Community Enrichment Series (CES)


CES offers interactive workshops that participants should list on their resumes when seeking jobs, promotions, artist grants, business loans, and even college admissions. The goal of CES is to enhance the knowledge, contacts, and credentials of southeast Queens residents on the rise.  Some of the workshops are free, and the rest are under $10 (a limited time offer).

Below are descriptions of the workshops being offered for the Fall 2016 CES.  Click the specific workshop title to get the online registration for that workshop.

NUTRITION


*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Health Advocate Certificate
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

Let's face it: processed foods make life easier. Quick to prepare, already seasoned and salted, and sometimes ready-to-eat right out of the box! But an overdependence on processed foods can also contribute to health problems. But why? Food is food, isn't it? Well, this interactive workshop will help you to better understand the reasons and ingredients that make processed foods less healthy for you and your family. After this workshop you should feel empowered to immediately change at least one of your grocery shopping habits.

Too Much on Your Plate? (Portion Size and Healthier Lifestyle) (Oct 29, 10am-12noon)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Health Advocate Certificate
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

Fruits, grains, vegetables and protein -- each food group plays a role in sustaining our health. So what happens if our bodies are deprived of any one of these food groups or overloaded with another one? What happens when one of the food groups is stewed, fried, or smothered in gravy? Does that make a difference? Does it make a difference what time of day I eat or how much I eat before bedtime? Can't I just give my kids vitamins and let them eat whatever they want?

The answers to these seemingly insignificant questions can make a world of difference for your weight loss, cholesterol, energy level and several other health factors. Attend this interactive workshop to be enlightened and empowered.

Food Equity, Food Entrepreneurship in Southeast Queens (Nov 5, 10am-12noon)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Health Advocate Certificate
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Development Advocate Certificate
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

Are you a food entrepreneur or food justice advocate? Have you recognized a need for more fresh markets and higher quality dining establishments in southeast Queens? Do you have ideas to address these needs? Attend this forum to engage in this very timely discussion and to connect with people and resources to get things moving forward.

FINANCE


Repairing and Strengthening Your Credit (Oct 22, 4-6pm)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Development Advocate Certificate
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Arts Advocate Certificate
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

Your credit is essential to qualify for everything from car loans, mortgage loans, apartments, and even jobs! If your credit is not what you want it to be, now is the time to learn smart ways to make it stronger. This workshop will explain the best options and tools for strengthening your credit.

Qualifying for a Mortgage or Small Business Loan (Oct 29, 4-6pm)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Development Advocate Certificate
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Arts Advocate Certificate
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

Don't be intimidated ... Access to a mortgage loan or business loan is based on three core criteria: (1) tax returns, (2) bank statements, and (3) debt-to-income (DTI) ratios or debt coverage ratios (DCR). Okay, so be a little intimidated, but after this workshop you will have no fear. This workshop is absolutely essential for anyone in planning to own a home, invest in real estate, or own a business. Let's go!

The First-Time Home Buying Process (Nov 5, 4-6pm)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Development Advocate Certificate
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, owning your home is still one of the smartest investments anyone can make. Yet buying a home in the NY area can be a very competitive process. Attend this workshop to learn insider tips on how to succeed in buying your first home.
Presenter: Isa Abdur-Rahman, Esq.

COLLEGE READINESS


College and Career Choices (Oct 22, 1-3pm)
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

For students who plan to attend college, choosing a college and selecting a major are not always simple decsions. Should you stay in New York, or will you have a better experience out of state? Should you study a field that is really exciting to you, or should you pick your major based on where the most job opportunities are? As you make your plans, it is helpful to hear the perspectives of college alumni who have experience with these issues. Students in their junior and senior year in high school should attend this forum to interact with a panel of college alumni originally from Queens.

Strategies to Pay for College (Oct 29, 1-3pm)
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

Graduating from college is one thing, graduating from college with little or no debt is an absolute game-changer. There are basically four ways to graduate college with little or no debt: (1) get scholarships and grants, (2) attend a school that you can afford to pay with money that you earn while working, (3) you and your family pay for college with money that has been saved up for that purpose, or (4) some combination of all of the above. OK, so we've put the "what" into one paragraph, but you will have to attend this forum to hear more specific details about the "how." The forum is open to students and parents as well. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

International Internships (Nov 5, 1-3pm)
*2 hours of credit for NYS Participation in Government class

International travel can provide eye-opening experience and can boost your credentials for possible job opportunities. In today's global economy where the Internet connects people from all over the world, it is becoming more and more important to be personally familiar with more than one country. Now more than ever today's high school students should consider international travel as part of their overall education plan during their college years. This forum will discuss the most practical ways that students and their families can plan for international experiences.

ARTS & CULTURE


Paint Night @ Seed Capital Café (Oct 22, 7-9pm)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Arts Advocate Certificate

Discover your inner painter, or flex your painting muscles. This paint night event is open to all (18 and older) regardless of skill or experience. Follow the instructor or freestyle on your own. Just come and enjoy yourself.

ARRAY: Video Screening and Discussion @ Seed Capital Café (Oct 29, 7-9pm)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Arts Advocate Certificate
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Development Advocate Certificate

Cable, DISH, FiOs, ROKU, Google Chrome, Amazon Fire, etc. Yet with so many options for streaming content today, why are there still so few Black films and shows? Well, with new platforms like ARRAY, that may soon be changing, especially if local talent will participate. Join us for a look into Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY platform and a discussion of the possibilities for actors, writers, directors and producers of color right here in Queens.

Open Mic Poetry @ Seed Capital Café (Nov 5, 7-9pm)
*2 credit hours toward FBCDC Community Arts Advocate Certificate

Come to listen, come to share.

 
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