FLYERS INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
There are two ideas for which Sesame Flyers has always advocated:
Youth and Culture. This year we continue our tradition of bringing
them together by providing costumes to 300 of our young people who
participate in many of our year round programs including our
Saturday Program, After School, and Summer Camp. In addition,
costumes have been provided to a number of our loyal masqueraders
who have played Mas with Sesame Flyers from the time before they
could walk. These free costumes allow youth to participate in
Sesame’s presentation of Life is Sweet, in the Kiddies Carnival on
Saturday, September 2, 2017.
This is our 3rd year presenting the free backline costumes for our
Kiddies and it would not be possible without support from the
Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the Department of Youth
and Community Development (DYCD).
We did it!!!!! It’s official. Sesame Flyers has recaptured the contracts with NYC Department of Youth and Community Development to operate the two anchor community centers in our portfolio of services, Winthrop Beacon Community Center in East Flatbush, and Bildersee Beacon Community Center in Canarsie. These two Sesame programs alone account for free community services benefitting over 2,000 residents per year for the past thirteen, plus hundreds of Jobs for community residents, youths and their families, vendors, artists and performers of the cultural arts.
A citywide competition called a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued in June by DYCD to bid on over 80 Beacon program contracts through the city, that hundreds of not-for profit Agencies, large and small, vied for. This RFP process assures the city that only qualified and viable agencies that have the, track record, administrative capacity and community ties get selected for this opportunity. This rounds, there were many agencies not so fortunate to retain their Beacon contracts and many new agencies selected.
Not so obvious however, is the administrative cost of effectively operating these programs, requiring us to raise 10 to 20 percent the value of these contracts. Fundraising becomes more than just a casual commitment but a necessity if we are to have the proper resources to make these contracts work. This represents the most challenging aspects of managing these types of city contracts but assures the community that we are all financially invested in the success of these programs. Government funding to not-for profits typically are funded on a reimbursement system. So you must have the capacity to raise the funds first before being reimbursed. Don’t raise the funds and you lose part of your awards.
Like many charitable organizations, we have faced serious economic challenges during the past decade. The Great Recession, the worst economic downturn in many decades, drastically hampered our ability to raise revenues through fundraising events as we had done previously. State and federal funding support for non-profits, including ours, was slashed dramatically.
Many not-for-profit organizations, both large and small, have been forced to close their doors, especially those in marginalized communities. Laying off more than a third of our staff, renegotiating tax debt, slashing spending we did it all. We were determined to survive – and we did. We kept our doors open, we remain the light that many community residents have come to depend upon. We have come through a period of great adversity with an even stronger conviction and commitment to serve our community.
So please join us, your contributions are an integral part of our operation. We are also seeking volunteers from aids to Board members who have particular expertise in the Banking, Finance, Marketing, and Public Relations Industries.
For their tremendous support and confidence in our Beacon RFP submissions, we especially have to thank Principals Daveida Daneils and Merve Williams of the Winthrop and Bildersee campuses respectively, our new partners Caribbean Women’s Health, Gangsters Making Astronomical Community Changes, Triad Strategies, University Settlement, Sports and Arts. We also thank all of the elected officials who wrote letters of supported for our application: Congress members Yvette Clarke, and Hakeem Jefferies; Boro President Eric Adams; State Senators Kevin Parker and Jesse Hamilton; Assemblyman Nick Perry, Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the New York Assembly; Councilmen Jumaane Williams, Deputy Leader of the New York City Council; and Mathieu Eugene, City Council Youth Services Committee Chairman.
During the month of August, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams alongside Sesame Flyers International Incorporated would like to encourage Brooklyn families to pack up their picnic chairs and come out and watch a movie with us under the stars at Amersfort Park
CreateNYC is the first-ever comprehensive cultural plan for the City
of New York. It is a roadmap to a more inclusive, equitable, and
resilient cultural ecosystem. The objectives and strategies for
supporting arts and culture establish roles for stakeholders at all
levels—from residents to arts and cultural organizations to private
funders and City agencies.
The Winthrop Beacon
Center For Family Support Preventive Program is looking for a
qualified Case Planner, preferably Creole speaking. The goals of the
Preventive Case Planner are to prevent child abuse and neglect; keep
families together; stabilize and maintain family functioning;
strengthen families; and reunite children with their families.
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