April 29th Sesame Flyers kicked off our 35th Anniversary
celebration! We had our annual service at St. Augustine Episcopal
Church followed by a reception at the Main office. We were awarded a
proclamation by the City for our 35 year legacy of serving children
and families in Brooklyn presented by Ms. Rodneyse Bichotte, New
York State Assembly 42nd Assembly District. We are thankful to our
founding members (featured in the photo) for their ongoing
commitment to the Sesame Flyers family and community at large. Their
often tireless and unrelenting efforts has served as a strong and
lasting foundation for our agency.
May everyone! Spring has truly sprung in our community and here at
Sesame Flyers. First, I have to give a huge Happy 35th Anniversary
to Sesame Flyers. I am so proud to lead a organization with such an
enduring and rich legacy. I am even more honored to lead us into
expanding our legacy in the years to come.
Mrs. Bruno began working at Sesame Flyers in September of 1993 when we started our work at the Winthrop Beacon. She is a major part of the Legacy that is Sesame Flyers’ afterschool homework assistance program. She has been working at the Sesame Flyers Winthrop Beacon as a Head Instructor, where her experience and sincere caring for the children has prevailed. Her commitment, dedication and perseverance exemplify our legacy. Mrs. Bruno hails from the beautiful Caribbean island of Haiti. She has two sons, Edward and Reginald. A few of Mrs. Bruno’s favorite things consist of seafood, salsa dancing and oldies & blues music. Mrs. Bruno’s favorite holiday is Christmas and her favorite season is summer. Mrs. Bruno is an integral part of the Winthrop Beacon. The children look forward to seeing her very afternoon upon their arrival.
We are grateful to have Mrs. Bruno on our team!
This month’s teen talk article is submitted to us by our Compass Director Ms. Liana Wilson and she dedicates it to her graduating Middle School Seniors…
it’s that time! Just a few months shy of graduation, prom and senior
trip!!! You've worked really hard passing those ELA and Math exams,
many of you opted to take the specialized HS exam, and you've also
spent hours researching and preparing your HS applications but have
you ever given some thought to how to make the most of your time
once you start? Probably not. So, as a proud Parent of a college
sophomore and soon to be middle school senior I'd like to share my
list of 4 tips for High School success.
Over the Spring Break Bildersee hosted an art contest, a Spelling Bee and a Math Bee for Bildersee students. The events were a success with 100% student engagement. Contestants won a variety of prizes ranging from art supplies, to candy, to cash rewards. The objectives of these contests were to explore activities that will increase motivation, monitor how students regulate behavior in competitive environments, and measure how students solve complex or challenging problems. The competitions were such a success, Bildersee will host the competitions in June as a part of the program’s year-end showcase.
Winners of the Art Contest (first image)
Winners of the Spelling Bee
On April 6th the Clubhouse was packed with standing room only for poet lovers and poets alike at Sesame Flyers first Fearless Friday Poetry Competition. This competition featured 11 amazing poets. The next competition is well underway and is schedule for the Summer time. Stay tuned.
The top 3 winners are featured in the pictured.
On April 12th the Winthrop Beacon Youth Council had a special young
men only workshop with Film Maker Shakim Coleman with assistance
from staff Dalton Miller-Harper. They boys discussed the short film
Two Way Street. The film is an exploration about the perils and
often deadly pitfalls of street life. This open discussion was very
useful and informative for the boys. They were very engaged and
asked thought provoking questions in seeking alternatives to street
life. The speaker comes from the street life just as these boys do
and is out on a mission to help our youth. After losing several
close friends to murder and jail he is committed to bringing
awareness to alternatives to street life and making an honest living
given the talents these boys already have or can develop. His goal
is that our youth stay productive. We are looking forward to
continuing the conversation and being a part of creating a new
legacy for our young men in the community.
Jazz On The Avenue
April 8th the sweet and sultry musical styling of renowned Frankie
McIntosh and His Circle of Friends filled the clubhouse. Frankie
McIntosh has been playing music for over 30 years and has been a
friend of Sesame for over a decade. Garvin Blake, renowned steel
pan player was also playing that night. Garvin has been a friend of
Sesame since our inception and continues to come back to bring Jazz
to Church Avenue. Longtime friends and new friends of Sesame came to
enjoy the night away. The sets were truly amazing and memorable. It
is our honor and privilege to bring events like these to our beloved
Do your part to give a young person the experience of a lifetime. Entrepreneurs, small and large have an opportunity to show youth ages 14-24 how to establish good work habits and learn what it means to run a business. Hosting a young person this summer for six weeks from July 5 to August 10 from 20-25 hours per week can make a life changing impact.
A recent Wharton UPenn study of the New York City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) program found that the program has a profound influence on the youth who participate as the rates of incarceration and homicide are less for youth who are selected by the lottery to participate in the program than for those who are not selected.
Participants who are randomly selected by a lottery are matched with a worksite for the summer in a variety of industries from health care to finance. The SYEP program is a success because local businesses have made the effort of connecting our young people to the benefits of a good work ethic.
Last summer over $126.9 million dollars in city, state, federal, and private funds were allocated to this vital citywide program. This dollar amount was met by over 147,000 youth who submitted applications to participate, while funding allowed 69,716 youth to be enrolled in the program, over 40 per cent of whom were Brooklyn residents and 40 per cent were of African descent. 12,064 local businesses large and small, including those in the private sector, throughout New York City provided our youth an opportunity to experience the rigors and rewards of employment.
Participants earn NYS minimum wage and learn time management, fiscal responsibility and how to contribute as a member of an effective team. SYEP Participants spend their summer putting into practice the prized 21st century skill set.
Sponsored by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the SYEP program has implemented web based application and payroll systems for the participants. Participants are issued debit cards and those who have bank accounts are paid through direct deposit.
In addition to developing job skills through work experience, part of each summer’s work experience includes an Educational Component that investigates the areas of Work Readiness, Financial Literacy, Higher Education Exploration, Career Exploration, and Health Education. Among the concepts discovered by SYEP participants, is the range of options available to them after high school, how to think critically about managing money, and how to incorporate elements of a healthy lifestyle that can prevent the diseases that run rampant in our community such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
own a local business, you can provide a work experience to a young
person that will last a lifetime. Worksite applications are
available now, get started with the online pre app
Contact email@example.com for a hardcopy application. The
worksite application deadline is May 12, 2018. For more information,
ON THE DYCD LINK.
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