BCAL students Sherard and Leon visit and document their visit to the kitchen.
Chess fans!!! Street Fighter geeks!!! Come and witness the battle of wits between BCAL’s Mo and Armandooo!!!
Entrified, Emi and the music studio students from BCAL and Jefferson recently teamed up to visit Dubspot, a space where DJ’s and musicians are able to learn and collaborate. DJ Adriano Clemente led an introduction workshop on Ableton and taught our students how to create their own tracks at home using the software.
Greg videos Carl and his dancers doing their routines.
This year at BCAL we are learning, as a community, to celebrate our talents in both the Arts and in academics. We have integrated our various pursuits, exploring the academic application to music, dance and the fine arts. Some of the results have been a mid-year showcase wherein viewers saw videos on the stop and frisk controversy, a collaboration with Digital Diaspora where students explored their cultural history, and a student produced cultural celebration on Haiti.
We’ve also had the opportunity to develop our high school student’s leadership skills through a newly created mentorship program which has successfully brought together our high school and middle school students.
We, as a community, are proud of our accomplishments so far and are excited to continue to “free ourselves” at BCAL.
Tutoring is offered to our students every day after school. This year we have teamed up with NYCares volunteers who donate their time to help our students in all academic subjects in addition to SAT prep. Brooklyn College students from the coordinated B.A. – M.D. Program and Service Learners who fulfill their fieldwork hours at BCAL also provide tutoring to our students on a daily basis.
Of course, we do tutoring the BCAL way by covering our table tops with paper so that students can write freely as they learn in a welcoming and engaging environment, leaving room for art and creativity alongside academics and traditional learning.
The republic of Haiti is a country located in the Caribbean. Haiti is the first led black republic in the world and second in the Americas. Haiti gained it’s independence in 1804 as part of a successful slave revolution. Haiti is the first independent nation of Latin America and in the Caribbean.
This year on March 1st, the BCAL community gathered together for a Haitian cultural celebration. The cultural showcase included several activities such as singing, dancing, poetry, storytelling, a fashion show and the BCCP’s very own Mikael sung the Haitian National Anthem. The show was full of fun and entertainment, and during intermission we danced to kompa and dined on griot, Haitian patties and plantains.
Kudos to all of the students that worked so hard to make the event a success!
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Emmanuel, I am 12 years old, I love ice-skating and playing basketball, I am spanish and i enjoy cooking.
How did hear about this program?
My friend and sister informed me about the amount of fun they have here and I decided to come.
Why did you come to this program?
I came to this program because there are many activities to take part in and this program also helps you to progress. It’s like an after school program that keeps you active, it also help you to be more social.
What do you do in the kitchen?
We cook and serve lunch for the kids that attend the BCAL Saturday program.
What do you enjoy the most about this program?
I enjoy all of the activities that they have and I also like being in the kitchen socializing with other kids.
Name something you enjoy doing in the kitchen.
I enjoy preparing the meals that we cook and the different shifts. For example, somebody has to help pour the juice in the cup or wash the vegetables.
What is something that you learned from being in the kitchen?
When i first started this program I was not eating healthy and as time progressed I began to make healthier food choices.
Every Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 11th grade students attend a free SAT Prep class provided by Kaplan Test Prep and Admission. The SAT Prep provides dedicated high school Juniors with the opportunity to acquire knowledge on how to strategically answer standardize questions in preparation for college. Let’s not forget the committed Tutors who are volunteers from NY Cares, who spend two hours of their Saturdays to ensure that young high schoolers have the opportunity to obtain, not only a high score on the SAT but to learn how important giving back to their community really is.