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The Open Future Institute Staff, pictured here before our QUESTion Project class at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics in the Bronx, NY! Director, Program Growth and Development: Isobel King Student Coordinator: Josh Mesnik

A day in the Question Class in the South Bronx

Students began class by organizing their chairs into a circle. When everyone got quiet, the teacher silently stepped into the spotlight, placed an envelope on the floor, and then walked away. In the silence that followed, the mysterious envelope seemed to grow bigger and bigger... What were the students supposed to do now? One asked [...]

By |April 14th, 2017|News|0 Comments

What happens when the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics’ Pink Ladies meet with BCSMen to discuss big life questions?

The answer: incredible communication. “How do boys feel about girls’ insecurities?” “Why do guys not show sensitivity?” “Why don’t you tell me what the problem is instead of ignoring me?” “What does it mean to be masculine?” These were some of the questions that students posed and discussed openly with one another thanks to the [...]

By |April 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments

First QUESTion Day at TAPCo reaches 700

Magic happens when 700 high school and middle school students come together to explore life’s biggest questions! And, the magic yields power when our biggest questions are part of a larger conversation. We were thrilled to join TAPCO students in creating an environment of unlimited possibilities and connection. The 1.5 hour assembly guided students through [...]

By |January 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Three Schools in Fall 2016!

The most exciting chapter in the QUESTion Project story has begun. As the fall 2016 semester kicks off, the QUESTion Class is running in three different public high schools in the South Bronx with over 330 students enrolled! In these schools 27-52% of students are chronically absent, and many are exhausted, apathetic and shut down due [...]

By |October 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Pushed Forward by the Past

By Tahera Uddin Student, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics I sat across from a man in a NYC subway who stood out from everyone else. It wasn’t how he was dressed, what he was saying or doing that caught my attention. This man was sad. Very sad. There are a lot of unhappy people [...]

By |October 14th, 2016|Student Blog|0 Comments

QUESTion Community Labs Grow and Spark Dialogue

As part of our summer internship program, our high school QUESTion Ambassadors facilitated two QUESTion Community Labs with several dozen students from the Boys' Club of New York (ISP Summer Prep Program) and the Central Park Conservancy Student Internship Team. We were thrilled to see our ten ambassadors step into large leadership roles as they [...]

By |August 1st, 2016|News|0 Comments

Chasing Perfection

By Mohamed Ramy Student, Amherst College Ever since I can remember, I have strived to be the perfect man: I remember learning more than two foreign languages to be erudite, studying chess and learning the guitar to impress others, and understanding what people want to hear and saying it. A destructive penchant, it has often [...]

By |July 12th, 2016|Student Blog|0 Comments

Finding Selflessness

Courtney Ross Student, Florida State University This was the moment I had been waiting for all night. It was three in the morning and I was finally home after a long double shift at TGI Friday’s. I ripped off my stained shirt and lay on my back on my bedroom floor. Whenever I couldn’t fall [...]

By |July 12th, 2016|Student Blog|0 Comments

To Reach a Younger Audience… QUESTion Goes to Elementary School!

We recently reached our youngest group of QUESTioners, ever! And what we found couldn't be more eye-opening. When we were first asked to engage a room full of seventy 5th graders at Bronx Charter School for Better Learning, we didn’t know what to expect; elementary students are young, and big life questions are... well... BIG and, at times, overwhelming. But [...]

By |May 23rd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Student Ambassadors Lead Inspiring Workshop At Global Kids

Five of our star QUESTion Student Ambassadors came together last week to facilitate a 3-hour workshop for their peers at Global Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides global education and leadership development programs for NYC-based youth. This was one of our first student-led workshops, and we are thrilled to say it was a big success. Our Ambassadors,ages 13-18, showed tremendous leadership, vulnerability [...]

By |May 3rd, 2016|News|0 Comments