CASYM In Profile

CASYM is the acronym for the Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement.  Since its inception in 1983 as a non-profit organization, CASYM has provided academic, recreational, social and cultural activities for young people in Crown Heights, Flatbush and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn.

Through mentoring, tutoring, homework assistance, college preparation and other academic support services, CASYM strives to foster learning, and to enrich the education experience of youth. Its motto:   "Education a Must...Drugs a Bust” is evident by the organization providing scholarships for every high school graduate in its program since 1990.

CASYM's mission is to provide an alternative to the “street life" and the organization works closely with other civic, cultural and education organizations like Crown Heights Youth Collective, Medgar Evers College and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

The CASYM Steel Orchestra comprises 90 young members between the ages of 7 to 21.  It is the most visible and successful aspect of CASYM’s program and has performed throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.  This professional orchestra has performed with jazz legend Lionel Hampton, the Harlem Boys choir, the Calypso King of the World -the Mighty Sparrow and Calypsonian David Rudder.

The orchestra has also performed at the world famous Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden and Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Rutgers Universities.  Recent achievements include the 1st place championship in the 2000 and 2001 West Indian Day Carnival Steelband Panorama Competition and 9th place in the 2000 World Steelband festival held in Trinidad and Tobago.


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