry Daniel. From start to finish, the game was intense due to the passion and effort of the kids but also the energy and support from family and friends surrounding the moment. Young and old made their way to spectate and cheer on the youth making their way to a win for their respective teams. Team Live Action would go on to win again in a distinct professional fashion and both teams congratulated each other and took to the courts for a powerful team photo with all their supporters in the facility that day to capture unity and support.
For more info and inquiries about the youth programs provided,
please follow via Instagram @Team_LiveAction and @MKNMVZ
Teens are all about
music which is something in life they will always have.
Do your part to give a young person the experience of a lifetime. Entrepreneurs, small and large have an opportunity to show youth ages 16-21 how to establish good work habits and learn what it means to run a business. Hosting a young person this summer for six weeks from July 6 to August 14 for 25 hours per week can make a life changing impact.
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 shared their knowledge and wisdom while connecting our young people to the benefits of a good work ethic.
Last summer over $164 million dollars in city, state, federal, and private funds were allocated to this vital citywide program. This dollar amount was met by over 151,597 youth who submitted applications to participate, while funding allowed 74,453 youth to be enrolled in the program, 39 per cent of whom were Brooklyn residents and 44 per cent were of African descent. 13,157 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.
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.
Older Youth earn NYS minimum wage and learn time management, fiscal responsibility and how to contribute as a member of an effective team. SYEP Participants spend their summer putting into practice the prized 21st century skill set of innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking.
Youth aged 14 and 15 participate in Project Based Learning experiences related to growing industries. Here they develop the soft skills required for success including team work, creativity, and customer service. Youth who participate in the Project Based experiences can earn up to $700 in stipends.
In addition to developing job skills through work or project based experience, part of each summer’s experience includes Work Readiness training 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 proactively about managing money, and how to incorporate elements of a healthy lifestyle into a daily routine.
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, 2019. For more information, CLICK HERE FOR THE DYCD LINK.
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