Summer Program of Project PRIZE Classes, 2019

June 10th, 2019

Dear Project PRIZE Parent,

The 2019 Project PRIZE Summer Program will be held from Monday July 8th and run until Thursday August 1st. Classes will take place M-T-W, 10:00-2:30, Thursdays will be a field trip day. The field trip schedule will vary. Students will be required to submit a permission slip signed by the parent for each trip.

Attached you will find the schedule of workshops and descriptions. Please circle the workshops your child wishes to register for. Select only one for the 10-12 timeslots, and one for the 12:30-2:30 timeslots, and e-mail to or fax to 718 281-5390 by Friday June 28th. Registration starts on Monday June 17th 2019. You must submit with your registration the end of the year report card, transcript, and state test scores. Students that owe academic records will not be registered. These also include the SAT scores for those who took the class on Saturdays, during the Spring term.

There will not be registration on the first day of classes. Please be aware registration will be on a first come first served basis. Schedules presenting time conflict selections, or workshops crossed out will not be considered. Schedules should be neat and legible, so the student can be entered into the right roster. Please note that the schedule with selected workshops will be the student’s schedule for the four weeks. Students in middle school, especially those that finished the 6th grade this year, will be assigned to the Math Online Tutoring workshop on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. The program will be piloting this initiative under the instruction of the NYS Education Department. Students can register for any of the other workshops in the morning.

On the first day of classes students are to report to the Humanities Building room 208, no earlier than 9:45am. This is where students will sign-in and out, and instructors will gather them to be escorted to their workshops.

There will also be an internship opportunity for qualified high school students with the QCC Art Gallery for those students that are interested in Art and wish to pursue a major in that field. The candidates must have taken the Project PRIZE Job/Career Readiness Class, during the school year, and must submit a cover letter and resume with their registration.

I am also attaching the details of the Program T-Shirt that Project PRIZE students are required to wear while in the premises and during trips.

I can be reached at the contact information below, should you have questions. Thank you for your cooperation.


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

June 10th, 2019

Dear Project PRIZE Parent/ Guardian:

As you are aware, it will be mandatory for every student to wear a Project PRIZE t-shirt, while attending the program and during trips. There are numerous pre-college programs on campus and it has become increasingly important for safety reasons that we are able to differentiate and identify our students at all times.

There will be a $10 cost for each student, with the program supplementing the difference. Students that do not follow the new dress code will be sent home. Replacement or additional shirts will also be $10. Shirts will be distributed on the first day of the program and students will be required to sign documenting that shirt was received.

Other attire requirement is comfortable shoes or sneakers. No flip-flops. Comfortable pants for physical activity that allow free movement are required for physical activity.

I must reiterate that this is not optional. If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at 718-281-5331.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yicel Nota-Latif

Director, Liberty Partnerships Program-Project PRIZE

Queensborough Community College, CUNY

222-05 56th Ave MC-34

Bayside, NY 11364

718 281-5331

718 281-5390 Fx


The Internet of Architecture

“Logic will take you from point A to point B, Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein.

In this class you’ll learn why no one escapes architecture. While working on small projects on which your creativity will make all the difference, we’ll be discussing the amazing world of building, learning how science and material/technology changed, and how the two changed how we view the world.

City Sports: Mentoring: For Boys Only

Students will be challenged to use team work in a game of flag football, rest days will be fun, cool down activities, which will require each of you to work alone or as a team to overcome your 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.

Project PRIZE Cup Soccer

Students will be mastering their soccer skills and putting them into action during daily soccer matches. The first half of the class will be dedicated to working on dribbling skills, passing, stopping, overall ball control, juggling, and even heading the ball. Students will practice different playing positions, increasing their endurance, and amplifying their agility. Students will also get to name their teams and have plenty of time playing during the second half of the class, resulting in a grand finale match.

Mentoring: The Art of Yoga: For Girls Only

The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root yuj. Yoga is an ancient art from India based on harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and a feeling of being at one with their environment. In this class, we will learn basic balance, breathing and posture techniques. No experience required!

Speaking on Stage

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 beginning and ending necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. No experience is necessary. Just bring your creativity and willingness to learn.

Math Olympics

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.


With Ms. Marissa and Ms. Joaritza. This class teaches ELA writing, reading comprehension, and language fluidity through the Arts by fusing the art of sculpting and the language arts. The art teacher will guide students through all the steps to make a sculpture. The ELA teacher will guide them to write Poetry, description compositions that require observation, and expository essays that will adhere to middle and high school common core. This will help them to improve their grade in the subject, and will prepare them for college essay writing.


The origins of this art go way back to the 17th century AD at the latest, and were popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. Origami from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" is the traditional and exotic Japanese art of paper folding. Learn to make the most intricate creatures out of a simple piece of paper with folding and sculpting techniques.

Math Tutoring

Your student will be tutored 3 times per week, 30 minutes each session, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:30 during their Project PRIZE program, 10:00am and 2:30pm. This is a great opportunity for them to receive extra individualized help tailored to their specific learning needs. In order to maximize the benefit of this program, it is important for your student to attend the program every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

As part of this program, students will be asked to play FogStone Isle. It’s a highly rated neuroscience-based virtual world program where kids get deep practice in the most difficult math concepts in a fun, engaging way. Each game and activity uses math to accomplish their goals and studies show that regular play of FogStone positively impacts test scores. The game is free for at-home practice. Parents can register and get weekly updates on their child’s progress and performance on the math topics within FogStone Isle. Please consider registering and linking to your child’s account: You will be able to watch them grow!

Your children’s homework after each tutoring session will be to play FogStone Isle. Please help us ensure your student takes the time to do the work assigned to them by the tutors in between tutoring sessions. The assignment should take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. They just need a computer or iPAD to log onto their FogStone Isle account and the assignment, referred to as a quest, will appear. It really helps to reinforce the concepts that they are working on during tutoring and promotes greater growth and learning.

Painting Palooza

In the classroom or in the outdoors of the QCC Gallery. Students get to visit the QCC indoors gallery as well, where Project PRIZE students’ art work has been exhibited. This class is conducive to students exhibiting their best pieces created during year on the day of the Project PRIZE end of the year luncheon, and its purpose is to cultivate students’ self-esteem, by letting them see how valuable is their work, the class teaches team building and other evidenced research pedagogic strategies that allows every student to learn. Color, contrast, techniques, effects, canvas, paper, themes…. will be taught in this class.

Social Media Studies

What is Social Media? It is good? Bad? Who uses Social Media? What for? Young people only? Older people too? Do I have to take training? Wao. If you have asked yourself these questions, this is the workshop to take this summer with Mr. Md. A FUNdamental discussion of the topic!

PROJECT PRIZE –SUMMER 2019 July 8th-August 1st

Please circle one workshop in the am and one in the pm and send to the office via fax 718 281-5390 or e-mail First come, first served.
Students who will finish the 6th grade this year will be assigned to the Math Mentoring Online workshop in the afternoon, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of every
week. Appropriate attire required. Students are to wear the program’s t-shirt on campus and trips. Shoes are required. No flip-flops. Lose, comfortable pants that allows
free movement are required to participate in physical activity workshops. The office must be notified when students are going to be absent or late. 718 281-5331

Mondays & Wednesdays (July 8th, 10th, 15rd, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st)

10:00-12:00 JHS & HS Project PRIZE Cup Soccer

Ms. Marissa-Room QCC Field H213

10:00-12:00 JHS & HS Speaking on Stage

Ms. Joaritza-Room H214

10:00-12:00 HS Math Olympics

Mr. Senarath-Room H224

10:00-12:00 JHS Social Media Studies

Mr. Md-Room H438


12:30-2:30 JHS & HS Painting Palooza

Ms. Marissa-Room H213

12:30-2:30 JHS-HS Mentoring: The Art of Yoga: Girls Only

Ms. Joaritza-Room H214

12:30-2:30 JHS Math Olympics

Mr. Senarath-Room H224

12:30-2:30 Online Math Tutoring

Middle School students only - Room H347

Mr. Messan and Ms. Bibi

Tuesdays (July 9th, 16th, 23rd, July 30st)

10:00-12:00 JHS Origami Ms. Sofia-Room H231

10:00-12:00 JHS & HS Social Media Studies -Mr. Md-Room H438

10:00-12:00 JHS & HS Jewelry Making-Ms. Marissa-Room H213

10:00-12:00 JHS & HS Mentoring: The Art of Yoga: Girls Only

Ms. Joaritza-QCC Field Room H230

10:00-12:00 JHS-HS Mentoring: City Sports: Boys Only

Mr. Kareem-QCC Field Room H230


12:30-2:30 JHS & HS The Internet of Architecture

Ms. Olivea-Room S315

12:30-2:30 JHS-HS SculpEnglish: The Sculpting of Writing Poetry

Ms. Joaritza-Room H438

12:30 -2:30 HS Origami - Ms. Sofia-Room H231

12:30-2:30 JHS & HS SculpEnglish: The Poetry of Sculpting

Ms. Marissa-Room H213

12:30-2:30 JHS-HS Mentoring: City Sports: Boys Only

Mr. Kareem-QCC Field Room H230

12:30-2:30 Online Math Tutoring

Middle School students only-Room H347

Mr. Messan and Ms. Bibi

Thursdays (July 11th, 18th, 25th, August 1)

Field Trips TBA



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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