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Empowering our most important partners

Weekly UFT online family workshops allowed public school parents to connect with each other and get solid information.

Kids’ pandemic reality on display

“I Will Not Die,” 3rd-grader Samantha Mercedes’ winning pandemic mask design, told the story of her grandmother’s victorious fight against the coronavirus.

Putting a face on union careers

The pandemic couldn’t stop New York City high school students from learning the benefits of unionized careers, thanks to the first virtual Future in Focus career fair on June 4 on Facebook Live.

‘Virtual’ success for students

“Let’s Talk About It,” a UFT Member Assistance Program (MAP) initiative designed to educate and support students around addiction and mental health, had an additional challenge this year: helping students deal with the emotional toll of the coronavirus.

Winners ready to make ‘world a better place’

More than 180 city public high school seniors and graduate students were honored this year with Shanker Scholarship Awards from the UFT. The union-funded awards provide almost $1 million to academically excellent and financially eligible students annually, and the program has awarded more than $50 million in scholarships since 1969.

Aligning curriculum to standards

UFT-DOE focus group considers how best to evaluate and implement curricula that exemplify clear standards.

School Counselors Conference

UFT President Michael Mulgrew praised school counselors for "keeping people calm" daily as well as in a crisis during the 16th annual School Counselors Conference at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on March 7.

‘Instrumental in our success’

Forty youth organizations took part in the second annual partner expo for the UFT's community schools program, United Community Schools, on Jan. 30 in Shanker Hall at union headquarters in Manhattan.

Fit to a T

UFT members met at the Staten Island borough office on Feb. 6 to design T-shirts celebrating the 100th day of the school year on Feb. 14.

Using the tools in the contract

Putting power in the hands of members in the schools was the theme of a panel discussion at the UFT’s Queens borough office on Jan. 30. The panel featured 11 chapter leaders, representing every district and grade level in Queens, who discussed how they successfully empowered members in their schools to advocate for their rights as union members.