Explorers Club at the Maker Fair
Explorer's Club went to the Maker Faire -- below are some snapshots from the event that took place right here in Flushing on Saturday September 26th.
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Open Doors Batch 2015 went to "Finding Neverland"! - August 28, 2015
"Where's Yichen and Nimi?"
OPEN DOORS Batch 2015 GRADUATION
The Open Doors Scholars 2014-2015 had their Graduation Ceremony last June 1, 2015, Monday, at 5:00 PM at The Gerald Lynch Theatre of John Jay College in Manhattan. It was a night of celebration, performances, and testimonials of different students in NYC who participated in this prestigious program of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF). Please join me in congratulating our Open Doors Graduates of 2015: Minghua Lin, Yichen Hu, Haolun Lai, Ang Nimi Sherpa, Chaohe Chen, Heidi Mercado, Tenzin Choeyang, and Rg Ramond.
From top left to right: Haolun, Yichen, Miguel Rodriguez (mentor), Allie (TDF Rep), Pops. Front left to right: Minghua, Ang Nimi
Former Alumni, have currently been working on an immigrant rights project. "My Future Is Here" is an ongoing, collaborative public arts project with immigrant youth that utilizes digital media design platforms and socially engaged art practices to activate new imaginary regarding immigrant rights, the making of civic and political identity for the immigrant, and the development of a cosmopolitical framework for cross-cultural exchange. Collaborating students act as experts and consultants on critical immigration issues from the youth perspective, informing the project's content and conceptual framework.
Twenty-six students from
Flushing International High School published their original prose, poetry and
photography in a new book entitled, UP
Rooted: Expressions of Home,
Identity, Belonging and Adapting Through Words and Photographs. Recently
immigrated from China, Columbia,The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Korea and
Tibet,, these students participated in spring term electives, exploring themes
of identity, community, home and immigration. From the poem “Mi
Neighborhood” to the memoir “Broken Roots;” from the images of the streets of
Flushing, NY to the native foods being cooked in their homes, these students
bring their love, their loses, and their hope to life in this 106 page
publication. Educators Erin Dowding, Kevin Marquez, Grace Raffaele and Katie
Strauss worked alongside the student authors and photographers throughout this
5 month process. A public reading at the Queens Museum of Art was followed by
an author and photographer book signing and celebration for teachers, friends
This project was made
possible through the New York City Writing Project and a Student Press
Initiative grant from the Dimon Foundation
Juana Campos is selected for National Geographic Expedition.
Juana Campos earned a scholarship from
National Geographic this summer to travel to Australia
While travelling Juana had the opportunity to expl ore rain
forests, deserts, and the world's largest coral reef, and spot fascinating
wildlife. She met with members of an Aboriginal community—the world's oldest
living culture, which settled here more than 50,000 years ago. Australia roughly has the same population of
New York City and the landmass of the continental United States; it is the most
sparsely populated continent on the planet after Antarctica.
recently visited Bangladesh as an Ambassador for The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Aury was one of only 30 students selected from all over the United States to travel to Bangladesh and have this unique opportunity to explore the critical issues of climate change first hand. Aury was part of a group that helped foster a mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their Bangladeshi peers.
Upon returning from his four-week trip to Bangladesh, Aury will implement social action projects designed during the trip to address climate change issues.