Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,
Join the UFT on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Women’s March in New York City. Please march with us as we send a message to our new president that we stand together in defense of human rights and in support of the principle that everyone — regardless of ethnic background, gender identify, faith or immigration status — is deserving of dignity and respect.
Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Wednesday, Jan. 25: IS 96 invites parents and community members to a registration event for a free adult education and high school equivalency preparation class from 6 to 9 p.m. IS 96, 99 Avenue P in Brooklyn. This course will build your skills in adult literacy, math competency and more. It is offered free of charge at the school. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your ID and Social Security card. See the flier »
- Wednesday, Feb. 1; Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 28: The UFT invites you to a free Black History Month film series this February. We'll screen three documentaries throughout the month. Each film will be followed by a discussion about its themes. All events will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Download the flier » or RSVP online now »
- Tuesday, Feb. 7: There will be a panel discussion about navigating the public school system at the Child Development Support Corporation's annual community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 352-358 Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Refreshments will be served. See the flier »
- Saturday, March 25: Calling all men! Come to the second annual UFT Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will be workshops about empowerment, fatherhood and mentoring. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To find out more and register, see the event listing »
- Saturday, March 25: Don't miss a summer camp fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 352-358 Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Representatives from local summer camps will be available to answer questions and help you register. There also will be activities for the kids, giveaways and refreshments. See the flier »
News you can use
- Pre-K applications are open: Pre-K applications for the 2017-18 school year are open until Feb. 24. To learn more and apply, visit the admissions website »
- Enroll in an adult education class: Did you know the Department of Education offers more than 800 free classes throughout the city to adults over the age of 21 who do not have a high school diploma? Classes range from career and technical education to computer skills, English and more. See the website »
- Take a civil service exam this month: Civil service exams for positions like hospital caseworker, chemical engineer and public health nurse are being offered until the end of January at Workforce1 locations throughout the five boroughs. These exams help qualified New Yorkers become eligible for city jobs with health and retirement benefits. The Brooklyn Workforce1 location is at 9 Bond St. Find out more about civil service exams »
- Run for an education council: The city government invites parents to run for one of 325 seats available on Community Education Councils and Citywide Education Councils across the city. This is a great chance to make your voice heard in the school system. Applications open on Feb. 9. Find out more »
- Free community leadership course for high school students: The Citizens' Committee for Children invites high school students to apply to participate in this spring's YouthAction Community Leadership Course which meets on Monday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m. in downtown Manhattan. This 10-week course teaches students tools for effective advocacy and how to make a difference in their communities. It's free and starts on March 6. Download the application »
- Home sharing program for adults with developmental disabilities: The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Home Sharing Program matches adults who are over the age of 55 and have a spare bedroom in their homes with adults who have developmental disabilities and are capable of living independently. The program enhances independence, promotes companionship and relieves financial burdens. As of the beginning of this month, there are five homes available to people with developmental disabilities. Find out more »