Beacon 141 Student Wins 1st Place in Chess Tournament

Danylo with team and medalsLast December, Danylo Mirin, an 8th-grader at IS141, won first place in the “Queens Chess Days” tournament held in PS 150 in Queens. The tournament, organized by “Chess in the Schools,” runs biweekly. Teams from all over the city compete.

Danylo received a medal and is currently attending Goodwill’s Beacon 141’s chess program.

In addition, six students won 2nd place team trophy in the tournament.

“We look forward for Danylo to be part of the Beacon 141 chess team “Steinway Knights” and represent Goodwill in the Mayor’s Cup this spring,” says Farhan Kapadia, Goodwill Beacon 141 Program Director.

For more information about the Beacon 141 Chess program and other services offered at the Goodwill program, please contact Director Kapadia at (646) 709-1025 or

Goodwill’s Beacon 141 Chess Program
Wednesdays, 2:30-4 p.m.
37-11 21st Ave Room 209

Long Island City, NY 11105

Compass Program at PS 40 Holds Dads and Sons Event

20150130_160540_resized In an effort to encourage dads to communicate and get involved with their sons, our Compass program at PS40 in Jamaica, Queens, held a meet and greet event and basketball game last month.


Staff spoke to six dads and two older brothers who came up to the first meeting about the importance of adult males to get involved with younger kids and to serve as role models. The Goodwill team of dads, brothers and program participants, unfortunately lost against their competitor team, but team work helped male bonding.

Compass Program Director Van White comments that he is currently in talks with PS 40 Principal Branker to create a “Man Cave.” If you would like to know how a “Man Cave” works, stay tuned to this blog. Soon we’ll have more to tell!

Goodwill’s Compass Program at PS 40
109-20 Union Hall Street; Jamaica, NY 11433
P: (718) 523-0801

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