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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - June 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

This is our last newsletter of the school year. Thanks for a wonderful semester of standing up for families and public education. I look forward to working together more in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!

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


Marie Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, June 16: The New York City Department of Small Business Services invites business owners and managers to a workshop titled Food Retail: Operating Like A Pro from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at New Dorp Public Library, 309 New Dorp Lane. Learn how to understand food handling regulations, train your staff, identify threats to business security and set achievable sales goals. Register online »

    The Department of Small Business Services hosts free trainings for small business owners on Staten Island and citywide year-round. For details, check out its page on Eventbrite »
  • Monday, June 25: Staten Island University Hospital and other sponsors invite you to the Staten Island Sex Trafficking Awareness Conference from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Regina McGinn Education Center, 475 Seaview Ave. Learn from expert presentations how to protect your children and help victims. To learn more and register, see the event listing »

Planning for the summer

  • Affordable child care on Staten Island: The Seaman's Society for Children and Families offers day care to Staten Island families on a sliding pay scale based on parents' income. Seamen's cares for children between the ages of 6 weeks and four years. Its staff is trained in First Aid and CPR, and all day cares are registered and licensed. The fee includes lunch, dinner and a snack, and children enjoy creative activities. Call 718-447-7740, ext. 4746 and ask for child care to learn more. Representatives can speak to you in English or Spanish.
  • 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 »

News you can use

  • 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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