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About OFI Staff

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 Moment in the Subway

By Angelina Arias Student, Bronx High School for Law and Community Service Tom eagerly stepped through the doors of the train and sat in a nearby seat. The sudden wave of cold air cooled down his heated, light skin as he sighed in relief. The conductor announced the next stop and the doors closed. He [...]

By |September 2nd, 2017|Student Blog|0 Comments

Open Future Institute Goes West to Partner with Alliance MIT

We have some big news: the Open Future Institute is expanding to California! In July we completed a very moving training with ten teachers from Alliance Marine – Innovation & Technology, a public charter school in the largest Charter Network in Los Angeles (27 schools and growing). It was a privilege to work with educators [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

QUESTion Class Alumni Engage Incoming Freshmen with the Hayden Summer Bridge Program

“Your team did a wonderful job of exposing our incoming freshmen to new ways of thinking about themselves, others and the world around them through the QUESTion workshops. We are excited to see how this new cohort grows intellectually, socially and emotionally through the coming years, and how they may continue to engage with the [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Student Ambassadors Bring the QUESTion Project to Amherst College

Passing along an early green of summer trees, we reviewed our presentation one last time. Amherst College had invited us to present the QUESTion Project to a group of alumni interested in the holistic, human side of education. Three ambassadors agreed to join two of my co-workers and I to present at Amherst College, and [...]

By |August 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Woman

By Katery Castelan Student, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics There has never been anything more admiring. You are complex. The way you define yourself is more than what anyone else can bear Yet it shines right through you. You know what you are, you know what you hold. You are The woman you once [...]

By |June 28th, 2017|Student Blog|0 Comments

Thoughts on Interconnectedness

By Levi Lamb Student, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics Isolation, such a commonly used word. But do I feel isolated? How can you not, lonely nights, tragic deaths. Constant reminders that this is your life. And you shape it the way you want. Yes, I feel isolated, even though there are many in my [...]

By |May 12th, 2017|Student Blog|0 Comments

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