Fall Program of Project PRIZE Classes, 2018

Registration information will be sent to families via regular mail and e-mail on the second week of June, at which time the schedule of workshops and descriptions will be posted.

Dear Project PRIZE Parent/Guardian:


The Project PRIZE Saturday program, Session I at Queensborough Community College is scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 29th, 2018. Registration will begin on Thursday September 20th, 2018.  Enclosed is the schedule of workshops and their descriptions.

Please have your child circle the workshops of their choice on the schedule, and return via email to Projectprize@qcc.cuny.edu or fax to 718-281-5390. Registration will close on Thursday September 27th, 2018.

There is no registration on the first day of classes except for new students. Schedule of workshops, descriptions and other information about the program can be accessed at the program’s webpage, www.qcc.cuny.edu/projectprize. Availability of seats is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. If you register your child but they do not attend on the first day, their seat will be given to another student. 

As of this year, students are required to wear a program shirt during the time they are on the premises of the QCC campus. The cost to parents is $10. The program covers the remaining cost. Students failing to wear their shirt will be sent home.

Students are to report each Saturday to room 420 in the Science building to check in, sign in for the day’s attendance, and the lunch order count. Students are expected to arrive on time and no earlier than 9:30 am. Program staff does not arrive before then, and your child is not allowed on campus without supervision. Students should be in their classrooms at 10:00am. Dismissal is at 2:30 pm. The attendance policy mandated by the NYSED for this year in order for students to be eligible to be kept on the roster of the program is at least 70%, and the program year includes Session I Fall, Session II Spring, and Summer.

Please refer to the schedule of dates enclosed so you are aware of the Saturdays your child is expected to attend. If your child is going to be absent or late, the office must be notified in advance. Kindly write on the registration schedule if your child travels independently and needs a metro card. As stated in previous communication, please note that a copy of the year-end report card, state test scores, transcripts, and SAT scores (if applicable) and a completed and signed admission application, also enclosed, are to be submitted with the registration schedule.

For parents registering their children in the after school Project PRIZE program at Campus Magnet Complex, registration dates and materials will be sent out shortly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 718-281-5331.  Thank you.



Yicel Nota-Latif
Liberty Partnerships Program-Project PRIZE
Queensborough Community College, CUNY


Track and Field Games

Run by Certified Personal Trainer Malcolm Wright, students will be challenged to use team work in the game of flag football. Each student will be required to work alone or as a team to overcome their opponents or the daily obstacle. Critical thinking and the desire to have fun is a must! If fun does not interest you, this is not the class to take.

Kick your English Language Arts up a notch

This workshop builds on New York State common core standards and will help develop the basic reading, writing, and grammar skills that students will need to do well in college and in their future careers. Students will work on the literary analysis of poems, stories, and plays, the building of composition skills necessary for writing academic essays, the basics of research, and creative writing. These workshops will contribute to current academic success and improve the college readiness of attendees.

Conquer the Fear of Speaking on Speech

The course will cover the basics of acting and writing for the stage. The acting portion will include warm up exercises, theatre games, character development, improvisation, monologue, and scene study. The writing portion will include stream of consciousness exercises, dream work, imagery and reflection.

Jewelry Making:

Just getting started? Learn the basic techniques for creating beautiful bracelets, and earrings. No experience is necessary. Just bring your creativity and willingness to learn. Jewelry pieces created will be exhibited and sold on the day of the Project PRIZE ceremony, with proceeds going to support programming.


Who said math has to be dreary, dry, and dreaded? This class reviews middle and high school math aligning with the Common Core standards. It includes review of SAT and regent skills.

The Living World: Welcome to Biology!

Taught by a QCC honors Biology student, supervised by Dr. Andrew Nguyen, QCC Biology Dept. Faculty.

Biology helps us understand the big picture. The study of biology connects us to the world we are living in and reminds us of our interconnectedness with all other life forms. It provides opportunities to learn about the processes of all living things. From ecology to molecular biology, the science of biology studies them all. Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms. This workshop will offer the basics of different branches of biology: Dissection of a Cat, DNA Extraction, Analysis of Samples of the Oakland Lake water, Units of Measurement and Conversions.  

Laws of our Universe! Physics Force = mass x acceleration - And don't forget to factor in the fun!

Explore and discover: Why does a brick feel heavier than a pencil? At what angle should you throw a ball into the air to get the greatest distance? How is a screw like a ramp? Why can you balance more easily on a bicycle when you are moving than when you are stopped? How does a car transfer power from the engine to the wheels?  What is power anyway? Gravity, force, simple machines, acceleration, momentum, work, and power.


Come and have fun learning the fundamentals of boxing and fitness!!

Certified MMA Instructor Malcolm Wright will be teaching a training and mentoring regimen specific to students interested in transforming their bodies and minds. Whatever the goal may be, it will be accomplished in this class! If you’re looking to get into shape, “tone up”, or build muscle, this is the class for you. This class requires discipline, perseverance, and the willingness to become more than you were before you started! 

Charcoal Drawing:

Whether students are familiar with drawing with charcoal or have no experience at all, students will learn the fundamentals of the material and enjoy a vast amount of projects that will constantly build up their skills. Activities will range from figure drawing, still life observation, drawing outside, to impossible compositions and creatures. Charcoal drawing will push students to draw a in more effective, accurate, and thoughtful manner while building a foundation for art both in school and with an outside application. Not everything can be expressed in words, and visual expression is a great tool to have.

21St Century Skills Introduction to MS Excel Program Operation

This class will teach students the basics to operate the MS Excel program, progressing to more complex operation skills. Excel is currently the program of preference to be used in everyday school and work environment, of which many students and professionals are lacking functional operational skills.

Get Hired!

This is a workshop for high school students. Their assignment will be to prepare their resumes and cover letter, which will be used for volunteer assignments, seasonal and part-time employment. This class is a pre-requisite for recommendation for any of these activities. Students will also practice interviewing, and presentation skills, job search techniques, and other topics related to the world of work.


Goals: To inspire creative expression for the female participants as a tool for leadership and change, to use Image Theatre and other techniques to explore intersections of aspirations and their impact in the world, to promote coalition building and problem solving through collaborative service projects. Objectives:  Participants will: Express themselves using cultural arts techniques; Rediscover their own knowledge and best practices for leadership and change; appreciate and celebrate differences and similarities within a sustainable and supportive environment; Present their service project as declarations of their vision for leadership for themselves and their communities.

Boys Leadership

This Mentoring Program for middle and high school boys will be structured around mentoring, conflict resolution, and school engagement. This mentoring program will help students develop socio-emotional learning competencies and foster identity and purpose to 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. The goal will be to help participating students step into their leadership roles and make positive change in their school community and their lives

Graphic Design: The World in Lines

“Logic will take you from point A to point B, Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein. In this class students will learn why no one escapes architecture. While working on small projects on which one’s creativity will make all the difference, students will be discussing the amazing world of building, learning how science and material/technology changed, and how the two changed how the world is viewed. This class is co-taught by the Project PRIZE instructor and a QCC faculty member from the Architecture department. It is a workshop that implements service learning, where QCC architecture students will be facilitating special activities for the middle and high school students.


The case management team of the Saturday program will, as mandated by the funder, the New York State Education Department, (NYSED), create a Personal Learning Plan for each admitted student that will be reviewed periodically during the program year to evaluate progress and achievement of students’ academic and personal goals. The team will also facilitate Pre and Post Academic Resiliency assessment to middle school students, and College/Career Readiness assessment to high school students.  Therefore, active student participation from session to session and year to year is imperative to complete these requirements, and to fully benefit from these services. Parents are encouraged to review assessment results by scheduling an appointment in the program’s office at QCC.  Individual and group counseling sessions will be conducted as needed. Grade transition, graduation auditing, preparation of College and FAFSA applications, and high school senior exit interviews are also required.


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 bring their textbook, homework, quizzes, tests or specifics questions regarding the subject area.

Schedule for Session I-Fall 2018 September 29th-December 15th, 2018

Saturday Schedule

10am – 12pm

Mathabilities/ JHS/ S414/Ms. Saisha

Conquer the Fear of Speaking on Stage/ JHS-HS/ S319/ Ms. Joaritza

Charcoal Drawing/ JHS-HS/ S422/ Ms. Marissa

21st Century Skills Intro to MS Excel Operation/ HS/ S322/ Mr. Emmanuel

Boxing/ JHS-HS/ QCC Field & S419/ Mr. Malcolm

Get Hired! / HS/ LB-6/ Ms. Qumyka

The Leadership Program for Boys only/ JHS-HS/ S416/ Mr. Greg

Laws of our Universe! Physics/ JHS-HS/ S418/ Mr. Senarath

12pm – 12:30pm

Lunch/ S420

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Mathabilities/ HS/ S414/ Ms. Saisha

Kick your ELA up a Notch!/ JHS-HS/ S319/ Ms. Joaritza

Jewelry Making/ JHS-HS/ S422/ Ms. Marissa

21st Century Skills Intro to MS Excel Operation/ JHS/ S322/ Mr. Emmanuel

Track & Field Games/ JHS-HS/ QCC Field & S419/ Mr. Malcolm

Mentoring for Girls Only/ JHS-HS/ S416/ Ms. Qumyka

Graphic Design The World in Lines/ JHS-HS/ S315/ Ms. Olivea

The Living World Welcome to Biology!/ JHS-HS/ S418/ Mr. Gaozhen / Dr. Nguyen- Advisor QCC Bio Faculty

Kindly indicate if your child takes the bus and needs a metro card to come to the program.

Instructions: Please circle one workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon. A student can always take a different class during the next session as participation in the program should be progressive from session to session and year to year. Please do not register in workshops that are not the right grade. There are two grades: Junior high school or high school. Students are required to attend the same workshop they register for every Saturday. No switching of workshops after the first Saturday.

Appropriate attire is required for Boxing and Track & Field Games, and other physical activity workshops. Please come dressed and ready to workout in clothes that you can move freely in; wearing the program’s T-shirt while on campus is required. Footwear is sneakers. No boots, dress shoes, heels, flats, sandals, or flip-flops.

Unacceptable clothing for physical activity workshops: Skin tight clothing, tank tops for boys or girls, shorts, jeans, baggy jeans.

 Math Tutoring 10-12 and 12:30-2:30-Room S316 Mr. Senarath and Assigned Tutors

Homework Help in all Subjects 10-12 and 12:30-2:30 S316-Assigned Tutors

- Kindly submit this schedule with a thoroughly completed and signed admission application, end of the year report card and transcript if applicable. -A completed application signed by the parent is required for every student at the beginning of every program year. Please include an e-mail address which is our main means of communication with parents - All students must arrive on time each day. If a student will be late, or absent, please contact Ms. Yicel at the Project Prize office 718 281-5331, before the program begins-There will be no disrespectful behavior. If a student is disruptive to the program, they will be sent home. Parents will be notified immediately-- If the student continues the behavior upon returning to the program, they will be dismissed for the whole year.

Saturday Program Dates 2018-2019

Fall Session I

September 29th - First Day of Classes

October 6th - Columbus Day Holiday-Program Closed

October 13th 

October 20th

October 27th

November 3rd

November 10th

November 17th

November 24th - Thanksgiving Holiday-Program Closed

December 1st

December 8th                                     

December 15th - End of the Year Field Trip-No Classes scheduled

Spring Session II

February 2nd                         

February 9th                         

February 16th - Mid-Winter Recess-Program Closed

February 23rd                       

March 2nd             

March 9th                              

March 16th - Mid-Winter Field Trip-No Classes Scheduled

March 23rd                           

March 30th

April 6th

April 13th

April 20th - Easter Holiday- Program Closed

April 27th                                

May 4th

May 11th - Project PRIZE End of the Year Recognition Ceremony

June 6th - End of the Year Field Trip

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

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