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The Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project, Temescal Associates, and the Partnership for Children and Youth

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Brooklyn Castle Oakland Sneak Preview

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BROOKLYN CASTLE is the remarkable and improbable true story of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn; defying stereotypes, it has the highest ranked junior high chess team in the nation.  The documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country.  The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school.  BROOKLYN CASTLE shows how these kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives.  After all, if they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?

Through the inspirational stories of its characters, BROOKLYN CASTLE illustrates that the “extra” in extracurricular activities are not “extra”—they are essential to the teaching of what Principal Rubino calls “the whole child.” Programs like the chess team can be an indispensible way to open the door for all kinds of learning.  For the kids, chess is more than a game: it is a realm where they can transcend their reality and become kings and queens themselves. BROOKLYN CASTLE celebrates the hard work and determination that fires these young people’s pursuit of their dreams. 

About the Team - The I.S. 318 chess team currently has 85 members and has won thirty national championship chess titles—more than any other junior high school in the country.  If Albert Einstein, whose skill level probably was around 1800, was to join the team, he’d only rank fourth.  In April of 2012 they became first junior high school team to become High School National Champions.   They were honored in a ceremony with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and their triumph was featured on the front page of The New York Times.

BROOKLYN CASTLE opens in Bay Area theatres on November 16, 2012.

Parking at Park Day School: It is suggested that attendees park on 42nd street, between Broadway and Webster, and adjacent neighborhood streets.

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Park Day School
360 42nd Street
Oakland, CA 94611

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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The Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project, Temescal Associates, and the Partnership for Children and Youth

About the Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project 

The Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project (LIAS) is an effort by afterschool advocates and leaders to unify the field of afterschool and focus the movement on promoting young people’s learning. This means offering opportunities not found at home or in school and applying our most recent knowledge on learning to our afterschool practices.


About Temescal Associates About Partnership for Children and Youth

Temescal Associates is dedicated to building the capacity of leaders and organizations in education and youth development who are serious about improving the lives of young people. Our clients include leaders of youth serving institutions and organizations, school and youth program practitioners, public and private funders, intermediary organizations, and policy makers. Their work ranges from building large scale youth and community initiatives to providing services to young people on a day-to-day basis. 

About Partnership for Children and Youth

The mission of the Partnership for Children and Youth is to ignite systems of continuous learning, foster collaboration and build leadership among school districts, government agencies, and community-based organizations serving low income children and youth. 


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