Spring arrives this Friday! As we approach this season, children and youth in our programs are ready to go outdoors and participate in sports and dance, and be creative! Here’s a taste of what’s cooking in Goodwill’s Youth Services.

Goodwill’s Step Team to Perform in DYCD “STEP it Up” Performance

step teamBeacon’s Finest is a step team of middle and high school girls ages 10-16. The Goodwill team is currently one of the top ten teams and will perform during the final competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in June.

Any girl participating in a New York City Beacon program may join the step program. Participants practice at IS 109 on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meet the step team and see them in action here.

For more information on services at Goodwill’s Beacon 109 program, please contact (718) 776-0183 or Fharris@goodwillny.org

Beacon 109:
213-10 92nd Avenue, Queens, NY 11428

Goodwill Launches Rugby Program

20150121_0227_Goodwill rugby-aThe Gotham Knights rugby team has selected Goodwill NY-NJ to provide leadership to start a rugby training program in two Goodwill programs in Long Island City.

In the death of winter early January, seven very athletic and brave 11th graders from Goodwill’s program at Queens Vocational & Technical -Community School had their first session. Then Gotham Knights volunteers began recruiting players at Goodwill’s Beacon 141 program.

“All students were fully engaged, followed our directions perfectly, and picked the game up incredibly fast,” comments Rob Mesika, Gotham Knights member of the board, who in winter 2014 started the club’s Gotham Gives Back initiative, which seeks to strengthen and improve the New York City community by promoting volunteerism and community service. “I’ve strived to make the Goodwill rugby program our main initiative under the Gotham Gives Back umbrella.” He coordinates the volunteers, who are current and former Gotham Knights players; raise funds to support the program, serves as liaison between the Gotham Knights board, Play Rugby USA, and Goodwill NY-NJ

Play Rugby USA has provided free services including coaching support. Full-time and paid coaches work exclusively with urban youth.  It has offered training and consulting for the volunteers on best practices. The organization has also offered $300 per student scholarships to three young girls from Beacon 141 to join its Manhattan Rugby Club. They’ll play in flag tournaments with a full-fledged team. A Gotham Knights volunteer will take them from Astoria to Pier 40 (Chelsea Piers) to practice and a Play Rugby USA coach will bring them back home. 

Click here to see more pictures of the team.

Play Rugby USA was started in 2003 to deliver sports education to urban youth through rugby. See more info at: www.playrugbyusa.com

Learn more about the Gotham Knights initiative at www.gothamrfc.org

For more information about Goodwill’s Rugby program or to learn about the services Goodwill provides at Beacon 141 and Queens Vocational & Technical -Community School, please contact (718) 937-3010 or tmccoy@goodwillny.org

Goodwill’s program at Queens Vocational & Technical-Community School:
37-02 Forty -Seventh Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Goodwill’s Beacon 141 Program:
37-11 21st Ave Room 209
Long Island City, NY 11105

Want to be a DJ?

In the Mix DJ ClassesIf you want to “be in the mix” and learn how to spin music, register for this program at Beacon 149. The new cycle starts today, March 17 and it takes place every Tuesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.   

We still have spaces open and everyone is welcome to join!

For more information about the services Goodwill’s Beacon program at 149Q provides, please call:
(718) 426-0888

PS149 Q:
93-11 34th Avenue NY 11372

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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