Campers are having a busy summer at our Beacon 109 Program

Participants of our free summer camp program at IS 109 have spent the past month going on field trips to Bronx Zoo, NYC Transit Museum, Green County Pet Farm, and NYC Parks Department.

But the program integrates fun and learning at the same time. Phylicia Powell, Educational Coordinator, designed a curriculum around this year’s theme, “Working for Success” that included lessons on educational, Broadway and sports jobs, and project based learning.

Participants explored what they would like to do for a career and they are now looking into colleges that provide training in their career field.

On week 5 of the program, “Broadway Week,” they explored the variety of career opportunities they can pursue in the theater industry – it’s not all about acting, dancing and singing! Participants learned about jobs in the medical field, web designing and computer engineering too.

In a mini lesson plan, participants watched the “Big Hero 6” clip on YouTube to identify types of jobs in the first clip of the movie.  They also identified which scenes of the movie included careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.)

At the end of the lesson, participants were given a list of “5 Tips to Getting a Job on Broadway.”

Spending summer having fun and finding out what you want to do for a career sounds like fun to me. Who said that learning can’t be fun too?

What helped you choose your career? Please share with others in the comment section below!

Beacon Programs are school-based community centers serving children age 6 and older, and adults. Programs operate after school, evenings, weekends, and vacation periods, during school holidays and during summer break. All services are offered to New York City residents at no cost through funding provided by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. Goodwill operates five Beacons in Brooklyn and Queens. Each site offers a unique program geared to meet the needs of its community.

Program includes:

  • Academic Enhancement
  • Life Skills
  • Career Awareness/School to Work Transition
  • Civic Engagement
  • Recreation
  • Culture and Art
  • Summer Day Camp
  • After school and holiday care

For more information about the services offered at Goodwill’s Beacon Program at IS 109, including specific schedules and enrollment requirements, contact Program Director Frankco Harris at 718-426-0888 or

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93-11 34th Avenue

Jackson Heights, NY 11372

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