Amidst the tidal wave of day care and headstart program closings, Fort Greene’s Young Minds Day Care Center is placing new meaning on the local-to-global perspective for its annual International Visitors Day, Sunday, August 5, beginning at 3:00 pm at 966 Fulton Street, in Brooklyn, New York.
Sam Pinn has announced that The Fort Greene Council, Inc., Young Minds OST (Out-of-School-Time) Program in collaboration with Lynn’s Kids Foundation will host officials from India and Morocco at the Young Minds Day Care Center and has invited the community to join 40 children to come out and welcome them.
Young Minds Expanding
“Thanks to the support of Lynn’s Kids, ‘Young Minds’ is expanding internationally,” Pinn told us in an interview yesterday. “This is the first OST program to interact with other cultures from around the world. This summer, Ms. Rosen — a former New York City schoolteacher who now, through her foundation works with underserved children throughout the world – gifted Young Minds with grants for arts and crafts and other classroom activities.”
The event also debuts “Our New York,” a book inspired and developed by the children of Young Minds with the assistance of Lynn’s Kids Foundation. The afternoon program will include a book signing with all proceeds to benefit the center; a jazz band and choral performances by Young Minds’ OST children and tour of the Center. Also, local leaders from all walks of life will be in attendance in support of this effort and light refreshments served.
“Education is the key to knowledge, and knowledge is not contained within one place; the world community should participate in saving the world’s children, and working to make this a better place for them,” says Ms. Rosen, who will be present at this Sunday’s event to introduce Young Mind children to Hassan Mourabiti, CEO, Lynn’s Kids Foundation in Morocco, Vinod Bodhankar, Executive Director, Lynn Kids Foundation, India, and other notables. “Our guests will take knowledge from this visit back to their own countries. The book will show readers internationally how young children in Brooklyn, New York – now considered a world center – view their city.”
Says Pinn, “Come and welcome our international visitors and hear about the importance of young children being exposed to other cultures around the world, and support our on-going efforts to preserve the After School programs for our children.”
For further information, please contact Francina Retemyer, Program Director, Young Minds Day Care Center at (718) 622-8622.