September 14th, 2021
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 Saturday Fall 2021 program. A wide variety of engaging workshops has been scheduled for students, along with workshops open to parents, and a series of college readiness workshops for seniors.
Students have returned to school for in-person instruction; however, the fall 2021 program will continue to be virtual and Covid19 maintenance oriented. It intends to address the socio emotional wellbeing of students and parents by means of making counseling and access to the LMSW available as needed and also by offering mentoring for boys and mentoring for girls, service learning, cultural enrichment, and as many in-person trips as the program might be allowed to facilitate, all open to parents as well. The program will also offer the basic academic skills support, tutoring and homework help, art, sports, and STEM. The program will select students to receive a stipend for fully participating in the Project PRIZE Summer 2022 Enrichment and Learning Program, based on attendance, participation in special events, meeting with their counselor and completion of projects during the program year.
The Program is scheduled to begin on Saturday September 25thth and run through December 18th. The program dates are attached for your reference. The hours will be the same, 10:00am-2:30pm, with a lunch break from 12:00 to 12:30. All the registration materials attached here are accessible at Project PRIZE's website. Liberty Partnerships Program - Project PRIZE (cuny.edu) Every student is required to apply at the beginning of a new year at: Project Prize Admission Application, and upload the end of the year report cards and transcript at the bottom of the application. The button to choose and register for workshops will be next to the application button. New parents are required to complete and sign a consent form for their child to receive online instruction, and its button will be next to the application one.
Registration starts on Sunday, September 19th, and will close on Friday September 24th at Noon. Students are to select one workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon. First come, first served. Classes will close as soon as they fill.
Parents are required to attend at least one parent orientation per year. One will be scheduled soon after the program starts, and one will be scheduled during Spring and Summer.
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 and need to be out. Since we will be working remotely, I can be reached at Ynotalatif@qcc.cuny.edu. Mr. Messan, the Program Assistant, can be reached at Madelan@qcc.cuny.edu.
Virtual Saturday Program Dates - Fall 2021 - Session I
September 25th - First day of Classes
November 27th - Thanksgiving Holiday. Program Closed.
December 18th - Holiday Trip. Last day of the Fall 2021-Session I
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.
Liberty Partnerships Program-Project PRIZE