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PreK/K "PE" EvolutionCoach Vince makes his return to AfterSchool to instruct this PE aka physical education course. With Coach's emphasis on creativity and engagement over training, excellence over competition and winning, and mixed-grouping over single sex and age segregation, he imagines these foci to be a strong antidote to non-inclusive and less than progressive athletic endeavors. He plans to utilize games that are challenging, age-appropriate and contagious; emphasize free experimentation, risk-taking, and self-determination; incorporate music to create an atmosphere of fun and movement; and stimulate intellectual engagement and new skill acquisition. In short, sessions will seek to foster in children a rich and lasting love of movement, creativity, and play in a positive, child-centered, nurturing, and dynamic environment.

COACH VINCE (GRADY) is a highly accomplished soccer and football player. He also teaches during the day in the Earth's School physical education initiative. In addition to being an avid reader of
youth sport literature, flow studies, the sociology of sport, positive and sport psychology, education and pedagogy he is currently studying at Columbia University in the areas of Movement Science/Physiucal Education. Coach believes that his primary role in youth soccer is to facilitate the love and learning of movement through sports as well as to model and celebrate ethical conduct, and to make visible the innate potential of every child to achieve competence, autonomy, and relatedness in sport/movemnt. He is an advocate of positive coaching methodology and insists that praxis and theory not be separated, but should be understood as existing in a dialectical dance. He holds a “C” license from the US Soccer Federation. For the last decade he has brought passion and love of youth sports to Gotham Girls FC, Downtown United Soccer Club, Community Soccer Initiative, Loisaida Youth Soccer and freestyle soccer, his most recent passion.of his own making.
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Chess TacticsThis chess club allows students to explore the realm of kings, queens, knights and castles. Pattern recognition and analytical skills will be engaged in this course. This club will give you the chance to square off against players of varying skills and levels. Understanding and enjoying the game of chess is the overarching goal at play here. The techniques covered will include tactics such as skewers, forks, pins, discovered attacks, batteries, etc. Strategy is taught as well; pawn structure, outpost and center domination for starters. Through this stimulating and exciting activity, participants will derive a sense of satisfaction and pride around learning and practicing as they grasp challenging chess concepts. They willl also benefit from enhanced critical thinking and guidance from this champion instructor. Participants may have the option of attending free or low cost external chess tournaments pending availability and future scheduling factors. Participants of all ability levels can count on learning the royal game.

STEPHANIE BALLOM graduated from Texas Tech University, where she was the recipient of a Chess Scholarship. In addition to winning national tournaments, she has worked with the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) and assisted with SPICE elementary school teacher workshops. She has been teaching chess for many years, including stints at Tarrant County Community College’s College for Kids Summer Program, private lessons and most recently with New York City’s Chess In the Schools program. Stepanie has been served as the primary chess instructor since its inception into the AfterSchool program. Since then she started teaching chess during "day school" hours at EVCS.
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Percussion & Harmony
Eduardo of AfterSchool's Schoolhouse Rock and Alphonso Cid (former parent and musician) are teaming up on this course exploring the percussive rhythm section and nature of keeping the beat and time. Various drums, cymbals, the keyboard, tambourine and triangles will come into play as well as whistles and other items we may not commonly or typically hold as instruments. Pitched and unpitched percussion providing notes and sounds in different pitches will be utilized to build towards a musical ensemble and performances (impromptu and otherwise). Harmony and its relationship to fililng out compositions and adding context to drum work will be a special feature in these complementary classes and, pending sufficient enrollment, kids will gain unusual access to two fantastic instructors of note.
EDUARDO GARCIA is a well-traveled professional guitar player, musician and arranger with a diverse background in oral tradition-based world music (Flamenco, Blues, Tango and Brazilian styles). His background working with children ranges from leading music classes in NYC after school programs housed at places like P.S. 29, P.S. 84 and Nord Anglia international School to working with children and their families in social work, therapeutic and early childhood intervention settings. Eduardo's background includes serving children on the spectrum and students who have varied learning styles. In his teaching he often shares his great appreciation for the lyrical language of Spanish, as well as his deep adoration for the blues; a musical form that brought him to the United States eighteen years ago from his native Barcelona. In fact, the majority of his professional career has been focused on studying authentic blues-playing and finding his unique voice within that cannon. He landed in the capital of the blues, Chicago's famed West and South Sides where he sought out and studied the historical evolution of this musical form within the context of the urban landscape. He has been playing professionally for over 40 years, starting out with his first loves - the guitar and harmonica. ALPHONSO CID is originally from Seville, Spain his mother and grandfather were both Flamenco music aficionados and he has been a professional musician since his arrival to the States in 1997. He has performed with the majority of Flamenco companies and artists in the US; embracing other musical styles such as world music, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Latin-American, Classical, among other stylings. This broad knowledge has enhanced his efforts in the field of children’s music education. As a former parent and Spanish teacher at EVCS, he uses music as a tool to teach Spanish. While thre he collaborated with Irish singer and producer Susan McKeown to record and produce EVCS’s “Songs From The East Village” album. He currently teaches music at the CENY-Centro Educativo Español-New York (http://ceny.es/) and Maryel International Preschool (http://maryelinternationalpreschool.org/). Alphonso has recorded backing vocals in “Mi Santa” by Latin artist Romeo Santos and the great flamenco guitarist Tomatito and performed on tour with Romeo Santos in major venues in the US, Canada, all of Latin-America and many European destinations. For more info log on: http://www.alfonsocid.com/. Additionally, percussionist OSCAR RIQUELME, a good pal and music partner of both Eduardo and Alphonso will be on hand to join in the learning and music playing on occasion.
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Arte Hecho a Mano/Hand Made ArtDrawing, painting, and printmaking, will follow seasonal themes: spring awakening for the Spring semester will emphasize our natural surroundings and how we experience them. Local and other fruits and vegetables will be featured in our art work and crafts along with studies around light, the lengthening of the days and preparation for summer.

NELLIE PEREZ has been working within the field of education and at day-schools for over 30 years and counting. In addition she has worked with after-school programs for more than a decade, including lead instructor and director stints in progressive school environments located in the East Village. Nellie's early childhood training and position as an assistant teacher at EVCS is further fortified by an abiding passion for pursuing and finding meaning in art as well as in mentoring young minds. She began her studies in Arts at LaGuardia Community and Medger Evers Colleges and is looking forward to returning one day in the near future.
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Rock and Soul DJ SchoolOur goal here is to teach, inspire, and entertain in a cooperative and comfortable environment. Just like playing guitar, drums, keyboards, and violin, DJing is all about learning an instrument. Understanding the components and how they work together to create music is an engaging, creative, and highly rewarding experience to which kids respond. In our classes, participants learn how to use turntables, mixers, and software, how to match beats, mix, scratch, and more. Key lessons covered will include: an introduction to mixing, sorting music (CDs, vinyl, MP3), bar counting, working with DJ software, beat making, incorporating the mixer's features in forming compositions (faders, EQ, FX), utilizing CDJ/turntable features (jog, cues, effects) and mixing and scratching techniques.

ROCK & SOUL is a family-owned DJ store located at 10 West 37th Street in Manhattan. Since 1975 this DJ outpost has been driven by an overwhelming sense of community and a shared love of music, expression and creativity. From in-store demos, events and performances, to DJ classes and workshops and customer driven "DJ Fridays." They boast, as well, a wide selection of DJ, recording, and production equipment, with a driving goal of promoting the growth of the industry and to help DJs, producers, and music lovers all over the world pursue their passion. Through their classes,Rock & Soul aims to inspire creativity and foster the kids' love of music by teaching, entertaining in a cooperative and comfortable environment and sparking passion.
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Karate EMA: Intermediate (Orange & Blue Belts)
EMA Karate Orange & Blue is geared exclusively for orange belts, orange belts with blue stripes, blue belts, and blue belts with a green stripes. Students will learn intermediate level self-defense techniques. Participants will be working towards earning a black belt. In more general terms, karate focuses on striking (punches, kicks, elbows, knees, chops, blocks, and stances) while also mixing elements of self-defense, calisthetics, gymnastics, yoga, and grappling to create a well-rounded and mature fighter/individual who will be equipped to face life’s challenges. Through the consistent practice of traditional karate techniques, the student develops an awareness of their body, self-control, and learns what they are capable of. This mind/body connectivity eventually transcends into other aspects of their lives leading to a boost in their self-confidence, increased ability to focus, and a greater sense of respect for themselves and those around them.PLEASE NOTE: If enrollment does not warrant two separate and independent martial arts classes, EMA participants may be invited to take a joint class combining Basic EMA Karate and Intermediate EMA Karate on a day to be determined as a potential alternative to cancelling one or both courses. Beginners and intermediates will often be broken out into groups based on skill level. Each group wiill be given intentional and ample time with Sensei Mark to learn the specific karate skills needed for their level, rank, and advancement. Similarly the assistant instructor will alternate working with each group to improve stamina, strength and relative fitness levels along with gross motor skills. MARK TOME is a third degree black belt in karate and the founder of Evolutionary Martial Arts (www.emakarate.com). Mark has been teaching martial arts to young people for the Educational Alliance and 14th St Y (at multiple locations) for the past six years and he has been instructing at AfterSchool@EVCS since the program's start. More recently, Sensei Mark has received special training to treat autistic children and adults. In the ten years he has been working at camps and after-school programs, he has formed meaningful partnerships with special needs students and their families from which to draw upon by way of supporting and reaching these and all other martial artists in training. 2 - 52
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Doll MakingDolls come in all shapes and sizes, and traditionally have taken on a number of roles throughout history. In this class children will be exposed to and able to choose from a plethora of techniques used to create dolls all over the world. With cultural literacy and awareness as a gateway, we will learn about the doll's origins and use inventive story telling to inspire participants in designing their own figures along with the background and stories that go with them.

CAROLINA ENCLADA is a NYC artist and founder of the Healing Arts Circle, a program that allows children and adults of all ages to connect with their higher self through creating art. She has extensive after-school experience teaching children of all ages at The Children’s Aid Society, The Henry Street Settlement, La Mano Pottery, among others.
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Pre-K/K Construct + BuildSure! We'll be using Legos, Lincoln Logs, Bristle Bricks, Hollow Blocks and similar age-appropriate tools of the trade to buttress your child's imagination and appetite for building. But everyday materials will come into play as we study and stimulate PreK/K-sized construction, engineering and architectural efforts. Students will explore, share, and test their building literacy via individual and collaborative projects. Reading, relaxed research and exploration, indoor and outdoor building sites, hard and soft materials, vertical and horizontal structures, relationships between shapes — these will all reflect the kind of organic investigation these little builders will employ. This really is constructive play at its best.

YOLANDA FERRÁ has been teaching in day-school environs for nearly 20 years as well as in AfterSchool@evcs since its inception. Yolanda's exposure and background in early childhood education extends beyond traditional school settings to other institutions such as churches and summer camps as well as programs in which she developed curriculum and lead classes independently. She focused on arts, craft-making, games and other activities. Yolanda has a penchant for nature and nature walks, museum-going, art creation, and nurturing young scholars. and artists.
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Cinemania Filmmaking , Jr.A hands-on filmmaking class in whcih students will write, direct, act, and edit their own 3-5 minute short film by the end of the semester. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of filmmaking - film history, screenwriting, directing (actors and action) as well as film production skills. The central goal of the class will be to teach young creative minds the concept of effective storytelling through the lens. Students will also watch several curated short films and learn to dissect and analyze them extensively. They will learn to work in teams, collaborate and create a
short film with their teammates. SUSHMITA SAHA is a graduate of Columbia University Film Program. Her short film Bakri (The Goat) screened at film festivals across the globe (Germany, New Delhi, Busan and Iran) and won the IFP audience choice award at Columbia University film festival, 2016. In 2013, Sushmita served as a mentor for Columbia University’s summer camp - FOCUS Young Filmmaker’s lab, where she guided pre-teens in a week long filmmaking workshop. Since then Sushmita has taught several screenwriting/directing classes and conducted film labs for children in India and USA.
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Creative UpcyclingEverything deserves a second life. We will UPCYCLE common objects to give them a higher purpose. Old magazines become decorative trees. Used envelopes morph into gift bags. Plastic bags are transformed into beautiful gift wrap. We’ll have fun while doing our part to save the environment, and sharpen our eye for upcyclable treasures. We'll breathe new life into any number of items: clothes, totebags, old magazines, paper towel rolls — you name it. Keep the environment and your wallet green.

DIANA DIAZ is a professional writer and producer of theater. She earned a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. Diana is also the owner of Cafe Sol, a company that was born out of her daughter’s desire for natural, high quality products that reflect a full appreciation for aromatherapy. Since 2010, they have grown their little family business to include a variety of lotions, lip balms, and bath products. Ingredients are simple and familiar — items we can find in the kitchen and garden. They have an Etsy shop, and sell their products in New York, Arizona, and California, where they also conduct seminars and workshops about natural ingredients and body products.
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Basic EMA Karate (White/Yellow/Orange Belts)
EMA Karate: White, Yellow & Orange is appropriate for beginners as well as students with a year to two years experience. Students will learn basic level self­defense techniques taught in an beginner karate class. Students will be working towards earning a black belt. Karate focuses on striking (punches, kicks, elbows, knees, chops, blocks, & stances) while also mixing elements of self-defense, calisthenics, gymnastics, yoga, and grappling to create a well-rounded and mature fighter/individual who will be equipped to face life’s challenges. Through the consistent practice of traditional karate techniques, the student develops an awareness of their body, self-control, and learns what they are capable of. This mind/body connectivity eventually transcends into other aspects of their lives leading to a boost in their self-confidence, increased ability to focus, and a greater sense of respect for themselves and those around them. PLEASE NOTE: If enrollment does not warrant two separate and independent martial arts classes, EMA participants may be invited to take a joint class combining Basic EMA Karate and Intermediate EMA Karate on a day to be determined as a potential alternative to cancelling one or both courses. Beginners and intermediates will often be broken out into groups based on skill level. Each group wiill be given intentional and ample time with Sensei Mark to learn the specific karate skills needed for their level, rank, and advancement. Similarly the assistant instructor will alternate working with each group to improve stamina, strength and relative fitness levels along with gross motor skills. MARK TOME is a third degree black belt in karate and the founder of Evolutionary Martial Arts (www.emakarate.com). Mark has been teaching martial arts to young people for the Educational Alliance and 14th St Y (at multiple locations) for the past six years and he has been instructing at AfterSchool@EVCS since the program's start. More recently, Sensei Mark has received special training to treat autistic children and adults. In the ten years he has been working at camps and after-school programs, he has formed meaningful partnerships with special needs students and their families from which to draw upon by way of supporting and reaching these and all other martial artists in training. 2 - 42
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On Cue: A Theater ProductionIn this class, students will initially be exposed to the basic tools of performing theatre through creative play and theatre games as we actively build an ensemble of young artists. After the groundwork has been laid, participants will work together intensively as they learn lines, practice and rehearse towards a final demo, showcase or performance. Throughout the semester a strong emphasis will be placed on enabling students to cultivate their creative confidence, nurture teamwork and artistic support — all while furthering a mastery for finding their own voices. Never performed on stage or afraid you speak too quietly? Not to worry — all levels of experience are encouraged to join! Fuirthermore, participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in both On Cue classes to maximize both their experience and the quality of the performance work upon which both cohorts will collaborate.

LUKE DOYLE earned a Bachelor of Science from NYU’s Educational Theatre program. He has delivered curriculums in the arts at Grace Church School's GASP program, Murrow High School, and the 14th St Y and was the acting Program Coordinator for Teen Theater Summer Camp there as well. He has been a teaching artist with Opening Act and MCC Theater and as a drama therapist, Luke has worked to devised a full-length show for his students. As a working actor, Luke most recently appeared in Fashion Academy and Pinkalicious at Vital Theatre Company and a workshop of a one-man show, Dear Henry, at The Duplex NYC. He beat boxes and tours with the acapella group Vocal Overdrive. Other New York credits include: Julius Caesar, Hamlet (Shakespeare2Go), original cast of Meta: A New Play (playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer), West Side Story (Skirball Center for the Arts), The History Boys (Snapple Theatre Center), Beyond Therapy (Triskillian Arts).
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Movement Creative: ParkourParkour is a playful platform of movement encourages interaction between yourself, others, and your environment. Practitioners seek out challenges that test them both physically and mentally in order to better understand their own capabilities and limitations. Through this process, Parkour encourages curiosity and experimentation, builds strength and self-confidence, and teaches the importance of facing your fears. Parkour is composed of simple, natural human movements that can be amplified and combined in order to create increasingly complex movement patterns. These skills include: running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, rolling, swinging, vaulting, and catching. This system of training allows for all levels of experience and all age groups to find unique ways of challenging and growing and can accommodate any space and environment.

THE MOVEMENT CREATIVE is a Social Enterprise that seeks to create positive change and momentum in the lives of children and adults through our medium of movement. We have worked with schools around NYC to bring parkour and movement education to youth of all ages. We have also worked to develop public spaces that promote a healthy exploration of movement.
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S.T.E.M Studio (Build, Engineer, Invent)Bricks 4 Kidz presents S.T.E.M. Studio for future engineers, hands on play and serious builders. With the aid of extremely robust proprietary curriculum and lesson plans to draw upon literally at their fingertips, students will conceive, plan and actualize motorized models of familiar and popular characters and themes with ever more complex designs with gears, lights, sound and varying automated capability each week. Our workshop environment and multi-sensory approach delivers intentionally guided, hands-on lessons correlated to cross-disciplinary curriculum objectives. As the centerpiece of the lesson, the models we build will include an educator-scripted discussion meant to engage students in meticulously designed and time tested process of discovery, problem solving and critical thought. Power-point presentations and summary sheets may supplement preparatory dialog and reflection. Once students become confident and master their ability to create, design and improvise working mechanistic objects in real - time lessons involving littleBits will be introduced. littleBits is considered to be age appropriate for older students and emphasizes creative and artistic slant on engineering with strong leanings towards many of the same concepts we would have already introduced in a broader context: input, output, color, sensors and more!


Bricks 4 Kidz is a long time partner of MMCC and has won Entrepreneur's Magazine "#1 Children's Enrichment Program" distinction for two years running. Classes incorporate aspects of STEM based learning but also emphasize important community values such as sharing, creating memories and practicing leadership. Instructors are devoted to providing an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where they feel free to learn, build, and play with LEGO® Bricks. Courses are built around their proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects. "At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity." Bricks offers preschool, in-school and after-school workshops all over New York City along with holiday and summer camp offerings and party packages
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Pre-K/K Expressive DanceThis class will focus on developing body awareness around shifting, balancing and being still, turning, rolling, jumping, swinging and body part isolation. Contemplative and controlled movement along with the use of breath and concentration will aid in helping our youngest dancers find their own path towards confident self-expression via the gift of free movement. In some cases, classical dance and ballet genres may be drawn upon to learn about agility, balance and flexibility. Improvisation and self-initiated choreography will be key to the learning and experimentation process here.

AMANDA LOULAKI was born in Crete and she received a BA in Education from the University of Crete, Department of Pedagogy in 1990. Four years later Amanda was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to New York City. She earned her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in 2007. Her choreography has been presented at The Chocolate Factory, The Flea Theater, Danspace Project, La MaMa, Dixon Place, PS 122, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, 11th Biennale of artists of Europe and the Mediterranean (Greece), BucharEast-West International Dance Festival (Romania) the Choreographic Center Archauz (Denmark), and ZVRK Festival (B&H). Amanda has been teaching in public and private schools in New York City, Greece, and Bosnia and Herzegovina for 23 years.
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Little SamuraiLittle Samurai is a program designed to introduce younger elementary school students to the adventure and discipline of pursuing a martial arts practice. Students will learn the fundamentals of karate in a straightforward and accessible manner. The program finds entertaining and unique ways of building strength and flexibility, as well as instilling and bolstering the principles of consistency, perseverance, and patience. Students will learn basic level self-defense techniques taught in an beginner karate class as they work towards earning a full yellow belt.

MARK TOME is a third degree black belt in karate and the founder of Evolutionary Martial Arts (www.emakarate.com). Mark has been teaching martial arts to young people for the Educational Alliance and 14th St Y (at multiple locations) for the past six years and he has been instructing at AfterSchool@EVCS since the program's start. More recently, Sensei Mark has received special training to treat autistic children and adults. In the ten years he has been working at camps and after-school programs, he has formed meaningful partnerships with special needs students and their families from which to draw upon by way of supporting and reaching these and all other martial artists in training.
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Studio DanceDance Club introduces the concepts of Creative Dance to celebrate expression and a wide range of movement styles as well as developing the fundamental strength, mobility, coordination, and
balance of young dancers. A guided physical warm up activating each body part in all directions introduces a broad vocabulary of steps, positions, skills, and dynamics on which we build each
week. Improvisation games invite students to sense and invent meaning and intention in their movement. Making and performing choreography moves the group through space and music to fully
embody the joy of dance. ILONA BITO is a dance artist and educator living in NYC. She has performed with artists including Kathy Westwater, The Commons Choir/Daria Fain, Adi Eytan, Dawn Kintsle, The A.O.M.C./Sarah Rosner, and Sinecdoche Dance/ Belinda, and is a co-organizer of Occupy Dance. Her solo and group choreography has been presented at Glasshouse, BKSD, Outpost, Open Perform , House Fest, and TAB. She teaches creative movement, improvisation, modern, ballet, and tap to children at Abrons Arts Center, WMAAC, BKSD, and with MR’s Dancemakers in the Schools. She has previously taught Pre-K – 2nd grade at Pono and Freebrook Academy, completed advanced training in “Original Play”, and was a member of IDEA- the Institute for Democratic Education in America. She holds a B.A. and MS. Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she completed her thesis with CPE 1: “Teaching Movement: Bringing Theory into Practice in NYC Schools.” Her work investigates improvisation, play, and the creative collaboration between teaching and learning.
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Stop Motion AnimationLights, Cameras, LEGO®, Computers, Software and your creativity combine to design, create, and film a Stop Action Movie. Using LEGO® Bricks, and specialty themed LEGO® sets – such as Star Wars, Ninjago, Super Heroes, and, more, kids will craft and tell their story in short form – complete with music, special effects, and all your favorite Mini—Figure LEGO® Characters. In this unique and creative program, students will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own Mini-Movie using Stop Motion Animation. Working as a team, students will use LEGO® components to build the set and props and then shoot their movie using a camera. Kids, bring your dreams and see your ideas come alive. We will be offering a beginner - level class, geared to our participant's age and LEGO® experience level. Fun and Creative Learning combined in a great program!


Bricks 4 Kidz is a long time partner of MMCC and has won Entrepreneur's Magazine "#1 Children's Enrichment Program" distinction for two years running. Classes incorporate aspects of STEM based learning but also emphasize important community values such as sharing, creating memories and practicing leadership. Instructors are devoted to providing an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where they feel free to learn, build, and play with LEGO® Bricks. Courses are built around their proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects. "At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity." Bricks offers preschool, in-school and after-school workshops all over New York City along with holiday and summer camp offerings and party packages.
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Crafty Jewelry MakingIn this class, students will learn basic techniques in jewelry
construction and design, while exploring many exciting different
mediums. They will create bold, fun, one-of-a-kind pieces that they can
wear or share with their friends.

CAROLINA ENCALADA is a NYC artist and founder of the Healing Arts Circle, a program that allows children and adults of all ages to connect with their higher self through creating art. She has extensive after-school experience teaching children of all ages at The Children’s Aid Society, The Henry Street Settlement, La Mano Pottery, among others.
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Book_Make_CurateAn artistic approach to book making and curating will cover book making but also topics such as paper and book conservation. Along the way paper making will be explored and will enable students to luxuriously spend time styling self-designed books "from scratch." Calligraphy and other font styles will be employed to distinguish and celebrate our distinctive styles and experiences as well as . Fiction and non-fiction. Large and miniature. Layered and textured. Coffee table books (with real objects) as well as books beyond the more traditional form. Pending individual and group work preferences, we could explore comic book, graphic novel styles and the lesser known forms of accordion, flag, multimedia,and landscape books. Ultimately participants will weigh in on projects we will pursue and those we choose to revisit. After making books over the course of this semester, we will extend an invitation to parents to come in and view our course output culminating in the first Book-Make-Curate "library."

DIANA DIAZ is a professional writer and producer of theater. She earned a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. Diana is also the owner of Cafe Sol, a company that was born out of her daughter’s desire for natural, high quality products that reflect a full appreciation for aromatherapy. Since 2010, they have grown their little family business to include a variety of lotions, lip balms, and bath products. Ingredients are simple and familiar — items we can find in the kitchen and garden. They have an Etsy shop, and sell their products in New York, Arizona, and California, where they also conduct seminars and workshops about natural ingredients and body products.
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PreK/K Visual Art LabThis Lab carves out space for artistic inquiry, social, and creative skills. Work can span collage-making, coloring, painting, some mixed media endeavors, and use of materials ranging from traditional art components to recycling and do-it-yourself items. We hope to spark imagination and discussion around colors, textures, shapes all within the context of stewardship over and caretaking of our interior and exterior environments, friendships, and ourselves. Get ready to relax, settle into the process, and create messy work at your own pace!

NELLIE PEREZ has been working within the field of education and at day-schools for over 30 years and counting. In addition she has worked with after-school programs for more than a decade, including lead instructor and director stints in progressive school environments located in the East Village. Nellie's early childhood training and position as an assistant teacher at EVCS is further fortified by an abiding passion for pursuing and finding meaning in art as well as in mentoring young minds. She began her studies in Arts at LaGuardia Community and Medger Evers Colleges and is looking forward to returning one day in the near future.
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Cafe Sol Apothecary (Formerly "Lotion & Potion")
This do-­it-yourself course emphasizes the magical process of turning healthy and everyday ingredients into safe, fun, and useful personal products for participants, friends, and family. Did you know that olive oil most closely matches our natural skin oil, but coconut oil absorbs the quickest? Did you know that cinnamon is a natural anti­inflammatory? Now your kids will know! Here's a sampling of what you can look forward to your child making and gifting to you:

- Soap (Melt & Pour, Cold Process)
- Lip Protectant
- Fizzy Bath Bombs, and Tub Tea
- Milk Baths, Bath Melts & Solid Salt Scrubs
- Herbal Bath Salts, Salt & Sugar Body Scrubs
- Lotions, Creams & Body Butters

DIANA DIAZ is a professional writer and producer of theater. She earned a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. Diana is also the owner of Cafe Sol, a company that was born out of her daughter’s desire for natural, high quality products that reflect a full appreciation for aromatherapy. Since 2010, they have grown their little family business to include a variety of lotions, lip balms, and bath products. Ingredients are simple and familiar — items we can find in the kitchen and garden. They have an Etsy shop, and sell their products in New York, Arizona, and California, where they also conduct seminars and workshops about natural ingredients and body products.
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Movement Creative: SportsYou may recognize Movement Creative (MC) as AfterSchool's current Parkour partner. They are hosting this class because MC views sports and movement as being both critical and vital in the development of self-possessed and aware kids and athletes. This course will cover some of the skills, strategies, and space negotiation affiliated with holistic learning techniques, cooperative sports and infectious games and play. Cooperation and collaborative learning are hallmarks here. Particpants will be charged with exploring movement disciplines in order to create unique physical education that empowers them to take ownership of their movement, express their ideas, and shape their world and requisite interests. THE MOVEMENT CREATIVE is a Social Enterprise that seeks to create positive change and momentum in the lives of children and adults through our medium of movement. We have worked with schools around NYC to bring parkour and movement education to youth of all ages. We have also worked to develop public spaces that promote a healthy exploration of movement.1 - 52
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Mindstorm (Robotics & Coding)Bricks 4 Kidz presents Mindstorm Jr. Robotics geared toward children in the 1st through 5th grade ranges. Using software while working on PC’s and laptops, elementary school participants will be able to program the model build-outs they craft using Bricks' proprietary model plans along with LEGO ® Education products. In Mindstorm ® EV3 and Mindstorm ® technologies programming, kids will be introduced to the NXT graphic programming language, equipping them at an early age to succeed in a technology-based marketplace. STEM concepts and teamwork are combined in this action-packed offering in which kids learn real-life skills while having real-kid fun! This course will foster teamwork & collaboration, promote creative thinking, nurture problem-solving skills and expose kids to computer programming skills.


BRICKS 4 KIDZ is a long time partner of MMCC and has won Entrepreneur's Magazine "#1 Children's Enrichment Program" distinction for two years running. Classes incorporate aspects of STEM based learning but also emphasize important community values such as sharing, creating memories and practicing leadership. Instructors are devoted to providing an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where they feel free to learn, build, and play with LEGO® Bricks. Courses are built around their proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects. "At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity." Bricks offers preschool, in-school and after-school workshops all over New York City along with holiday and summer camp offerings and party packages.
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3D ArtistryDrawing and creating is a meditative practice that can help calm kids' minds. This course will be multidimensional in more than one way. We will create 3D works of art while integrating an inclusive perspective on culture in our project work. In particular we plan to examine a plethora of countries beginning with South America, Africa, Brazil, and India as driving cultural sources both from a historical and contemporary perspective. We will study then create our own versions of travel and cultural artifacts such as masks, maps, dioramas, action-figures, flags, passports, travel journals and pottery.

YOLANDA FERRÁ has been teaching in day-school environs for nearly 20 years as well as in AfterSchool@evcs since its inception. Yolanda's background in early childhood development extends beyond traditional school settings to other institutions such as churches and summer camps or programs where she developed curriculum and lead classes focusing on arts, craft-making, games and other activities. Yolanda has a penchant for nature and nature walks, museum-going, art creation, and nurturing young scholars and artists.
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Community GardeningOur neighborhood is surrounded by community gardens and sustainable initiatives. This course will celebrate the urban farmer in all of us and explore our connections to nature within the context of our community gardens and gardening opportunities/appreciation on our blocks, in our homes, at grocery stores as well as farmer's markets. Farm to table, composting, growing and harvesting will be hallmarks of this exploratory course; as well a good 'ole back to nature focus on getting our hands dirty and keeping close to the Earth. ANN LEE grew up with vegetable gardens and is a active member of the Siempre Verde Garden in the LES of NYC. For two years she and her neighbors have enjoyed the fruits of their labor after putting raised beds in for individual farming opportunities within a group setting. Last spring's seeding projects in which Ann engaged were a huge success while last autumn's seed collection of perilla leaves are sure to sprout out west where her mother resides (green thumb and other fingers crossed!!!) She has been an active compost collector for over 10 years and is a current working member of the 4th St. Food Coöp. Lee has, in the past, brought compost to local collectors and made pickups from Union Square's Farmer's Market via bicycle. She has worked with children via various platforms including as an environmental science theater artist and circus group member bringing kids to local gardens for shows, through Siempre Verde Garden's community programming. Interestingly, she has also worked as a chess assistant in schools.2 - 52
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PreK/K Schoolhouse RockWe will be using the power of story and folklore to discuss emotion and feelings while understanding how music impacts us all. Participants will be exposed to an array of topics but daily lessons will be a reflection of how students respond to the material as a group, as well as their individual interests. A typical class will begin with a child-friendly song or two in beginners Spanish. Participants will work with the same songs over the course of the semester. Part of what this course explores is the relationship between the individual, his or her musical culture and creative musical expression. Along the way we may touch upon the role of history, land, and place (i.e. immigration) on the evolution of musical instruments (especially those within the string family), cultures, styles, genres and sub-genres. Music theory and practice will be treated in easily digestible lessons. We may discuss rhythm (upbeat, downbeat), learning by sampling musical styles/active listening, chords, scales, experimentation, call and response as well as rhythmic and melodic improvisation. EDUARDO GARCIA is a well-traveled professional guitar player, musician and arranger with a diverse background in oral tradition-based world music (Flamenco, Blues, Tango and Brazilian styles). His background working with children ranges from leading music classes in NYC after school programs housed at [places like?] P.S. 29, P.S. 84 and Nord Anglia international School to working with children and their families in social work, therapeutic and early childhood intervention settings. Eduardo's background includes serving children on the spectrum and students who have varied learning styles. In his teaching he often shares his great appreciation for the lyrical language of Spanish, as well as his deep adoration for the blues; a musical form that brought him to the United States eighteen years ago from his native Barcelona. In fact, the majority of his professional career has been focused on studying authentic blues-playing and finding his unique voice within that cannon. He landed in the capital of the blues, Chicago's famed West and South Sides where he sought out and studied the historical evolution of this musical form within the context of the urban landscape. He has been playing professionally for over 40 years, starting out with his first loves - the guitar and harmonica."PreK/K
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Sidewalk & Board GamesThis is game time for the thinking persons of the younger persuasion; thinking inside and outside of the box. We will hone strategization, patience and our poker faces by playing classic cooperative and competitive games. There are a variety of games and skills to try and master, and no one activity is mandatory. Board games will be part and parcel: for instance, Monopoly, Sorry, Candyland. But good old fashion cards, paper airplane races and more exotic options will be sampled. On occasion, families will be encouraged to send in a favorite. This is a great option for those kids who need fun, challenge and downtime in one package. A great way to gear up for family game night -- or a ready reason to begin the tradition!

DIANA DIAZ is a New York City native. She earned a BFA from New York University along with a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. As a succesful entrepreneur, Diana both owns a product-based business and has worked as a tutor, building customized study programs for private and need-based students and their families focused on addressing specific academic goals. With this class Diana comes full circle as her initial instructing role began in partnership with one of AfterSchool's founders. Together they offered a popular class of games; this is a more challenging and updated iteration of that class.
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ArcheryBeginner Archery is a concentrated course covering basics and is suitable for those who have never used a bow, or those with limited experience. This class covers: eye dominance, safety rules and warm-up exercises, archery tackle (sized to the archer), proper shooting techniques, grouping & consistency and finally...scoring. The first few classes will serve as orientation sessions and will include correctly sizing the equipment (all equipment supplied) to the archer and determining eye dominance (eye dominance controls adn aiming. Students will be outfitted with items such as bows, arrows and safety gear etc. Students will be able to gain strength, and will need longer arrows as they practice and expand their range of motion. Once fundamentals have been learned, the student may also participate in open practice sessions (space permitting) and further their training. PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING SAFETY RULES AND CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS IF YOU ARE REGISTERING: (1) Each student is expected to participate in each class dressed in appropriate Archery attire; meaning flat, closed toed shoes (no wedges, heels, flip flops or bare feet). (2) Clothing should be snug around the chest and arms so as not to get caught in the bowstring (Please no tank tops). (3) Jewelry is strongly discouraged and should be removed and placed in the participants back pack for safe keeping, preferably in a jewelry-keeper/pouch. This is especially true for long earrings, necklaces and arm bangles. (4) Long hair may need to be tied back. KASHAUN JONES has been working since 2009 after earning his degree from Morrisville College and has taught Archery to elementary and middle school aged students at Mosholu Day Camp
in Harriman State Park for the last seven years. Jones quickly realized he loved working with children and started coaching students in basketball as well. He has worked his way up through the ranks at MMCC beginning with a group leader role initially then advancing to counselor and finally instructor positions. He started his career as a Media DJ on Satellite Radio and is hoping to launch his own non- profit organization. He plans to continue his education in Non-profit Management at New York University towards this ambition.
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SCRATCH (Video Game Design)This course will use Scratch to give students a hands-on understanding of programming fundamentals. Older children might be encouraged to look at and take apart the sample projects or may be encouraged to build their own projects immediately. Younger children might need to build up their skills more gradually, exploring the Scratch environment and commands by creating sprites (i.e. avatars) and performing turtle graphic style operations before putting blocks together to build an application. Some children might want to develop complex games. This course aims to offer challenge for each age group. Another main priority is to make Scratch as engaging and enjoyable as possible.


Bricks 4 Kidz is a long time partner of MMCC and has won Entrepreneur's Magazine "#1 Children's Enrichment Program" distinction for two years running. Classes incorporate aspects of STEM based learning but also emphasize important community values such as sharing, creating memories and practicing leadership. Instructors are devoted to providing an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where they feel free to learn, build, and play with LEGO® Bricks. Courses are built around their proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects. "At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity." Bricks offers preschool, in-school and after-school workshops all over New York City along with holiday and summer camp offerings and party packages.
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Elementary DrumsThis class will blend diverse and varied exposure to percussion/drums along with the hand techniques, coordination, listening skills, sound and tone differentiation needed to create short compositions, experience texture and improvise with abandon. By playing different and dynamic musical styles students will get an opportunity to sample and experiement with their favorite musical stylings as well as others they have not yet considered. Overall drumming helps develop coordination of the body and to sensitize and open the ear to nuanced sounds. Students will discover a higher sense of rhythm and body movement, improve confidence and self esteem, and provide a fantastic creative means through which to harness their energy. Drums are an outstanding release for kids who need and want a way to express their creative selves - - even at the end of a long day - - or week! of school. But above all, this class promises to be pure, unmitigated FUN!

Phillip Gillespie
Gillespie has been teaching rhythm and drumming for the purpose of creating cohesive musical ensembles for several years now. In addition to private drum instruction, Gillespie has worked with Boys Club/BCNY as a "go to" substitute covering drum set instruction and coordination for elementary and middle school aged students. He has been a featured guest and lead classes for Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy at the School of Integrated Learning. Phil has professional experience that includes working with Max Roach Productions where he fine tuned and configured the legendary drummer's private set for some of his final performances. He also helped engage in archival preservation initiatives and inventory efforts for historical and musical items. Similarly, Gillespie toured with artists such as Mary J. Blige and Jay Z (2005 - 2008) to grow his technical knowledge about and feed his interest in show and tour production so that his diverse and divergent musical perspective and experience spans performance, teaching and performance execution.
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Cinemania Filmmaking A hands-on filmmaking class in whcih students will write, direct, act, and edit their own 3-5 minute short film by the end of the semester. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of filmmaking - film history, screenwriting, directing (actors and action) as well as film production skills. The central goal of the class will be to teach young creative minds the concept of effective storytelling through the lens. Students will also watch several curated short films and learn to dissect and analyze them extensively. They will learn to work in teams, collaborate and create a
short film with their teammates. SUSHMITA SAHA is a graduate of Columbia University Film Program. Her short film Bakri (The Goat) screened at film festivals across the globe (Germany, New Delhi, Busan and Iran) and won the IFP audience choice award at Columbia University film festival, 2016. In 2013, Sushmita served as a mentor for Columbia University’s summer camp - FOCUS Young Filmmaker’s lab, where she guided pre-teens in a week long filmmaking workshop. Since then Sushmita has taught several screenwriting/directing classes and conducted film labs for children in India and USA.
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On Cue: A Theater ProductionIn this class, students will initially be exposed to the basic tools of performing theatre through creative play and theatre games as we actively build an ensemble of young artists. After the groundwork has been laid, participants will work together intensively as they learn lines, practice and rehearse towards a final demo, showcase or performance. Throughout the semester a strong emphasis will be placed on enabling students to cultivate their creative confidence, nurture teamwork and artistic support — all while furthering a mastery for finding their own voices. Never performed on stage or afraid you speak too quietly? Not to worry — all levels of experience are encouraged to join! Fuirthermore, participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in both On Cue classes to maximize both their experience and the quality of the performance work upon which both cohorts will collaborate.

LUKE DOYLE earned a Bachelor of Science from NYU’s Educational Theatre program. He has delivered curriculums in the arts at Grace Church School's GASP program, Murrow High School, and the 14th St Y and was the acting Program Coordinator for Teen Theater Summer Camp there as well. He has been a teaching artist with Opening Act and MCC Theater and as a drama therapist, Luke has worked to devised a full-length show for his students. As a working actor, Luke most recently appeared in Fashion Academy and Pinkalicious at Vital Theatre Company and a workshop of a one-man show, Dear Henry, at The Duplex NYC. He beat boxes and tours with the acapella group Vocal Overdrive. Other New York credits include: Julius Caesar, Hamlet (Shakespeare2Go), original cast of Meta: A New Play (playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer), West Side Story (Skirball Center for the Arts), The History Boys (Snapple Theatre Center), Beyond Therapy (Triskillian Arts).
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