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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - June 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

This is the last newsletter of the school year. I want to wish you a safe and fun summer.

By now you know that early registration is open for next school year's free UFT Manhattan parent conference on Oct. 27!

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »

Mail-in registration forms in English and Spanish are almost ready for download. Last year's attendees and anyone who requests them will receive them.

This year's theme is Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Education. The committee believes this theme is timely, and the workshops, 16 in total, will reflect it. We are extremely excited about the child support clinic and a health fair — registration for them is moving fast! The health fair will feature free health screenings including breast and prostate cancer, dental checkups, auditory health and more. And, we'll have a host of vendors with a wealth of beneficial information for parents and families, live entertainment including spoken word, a keynote speaker, food, giveaways and raffle prizes.

Check out more resources and events below.


Rob Robinson
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, June 14: Come do yoga in Bryant Park every Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to borrow a mat, or bring your own. See the event listing »
    This is just one of many free and low-cost events that Manhattan parks host every day. For a full events calendar, visit the website »
  • Saturday, June 23: Parents 4 Parents invites you to a School Vacation Book Giveaway from noon to 4 p.m. at 130 E. 101st St. Bring a book and take a book. See the event listing »

Planning for the summer

  • Register for free summer sports programs: City 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

News you can use

  • UFT bullying 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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