Tyson was a celebrated American actress and model born on December 18,
1924 in Harlem, New York. Despite coming from a society that
ridiculed black women, Cicely Tyson was in the mind of many the
embodiment of black womanhood. Naturally gifted, Tyson is often
credited for inspiring black American women to embrace African standard
Happy Black History Month! This month we are reminded to stand in our power, greatness and excellence every day. Our Black History is our richness and legacy as a people. Even within our lifetime we continue to deliver some of the greatest events, heroes and heroines that will define black history for years to come; Obama, Kamala Harris, Black Lives Matter are living legacies sure to lead that list.
Within our programs and in the world we are making our impact, developing the voices of our young people to usher in a new generation of greatness in an online age that has transformed the speed at which the world communicates. Expanding our online presence continues to be a larger part of our outreach efforts to combat the effects a Covid-19 world, which clearly will be the challenge of our lifetime.
Greatness however has too often been born out of our greatest challenges. Today we face a worldwide pandemic that has unfortunately and disproportionately negatively affected our black and brown community’s health the world over. And while the world has moved on to a vaccine centered solution our community has been slow to trust the science nor the facts preferring a wait and see approach further accelerating vaccine disparity and death rates already 2.8 times that of white Americans.
As a trusted institution of this community we would be remiss if we are not a part of the leadership that will ultimately overcome this deadly challenge to our communities’ health. We will begin by shining the light on the Facts and Myths at the root of the distrust and encourage our vulnerable community to get the vaccine now. Please join us in our outreach efforts to share the facts as if you and your loved one’s lives depended on it.
I hope this edition will remind you to stay centered and continue to recognize the greatness within you and those around you.
Sesame Flyers International is pleased to announce the release of its 2021 Scholarship applications. The scholarships are supported in part by the Campbell/Benjamin fund established by Dr. Camille Nelson a long time major donor. The 4 scholarships have different eligibility criteria so please read carefully prior to submitting an application:
CHAD MAGLOIRE SCHOLARSHIP (CLICK FOR APPLICATION)
Created in the name of the late Chad Magloire (1998), who was our first
Winthrop Beacon Youth Council President. This scholarship is awarded to
a member of the Youth Council at our Beacon Programs who is graduating
from High School and going on to College.
MELISSA HUNTE SCHOLARSHIP
(CLICK FOR APPLICATION)
CHAIRMAN'S AWARD SCHOLARSHIP
(CLICK FOR APPLICATION)
We want to thank Sue Foster as a proud member of our Recurring Donor Family. Sue has been connected to Sesame Flyers since the 1980s as a volunteer from time to time. Sue always had the desire to do more for the organization, but was unable due to her work schedule. Sue believed once she retired she would be able to give more time, energy, and focus to our mission, because she believes, when you are a part of something you have to make a commitment.
Once she retired, to her surprise, she became even more active with a successful business project. She became an entrepreneur and started selling alkaline water machines. Since Sue still was unable to give her time, she decided to make a financial commitment as a recurring donor. Her goal is to go to the next level in her business and she wants to increase her monthly donation. Thank you Sue for being a demonstration of love, commitment, and a dedication to excellence!
We invite you to consider making your own commitment and joining our
recurring monthly donor family. To do so, please hit our Donate button
and choose “monthly” when making your donation.
Nelson is a vibrant 9-year-old leader here at Sesame Flyers. She has
attended the Bildersee Beacon program since she was in the 1st grade.
She is now in the 4th grade and is proudly demonstrating leadership
ability in our online classes. Willowma has assisted the program with
recruitment, orchestrated her own Among Us Zoom meeting with the
participants, and taught various components in the online classes. We
are so proud of the character she is developing as we are watching
greatness before our eyes. Her dream and aspiration is to become a
teacher and we believe Willowma is definitely on the right track!
Sesame Flyers International, Inc., Center For Family Support (CFS) Beacon Preventive (PPRS) Program continues to make a great impact with the families being serviced. As essential workers, our program continued to service families throughout the pandemic. We were successful with opening, closing and transferring cases throughout the 10+ months.
Our Beacon PPRS is originally located within a school and we immediately shifted to virtual individual and family counseling sessions. Our dedicated case planners conducted face-to-face field sessions prior to the pandemic and after the flattening of the curve. CFS has been in existence for over 20+ years. The mission of the program is to prevent placement or replacement of children in the foster care system, via case management services. The CFS staff provide individual and family counseling, referrals, advocacy, crisis management, etc., along with monthly home, field, and office sessions.
The Center For Family Support has faced various obstacles in the past, but remains steadfast in the community and committed to its mission. January 2021 has gifted our program with two new CPs, Ms. Cook and Ms. Ogungbenro, who joined the team which includes Ms. Harte/Senior Case Planner (CP), Ms. Polanco/CP, Ms. Corbin/CP, Mr. Osborne/Supervisor and Mrs. Rahaman, Program Director.
We are on a committed path and remain dedicated to empowering our
families. The program is currently hiring and in search of additional
candidates, dedicated to child welfare, to join our team. The available
positions include Case Aide, Office Manager, Family Team Conference
Facilitator and a Quality Assurance Specialist. All interested
candidates can forward their resume and cover letter to Mrs. Rahaman at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Come join our team as we “Love a Kid Today
and Every Day!”
The 533 meditation is a practice to develop intentional connections
between the mind and body for the purposes of energy and focus. Try this
breathing technique to calm your mind and spirit. A minimum of 2 rounds
is always recommended for first timers.
To watch a short video of this meditation please follow this link
Dahved Levy of 107.5 WBLS and Caribbean Fever with his trademark catchphrase, “Dahved Levy, Rockin’ you! Rockin’ you!” a benchmark in Caribbean radio, is a trailblazer and innovator in the field of broadcast media. He was the first person to host a Caribbean focused show on mainstream radio in New York. While many people know Dahved for his possessing an easy charm, quick wit and a distinctive voice, what some people may not know is Dahved’s commitment to investing in the youth of our community.
This month Dahved is looking to give away laptops to deserving high
school students ages 14 -18 who have an interest in journalism and
broadcasting. Young people should write a one-page essay detailing why
they are interested in this field, what their future career goals are,
and what the laptop would help them accomplish. If you know a young
person who is eager to take advantage of this opportunity, please have
them complete an essay and send to
for review. Winners will be announced in our next newsletter.
NOTE : SESAME FLYERS INTERNATIONAL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER/PROGRAM AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.