HSBC Team at I.S. 204Q Hosts Multiculturalism Event Showcasing Talents of After School Program Students

Today’s guest blogger is Nina Souliopoulos. Nina serves with City Year New York at I.S. 204Q in Long Island City, Queens.


On Thursday, December 13, the HSBC team at I.S. 204Q celebrated the great diversity of their After School Heroes students by hosting a multiculturalism event.  This event was the culmination of a four-week unit in which students focused upon the history, demographics, music, and art of New York City.  Among other things, students were surprised to learn that their very own Queens is the most diverse borough of NYC, and that the 7 trains they ride each day can take them to 5Pointz, the “graffiti mecca” of the world.  The last week of the multiculturalism unit, the students had the chance to take their learning even further with the help of the NYCE team.  Hannah Rouwhorst, Diones Adorno, and Anthony Echevers stepped up as paint captains, helping students give life to their very own street art pieces.  Further, students created country flags to signify their heritage as well as the country of origins of the food and drinks at the multiculturalism event.

To start the night off, students performed in a talent show representing their cultural backgrounds.  Performances ranged from Indian and Bengali dances to Katy Perry and Spanish songs.  After the talent show, the team transformed the cafeteria into an art gallery showcasing the artwork and national flags the students had created during afterschool.  While attendees mingled and took in the colorful works of art, they also enjoyed food and drink from around the world, which parents and corps members had prepared.  The event was a great success; students were delighted to show-off their talents and hard work, while corps members took the opportunity to warmly celebrate their students along with their families.

Check out a few more great moments below!