A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER IN LONG ISLAND CITY
RENEW QUEENS, the newest community development center in LIC, is seeking to offer services, programming, and events for children, youth, adults, seniors, and families throughout Western Queens. Established in the fall of 2016, Renew Queens was founded with the desire to see renewal brought to our neighborhood through initiatives centered upon educational and resourcing opportunities, practical life-stage and life-situation support, and community development through relational connection and networking opportunities for those who call Western Queens home.
FALL 2019 Weekly Events
The Alpha Youth Series is a brand new interactive series designed to help engage young people in conversations about the big questions of life and faith. The series features stories from all around the globe. Each night is interactive—with food, games, a talk, and great discussion. This night is designed for anyone from 7th grade through high school.
Tot’s Sing and Play
Join the Teaching Artist Collective for some music and meet some of the local community at our Sing & Play class in Long Island City. This 40-minute class will include singing, weekly themes and rhythms.
Mondays + Thursdays, 10am (Drop-ins are welcome.)
Find out about pre-registration and rates HERE
Andy and Suzanna Kid’s Music Class
Andy and Suzanna host a 40 minute class of music with guitar, bells, shakers, puppets, bubbles, and varying monthly themes. Their classes are designed to enrich, engage, and entertain young children (AND their grownups) in a fun, joyful setting.
Mondays at 4:15pm (Drop-ins welcome.)
Find out more Here
Dynasty Breaking NYC
Dynasty Breaking NYC caters to the youth, educating children in the art of breaking and the positive aspects of the Hip-Hop Culture. Through 12 years of experience with competing around the world, their instructors push their students to be best they can be in a fun positive environment.
Tuesdays + Thursdays 4pm-5:30pm
Register online HERE
Kids need more opportunities to perform. Kids need more music. Kids need to sing. Kids need a chance to build relationships that require them to work, support, and encourage each other. Kids need to learn how to blend their voices and talents to create something beautiful. This is the mission of Sing LIC.
Find out more HERE
2019 Volunteer Opportunities
Please reach out to us HERE for a number of volunteer and engagement opportunities with our community service and community partners. From support for teen mothers, to community festivals, to cohorts and think tanks, Renew Queens is here to help bring the community together.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018
Annual Queens Easter Festival
The Queens Easter Festival draws nearly 3,000 individuals between our two locations in LIC on the waterfront, and in Queensbridge Park. This event is offered free to the community, and consists of age-specific egg hunts, family games and booths, live children’s entertainment, and resourcing tables for local businesses, non-profits, and churches throughout western Queens to engage and partner with local residents.
Women of Queens
In partnership with “The Bridge” serving the whole of Queensbridge housing projects and the surrounding area, this course seeks to build up women as influencers by creating an accepting place for women to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope.
Young Lives: Teen Mom Support Group
We provided teen moms with a safe environment to dive deeper into the Bible, through a group called Campaigners. YoungLives leaders and young mothers come together and explore the intricacies of God's love while being encouraged to ask questions and take part in open discussions. While mommies are exploring scripture their babies are being cared for by childcare workers.
Music Classes for Kids and Parents
Through various local artists and teachers we are able to offer affordable classes for kids in voice, piano, percussion, guitar, theatre and dance.
On a weekly basis we offer our space as a free gathering place for those in the community longing to create relationship, find communities of support, and share best practices in raising kids here in the city.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. Each session begins with a great meal, followed by a short talk or film looking at a different aspect of the Christian faith. After that, there is a time for open discussion in a friendly small group.
LIC Tech Breakfast
The LIC tech breakfast is a gathering of local tech entrepreneurs seeking to network, share best practices, offer resourcing and support and look for ways to partner for business development and community development alike.
Queens Council of the Arts
We have been happy to be the home for the Queens Council of the Arts “High School to Art School” program. Offering training and opportunity for high school seniors to be accepted into top tier art schools at the university level.
Renew Queens plays host to QWNS Connect, an organization aimed to develop relationships and foster community among young adults in Astoria/LIC.
The Praxis Course aims to help a rising generation of leaders to develop an imagination for what we call "Redemptive Entrepreneurship"—leveraging personal and organizational power for the sake of others, leading and growing ventures that join God in the renewal of all things, in all sectors.
Queens Summer Kids Club
A 3-week camp in partnership with YouthWorks and Wellspring Church NYC for kids ages 5-10.
La Leche Community Meetings
Renew Queens is a home for La Leche meetings in LIC for moms looking for resourcing, coaching, and support with breastfeeding.
Holiday community art making events taking place at Renew Queens.