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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - January 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

We at the UFT hope your 2018 is off to a great start. Check out the events and resources below.


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Friday, Jan. 19: The Brooklyn Public Library will host an event titled The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza. Join a discussion about trends in young children's media habits and implications for children, families and communities. See the event listing »
  • Saturday, Jan. 27: There will be a free parent training on first aid for youth mental health from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 225 W. 24th St. in Manhattan. Learn how to talk to your teen about mental health and substance use, and how to help your child if he or she has issues with eating disorders, anxiety, depression and more. See the flier »
  • Saturday, Jan. 27: Don't miss the Parent Action Conference 2018: An Action Agenda for Public Schools from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Peck Slip School, 1 Peck Slip in Manhattan. Come to workshops about advocacy, responding to bullying, organizing against privatization and more. Learn more and RSVP »
  • Saturday, March 3: Come to the 35th annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 272 MacDonough St. This year's theme is "HBCU Herstory: Highlighting the contributions of women who rock." There will be representatives from HBCUs, information about financing college, performances and more. For more information, email

News you can use

  • Transition and College Access Center for students with disabilities: A new Transition and College Access Center has opened in Brooklyn to help students with disabilities prepare for college and work after they graduate from high school. The center is at Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St. in room G170. You can learn more by reading the brochure in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish or Urdu.
  • You might be eligible for NYC Free Tax Prep: Free tax preparation is available to NYC parents who make $54,000 or less a year. Services are available at tax preparation sites all over the city and begin this January. Learn more and find a site near you »
  • Summer internships for high school students at the Department of Design and Construction: The New York City Department of Design and Construction is looking for 30 New York City high school students to intern full-time at the department this summer. This is a great opportunity for students interested in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology to gain work and academic experience. The application deadline is Feb. 16. Find out more »
  • Online directory of health and social services: The Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) easily connects low-income, uninsured and underinsured people in New York state to more than 5,000 health and social services. Check it out »
  • Free adult education classes in Brooklyn: If you live in Brooklyn, are over the age of 21 and do not have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency, you're eligible to enroll in free adult education classes. There are English classes, High School Equivalency preparation and more. See adult education fliers for District 14, District 17, District 22, District 23 and District 32.
  • Apply for scholarship money from the UFT: Each year, the UFT awards more than $1 million in college scholarship money to academically excellent and financially eligible public school students. Time is running out to apply for a $5,000 scholarship from the UFT Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund before the deadline of Jan. 31. Learn more and apply »
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