During the school semester that is about to end, twenty 4th-6th graders from Goodwill’s Beacon 109 after-school program participated in a Pase Explorers program. The Queens Village after-school program was one of six organizations participating in the borough. The program is offered to after-school programs in the five New York City boroughs.
The six-month program culminated with an expo at Jamaica Performing Arts Center to highlight each program. Beacon 109 chose to present a video showcasing the activities and the competitions students participate. Students Rihanna Tharay and Levaughn Murraya introduced the video and offered additional information on the Beacon’s Glee club, step team, dance, drama, drumming, art, and sports club.
“This program allow our students to connect with peers, build relationships, and learn about each other and their community,” said Goodwill Beacon 109 Program Assistant Director Tesha Lacey.
PASE Explorers provides young people in 4th – 6th grade with S.A.F.E. (Sequenced, Active, Focused, and Explicit) after-school activities to help them experience global learning through local exploration and build skills essential for life-long success including critical thinking, technology, teamwork, creativity, and communication. The program engages youth in discovering the strengths of their own neighborhood, exploring and learning about the strengths of another neighborhood, and developing their own website to share citywide. Through this community exploration, youth are able to see the larger context of the world in which they live.
Through a competitive application process, eighteen after-school program sites were selected for the 2014 cycle (January 2014-June 2014) to participate as Explorers for Brooklyn, Queens or The Bronx. They each received the PASE Explorers Curriculum aligned with Common Core and global learning competencies, free training, borough-wide events and individualized technical assistance, a stipend of $1,000 for some program implementation costs, t-shirts for youth and staff, access to a professional learning community, and evaluation survey tools.
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Beacon Community Centers provide a wide array of educational and recreational activities for anybody ages 6- adult. The Beacon programs are designed to engage the entire community of the host school, after school, evenings, weekends, school holidays, and during the summer. Activities include homework help, music, dance, cooking, basketball, SAT and college preparation activities, basketball, ESL, Junior Achievement, Girls Scouts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) , service learning, Robotics, Project Based Learning, and much more.
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