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Health officials are
working tirelessly to protect public health and contain this virus.
And, as your representative in Albany, I am working to ensure that
our state is putting the health and safety of our families first.
Remember COVID-19 can affect any community and we must stand by one
another during this time, not alienate, threaten or discriminate
For questions you can also reach out to the New York State’s novel
coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. For continuous
updates, you can visit the following websites:
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Health Organization (WHO)
The CDC also now has the
option for you to sign up for weekly updates on COVID-19.
New Yorkers Can Sign Up for
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Questions About COVID-19
New Yorkers Can Find More Information About the New COVID-19 Paid
Sick Leave Law
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES
Executive Order: Nurses are to enlist in support of the
widespread need for healthcare providers as hospitals ramp up
the expansion of bed capacity.
entire retired healthcare community have been asked to sign-up.
Hospitals are under an emergency order to expand their hospital
capacity by a minimum of 50%.
Testing in New York is being done at a higher rate, 16,000 tests
York will work on passing a budget but those budget items that
are more complex will be put on hold until a later date.
"Grab and Go" MEALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL STUDENTS
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.
No registration, ID, or documentation required.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner may be picked up at the same time.
No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.
Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children.
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ALL THAT JAZZ
BY KEISHA SYDNEY, SFI OUTREACH SPECIALIST
The Children of
Bildersee Beacon got the opportunity to attend a special Jazz
concert “Decades of Jazz 1920 – Present: A Century of Innovation
and Improvisation” at the local Paerdegat Library. The
participants learned about the influence of Jazz on music and of
music through the decades. The musicians put on quite a show and the
children interacted with the Jazz artists. We look forward to
continuing to developing our youth’s appreciation for different
genres of music.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and
willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in
pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not
yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”
In just about two weeks it already seems that we are at the dawn of
a new age. Nothing that we knew seems to be the same anymore. We are
not sure what each day or moment will bring us. This level of
uncertainty is never comfortable yet in fact, we never really know
what each moment will bring. We are now somewhat forced to use this
time of heightened awareness to reconnect to the things that really
matter in life. It's no different for us here at Sesame Flyers.
While our doors and program sites are now closed I want you to be
certain that Sesame Flyers we will continue, now more than ever, to
Love a Kid Today and Everyday. In an effort to meet the childcare
needs of first responders, transit , health care workers, food and
banking, we are working with DYCD - DOE Regional Enrichment Centers
to provide staff support and supervision. We are also working with
our staff in implementing cultural and academic online programming
that supports our young people and community at large. We will
continue to keep culture alive as Sesame Flyers has uniquely for the
past 36 years with content that is specific and relevant to our
beloved community. I look forward to sharing those developments with
Here are the latest updates to our programs that I can share now. We
will resume collecting Summer Camp applications when the schools
reopen. Summer Youth Employment applications are still being
accepted online and you can read more about it this edition of the
Newsletter. As of now The Labor Day Parade is still scheduled to go
on per the West Indian American Day Carnival Association while
Sesame Atlanta Carnival is postponed nor has a new date been given
as yet. Please make sure that you and your entire household fill out
the 2020 Census so that you too can be counted when resources for
the community is reallocated
COVID-19 is understandably getting the most of our attention and
focus, however we would like to note March is Women’s History Month.
I am proud of the immeasurable accomplishments women have made on
our society and we are highlighting a very special woman in this
I am confident that we will get through this together and come out
stronger than ever.
HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT
BY JUDITH FAISON,
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
You don’t make
progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining.
You make progress by implementing ideas. – Shirley Chisholm
The daughter of
immigrants from South America and the Caribbean, Shirley Anita St.
Hill was born a native New Yorker in the borough of Brooklyn in
Best known as the first
woman who happened to be of African Caribbean descent to campaign
for President of the United States as a member of a major political
party, Mrs. Chisholm got her start as an educator earning degrees
from Brooklyn College and Columbia University. Following her passion
for politics, she joined the NAACP and local political clubs. After
serving several terms as a member of the New York State Assembly,
she eventually became the first woman of African Caribbean descent
to be elected as a Representative to the United States Congress from
the State of New York where she would serve seven terms representing
the 12th Congressional District. Hon. Mrs. Chisholm served on the
Veteran’s Committee and the Education and Labor Committee
demonstrating her commitment to those who serve our country as
soldiers and teachers. Hon. Mrs. Chisholm went on to become one of
the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971. Now
55 members strong, Hon. Mrs. Chisholm was one of the original 13.
Also in 1971 Hon. Mrs.
Chisholm took the bold move to put herself forward as a Democratic
candidate for the 1972 Presidential campaign. This step made her the
first woman of African Caribbean descent to run for the post and the
first woman to run as a Democratic presidential candidate. ‘Unbought
and Unbossed’, she turned her 26 primary earned delegates into 152
after Senator Hubert Humphrey released his delegates to her. Though
unsuccessful in her quest for the presidency, Hon. Mrs. Chisholm
stood for office “to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to
accept the status quo”.
Undaunted, Hon. Mrs.
Chisholm continued to serve as US Representative to her constituents
in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn until she retired in 1983.
As a valued elder, she
spent the years after her retirement passing on her knowledge and
wisdom as a professor at Mount Holyoke College teaching politics and
sociology. She also presented lectures at colleges around the
Hon. Mrs. Shirley
Chisholm made her transition to the land of the ancestors in 2005
having lived a life as “a black woman who lived in the 20th century
and dared to be herself.”
SYEP 2020 PARTICIPANT APPLICATION AVAILABLE
Spring is in the air and
many of you are making plans for the summer! For some young adults
that includes submitting an application for the Summer Youth
Employment Program. SYEP applications are available https://application.nycsyep.com/
and may be completed online. The deadline to complete applications
is April 10, 2020.
The SYEP Program is 6
weeks. The Program Start date is July 6, 2020. Enrolled SYEP
Participants MUST attend an UNPAID Orientation prior to Job/Project
The SYEP Program design
has been transformed to provide greater emphasis on job readiness
and project based learning for younger participants and to provide
older youth more time to build up their resumes with focused work
14-15 year olds attend
projects 15 hours per week and are provided a stipend (Must be age
14 by July 1, 2020).
16-24 year olds may work
up to 25 hours per week. Older Youth Participants (16-21) are paid
NYC minimum wage $15.00.
If you have any
questions or would like more information, please contact
311, or the DYCD Youth Connect hotline (800) 246-4646.
Funding for SYEP is
provided in part by the NYC Department of Youth and Community
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause either mild
illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia.
Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected. A "novel
coronavirus" is a strain that has not been previously seen in
humans. The disease, called COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), can
be spread from person to person.
Many people have been diagnosed with this novel coronavirus in New
York City. New York City is seeing “community transmission,” meaning
the source of the infection is unknown.
There are no specific vaccines or treatments available for this
novel coronavirus, or any other coronavirus. However, medication and
vaccine research is underway.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can
include fever, cough or shortness of breath. An infection can result
in death, but that is a rare outcome. Most people with COVID-19 will
have mild symptoms. People who are at most risk for severe illness
are those who have health conditions including:
- Chronic lung disease
- Heart disease
- A weakened immune system
As of March 2020, the
Health Department recommends the following precautions to slow the
spread of COVID-19 :
- Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing do not use your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
- If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
- Consider telecommuting, biking or walking to work if possible.
Consider staggering working hours. For example, instead of 9
a.m. to 5 p.m., change some work hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 8
a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Clean and disinfect
frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular
household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
Get your flu shot.
Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it
will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this
CARE AND TESTING
Please note, you can now
get free testing and care for COVID-19 with or without health
If you are experiencing
fever, cough or shortness of breath and traveled to an area where
COVID-19 is spreading, or you have had close contact with someone
who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, call your health care
provider. Your provider will work with the Health Department to
determine if you need testing.
If you need help finding a health care provider, call 311.
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Store a two week
supply of water and food.
your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in
nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand,
including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold
medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
Get copies and
maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors,
hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for
personal reference. Get help accessing
Talk with family
members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they
got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
During a Pandemic
Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection
Avoid close contact
with people who are sick.
When you are sick,
keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick
Cover your mouth and
nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent
those around you from getting sick.
Washing your hands
often will help protect you from germs.
Avoid touching your
eyes, nose or mouth.
Practice other good
health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage
your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
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