May 30th, 2023

Dear Project PRIZE Parent/Guardian,

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

As you can see from the Summer23 scheduled, we have coordinated a robust, fun, and very engaging program for this year’s summer.

The program will run in person at Queensborough Community College, and the expectation is that students will resume participation after attending summer virtually until last year.

The program will have on board NYC Department of Education Teachers, Proficient College Student Tutors, Queensborough Faculty and Graduate Students, Professional Athletes and Artists and consulting partners facilitating instruction and enrichment of highest quality for a robust crowd of middle and high school students.  

The submission of proof of vaccination mandate has been eliminated from CUNY campuses as of the end of May 2023, as Covid19, is believed not to be a public threat any longer. So, Project PRIZE will not require student's vaccination proof for registration any longer.

Please see the attached schedule for details of the program and instructions and links to follow to register. Our main means of communication is email. I can be reached at Mr. Ahmed Kayani, the Student Case Management Specialist can be reached at

See you on the 3rd!



Yicel Nota-Latif

QCC Summer Program Dates – July 2023

Monday, July 3rd  First day of Classes
Tuesday, July 4th  Independence Day – Program Closed
Wednesday, July 5th
Thursday, July 6th  Field Trip TBA

Monday, July 10th      
Tuesday, July 11th
Wednesday, July 12th                                        
Thursday July 13th  Field Trip TBA

Monday, July 17th
Tuesday, July 18th
Wednesday, July 19th
Thursday, July 20th  
Field Trip TBA

Monday, July 24th
Tuesday, July 25th
Wednesday, July 26th
Thursday, July 27th  
End of the Summer Term – Program ends

Saturday Workshop Descriptions

Registration: Starts on May 31 st. First come, first served. Workshops close when filled.

Register for Workshops


The Art of Math JHS & HS with Mr. Senarath

This class is designed for a fun Math summer hour. It will blend high school common core math with games and with outdoor activities. This class will also teach math through the Origami Art class. The class is intended to close the gap between the end of and return to school for the new year by having continued Math practice.


Math Kahoot (JHS & HS) with Mr. Senarath

Who said math has to be dreary, dry, and dreaded? Students will explore possibilities of mathematical fun through a wide range of math games, competences, and fun activities that will address the middle and high school common core standards.


Math Regents Prep (HS Only) with Mr. Senarath

This will cover most of the high school math topics and concepts with exercises. This reviews the knowledge tested in High School Regents Exam, SAT, College placement exams too. Moreover, this class gives an ample opportunity for those students who are interested in achieving proficiency in the subject to have a successful transition to the next school grade or college.


Writing Strategies (JHS & HS) with Mr. Kaylin

This is the creative process in which students are taught how to be descriptive in multiple ways in the form of descriptive writing. Students will be able to articulate not how they write using effective writing strategies. Instead, students will be able to apply writing strategies that will teach them to be detailed in their response, and bring their writing to life visually with the use of resourceful ELA prompts/curriculum.


ELA through the Arts JHS & HS with Mr. Kaylin

This class will review common core ELA standards in reading and writing while learning about and practicing the art of Origami. Students will practice basic writing composition, enrich vocabulary, write correct sentence structure and increase their depth in proficiency of English language.


Origami: The Golden Ratio in Nature (JHS & HS) with Ms. Nature

The Golden Ratio, (PHI) will be explained by the math instructor, the art will be taught by the art instructor. Learn what is the art of Origami The art will be described by the ELA instructor and the Origami students. Learning through the arts is fun and beautiful!


Impressionism: Painting in Nature (JHS & HS) with Ms. Nature

Students will be learning what Impressionism is in art and will be outdoors observing and painting their chosen subjects on canvas or any other material the instructor will select. This class will go to the QCC Art Gallery for a tour of the current exhibitions and hopefully will be able to see a sample of an impressionism sample piece of art. Students will also hear a lecture from the director of the Gallery, which will be a college/career readiness session.


Summertime Self Defense (JHS & HS) with Mr. Malcolm

Students will learn boxing techniques, Kata (patterns), and calisthenics to develop the discipline and focus of a martial artist; what’s called the Kingfisher style of fighting. The class will include a discussion session on what self-defense means. What does it means to protect with a level of discipline, perseverance, and the willingness to become more than you were before you started! The only requirement to join: Be willing to come out of your comfort zone and have fun! In this class let’s build self-confidence through self-control and physical fitness. With Mr. Malcolm, you will have fun boxing, training in calisthenics and learning more about nutrition and how to get “in-shape” indoors and outdoors.


NYC Athletics (JHS & HS) with Mr. Malcolm

This is a fun fitness and goal-oriented class which emphasizes biology, physical and environmental health academics, as well as development in physiological and mental change for young people and children. All students will receive a health packet to have a better understanding of what “healthy” food choices are. By the end of the course, you will understand everybody is unique. There is no one way. There is no one ideal type. What’s important is to live a long healthy, happy, and hopeful life. Old is a mindset and young is a feeling.


Yoga (JHS & HS) with Ms. Angela

In this course we will explore multiple methods of bringing the body into balance. Topics range from breath work, journaling, meditation, and yoga, amongst others! Yoga is the core of this program. There is no religious affiliation for this course. This class will address the socioemotional wellbeing of students. No experience required!


Introduction to Needle Sewing (JHS & HS) with Ms. Angela

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of hand sewing. Terminology and simple hand sewing concepts will be reviewed. Goals: students of all levels will learn the following: straight stitch, baste (basting), pleats, tacking, sewing buttons, etc. End of term work: The students will sew/create their individual projects; ex: small quilt, pillow, etc. All projects will be unique because the students are creating their own take on a sewing task. Materials needed: thread, needles, pins/pin cushion, scissors, fabric, ruler/tape measure, pencils, & construction/tissue paper.


Zumba Dance (JHS & HS) with Ms. Angela

This course will introduce students to the basic elements of Zumba Dance. Zumba incorporates dance & fitness elements by using Latin Dance Forms with cardio & fitness movements. Simple dance steps such as - Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Merengue & Jazz/Hip-Hop are combined into the class. Goals: The following fitness goals will be targeted - strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, speed, and learning different dance steps; but, most of all the students will have a wonderful/energetic dance workout that will address their socioemotional wellbeing.


Drawing - Various Perspectives (JHS & HS) with Ms. Olivea

In this workshop students will learn perspective and more technical aspects of drawing and will rely more on visual observation of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces on campus. At the end of the program students should have their own portfolio of sketches. This workshop will allow students to explore and express themselves in a simple sketch and will use recycle materials.


STEM-DNA Extraction (JHS & HS) with Mr. James

In this class, students will learn about the fundamental unit of life: DNA. Strawberries will be the subject which DNA will be extracted from and students will learn everything DNA can tell about an organism. The purpose of this class is to expose students to science fields, in this case biology and hopefully they will discover the magic of science and organic life. This workshop will be facilitated by a QCC Biology graduate student, under the supervision of a faculty member from the Biology Dept. This class is 1 hour lecture & 1 hour lab. It is only 3 sessions: July 11th, 18th & 25th.


Civic Engagement and Peer Mentoring (JHS & HS) with Ms. Nicole

In this program, students will first explore their own identities and passions. They will then express and explore those identities and passions with the group and uncover what they care about in their communities. Using their creativities and talents, the group will create and execute a service project to give back to their community. This program infuses fun, teamwork, and service learning as students grow as individuals and as a group.


Compose your own Lyrics (JHS & HS) with Mr. Kaylin

This course is geared towards preparing students to come with an open and creative mind. When we list and adapt to words or many different languages, we all learn and digest knowledge differently. Understanding how our favorite poets are also our favorite musical artists intertwine their many different lyrics into the form of expression and art.

Students will analyze modern, past, present and future lyricists in the form of poetry, spoken word, and everyday poetry. Students will dissect what it means to have a diverse taste in music but also a diverse taste in how words can create pictures for many different musical artists we listen to in our homes, or for the playlists on our phones. Poetry in the Diverse Genre of Music is understanding how we become one with the words and how do students create the pictures or images that they want their colleagues and people to see.


Paper and Poetry (JHS & HS) with Ms. Nature

This class will be a joint session with ELA and Art made with paper. Students in both groups will learn the art of creating objects with paper and writing poetry based on the art creations.


Architecture as a Creative Endeavor (JHS & HS) with Ms. Olivea

In this class students will build an architectural model and will work on small projects. 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. This is a college/career readiness class for those students who have found their passion for Architecture (STEM) and wish to know more about this field of study and careers. It is also for students who know nothing about and wish to explore architecture.


STEM JavaScript Coding (HS) with Ms. Sarah:

This class is for I.T. Tech aspiring students. This class exposes students to the development of proficiency in web design and programming principles that will help them to gain practical experience in developing Single Page Applications (SPAs). This class will help students see if computer science and related fields is their college major choice by exposing them to the fundamentals of programming.


College & Job Readiness (HS) with Mr. Kaylin

This course is geared towards preparing high school students for the hardships and realities of college and what it has to offer. Students will understand to have to adapt and balance their current responsibilities to extracurricular activities and academics in college. In this course students will learn how to effectively manage their time, effective study skills and strategies that will help them manage academic content, study habits, learning styles and different resources that will enable them to be effective, easy and fast learners. Students will also learn what HEOPs are. Higher Education Opportunity Programs. In this class educational videos will explain how these programs work and how they benefit college students. Students can also share these same resources with their guardians or parents who are also helping them in this process. J.O.B/ Career Readiness: Students will learn how to look for a job and fill out employment applications online as well as Job readiness, which includes: organizational skills, punctuality, personal appearance, attitude towards work and authority on the job. and the ability research career readiness resources. That is not limited to what kind of future careers and endeavors students would like to pursue while they are in school, but also the time they are out of school. Students will learn the value of networking and will demonstrate the effectiveness of asking questions, making connections with creditable resources, and contacting and brainstorming individuals who are already in the career field students would like to be in.


Tutoring (JHS & HS) with Assigned Tutors

For students who might need to refresh or get extra support to improve their grade or continue performing at a satisfactory level in any middle or high school subject. Students must be prepared to receive tutoring by bringing their textbook, homework, quizzes, tests, or specific questions. Tutors will be unable to help students who are not prepared.


Counseling with the Case Management team

The case management team (School Counselor and LMSW) will, as mandated by the funder, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), create and update Personal Learning Plans (PLP) for each student enrolled in the program. The team will create PLPs based, in part, on the college and career survey JHS and HS will complete upon enrollment in the program. The assessment is mandated, so adequate interventions are set as goals to achieve during the program year therefore, progressive participation is expected. Students complete the survey-type assessment online upon receiving a link via email. 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.

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

Kupferberg Holocaust Center exterior lit up at nightOpens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.