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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - June 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Save the date for next fall's UFT Brooklyn parent conference on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 141 Macon St.! As always, it will be a wonderful day of workshops, vendors, food and networking with fellow public school parents.

We also invite your children to enter the UFT Brooklyn parent conference art contest for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate and have their art featured on this year's conference brochure. Artwork should be 7.5 x 9.5 inches. Students can mail submissions to:

Betty Zohar
United Federation of Teachers
335 Adams St., 25th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please mail all art submissions before the deadline of June 30. See the flier for the conference and art contest »

Check out the upcoming events and resources below.


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Friday, June 15: Come to a free book giveaway event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave. There will be storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, and refreshments. See the flier »
  • Saturday, June 16: The East 43rd Street Community Garden invites families to an evening with the Haitian Cultural Exchange from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be storytime, a tea party, drumming, singing and a film screening. The garden is at 1087 E. 43rd St. See the flier »
  • Tuesday, June 26: The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene invites parents and caregivers to a free healthy homes workshop in English and Spanish from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 462 36th St., 2nd floor. Healthy home workshops cover lead poisoning, how to prevent and get rid of bedbugs, and how to safely control pests. See the flier in English and Spanish »
  • Saturday, July 7: The Brooklyn Public Library invites children ages one through five and their caregivers to an Imagination Playground workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the plaza outside Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. There will be more Imagination Playground Workshops on July 14 and 21, and Aug. 4, 11 and 18. See the flier »


  • UFT help hotline: The UFT BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) has a help hotline that serves as a safe space for students who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. Students can call 212-709-3222 on weekdays from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. or text BRAVE to 43961. Parents and faculty can also book a free anti-bullying workshop from BRAVE for their school or organization. These are just a couple of the resources the BRAVE campaign offers. Learn more about UFT BRAVE »
  • Get involved in the West Indian American Day Parade: The West Indian American Day Parade will be on Monday, Sept. 3. In the weeks leading up to it, there will be steelpan and costume-making workshops, concerts and more exciting summer events. The organizers are also looking for vendors and performers for the big day. For details, visit the website »
  • Come to a free mental health first aid training: The city's ThriveNYC Initiative and the NYC Health Department have forged a partnership to offer free, 8-hour mental health first aid trainings in English, Spanish and Mandarin throughout all boroughs of the city. Trainings focus on youth, adult, older adult and veteran mental health. To find a training session near you, visit the website »
  • Arts workshops for schools: Yaffa Arts, Inc. is an NYC-based non-profit that brings multicultural arts workshops to schools and community organizations. The workshops are based on New York State Curriculum Standards for the arts and include African, African American, Latin American, Caribbean and Asian music, dance, theater, puppetry, storytelling and more. See the flier »


  • Paid internship and job training program: Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan has a young adult internship program for people 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 this summer. Find out more »
  • Register for free summer sports programs: Brooklyn parks are offering free weekly sports classes all summer for kids between the ages of five and 17. There are also adult classes. Learn tennis, golf, track and field, soccer or fitness. Find out more »
  • Apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the American Federation of Teachers: The American Federation of Teachers invites high school seniors in public schools who are of Hispanic/Latino heritage and have parents or guardians who are union members to apply for the Maria Portalatin National Freedom scholarship. Apply by June 20 for the chance to receive a $1,000 stipend for books and a laptop. Download the flier and application »
  • Paid museum internship for high school students: The 9/11 Memorial and Museum invites students entering grades 10 through 12 to apply for its Museum Ambassador Program before the deadline of June 29. Students in the program work with museum artifacts, assist younger visitors and earn a $1,000 stipend. The program runs from mid-September to mid-May in the 2018-19 school year. Learn more and apply »
  • Free job training and placement help for parents who owe child support: Families Forward invites parents who owe child support to participate in a free career training program. Get help breaking into trades like construction, hotel hospitality, IT support and woodworking. You can also get help managing your finances and applying for jobs. Learn more and apply »
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