am so proud to see Sesame arrive at our 39th year of service. Witnessing
the fulfillment of a vision created in 1983 fills all of our hearts with
joy. We embrace the way forward to our grand 40th anniversary next year
and we walk proudly into our destiny. Sesame Flyers will continue to
provide employment opportunities to thousands in the community, award
scholarships to college-bound students, and continue to uplift the
Sesame Flyers International Inc. is celebrating our 39th year of supporting children, servicing the community, and celebrating the surrounding diaspora. Established by the late Joseph Charles amongst other founding members, Sesame Flyers International has been a staple in the Caribbean Community for nearly 4 decades, providing free services and cultural programs that have impacted well over 39,000 residents in Brooklyn.
Led by Chairman Mr. Raymond Luke, and Executive Director Mr. Curtis Nelson, Sesame Flyers has accomplished much within its three-decade lifespan including providing employment opportunities to thousands in the community, supplying thousands of scholarship dollars to over 40 college-bound students, and accumulating accolades including the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s most successful Carnival Band with thirteen first place titles in the West Indian American Labor Day Parade.
Sesame Flyers celebrates being a leading force in Brooklyn, most especially as stability was maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Serving as the only Mas Camp to have consecutive community Carnival experiences published in The New York Times, two separate national television recordings on PBS, and a swift and superb transition to remote and virtual afterschool programming, Sesame illustrates its adaptability and resilience time and time again.
This year we will continue to uplift the community with our annual Holiday Toy Giveaway, NOW Generation of Pan event, Youth Sports Day and the Caribbean Essence Awards and Showcase. To celebrate the longevity of the Sesame Flyers and to help continue our work, please consider making a donation of $39 in honor of our 39 years of service. To make a donation please follow this link - https://secure.givelively.org/donate/sesame-flyers-international-inc/sesame-flyers-39th-anniversary-39-for-39
We would like to thank everyone who has made a donation!
I am a parent volunteer, and as I
like to say, the “mascot” of the Winthrop Beacon. I cheer everybody on
to do what they have to do. My sons Marcus and Andrew, ages 5 and 8
respectively attend the program. What made me decide to become a parent
volunteer was that I met Ms. Simone, the Winthrop Beacon Director and I
wanted to support by spending time helping out with the kids of the
program. I love the activities that the Beacon offers and I am also
interested in starting a crochet arts and crafts program for the
children. I love Ms. Simone, she is the best, you can come to her for
anything and get results. If she doesn’t know, she will find out for
you, she is willing to help and aid you no matter what it is. If anyone
is thinking about becoming a parent volunteer, I say don’t think about
yourself, think about the kids and how you want to help. Given these
challenging times we are in, my motto for children these days is
“breathe.” Some kids have anxiety and problems with stress and I want
youth to know they can relax and take one day at time. And for parents,
the same message applies, the pandemic has been a lot for all of us.
Finding balance is a daily struggle. While I do not feel safe to bring
my children everywhere, I do feel safe to bring them to the Beacon. I
feel good about it because Ms. Simone and the staff do the best they can
for our kids.
“National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of
families and communities working together to strengthen families to
prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention
services and supports help protect children and produce thriving
families. “– Child Welfare.org
On March 26th Sesame Flyers Partnered with Brooklyn Community Partnerships for an in-person event promoting positive changes in women's development mentally, socially, and spiritually by connecting them with quality and empowering social services within the community.
Attending women participated in
workshops that discussed nutrition, sexual health, financial literacy,
and COVID-19 vaccines. The well packed day included a powerful
all-female panel and concluded with a mental health workshop tying it
all together. Service providers and business owners tabled at the event
providing information about resources and services.
NOTE : SESAME FLYERS INTERNATIONAL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER/PROGRAM AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.