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Bronx Parent Newsletter - April 2019

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

With all of the free events we've held in the UFT's Bronx borough office this school year, I haven't had the chance to pause and send my warmest, most heartfelt thanks to all of you who have made our initiatives possible. I want to offer special recognition to:

  • Those of you who joined our lobby day trip to Albany to get more funding for schools and students;
  • Those of you who attended our very successful annual college fair which, in its third year, went international with representatives from universities in Cuba;
  • Those of you who were among the more than 500 participants at this year's first-ever Tech4All event, where companies like Microsoft and CompTIA shared information about technology jobs; and
  • Those of you who helped us get 100 NYC public school students their ehanced IDs from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

To all supporters, activists, leaders and parents, the UFT and I say THANK YOU for your continued friendship, support and partnership as we work to bring educational events to the Bronx community.

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


Nicholas Cruz
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, May 4: The UFT is looking for volunteers for a citizenship application assistance event between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the UFT's Bronx borough office at 2500 Halsey St. Attorneys and people fluent in Spanish are especially encouraged to apply. Register online »
  • Saturday, May 4: The "God is Love" Gala Dinner Fundraiser will be at 5 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1891 McGraw Ave. Tickets are $65 and include dinner, classical jazz performances, comedy and a chance to participate in a 50/50 raffle. Find out more »
  • Tuesday, May 7: The first in a series of workshops about education advocacy for parents of children with disabilities will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2082 Lexington Ave. on the 4th floor. Each workshop will cover a different topic relevant to special education families. Spanish interpretation is available and refreshments will be served. The rest of the workshop dates are May 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23. See the flier in Spanish and English »
  • Saturday, May 11: Students should drop into the UFT prom boutique between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the UFT's Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St., to pick out free dresses, accessories and shoes. Middle and high school students must bring a school ID. See the flier »
  • Friday, May 31: The UFT and DOE will host the first-ever Pathways to Career Excellence Fair for high school students and their families. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UFT's Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St. There will be representatives from colleges and universities, transition support services for people with disabilities, workshops about vocational training, graduation requirements and more. See the flier »
  • Thursday, June 6: Take a free youth mental health first-aid course from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MS 127, 1560 Purdy St. For details, see the flier »

News you can use

  • NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy: The New York Police Department (NYPD) invites students between the ages of 10 and 16 to apply for its Summer Youth Police Academy before the deadline of May 31. Five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., from July 1 through Aug. 9, students will attend classes, field trips, military drills and more. The program includes lunch, uniform shirts and field trips. Learn more and apply »
  • Free summer program for current 3rd-graders: Parents of children born in 2010 and entering 4th grade in the 2019-20 school year may apply to Catching Up and Getting Ahead, a free three-week summer collaboration between Everyone Reading and the Museum of the City of New York. This program helps 30 rising 4th-grade students with basic reading skills and provides a jump-start on the 4th-grade social studies curriculum. Download the application »
  • Medical school scholarship in Havana, Cuba: The Latin American School of Medicine offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who speak Spanish and are committed to practicing medicine in poor and underserved communities after graduation. See the brochure »
  • Find a job with help from Workforce1: New York City Small Business Services offers job-matching help through Workforce1 Career Centers throughout the city, six of which are in the Bronx. For help finding an employer near you, contact your Workforce1 Career Center »
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