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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

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

You Live…There?

By Natalia Inoa Student, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics   “You live there?” my friend says, pointing at the small gray building across the street. “There?” she repeats. Each syllable hits me like a stone. It was no longer a question, but a realization. She says it with a facial expression of disgust as if [...]

By |April 23rd, 2016|Student Blog|0 Comments

The Jumping Man

By Karla Perez Student, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics There are people in this world who live with a jumping man inside of them. No, the jumping man is not associated with a genetic disease. No, he did not just hop right into their physical being. The jumping man just lives inside the mind; [...]

By |April 22nd, 2016|Student Blog|0 Comments

Finding Starlight Amid Darkness

By Brandon Moreno Student, Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics   “What is this… Is this what you wanted? Was it?!” It was here on the last day of my inadequate sophomore year that I reflected. I stared down at numbers displayed on a vibrant neon sheet of paper in front of me. The grades [...]

By |April 22nd, 2016|Student Blog|0 Comments

Student Ambassadors Take QUESTion Out of the Classroom

As our QUESTion alumni family grows, so do our program offerings. We've launched our first-ever afterschool QUESTion Ambassador Program for students who have taken the Course and wish to stay involved. Their voices are reaching beyond the classroom as they take on more leadership roles in the school and greater NYC community. Our Ambassadors carried out two major projects over [...]

By |March 21st, 2016|News|0 Comments