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Newsletter Issue #64



Center For Family Support Baby Announcement

Sesame Flyers International's own Center For Family Support Case Planner gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl on Christmas Day.  CONGRATULATIONS TOYIN OGUNGBENRO!!!


Executive Director's Message

Happy New Year! I hope 2022 is off to a great start. Here at Sesame, we are excited to share the progress and impact we continue to make in the lives of children, giving voice and expression to their dreams, hopes and desires. Our young people are beginning to exhibit more confidence and self-esteem after transitioning from remote to in person programming, itís very inspiring. In this edition of the newsletter please be sure to take a look at our upcoming events. I look forward to a year of seeing you safely, and remaining in good health.

We are also preparing for our grand 40th Anniversary in 2023. We have truly come a long way - together, and we intend on celebrating in a big way. We have keenly learned in these last two years to make the most of each moment because tomorrow is not promised. I personally would like to thank each and every person who has made a financial contribution to Sesame in these last two years. Your support has truly made the difference in our capacity to serve this community.

Sesame Flyers International Parent Council
By KEISHA SYDNEY, Outreach Coordinator

Research shows that when parents are involved, children do better and achieve more. This is a proven fact, I can speak to it. As a parent of an 8th grader getting involved with the Parent Council made a difference for my son and was the beginning of my journey. When my son started attending the after school program with Sesame Flyers I fell in love with the program. Without anyone asking I took it upon myself to be present and vocal at his program, by offering my services without any incentives due to the program being free, I felt like I needed to give back. I started doing outreach and creating fundraisers and before you knew it I was the president of the Parent Council.

Becoming a member on the Parent Council will provide an opportunity to participate in the growth and development while fostering stronger ties to your children's experience at Sesame flyers after school program. We have two Beacons and one Compass program and we are looking for people to fill the roles of President, Vice president, Secretary and Treasurer. If you think you would like to be a part of leadership, please join us on Thursday January 27th 2022 at 6:00pm via zoom. You can register on Parent Council Informational session.


A Young Dancer Finds Joy
By SAHARIA QUAMINA Of Sesame Flyers International Junior Dance Company

I was around 6 years old when I started to dance, ever since then my experience and love for dance has grown more and more. I love dance and I love to see and learn the stunts that other people do. Once I joined Sesame Flyers Junior Dance Company, everything changed. I've been exposed to the media and had the opportunity to be on national television show doing what I love. I have had fun and exciting experience with Sesame, such as performing at the 2021 Breast Cancer Walker and at Sesameís Holiday Toy Giveaway.

Dance really motivates me especially when Iím stressing out about school. Dancing with my friends, making jokes and also showing my moves in performances and giving my best to entertain people is what makes me happy. I want to learn more and grow with my friends that I trust and have been always by my side for 6 to 9 years, basically my whole childhood. I am so happy to be a part of Sesame Flyers. I can't wait to see what 2022 brings.

To learn more about Sesame Flyer Junior Dance Company please call Ms. Candice Abadia Dance Director at 347-543-9195.

Teen Spotlight Daylin Layne
Social Media Coordinator and Contributing Writer Of GENZ VOICES

Iím someone who is very responsive to my environment. Working with Gen Zís voices has continuously provided me with good things, amazing opportunities, comfort, and expansion. Meeting with friends to come together and share our passion for change, and journalism has provided me an outlet to continue my social justice path, along with my passion for writing. From our weekly meeting to long hours of editing, I honestly have no complaints at all. Iím so glad to be a part of an amazing team, full of students who have drive, and are passionate about change. Check out our page on Instagram.

Thank You To Our 2020 - 2021 Donors


  • Akilah O'Conner
  • Albert Reid
  • Alia Lili
  • Angela Spellman-Kavanagh
  • Avril Kennedy
  • Byron Jackson
  • Carlene Baptiste
  • Darrell A Pope
  • Donna Belgrave
  • Earlene David
  • Ely Sahar
  • Linda Berkman Turner
  • Marc Douglas
  • Sakeem Deverteuil
  • Sharon Spencer
  • Shontť Harrell


  • Aiby Galindez
  • Alexis Katz
  • Alisa Reynolds
  • Anthony Hilman
  • Caprica Stanley
  • Carol Mathison
  • Cecile Grant
  • Charles Mathison
  • Cheryl Ann Thomas
  • Cheryleen Williams
  • Christena Walker
  • Cindy Wilson
  • Corissa McEwen
  • Curtis Peter
  • Cuthbert Julien
  • Deandra Smith
  • Donna Ferguson-Wright
  • Ellen Coaty
  • Esmond Hunte
  • Gloria Thompson
  • Ingrid Johnson
  • Isaiah Marshall-Thomas
  • Joan Gilbert
  • Jonathan Courtney
  • Kathy Thorne
  • Kenrick Duprey
  • Kesha Shortt
  • Latisha Reid
  • Lennox Carrington
  • Lester Joseph
  • Lorna Robley
  • Lyndon Spencer
  • Michael Burgher
  • Michael K Haynes
  • Michelle Nedd
  • Mike Headly
  • Niasha Walker
  • Nicole Mathison
  • Nicole Skeete
  • Orlando Thomas
  • Richard A Newman
  • Romeo Frank
  • Shakim Coleman
  • Sheldon Hoyte
  • Stacey Rose
  • Stacy Jack
  • Stuart Boucaud
  • Susan Rae-Reeve
  • Suzette Vidale


  • Alphonso Simmons
  • Andrea Clarke-Moore
  • Anne B Williams
  • Anson Ryan
  • Brittany Edwards
  • Camille Cox
  • Chion Robinson
  • Claudia Carter
  • Cynesha Fray
  • Ebony Brice
  • Ebony Wilson
  • Enid Jacob
  • Erica Brandford
  • Jennifer Douglas
  • June Rosemin
  • Keisha Sydney
  • Kendel Edwards
  • Makayla Peterson
  • Michelle M Mathison
  • Natasha Irby
  • Pentica Fermin-Bayne
  • Petal Smith
  • Rena Gibson
  • Roxanne Liverpool
  • Roy Watson
  • Rudy Lamy
  • Rwanda Campbell
  • Samuel E Farrell
  • Sharon Callender-Stewart
  • Steve Andre Sallion
  • Travis Moore
  • Tsehaia Brown
  • Wayne Lewis

PATRON LEVEL $101 -$250

  • Angela Faison
  • Antoinette Innocent
  • Charlston Mathison
  • Cory Constantine
  • Darryl Rattray
  • Gerard Alexander
  • Lishawn Alexander
  • Marsha Tasher
  • Pearl Elie
  • Sharon Adams
  • Twisted Rootz
  • Deborah Pointer

CHAMPION LEVEL $251 - $500

  • Donna Nelson
  • Elenora Bernard
  • Gloria Owens
  • Janet Cummings
  • Judith Faison
  • Kareem James
  • Kelly Yannello
  • Lucina Clarke
  • Nicholas Yanello
  • Praewpan Ash
  • Winston Bushell
  • Winthrop Holder

LEGACY BUILDER $501 - $2500

  • Anthony Cole
  • Catherine Prentice
  • Janelle Sampson
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Surenete Foster
  • Roberto Hilman


  • Acros Film + Music
  • Curtis Nelson
  • Kevin McEwen
  • Nelcol Philip
  • Raymond Luke

MAJOR GIFTS $10,001 plus

  • Camille Nelson


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