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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - May 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Did you know the UFT offers two help hotlines for students?

One is run by the UFT BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) and serves as a safe space for students who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. The help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one resource the BRAVE campaign offers. Learn more about UFT BRAVE »

The other UFT hotline is Dial-A-Teacher, 212-777-3380, a homework help hotline where where elementary and middle school students can get assistance from classroom teachers in 10 languages. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher »

Check out more resources and upcoming events below.


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, May 12: Come to the annual Brooklyn Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Fun Run starting at 10 a.m. at Prospect Park's Bartel Pritchard Square. Connect with other Brooklyn parents and raise money for PTAs. The cost to participate is $20. This is an untimed event, and families are welcome to run or walk. Learn more and register »
  • Saturday, May 19: Come to STEAM Works, a Festival of Curiosity from noon to 5 p.m. at Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave. There will be exhibitors and hands-on science and technology activities for all ages. Learn more and register »
  • Monday, May 21: The Department of Education's Brooklyn South Field Support Center will hold a parent seminar from 9 a.m. to noon at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. Learn strategies to support your children at home and at school. For more details and to register, see the event listing »
  • Thursday, May 31: Come to a Safety in Schools Parent Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clara Barton High School, 901 Classon Ave. Learn about safety protocols in NYC schools. RSVP online now »

Parent news

  • Youth services from the New York Police Department (NYPD): NYPD officers visit schools and community organizations to present on topics like bullying, gang awareness, internet safety and more. The department also has mentoring programs for young adults. Find out more »
  • Learn about resources for public school parents: The DOE offers translation and interpretation services, support from parent coordinators, parent-teachers conferences and more forms of support for parents. You can learn more by watching this short video »
  • Summer resource guide: Whether you're looking for events, programs or resources, the Growing Up NYC summer resource guide has information in English and Spanish appropriate for every age from babies and toddlers to teens and young adults. Check it out »


  • Writing internship for teens: YCTeen Magazine is accepting applications until Friday, May 18, for its summer writing workshop. Interns will write articles for the magazine, get mentoring from a professional editor and receive a $1,000 stipend. Learn more and apply »
  • Win a $250,000 scholarship by making a STEM video: The Breakthrough Junior Challenge invites students between the ages of 13 and 18 to make a three-minute video explaining a theory, concept or principle in physics, life sciences or mathematics before the July 1 deadline for a chance to win a $250,000 scholarship. Find out more »
  • Free high school equivalency program for young fathers: The City University of New York's LaGuardia Community College in Queens is recruiting unemployed and underemployed fathers between the ages of 18 and 30 for a free high school equivalency and career readiness program that starts on May 25. Learn more and enroll »
  • Job opening at Sinergia: Sinergia, an organization that provides services to people with disabilities, is looking for a bilingual (English and Spanish) education advocate and case manager for its autism initiative. Find out more »
  • Job training and placement in the Brooklyn Navy Yard: The Employment Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard helps connect job seekers with local businesses looking for employees. There are also internship programs for college-bound and college-attending students. To learn more, attend a weekly orientation on a Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at 63 Flushing Ave., Unit 300. Visit the website »
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