Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
Every year, hundreds of parents join the UFT to raise their collective voice on the steps of the state capitol and inside the offices of their state legislators. Please get on the UFT bus to Albany for this year's lobby day in March and experience firsthand our democracy in action.
- Date: Monday, March 18
- Time: Queens bus boards at 6:30 a.m.
- Location: UFT Queens borough office at 97-77 Queens Blvd. Directions »
We'll be meeting with state legislators to ask them to protect public education by increasing school funding and supporting programs like community schools. When we work together, we can make change happen!
Please also download and share the flier with parent-teacher association members, activists and leaders across the boroughs.
Check out more events and news below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Wednesday, Feb. 20: Come to a free coding workshop presented by Black Girls CODE for girls between the ages of 11 and 17. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 200 Vesey St. in Manhattan on the 26th floor. Learn more and register »
- Tuesday, Feb. 26: Come to a UFT Queens parent workshop on love from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UFT's Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd. Learn to create more love in 2019. Child care, dinner, coffee and tea will be provided. Register online »
- Tuesday, Feb. 26: Don't forget to vote in the special election for New York City public advocate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at your local polling place. If you need to register to vote or to update your existing registration, you have until Feb. 16. Find out more »
- Thursday, Feb. 28: Come to a UFT Black History Month film screening of "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin" from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will be a screening of "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black COlleges and Universites" on March 7. Each film will be followed by a discussion. Learn more and register »
News you can use
- Free tax help at Queens libraries: If your income is $66,000 or below, Queens public libraries have programs to help you file your taxes. To find out more, visit the website »
- Black History Month activities: February is Black History Month, and there are opportunities for New Yorkers to celebrate all over the city throughout the month. See a list of Black History Month events »
- How to request an IEP meeting: If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you're entitled to meet with your child's IEP team at least once a year. To find out how to set up a meeting, read this article »
- Find free city events on NYC.gov: The official website of the City of New York includes a calendar of free and low-cost events around the city. Check it out »
- Useful apps for New Yorkers: The city's official mobile applications include health support, emergency updates, opportunities to donate goods and more. See a listing of apps from the city »
- UFT Be BRAVE Against Bullying video contest: NYC public school students are invited to submit a three- to five-minute video about bullying and intolerance by April 9. The winning videos will be featured on the UFT BRAVE Facebook page and at UFT events, and winners will be invited to an awards ceremony on Friday, May 17. See the flier »
- College internships at the comptroller's office: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to summer internships at the Comptroller's Office before the deadline of Friday, March 8. These paid internships run from June 10 to Aug. 8. Learn more and apply »
- Paid internship and job training program: Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan has an internship program for young adults 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 on March 18. Find out more »
- Optometry internship for college students: The SUNY College of Optometry invites full-time college students from historically underrepresented minority groups and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for a spring internship program and summer academic program. Both programs are free and offer a stipend. These are great opportunities to learn about optometry and meet with professionals in the field. The application deadline for both programs is Monday, April 15. Learn more and apply »