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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - February 2019

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

The UFT Brooklyn Parent Outreach Committee invites you to a free workshop about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in March.

  • Date: Thursday, March 28
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: UFT Brooklyn borough office at 335 Adams St., 25th floor, rooms A and B. Directions »

Register online now »

Breakfast will be served, and children are welcome. For details and to share with your friends, please download the flier.

Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, Feb. 9: To prepare for the special election for New York City public advocate, there will be a Public Advocate Candidates Forum from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Southern Baptist Church, 820 Stanley Ave. Find out about the candidates and enjoy free refreshments. To RSVP, email For details, see the flier »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: Brooklyn parents are invited to a summer program resource fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., to learn about and register for summer programs. See the event listing »
  • Thursday, Feb. 14: Come to a UFT Black History Month film screening of Pioneers: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion-Dollar Empire from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will also be film screenings on Feb. 28 and March 7. Each film will be followed by a discussion. Learn more and register »
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20: Come to a free coding workshop presented by Black Girls CODE for girls between the ages of 11 and 17. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 200 Vesey St. on the 26th floor. Learn more and register »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26: Don't forget to vote in the special election for New York City public advocate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at your local polling place. If you need to register to vote or to update your existing registration, you have until Feb. 16. Find out more »
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27: Brooklyn nonprofits, civic institutions and community groups will convene for the Brooklyn Complete Count Committee meeting to prepare for the 2020 census. The meeting will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. Help improve Brooklyn's response rate and #MakeBrooklynCount. Learn more and register »
  • Friday, March 1: Health providers and community organization members are invited to the 4th annual Cancer Health Disparities Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 395 Lenox Road in Brooklyn. Learn about the latest research in cancer health disparities, the experiences minority populations undergo in cancer screenings and tactics to improve those experiences. Learn more and register »
  • Saturday, March 2: Come to Storymakers 2019: a symposium for aspiring picture book creators ages 18-24 representing diverse voices from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brooklyn Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. There will be panel discussions, workshops, portfolio reviews and more. Learn more and register »

News you can use

  • Art workshops from the West Indian American Day Carnival Association: There will be workshops in wire bending, steel band music, costume design and visual arts this spring from the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. These workshops are free and held in Brooklyn. For details, visit the website »
  • Free wearable baby blankets: The New York City Administration for Children's Services is providing parents with free, wearable baby blankets at six locations in Brooklyn all winter. For details about the initiative, read an article from AM New York »
  • How to request an IEP meeting: If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you're entitled to meet with your child's IEP team at least once a year. To find out how to set up a meeting, read this article »
  • Find free city events on The official website of the City of New York includes a calendar of free and low-cost events around the city. check it out »


  • $10,000 scholarship for blended and online learning: High school seniors who have participated in blended or online courses and plan to attend college next fall are invited to apply for scholarships of up to $10,000 per year from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 15. Apply online now »
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute program for high school students: Latino students in 10th and 11th grades are invited to apply to this summer's free R2L NextGen program. This free program brings students to Washington, D.C. for a week over the summer to explore the city, develop leadership skills and make friends. The application deadline is Sunday, Feb. 17. Find out more »
  • Art, essay and poetry contests from the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission: Students in elementary, middle and high school are invited to enter art, essay and poetry contests honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for prizes of up to $500. The application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 28. Find out more »
  • College internships at the comptroller's office: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to summer internships at the Comptroller's Office before the deadline of Friday, March 8. These paid internships run from June 10 to Aug. 8. Learn more and apply »
  • Paid internship and job training program: Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan has an internship program for young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 who are not working or in school. The program includes a paid internship, GED training for those who need it, job readiness training and one-on-one meetings with an adviser. The next cohort begins on March 18. Find out more »
  • Optometry internship for college students: The SUNY College of Optometry invites full-time college students from historically underrepresented minority groups and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for a spring internship program and summer academic program. Both programs are free and offer a stipend. These are great opportunities to learn about optometry and meet with professionals in the field. The application deadline for both programs is Monday, April 15. Learn more and apply »
  • Join a New York City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): The city is looking for volunteers to join an emergency response team (CERT) in Brooklyn. CERT volunteers support the city's first responders when disaster strikes. They're trained to help with crowd control, escort residents out of evacuated buildings, staff assistance centers for New Yorkers affected by emergencies and more. To learn more and register, visit the website »
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