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Wednesday On The Ave

The Summer is finally here and Sesame Carnival in collaboration with Sesame Flyers International presents Wednesday On The Avenue at 3510 Church Avenue

Sesame At Suede

Sesame Carnival and Suede Restaurant presents La Vie with Sesame at Suede Summer Edition each and every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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Calypso On The Avenue featuring the best of 2003 to 2017 at Sesame Cultural Center 3510 Church Avenue.  Featuring the best of Brooklyn, NY under one roof
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Cultural Center / Saturday Program
3510 Church Avenue . Brooklyn . NY 11203
Phone: 718-693-0500  |  Fax: 718-693-2007
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Winthrop Beacon III Community Center
905 Winthrop Street . Brooklyn . NY 11203
Phone: 718-221-8880  |  Fax: 718-493-7163
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Center Of Family Support

905 Winthrop Street . Brooklyn . NY 11203
Phone: 718-221-8881  |  Fax: 718-493-7163
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Bildersee Beacon Community Center
956 East 82nd Street . Brooklyn . NY 11203
Phone: 718-241-3847  |  Fax: 718-241-3849
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1001 East 100th Street.Brooklyn.11236
Phone: 718-251-2051

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3510 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203

Newsletter Issue # 20
August 2017


Sesame Flyers International Promotes Youth and Culture

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. 

It is extremely important to us that we continue to preserve our Caribbean Culture and what better way to do that, than to share the value of our heritage by getting the youth involved. We also know that for many of the parents who entrust the development of their children to Sesame Flyers throughout the year, they have said that this offer means the world to them. The cost of the materials that make up these costumes including feathers can be quite expensive and they honestly cannot afford to maintain this cultural tradition year after year.

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).


Executive Director's Message

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.

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Curtis Nelson
Executive Director


Sesame Flyers International Movies Under The Stars

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

Wednesday August 9, 2017

Join us for our third installment of Family Night at Amersfort Park where we will be screening Dreamworks' TROLLS.  The movie tells the story of two Trolls who set off on a journey to rescue their friends after the Bergens invade Troll Village.

Festivities start at 7:00 pm and the movie starts at SUNDOWN

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Relive the early 90s at our "Old School Night" Edition of the Summer Movie Series.  We will be screening "HOUSE PARTY" at the Amersfort Park.  The classic film follows Christopher "Kid" Harris and Peter "Play" Martin, who decide to throw a house party to end all parties while Play's parents are out of town.  Festivities start at 7:00 pm and the movie starts at SUNDOWN

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Join us for Community Night at Amersfort Park on August 23 for a screening of Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.  The critically-acclaimed movie follows a working-class African-American father as he tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.  Festivities start at 7:00 pm and the movie starts at SUNDOWN

Create New York City
A Cultural Plan For All New Yorkers

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.

CreateNYC is an opportunity to build on the progress of the past using the power of culture to bring people together and to think critically about the most pressing issues facing society today. It is a living document that is designed to respond to a continually evolving city.

Public input provides a strong foundation for CreateNYC. Over the course of six months, more than 188,000 New Yorkers participated in the development of the plan in person and online.


Position Opening For Preventive Case Planner

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.

Under the direction of the Social Work Supervisor, the Case Planner shall serve as primary service provider. Due to service mandates, the Case Planner shall be expected from time to time to work evenings.

The principal tasks of the position include providing direct services to individuals, families, and groups utilizing the Casework Framework Principles; carrying out ongoing risk and safety assessments of the family; making required home visits and collateral contact; and other job-related tasks and duties as assigned.

The position requires a BA/BS/BSW/MSW/MA degree, plus experience with troubled children and families in a human service agency setting. Proven clinical skills pertaining to troubled children and families are preferred.

For further assistance, please contact Leslyn Rahaman, Program Director, at 718-221-8880/8881 Ext. 2120, or Aisha Carr of Human Resources at 718-693-0500.



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