Goodwill youth highlight importance of afterschool programs

Last Thursday, students who receive afterschool and other support services at Goodwill NYNJ programs, celebrated Lights On Afterschool, an annual National event to highlight the significance of afterschool funding and programming. Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

Here’s how some of our Youth Services sites marked the event:

Beacon 265 – Brooklyn

This year for Lights On Afterschool, seventy-five students who participate in Goodwill’s Beacon 265 program and twenty parents marched through the community reciting the Goodwill program’s chant: “The Mighty, Mighty Beacon.” “The chants were loud and the community heard us clear,” comments Assistant Program Director Katrina Perkins.

Middle school participants created posters that displayed their needs and appreciation for the Beacon program. The elementary school participants designed hats with light bulbs attached. The participants described on the light bulbs their favorite moments at Goodwill’s Beacon program.

For more information on services at Goodwill’s Beacon 265 program, please contact Program Director Neil Jeter at (718) 237-0852.

Beacon Community Centers provide a wide array of educational and recreational activities for anybody ages, six to 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, Girl Scouts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), service learning, Robotics, Project Based Learning, and much more.
Goodwill’s Beacon 265 program:
101 Park Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

COMPASS 40 – Queens
Aiseosa Evbuomwan, activity specialist at Goodwill’s Compass program at PS 40 reports that in the days leading to the Lights On Afterschool celebration, students created posters to describe the values of the Goodwill program. The posters listed the five qualities that Goodwill staff strives to instill in program participants: Academics, leadership, creativity, team work, and sportsmanship. Students constructed a light bulb crown. On each light bulb, they wrote the adjective that best described their personality. This was an exercise in self-esteem enhancement. Some wrote smart, kind, honest, etc. The children had a great time creating and seeing their finish product, it gave them a sense of pride. We can’t wait until next year!

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

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