High School Football Athletes and the Coaches that Mentor them

Brooklyn, NY – Student-athletes have the opportunity to showcase their talents on the field at various football combines.  On May 19, 2019, the Future Phenom Showcase was back at the Erasmus High School Football Field.

The purpose of this showcase is to gather all the talented young high school football athletes to give them the opportunity to be recruited by colleges.

The man behind the showcase, Coach Mouse the DB coordinator for Erasmus High School football decided to create a platform for student-athletes who are the best all-around to get exposure in their recruiting process.

Coach Mouse and 30 of his coaches along with high school football media analyst come together to teach the boys, coach the boys and mentor them so they can perform not only on the field but in their academic studies.

All the coaches play a part in the development of these amazing students.  They come from various backgrounds and all over the states.  Coaches from Florida, New Jersey, Long Island, Ohio, you name it came out to help elevate the boys.

Coach Mouse stated,  “2011 we started with 67 kids, some of who are now in the NFL and others who became NCAA All-Americans”.

“This year we have grown to 170 participants, 30 coaches and a list of media that we are so privileged to have,” said Coach Mouse.

The coaches are hard on the athletes but only to help build their self-esteem up with what they practice every day.

The talent is handpicked by Coach Mouse and that is why it is by invite only.

Coach Mouse stated, “these are D1 students who have already received offers from colleges and if they all didn’t receive yet will be noticed by the end of this showcase due to the media analyst that was there”.

For more details about the Future Phenom Showcase, you reach them on Twitter @futurephenomNYC

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NYC are you ready for the H.Y.P.E. Combine?

Bronx, NY – On May 11, 2019, three organizations; Harlem Jets, About UNYC and IMPCT solutions came together to for H.Y.P.E 2019 NYC HBCU Combine Football. HYPE is the acronym for Honing Your Potential and Excellence.  The HYPE was founded by Walter Brock and Courtney Morgan.

The philosophy of HYPE is to show young athletes how to use their learned skills and use them with their academic studies.  HYPE teaches the athletes what it takes to showcase themselves in a professional matter and social standing.

HYPE is the leading principal in showing the student-athletes how to use their skills on the field and in the classroom.

Due to the mission and purposes of all the organizations, they decided to come together and create a combine for NYC high school football talent.  Harlem Jets is a youth football and cheer league that is located in Harlem, NY.  About U NYC collaborates with student-athletes and their parents to teach the fundamentals of being a scholar and athlete at the same time.  IMPCT solutions are behind the HYPE name.

The registration process started at 8 am and closed at 10:30 am at Randall’s Island Park field 70 and 75.  Before the start of the event, the organizers mingled and spoked with some of the parents.  As the players were parting from the parents, Coach Alex who was one of the founders of this event, talked to the parents about the process of their student-athletes when it comes to preparing them for college.  It was explained how the NCAA paperwork must be completed and filed in order for their sons to be qualified.

The purpose of this combine was to showcase talented high school football athletes in NYC while incorporating drills, position skill training, and a 7-7 competition; offensive line vs defensive line on passing and rushing techniques.

There were light refreshments and music in the background as the players moved throughout the training.  At the end of the session athletes that were top performers went home with a trophy.

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Charter Schools, is there a difference?

Rockaway Beach, NY – In today’s society the educational system is very important to the parents.  There are different types of schools that parents can choose from when it comes to their children like private, public and charter schools.

Public charter schools are really public schools that receive special funding and they aren’t governed by the same rules and regulations as a traditional public school.  Charter schools are overseen by a group or organization under a lawmaking contract.  With charter schools, they are exempt from state laws and local rules as long as they abide by the rules sanctioned by the charter schools.

The purpose of public charter schools is to enhance educational reform and allows the parents to have better school choices for their children’s education.

Latoya Griffin parent of Takayren, a freshman in high school, has a different kind of view regarding charter schools.  Latoya had to pull her daughter out of  Pave Academy Charter school.


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Yellow bus parked outside PAVE Academy Charter School.


According to the data on Pave Academy Charter School, they are doing okay.  Their rating is a bit low in comparison to other schools within District 15, but they are not the worst school.

Griffin stated, “I use to like charter schools until after I had to take my child out!”

“I had to take her out because once I was informed that my child might need additional help in like certain subjects like math and with her reading and speech, she wasn’t getting the help or assistance needed to perform in order to move to the next grade level,” said Griffin.

The school was unavailable for questions just to understand why one of their students weren’t receiving the extra help in order to help the student prepare for the next grade.

Rashaida-PAVE-SE-Photo-webTeacher helping the students.

“My child was not happy anymore, she didn’t want to go to school anymore and so for that reason, I took her out and put her back in public school. She left Pave Academy Charter school and went to the local public elementary school, graduated and went to junior high and now is in high school and she’s doing great” said Griffin.

Because of charter schools, public school attendance has dropped by 0.6 million during the fall of 2005 to the fall of 2015.  Although this one concerned mother, charter schools are still doing a great job where traditional public schools have fallen short.

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A Change is coming to PS 183

Rockaway Beach, NY – On January 24, Public School 183 Dr. Richard R. Green held their monthly PTA meeting at 6pm located at 245 Beach 79th Street, Rockaway Beach in Far Rockaway.  In attendance were the PTA board members, educators, parents and guest speakers from the NAACP chapter in Far Rockaway.

The purpose of tonight’s PTA (Parent/Teacher Association) meeting was to develop a program that would help assist the students with reading fundamentals along with writing.  This is part of the core values that are necessary for the students when taking the standard ELA test to help achieve higher reading scores.

During the meeting, the NAACP representative, Mr. David Warden explained the winter reading program that would take place starting from January 2019 through April 2019 when the children return from Spring Break.

The program at present is geared to the students in the 8th grade to help prepare them for high school readiness and elevate their reading levels and essay writing.  They must choose five books and write a one to a two-page report summarizing what they learned.  Some of the suggested reading were books on Black History.  One of the suggested topics was the history of the Black Wall Street, among other readings.  The idea is to prepare and promote student’s ability for doing research on their history and culture.

When they have completed the program and submitted the packet, they will receive a gift card and a certificate for participating in this reading program.  PS 183 was glad to incorporate this program into the school while partnering up with the NAACP to help with their students learning and reading abilities.

The NAACP will also share future projects that will involve the younger students only after successful completion of the 8th-grade winter program.  Based on the success of the program will set the foundation to share future projects with the younger grades.  Public School 183 teaches grades PreK thru 8th.

There is standardized testing known as the reading ELA (English Language Arts) test and the Math test.  These tests are given to students in grades 3 thru 8th in order to prepare them for the next grade level in areas of reading and math.

PS 183 is just one of the schools within District 27 that is in need of education reform.

Below you will find an infographic that showcases all this information with a quicker overview.


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Helping Students Reach their Potential Educational Infographic


Looking back at the percentage of low ELA test scores during the school year 2017-18, PS 183 scores only ranked 25% in comparison to the district and city which averages in the 45% overall proficiency ELA level 3 and 4.  The 8th grade alone makes up for only 36% of scoring level 3 and 4; whereas the District is 50% and the State is 48%.

The Department of Education (DOE) is now implementing a new program called ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), although it’s still in the trial stages.  This program will eventually replace the standardized testing of the ELA and Math to a different type of test called ELLs, and MLLs along with adding in science and social studies testing.

The purpose of ESSA is to make sure every student is successful no matter their back background, where they live or where they come from.  The program is also going to help the teachers so they can give their students a better educational learning experience; so, students from schools like PS 183 have the same learning opportunities as schools who are meeting the criteria for reading and math standardized testing.