Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
Thank you to all who joined us for the Brooklyn parent conference on Nov. 17! About 450 parents and educators joined us for a great day of learning and mutual support.
Thanks especially to the UFT Brooklyn parent conference planning committee. Your hard work made the day a huge success.
Check out the upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Saturday, Dec. 1: Crown Heights Youth Soccer League will host an adult soccer tournament to raise money for its children's programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hamilton Metz Park, 606 Lefferts Blvd. To register as a free agent or team, or just to make a donation, see the online registration form »
- Monday, Dec. 3: Sinergia Inc. invites parents to a free workshop titled Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 4082 Lexington Ave. in Manhattan. This is the first in a series of three workshops. Learn more and RSVP »
- Thursday, Dec. 6: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams invites you to the Annual Interfaith Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. RSVP online now »
- Friday, Dec. 14: The Brooklyn Public Library invites families to a First Five Years Playdate from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for games and activities. The library is at 10 Grand Army Plaza. For details about this and other free library events, visit the Brooklyn library's online calendar »
- Saturday, Dec. 15: East Flatbush Village Inc. invites families to a holiday party and toy giveaway from noon to 3 p.m. at PS 198, 4105 Farragut Road. Learn more and RSVP »
- Saturday, March 2: Save the date for the UFT Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will be workshops on mentoring, fatherhood and empowerment. Download the flier »
- Saturday, March 16: Save the date for the Latino College Expo at New York University's Kimmel Center. For details, visit the website »
News you can use
- 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 before the deadline of 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 »
- Summer internships at Chalkbeat: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for paid internships this summer at Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization specializing in education issues. Find out more »
- Resources and retreats for parents of children with disabilities: David's Refuge is an organization that offers support to parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Find out more »
- Free webinars for parents of children with disabilities: Parent to Parent of New York State will offer free webinars all winter for parents of children with special needs to learn about transition resources, self-care and more. For details and to register, visit the website »
- UFT resources for homework and bullying help: Don't forget that help is always available from two UFT programs: Dial-A-Teacher and BRAVE.
- The Dial-A-Teacher hotline, 212-777-3380, provides homework help to elementary and middle school students on Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher on the UFT website »
- The UFT's BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) works to create safe spaces for children who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. BRAVE's help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one resource the campaign offers. You can also text "BRAVE" to 43961 to get support via text, and there are anti-bullying workshops you can bring to your parent-teacher association. Learn more about BRAVE on the UFT website »
- Apply for scholarship money from the UFT: Each year, the UFT awards more than $1 million in college scholarship money to academically excellent and financially eligible public school students. Apply for a $5,000 scholarship from the UFT Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund before the deadline of Jan. 31, 2019. Learn more and apply »
The UFT also invites students to apply for the Armando Blasse Scholarship, spearheaded by the UFT African Heritage Committee. High school students are eligible to earn a $1,000 college scholarship. Elementary and middle school students can win funding for their schools. Applications must include a letter of recommendation, an essay and, for high school students, a report card. The deadline is Jan. 8, 2019. Download the application »
- Municipal Credit Union scholarships: College-bound children and grandchildren of Municipal Credit Union members are invited to apply for scholarships of up to $5,000 before the deadline of Jan. 4, 2019. Learn more and apply »
- Apply for a $20,000 scholarship from Foot Locker: Student athletes are invited to apply for a $20,000 scholarship to be awarded to 20 scholar athletes. The application deadline is Dec. 14. Learn more and apply »