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Newsletter Issue #59
JUNE 2021



Happy Father's Day

We want to wish a blessed and Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers in our Sesame Flyers community. Thank you for continuing to keep this community safe and protected. We feel your support in everything we do.


Executive Director's Message

It’s Summer Time! At Sesame that means Summer Camp and the Summer Youth Employment Program is just about to launch and we get to celebrate Caribbean American Heritage all month long. In this edition of the Newsletter, learn about the availability and registration process for Summer Camp. There is still time to apply and make a difference in the lives of young people by referring or becoming a worksite for SYEP. Worksites fuel this program and allow SYEP to thrive.

We are greatly looking forward to participating in the celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month as we join with other immigrant communities in the World Refugee Day festivities in Park Slope on June 20th and present scholarships to extraordinary young people and honor community leaders at the Sesame Flyers International Caribbean Essence Awards and Showcase. This night is where we can collectively enjoy our rich culture and heritage while celebrating our emerging youth leaders. Please consider this as my personal invitation for you to join the celebration. We have so much for which to be grateful. I hope to see you there.

Now that things are opening back up, we are happy to be partnering, in person, with other community based organizations that serve our community. I am so proud of how we as community fared for the last year in a mostly virtual environment. We look forward to the future with a spirit of great hope and optimism. I would also like to take this time to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the men who join me and have the courage to work in our communities to keep them safe. The work we do is invaluable, we see you and thank you for your time and commitment. 


Summer Camp At Sesame 2021

We are happy to announce that we are accepting Middle School applications for the in-person Summer Rising program. Summer Rising is New York City's free summer plan for children in grades K-12.

For the first time, our Summer Program we will be fully integrated with DOE academics. Students in grades K–8 will get outside, learn, and engage with peers and caring adults in safe, supervised, and enriching ways. Students will engage in daily community building and social emotional learning activities.

Summer Rising will address academic and social emotional needs of our youth through tailored support. These programs will provide a bridge to next school year and allow students to reconnect with one another and with their schools. Students will address unfinished learning while providing avenues for recreation, exploration, and fun in the afternoon, with us at the end of the morning session’s learning.

Program Details

• This program is full day and in-person.
• July 6 to August 12 Monday–Thursday, 8AM–4PM
• Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.
• The Program will be closed on July 20, 2021 in observance of Eid al Adha.
Summer Locations
• The Winthrop Beacon will operate at 1084 Lenox Road Brooklyn, NY 11212 for Summer 2021
• The Bildersee Beacon will operate at 845 East 96 Street, Brooklyn NY 11236 for Summer 2021

How to Register for Summer Camp - **PLEASE NOTE, We can only accept applications for Middle School Students.

1. Go to
2. Select “Summer Rising” and press the “Search” button
3. Type Sesame Flyers International in Program Search box and press the “Search” button
4. Add to List: (For Winthrop Beacon): Beacon The Middle School of Media, Law and Fine Arts Summer Rising (18K581) Associated Schools: Middle School for Art and Philosophy (18K588) or For (Bildersee Beacon) Beacon: I.S. 068 Isaac Bildersee - Summer Rising (18K068) Associated Schools: P.S. 66 (18K066); P.S. K771 (75K771)
5. Create an account and complete the application virtually.
6. Make sure to SUBMIT the application.
Once the application has been submitted, we should receive a notification. A Sesame Flyers team member will reach out to follow up with any additional questions and or requests.

Heroes At Winthrop Beacon

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) recently launched “The Heroes Project” a literacy-focused comic book initiative that challenges youth across NYC to develop stories about heroes - real or imagined - in their own communities. We were fortunate to be selected to offer this program at our Winthrop Beacon. This 3-month program geared towards 3rd and 4th Graders operated virtually and met once a week under the instruction of our Artistic Expression Instructor, Ms. Shyann. The participants truly enjoyed this program and now Simone Warner, Winthrop Beacon’s Program Director is working to incorporate a Heroes Project themed activity into the school year plan.


Caribbean Essence Awards & Showcase

Join Sesame Flyers for a night celebrating Caribbean culture and family.

Celebrate the achievements of deserving college-bound graduating High School Seniors and deserving College Students whose hard work, determination and leadership among their peers is the motivation for this event. We also honor exceptional members of the community who have demonstrated resilience and a profound commitment to the success and empowerment of the Caribbean community. 

After the awards, you are invited to join us for a night of Caribbean entertainment and dancing. Performances include Steel Pan with a Rhythm Section, Moko Jumbies, Internationally Known Performing Artists, Limbo Dance, and more!

All proceeds from this event benefit Sesame Flyers International's array of programs which touch the lives of over 7,000 Brooklyn residents each year. We encourage you to invite your friends, colleagues, and associates to join us in celebrating the leader in you and all of us.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulation To Sesame Flyers Scholarship Awardees Of 2021

Sesame Flyers International is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Scholarship Awards. Sesame Flyers is very proud to present to you this year’s Scholarship awardees, a cohort of talented and gifted students who are focused, resilient, and connected to their culture and community.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), Queens College (CUNY), Cornell University, Seton Hall University, and SUNY Morrisville are among the colleges to which our awardees have been accepted or are attending.

The recipients of the 2021 Chad Magloire Scholarship are Camille Mitchell, Candice Phillips, and Zahrah McIntosh-Kipp.

Iyana McGirt is the 2021 Chairman’s Award Scholarship awardee, Malique Charles is the Jumoke McKenzie Steelpan Scholarship.

Celebrate the achievements of our youth by attending Sesame Flyers Caribbean Essence VIP Reception and Awards. Join with the Sesame Flyers International community as we congratulate these exceptional students on June 27, 2021. A celebration of Caribbean culture and family, the program begins at 7pm with Dahved Levy and Redd as our hosts for the evening.

If you would like to learn more about the Caribbean Essence VIP Reception and Awards or SFI’s scholarship program, please visit or contact us by email at

Community Partnership

On Saturday June 5 Sesame Partnered with East Flatbush Community Partnership and Caribbean Women’s Health for a Women’s Empowerment Summit. It was a great networking event in a supportive atmosphere now that the city is opening up.

Sesame Flyers International
Calendar Of Events 2021

Caribbean Health Talk Series
Caribbean Heritage Scholarship Gala
Health Walk
Chancellor's Day - SCHOOLS CLOSED - June 3
Father's Day - June 20
Last Day Of School - June 25
Kids Talent Show
Independence Day - July 4
SFI Block Party
Last Lap Lime
Appreciation Party
Kiddies Talent Show
All Schools and Beacon Programs Re-Open
Labor Day Carnival - September 6
Breast Cancer Walk
Indigenous People's Day - SCHOOLS CLOSED - October 11
Toy Drive Collection
Thanksgiving Service
Food Giveaway
Veterans Day - SCHOOLS CLOSED - November 11
Thanksgiving Recess - SCHOOLS CLOSED - November 26 - 27
Holiday Party
Tree Of Love Giveaway
Children Holiday Party
SFI Annual Paragny Show
Giving Tuesdays - December 1
Winter Recess - SCHOOLS CLOSED - December 24 - 31


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