Our History & Mission

As the largest Caribbean American organization contracted by the City of New York, residents of East Flatbush and Canarsie have relied on Sesame Flyers International for a variety of year round programs that preserve culture, tradition and values over the last three decades, and we have delivered. This year over 5,000 individuals will come through our doors in search of some form of assistance. Whether it’s tutoring young students, providing safe and nurturing spaces for children to play during the summer, organizing youth‐led community service activities, job readiness programs, providing case management and counseling for families in crisis, giving adult learners access to GED programs and computer technology, or celebrating the rich traditions of the Caribbean Diaspora, there are few aspects of community life that Sesame Flyers does not touch.

As presenters of the winningest Large Band in the West Indian American Labor Day Parade, Sesame Flyers International, Inc. is extremely active and visible in the Caribbean community. The West Indian American Labor Day Carnival, known throughout the metropolitan area as the unofficial end of summer cultural celebration and kick off to the political season, is a weekend fete that draws over 3.5 million spectators annually. Also a source of pride is Sesame Flyers’ participation in “World Brooklyn”, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum exhibit featuring the many cultures of the borough, where visitors can enter the Sesame Flyers Mas display room and are invited to share in the culture.

Our Mission
To provide a range of youth development, cultural, social welfare and supportive services to individuals and families residing in New York.

Our Vision
Sesame Flyers will define itself as a leader among its peers, its community, and its stakeholders for programs that cultivate emerging youth leaders, authentic cultural experiences and innovative economic vitality.

Our Motto
Love A Kid Today and Every Day

Our Programs and Services

  • Community Centers: Sesame’s two school‐based Beacon Community Centers (one in Canarsie and the other in East Flatbush), NYCHA Cornerstone at the Glenwood Houses, and Main Office Cultural Center offer educational and recreational programs for school‐aged youth as well as.
  • GED Programs: job placement and computer classes for older youth and adults.
  • After‐School Programs: Sesame provides a safe, nurturing environment, educational support, enrichment, recreation, cultural arts, and career readiness activities for 900 elementary, middle and high school students annually.
  • African-Caribbean Dance: The SFI Cultural Dance Company fosters respect for ethnic differences and promotes the benefits of team work and physical fitness.
  • Steel Pan Orchestra: The Steel Pan Orchestra combines music education, cultural arts, and educational enrichment. Known as the Ambassadors of Sesame Flyers, the Orchestra provides concerts and performances for audiences throughout the city.
  • Center for Family Support: A comprehensive family counseling center that offers a nurturing, supportive and caring environment where families can work together to improve interpersonal relationships through counseling and intensive case management.
  • Sports and Physical Activity: We provide a year‐round aerobics program to encourage community members of all ages to lead healthy lives through regular exercise.