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STEAM Programming

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Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Math


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Table of Content

  • The Writing Nook
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Impact Report
  • Parents Resilience Program
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Training
  • Innocent Minds Project
  • Meet Our Team
  • Welcome
  • About Us
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Objective
  • Future Leaders
  • Community Road Map
  • Partnerships & Events
  • Charlia’s Place
  • Frank’s Reading Corner

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It's wonderful to have you here! This is the ideal platform to discover more about Charlia Frank Inc., our mission, our methods, and the community we serve!

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Charlia Frank Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth and families in underserved neighborhoods impacted by redlining, violence, and poverty. We offer a holistic approach to youth development, including STEAM-based initiatives, mindfulness meditation, and Home Economics programs, aimed at fostering personal growth, essential life skills, and academic success for students kindergarten through twelft grade.

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"Our vision is to empower and inspire every young individual to reach their full potntial, achieve their dreams, and make a positive impact on the world. We envision a future where all youth have access to high-quality education, opportunities for personal growth, and a supportive community that nurtures their talents and aspirations. Through our innovative programs, mentorship initiatives, and advocacy efforts, we strive to create a world where every young person is valued, respected, and equipped with the skills and resources they need to thrive. Together, we can build a brighter future for the next generation and create a world where every youth has the opportunity to succeed and lead with compassion, courage, and creativity."

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Our mission is to identify, create, and sustain community equity by providing innovative programs and services tailored to the diverse needs of our community.

  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Ambition
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
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"Our objective is to empower and inspire young individuals to reach their full potential, cultivate leadership skills, and make a positive impact in their communities. Through innovative programs, mentorship initiatives, and experiential learning opportunities, we aim to provide youth with the tools, resources, and support they need to succeed academically, develop essential life skills, and become confident, compassionate leaders. Our goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment where every young person is valued, respected, and empowered to thrive, contribute to society, and create a brighter future for themselves and others."

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Each One Teach One!

“We promise to spread knowledge for the betterment of the community, and the future.

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  • Early Childhood Education
  • After-School Programming
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Film & Editing Program
  • Simplemente Familia Cooking Program
  • Creative Journaling
  • Home Economics sewing
  • Parents Resilience Program
  • Extraordinary Youth Summer Camp
  • Swimming/Athletics
  • Mindfulness & Meditation

PCSD Community Schools

Executive Committee

Parent Advisory Committee

ARTS Working Group

Parent/Community Engagement

Community Leadership Committe

Safe Routes Committee

“Creating lifelong skills and friendships”.

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  • Stop the Violence Rally
  • Back to School 90’s Bash
  • Amirah’s Ice Cream Social
  • Community Day
  • The Art Festival
  • PCSD Black History Celebration
  • New City Parks
  • Breakfast & Books
  • Poughkeepsie City School District
  • Community Schools
  • Prestigious Inspirational Ent.
  • James Brown Family Children’s Foundation
  • 6X Entertainment
  • MSD Acting
  • Simplee Sweets by Ari
  • Simplee Sewing
  • Freeflight Productions
  • Trendy Trendy
  • Community Matters 2
  • Mid Hudson Aquatics
  • Saving Our Tomorrow
  • Styles the Barber
  • Geneva's Blues House Cooking Program
  • Flava Gurlz Beauty Bar

“Creating Safe Spaces, Places and Faces”.

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1. Focus

In this step, we’re selecting an essential question to answer or a problem to solve. It’s important to have a clear focus on both how this question or problem relates to the STEM and the Arts content areas you’ve chosen.

2. Detail

During the detail phase, you’re looking for the elements that are contributing to the problem or question. When you’re observing the correlations to other areas or why the problem exists, you begin to unearth a lot of key background information, skills or processes that students already have to address the question.

3. Discovery

Discovery is all about active research and intentional teaching. In this step, students are researching current solutions, as well as what ISN’T working based on the solutions that already exist. As a teacher, you can use this stage to both analyze the gaps your students may have in a skill or process and to teach those skills or processes explicitly.

4. Application

This is where the fun happens! After students have dived deep into a problem or question and have analyzed current solutions as well as what still needs addressed, they can begin to create their own solution or composition to the problem. This is where they use the skills, processes and knowledge that were taught in the discovery stage and put them to work.

5. Presentation

Once students have created their solution or composition, it’s time to share it. It’s important that the work is presented for feedback and as a way for expression based on a student’s own perspective surrounding the question or problem at hand. This is also an important opportunity to facilitate feedback and help students learn how to give and receive input.

6. Link

This step is what closes the loop. Students have a chance to reflect on the feedback that was shared and on their own process and skills. Based on that reflection, students are able to revise their work as needed and to produce an even better solution.

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Engaging in STEAM education cultivates students who are willing to take calculated risks, participate in hands-on learning experiences, demonstrate perseverance in solving problems, value teamwork, and navigate the creative process. These individuals embody the innovative thinkers, educators, leaders, and lifelong learners shaping the 21st century!

At the core of this approach lies inquiry, curiosity, problem-solving, and creativity as essential elements. This integration ensures that the humanities are seamlessly intertwined with STEAM, enriching the interdisciplinary nature of the learning experience.

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Where Reading, Writing and Fun happen Together!

Our mission is to nurture a passion for reading, enhance literacy skills, and promote social-emotional well-being among students from underserved communities.

The vision of Frank's Reading Corner is to ensure that every child has the chance to excel in academics and beyond through uplifting mentorship and engaging read-aloud sessions.

We offer various reading opportunities, including independent reading, partner reading, group reading, and community reader sessions.

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The writing nook

The mission of The Writing Nook is to cultivate joy, literacy, and critical thinking skills in children and teens of diverse backgrounds through the art of creative writing.

Creative writing serves as a tool for students to articulate their thoughts effectively, pushing them to explore beyond conventional boundaries and unleash their creativity in unique ways.

Our offerings at The Writing Nook include creative journaling, creative writing workshops, poetry sessions, and beginner publishing opportunities.

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Youth leadership program

Available to grades 7th-12th

YLP is a leadership development program.

Students participating in our youth leadership program will have the unique opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences in film production, editing, lighting, sound design, creative journaling, cooking, and sewing. Our Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is specifically crafted to cultivate leadership skills and foster personal growth in young individuals, empowering them to take on roles as leaders, creators, and entrepreneurs.

During the summer months, the program will offer a specialized six-week curriculum that includes cooking and sewing workshops. These additional activities are designed to provide students with practical skills in culinary arts and sewing, further enhancing their creative abilities and technical expertise. By incorporating these elements into the program, students will have the chance to explore new interests, develop valuable life skills, and broaden their knowledge in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The YLP program also provides students with substantive opportunities to interact with peers, institutions of higher education, and professionals in the community. Through these interactions, students can gain valuable insights, mentorship, and networking opportunities that contribute to their personal and professional growth.

Upon completion of this dynamic program, students will emerge more confident and well-rounded individuals, equipped with improved leadership, problem-solving, and organizational skills. They will have developed a deeper understanding of themselves and their communities, as well as the skills and attitudes necessary for success in college and in life.

Through YLP, students are encouraged to explore their creative potential, collaborate with their peers, and take on leadership roles in a supportive and nurturing environment. This enables them to not only enhance their personal growth but also actively engage in community initiatives and extracurricular activities, fostering a sense of responsibility and problem-solving skills.

  • Creative Journaling
  • Film & Editing
  • Cooking/Baking/Sewing
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • CPR/First Aide & AED
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Impact report

Charlia Frank Inc. is proud to remain goal-oriented and mission-driven in our journey to continuously provide quality services to youth and families here in the city of Poughkeepsie.

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Parent resilience program

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Resilient Parents build strong and resilient families

Program Scope

  • Definitions to help you better understand terms that might be unfamiliar to you.

  • Examples and stories to show you how other families have used the skills of resilience.

  • Personal reflection to help you apply the concepts in this guide to your own life, family, and daily experiences.

  • Ideas for discussing resilience with your child. Resilience will probably be a new word in your child’s vocabulary. You can use this section to teach resilience to your children in simple and easy ways.

The Five Pillars of Resilience






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& Meditation

Mindfulness meditation focuses on being in the present by bringing attention to the breath. By focusing on the breath, children learn to observe their thoughts, sensations, and emotions, and become more in tune with his body and mind.

Practicing mindfulness can help kids and teens learn how to manage stress, regulate their emotions, focus on the task at hand, and develop a positive outlook on life. Kids and teens who use mindfulness also develop a better understanding of how their brains work.

• Mindful breathing

• Loving-kindness

• Meditation

• Visualization Meditation

• Guided Imagery

• Quiet Time

What are the 5 C's of mindfulness?

Consciousness, compassion, confidence, courage, and community.

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Free CPR, First-Aid, and AED training for staff.

This training is part of the onboarding process of new staff & and volunteers at Charlia Frank Inc.

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One of our goals is to help destigmatize mental health by bringing awareness through education. With the help of ​partners, students, and families, Charlia Frank Inc. prepares to shoot Innocent Minds. At its core, 'Innocent Minds' ​is a film about the struggles of mental health and the ways survivors cope along the way. It's a story that will ​resonate with anyone who has ever dealt with, or knows someone that has dealt with a traumatic event, has ever ​felt a sense of hopelessness, or who has struggled to find meaning in a world that often values achievement ​above all else.

Students from our Each One Teach One program will learn life-changing skills that can lead to a successful career ​in film. Educating our students takes a village.

Students participating in our YLP will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences in film ​production, editing, lighting, sound design, creative journaling, cooking, and sewing. Our Youth Leadership ​Program (YLP) is specifically crafted to cultivate leadership skills and foster personal growth in young individuals, ​empowering them to take on roles as leaders, creators, and entrepreneurs.

Innocent Minds Film Project

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Kedaer Parks

Executive Director

Cobey Jones II


Ariel Feliz

Program Director

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Starasia Fernandez

Youth Director

Kevin Paige

Creative Director

Derek Wilson Sr.

Director of Communications & Marketing

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Contact us

Phone: 845-559-0618


Address: 2600 South Road Suite 44-211

Poughkeepsie New York 12601


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Your support is crucial in helping us create a positive and nurturing environment where young individuals can learn, grow, and thrive. Together, we can empower the next generation of leaders, innovators, and changemakers in our community.

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