Community Enrichment Series (CES) comes to Farmers Blvd

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corp. (FBCDC) is very pleased to announce its Fall 2016 Community Enrichment Series (CES), being held Saturdays, Oct 22, 29 & Nov 5. 

CES offers interactive workshops that participants should list on their resumes when seeking jobs, promotions, artist grants, business loans, and even college or master’s level admissions.  The goal of CES is to enhance the knowledge, contacts, and credentials of southeast Queens residents on the rise.

“What we provide is information and connections, plus a reference,” explained Isa Abdur-Rahman, Esq., Executive Director of FBCDC.   “Many southeast Queens residents are out here striving to innovate and to advance themselves, but not many of them have a community organization behind them.  Farmers Boulevard wants to be that organization for those who demonstrate a readiness to step up.”

Some of the workshops are free, and the rest are under $10.  These are introductory rates for the Fall 2016 CES, so FBCDC is encouraging local residents to act fast and take advantage of the opportunity.

The topics presented in this season’s CES are Nutrition, Finance, Arts & Culture, and College Readiness. There are 12 workshops in total during the Fall 2016 CES.   Each workshop will be held at the Seed Capital Café, which is a community workspace managed by FBCDC and located at 114-53 Farmers Blvd., Queens, NY, 11412.  Registration is online only, on a first-come, first- served basis.   A detailed description of each workshop is online at

Each workshop is 2 hours. By attending you will earn 2 credits toward one of the following certificates offered by FBCDC:
  • Community Development Advocate (CDA)
  • Community Health Advocate (CHA)
  • Community Arts Advocate (CAA)
The workshops are open to all adults, even if you do not intend to obtain a certificate.

For those who plan to obtain a certificate…
  • You must complete 6 credit hours (3 different workshops) relevant to the specific certificate that you are seeking, and
  • You must complete a combined total of 24 volunteer hours with FBCDC on a Community Development, Health, or Arts project in southeast Queens.
The volunteer hours must be completed by June 30, 2017, but you may complete them sooner depending on your availability and the needs of FBCDC. Volunteer hours may be completed through various methods, such as planning or attending meetings, creative design, online research, social media posting, letter writing and more. Please speak with our Executive Director for more details about possible volunteer projects.

We hope to see you at some of the upcoming workshops. Sign-up for your workshops today!