Summer 2022 Classes

June 15, 2022

Dear Project PRIZE Parent,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy!

It is with great pleasure that we are sending this communication to let parents and students know that the Liberty Partnerships Program, Project PRIZE (LPP-PP) was able to coordinate and offer a virtual summer program this year, despite the disruption still caused by Covid-19. The program will be online and it’s including academic skills preparation, college readiness, mentoring, art, tutoring, and workshops, which also addresses socio-emotional wellness and field trips. The trips will be on Thursdays and in-person. A permission slip signed by the parent is required by the day before the trip.

The Program is scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 5th and end on Thursday, July 28th. It is a 4-week program. Workshops, and activities are scheduled for M-T-W and Th, 10:00am-2:30pm. Lunch is from 12:00noon to 12:30pm. Registration will start on Wednesdau, June 22nd and will close on Wednesday, June 29th. First come, first served. Classes will close as they fill.

Access to the selection of workshops form will be via link included on the schedule. Please select a workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon of each day and submit it asap.

New students are required to submit an application and consent form, which are accessible via links included on the copy of the schedule of workshops. Parents of children attending other than our Campus Magnet, George Washington Carver, and IS192 partner schools are required to upload their last report card and transcript and state test scores. Students who have not submitted their children’s academic records, will not be admitted or registered. There won’t be registration on the first day of classes.

Students submitting incomplete schedules of workshops selected, will not be registered, therefore, please make sure that a workshop is selected for the am and the pm for each day according to the child’s grade. JHS or HSS

Students are to log on to their workshops and activities promptly, and parents are to e-mail communication, if the student needs to be out at any time, during the four weeks of the program. Students will be in a relaxed environment, but there should be consistent attendance, 718 281-5331-Fax 718 281-5390 – Medical Arts Building Room C-34 – 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside NY 11364 and they should be poised to actively participate in their selected workshops. It is highly recommended that students be on camera.

As always, we expect parents and students to reach out to us with questions, or if they have technical or any other difficulties, or special circumstances. Since we will be working remotely, I can be reached at Ynotalatif@qcc.cuny.edu. Mr. Messan, Program Assistant may be reached at Madelan@qccc.cuny.edu. Mr. Kayani, Student Case Management/Counselor may be reached at Akayani@qcc.cuny.edu.


Thank you,

Yicel Nota-Latif
Project Director

Virtual Program Dates – Summer 2022 - July 5th to 28th

Mondays

July 11th, 18th, 25th

10-12 JHS Math Matters
10-12 HS Fear? Not if you use ELA the Right Way
10-12 HS&JHS The Art of Persuasion in Tik-Tok
10-12 JHS Painting “Self Portraits”
10-12 JHS&HS Tutoring-Assigned Tutors

12:00-2:30 Lunch Break

12:30-2:30 HS College Math
12:30-2:30 JHS Fear? Not if you use ELA the Right Way
12:30-2:30 HS Drawing Various Perspectives
12:30-3:30 HS&JHS The Art of Perception in Tik-Tok
12:30-2:30 JHS&HS Tutoring-Assigned Tutors

Tuesdays

July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

10-12 JHS-HS MS Excel Program Operation
10-12 JHS-HS Are You Struggling with Studying? Here is the Solution!
10-12 JHS&HS Architecture as a Creative Endeavor
10-12 JHS&HS Tutoring-Assigned Tutors

12:00-2:30 Lunch Break

12:30-2:30 JHS&HS MS Excel Program Operation
12:30-2:30 JHS-HS Are You Struggling with Studying? Here is the Solution!
12:30-2:30 JHS-HS Youth Club Mentoring
12:30-2:30 JHS&HS Tutoring-Assigned Tutors

Wednesdays

July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

10-12 JHS Math Matters
10-12 HS Fear? Not if you use ELA the Right Way
10-12 HS&JHS The Art of Persuasion in Tik-Tok
10-12 JHS Painting “Self Portraits”
10-12 JHS-HS Like to Play? Code Your Own Game
10-12 JHS&HS Tutoring-Assigned Tutors

12:00-2:30 Lunch Break

12:30-2:30 HS College Math
12:30-2:30 HS Fear? Not if you use ELA the Right Way
12:30-2:30 HS Drawing Various Perspectives
12:30-3:30 HS&JHS The Art of Perception in Tik-Tok
12:30-2:30 JHS-HS Like to Play? Code Your Own Game
12:30-2:30 JHS&HS Tutoring-Assigned Tutors

Thursdays

July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

In-Person Field Trip TBA

10-2:30 Community Volunteer Work with St. Johns’ U.

4:30-5:30 Anxiety & Character Development JHS&HS - Mr. Ahmed


Registration

Please select one and only one workshop in the morning and one and only one in the afternoon, according to your child’s school grade: JHS or HS.

Click the link below to select and register for workshops and upload student's last report cards, transcript state test scores and SAT scores, if they are not attending IS192 or George Washington Carver HS.

Register for Workshops


If you have difficulties, to register at the link, please email a copy of this schedule indicating which workshops the students wishes to register to LPP-Projectprize@qcc.cuny.edu by June 27th with the required academic records, if your child attends a school other than Campus Magnet High Schools, George Washington Carver HS and IS 109. No students missing these items will be registered.

Every student must select and register for Thursday’s Field trip. Every student is expected to attend, but it is not mandatory.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Classes close as they fill. Registration closes on June 28th.

Please Note: Instead of registering for tutoring, students register for a workshop, and go to tutoring as needed.

Description of Virtual Workshops - Summer 2022 (July 5th-July 28th)

Math Matters JHS with Mr. Emmanuel
This class will align with the Common Core Math that will help students acquire proficiency in the Math subject and will reinforce what students are learning in their math class. This class is for middle school students who need to improve their math proficiency to have a successful transition to high school.

College Math HS with Mr. Emmanuel
This is not a Regents Math Prep Practice workshop. This workshop will review the Math topics and concepts that are tested in the High School Regents Exams, SAT, College Placement, and other exams. This workshop is for students who are interested in achieving proficiency in the subject to have a successful transition from high school to college.

Painting “Self Portraits” JHS with Ms. Olivea
In this workshop, students will learn about 4 famous artists and their portraits. Students will paint their own portrait. At the end of the program students should have their own portrait in 4 famous styles. This workshop will allow students to explore and express themselves in a simple portrait. Will use recycle materials found in every household.

Drawing Various Perspectives HS with Ms. Olivea
In this workshop students will learn perspective and more technical aspects of drawing and will rely more on visual observation. This workshop will allow students to explore and express themselves in simple sketches. This workshop will allow students to explore and express themselves in a simple portrait. Will use recycle materials found in every household.

Fear? Not if you use ELA the Right Way JHS & HS with Ms. Anika
This class will teach lessons that align with common core to reinforce what students are learning in this class at their school. Emphasis will be made on reading comprehension, grammar and writing. The Purpose of this class is to is to help students to improve proficiency in the subject and pass regents, SAT and college placement exams with a high score and be prepared to move on to the next school grade, or college.

MS Excel Program Operation JHS & HS with Mr. Emmanuel
This class will teach students the basics to operate the MS Excel program and will progress to teach more complex operation skills from session to session. Excel is currently the program of preference to be used in the everyday school and work environment, and in which students and professionals are lacking functional operational skills. This class includes a typing portion for students to acquire the skills required to be efficient in other workshops such as coding. It is a skill needed to type papers and other homework in college, and crucial to have on most jobs that require data entry, reports, etc.

Like to Play? Code your own Game JHS & HS with Mr. Ted
In this class students will learn the fundamentals of creating their own video game. We will cover programs and techniques used by actual game developers, and it's a lot easier to pick up than one might think. No prior knowledge about programming, game design, or art is required, as game development is accessible to anyone with a love for games and a creative mind. For returning students, while we will still be using Unity, as well as other free game engines that are simpler and less intensive; for this session I will focus more on asset creation, all the extra things that go into game development, such as 3D modeling, animation, 2D art, music, and writing, so there is a little something for everyone. Every program that we use, such as Unity, Blender, and Autodesk Sketchbook, is free to download and multi-platform, so anyone with a Windows or Mac computer can participate. After this class, students should have a great understanding of how to craft amazing characters and worlds, tell cool stories, and most importantly, make fun games.

Are you Struggling with Studying? Here is the Solution! JHS with Ms. Aaliyah
This course is geared towards preparing junior high school students for the hardships of high school as well as balancing their responsibilities to extracurricular activities and academics. In this course students will learn how to effectively manage the academic material, amount of study, their time, effective study habits, learning styles and different resources to use to supplement their effective, fast, and easy learning. The 7 habits of highly effective teens, effective study habits, each subject requires different study skills and managing study times are only a few of the topics covered in this workshop.

Are you Struggling with Studying? Here is the Solution! HS with Ms. Aaliyah
This course is geared towards preparing high school students for the hardships of college as well as balancing their current responsibilities to extracurricular activities and academics in high school. In this course students will learn how to effectively manage their time, effective study habits, learning styles and different resources to supplement their effective, easy, and fast learning. Students will also explore the college admissions process and how to effectively build.

The Art of Persuasion in Tik-Tok with Ms. Maham
This workshop course is designed to improve reading, writing, and vocabulary skills using social media as an overarching concept. Students will read grade appropriate news articles and social media adverts and will be able to identify methods of persuasion used to convey ideas to the reader. Students will be exposed to trending social media topics. The class activity will be to create a social media project on a topic/idea that interests them, applying the rhetorical devices and methods of persuasion learned throughout the course. The details for this project and report will be listed in the syllabus and explained in class.

Architecture as a Creative Endeavor JHS & HS with Ms. Olivea
In this class students will build an architectural model. No experience in architecture is needed, and students choosing majors other than architecture will acquire a wealth of knowledge in different disciplines. Professor Weber from the QCC Engineering Dept. will introduce students to the history of house building in the context of time and history.

Youth Club Mentoring JHS & HS with Mr. Christopher
This leadership Program for middle and high school males will be structured around mentoring, conflict resolution, and school engagement. This mentoring program will help students to develop socio-emotional learning competencies and help them to foster identity and purpose and respond positively to their emotions/behavioral impulses and environment. Sessions will focus on the themes of self-concept, teamwork, future vision and imagination, conflict resolution and decision-making. Our goal will be to help participating students step into their leadership roles to bring about positive change in their school community and their lives.

Community Volunteer Work with St. John’s University
This session is in collaboration with the Liberty Partnerships Program at St. John’s University. Students are to report to the St. John’s campus, where they will board a bus to assigned city parks in the borough of Queens. Students will help clean, plant and paint as assigned. Letter of participation will be given to students to present to their school counselors for credit. Permission slips are required to be submitted and signed by the parent, every week, the day before, by 3pm. Other details will be given to students, before the first day.

Anxiety & Character Development JHS & HS with Mr. Ahmed
Returning from a pandemic has been anxiety inducing for students & staff. Returning to in-person or going hybrid has caused anxiety flares among many students & staff. It is easy to get overwhelmed and feeling trapped, the important thing to remember is the mental tools that you must have ready by your side when you are met with a feeling of being overwhelmed or an anxiety attack. Preparation is key! This class teaches students & parents about mindful tactics to help ease everyday anxiety, or prolonged anxiety. While we learn to deal with our stresses, we will also be developing our characters to deal with the real world. Many students transitioning from schools to colleges or from middle school to high schools, are developing, but to reflect and process your character & mental development is important to understand. We all, including the instructor Mr. Ahmed, struggle with everyday stresses, so this class will be an open, healthy, respectful, understanding, and mindful class. Students of the class are welcome to speak up about personal issues or even social/current event issues.

Tutoring JHS & HS with Assigned Tutors
For students who might need to refresh or get extra support to improve their grade in any middle or high school subject. Students are required to have their textbook, homework, quizzes, tests, or specific questions. Tutors will be unable to help students who are not prepared.

Counseling JHS & HS with Mr. Ahmed
The case management team will, as mandated by the funder, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), review and update Personal Learning Plans (PLP) for each student that already has one and will create one for new incoming students. The team will create PLPs based, in part, on the Pre and Post Academic Resiliency Assessments results, for middle school students, and College/Career Readiness Assessment results for the high school students. The assessment is mandated, so adequate interventions are set as goals to achieve during the program year. The case management team will be sending requests to those parents/students that still need to complete their assessment by following the link to the survey. Upon request, parents will be given access to assessment results for review, and to share with the students’ school counselors. Individual and group counseling sessions to address all socio-emotional needs, will be conducted as needed. Grade transition, graduation auditing, preparation of college and FAFSA applications, and high school senior exit interviews are also scheduled and required. Conducted by Mr. Ahmed, student CMS Counseling as requested.

Code of Conduct

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York, CUNY and of Queensborough Community College, QCC, one of its constituent colleges, to recruit, employ, retain, and promote employees without regard to gender, age, national or ethnic origin, alienage or citizenship, race, color, creed, disability, marital or veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. For students, it is the policy of the University to recruit, admit, and provide educational programs, access to financial aid, support services and athletics without regard to gender, age, national or ethnic origin, alienage or citizenship, race, color, creed, disability, marital,  veteran’s status or sexual orientation.

QCC is committed to providing all students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation or harassment.

No student will be subjected to harassment by fellow students at the Liberty Partnerships Program-Project PRIZE LPP-PP because of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity).

QCC has in place multiple programs and policies designed to help overcome barriers to equitable access including an active Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, which is experienced in enabling accessibility of classes, and out of class services for students with a wide range of physical, learning, and other disabilities.

Any questions or issues regarding preventing or responding to discrimination or harassment will be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The office of Student Affairs has adopted the Taylor and Barnes (2009) approach to conduct management, which approach calls for:

1. A management program that is infused with conflict resolution pathways that are educationally based and meets institutions’ needs.

2. The establishment of a climate where each individual is respected and also accepts their obligation to the campus community.

3. Strict adherence to rules of moral, ethical, and psychosocial development to lay down the foundation for the development of young adults who are learning the values of integrity, judgement, compassion, personal responsibility, accountability and respect.

4. Viewing student conflict resolution and management not as an end in itself, but as a tool for affecting student growth and development to prepare students as productive, knowledge-generated and humane citizens of the world.

5. Upon hiring, all Project PRIZE staff will receive training on the LPP-PP Code of Conduct to discourage discrimination or harassment, raise awareness and sensitivity and ensure non-discriminatory instructional and counseling methods. They will be made aware that federal civil rights laws and regulations protect students from harassment by school employees, other students and third parties and will learn about the QCC and Dignity Act policy, including their potential responsibilities. In addition, the Research Foundation of CUNY, which employs all grant funded staff, mandates the completion of an online harassment training for all employees. LPP students, parents and staff will be invited to review the QCC-LPP-PP code of conduct posted in the LPP-PP webpage of the QCC’s website. Parents will receive a copy upon admission. Upon entrance to the program, all students and families will be informed of the LPP Code of Conduct, behavioral expectations and how to report any incidents.

The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives is another resource for LPP-PP staff and students. One of the Center’s educational programs focuses on school based harassment, including hate crimes and uses the lessons of the Holocaust and other human atrocities to help students of all ages to fully understand these crimes committed in their schools or communities. The project is based on the belief that young people and adults who are taught how to manage inter-group conflicts, and promote peaceful relations within increasingly diverse society will ultimately become more culturally-sensitive community members and leaders of a society that values each and every human life. The Holocaust center is the only one of its kind in an educational setting in New York State. It serves 25,000 visitors and members annually, including QCC students, local residents, and the City’s public middle and high school students. Its mission is to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. The center reaches out across Queens’ diverse cultures and languages to engage its communities and foster positive interaction among its residents, through in-school instruction, activities and visits. Project PRIZE will continue to schedule a visit to the center every year, where middle and high school students will learn alternatives to discriminatory or harassing attitudes and behaviors that increase awareness of and capacity to prevent and respond to acts of discrimination and/or harassment.

Thank you,
Yicel Nota-Latif
Project Director
Liberty Partnerships Program-Project PRIZE

Campus Cultural Centers

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