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Summer English Classes

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Certified!

Our New York Rising students recently received certificates after completing a “Train the Trainer” course facilitated by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Way to go!

From Migrants from Countries in Crisis:

NYC Emergency Management recognizes that undocumented migrants are hard to reach and generally mistrust government. To bridge this gap, NYCEM has a “Train the Trainer” program through which community leaders are trained to conduct emergency preparedness presentations. These trainings are generally conducted in English or Spanish. The community leaders go through a 3-hour training and are supported by NYCEM staff with emergency preparedness guides and talking points for their presentations.

To read more, click here.

 

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Job Board!

Looking for a job? Are you a student in our program? If you answered yes to both of those questions, come check out our job/training bulletin board. It is constantly updated with information about various employment opportunities, so every day before class or after class or during your break, take a look! If you’re interested in one of the jobs on the board, don’t forget to take our counselor’s card so she can help you apply!

 

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Our Program in the News

In a recent Politico article about state adult education funding, our program’s director, Michael Hunter, is quoted:

The current state budget includes $7.3 million for the Adult Literacy Education program, which serves approximately 5,700 participants statewide, said Michael Hunter, adult literacy program director for the University Settlement Society of New York, a nonprofit providing services for immigrant and low-income families.

Statewide, more than 3.5 million individuals do not have a high school diploma, English-language proficiency or both, Hunter said. The ALE program provides funding to help increase literacy skills, particularly for immigrants and native-born New Yorkers with interrupted education.

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29 Countries! 5 Continents! 1 Program!

The countries in red are the countries our University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students and teachers come from. There are 29 countries in all – try to guess which ones they are. You can click on the image above to get a larger view of the map.

To see the correct answers, click on “Continue reading”:

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More Ways to Help

From the New York City Council:

Dear Neighbor:

Like many of you, we have been greatly alarmed by the devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Maria and this month’s deadly earthquake in Mexico.

Hurricane Maria, which decimated parts of the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where it caused catastrophic flooding and wiped out power across the entire island, has been especially hard-hitting.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways that we can help those who have been impacted by these terrible disasters.

HURRICANE MARIA RELIEF EFFORTS

There are many organizations actively working to assist Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the other areas of the Caribbean that were badly damaged by Hurricane Maria, including:

Those wishing to help out our neighbors in Puerto Rico can also text UNIDOS to 41444 and/or contact the Hispanic Federation, which has established its own Hurricane Relief Fund to aid those on the Island who were affected by Hurricane Maria.  For more information, visit www.hispanicfederation.org.

Additionally, the City has identified 18 firehouses and EMS stations across the five boroughs where New Yorkers can donate the following critically-needed items for Hurricane Maria relief:

  • Diapers
  • Baby Food
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

For a list of locations and the hours within which donations are being accepted, please click here or visit the City’s website at www.nyc.govHowever, please note that the City is only collecting the items listed above.

MEXICO EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS

Relief efforts are also underway to help those affected by this month’s powerful earthquake in Mexico.

Here’s a list, originally published in the NY Times, of local and international organizations that are providing aid:

  • Topos México is a nonprofit rescue brigade made up of volunteers that was created after a 1985 earthquake.  The group posted to Twitter information on how to donate through PayPal and its bank accounts, and thanked people for their support.For more information, visit www.topos.mx.  (Please note: Website is in Spanish.)
  • Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.For more information, visit www.directrelief.org.
  • GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.For more information, visit www.globalgiving.org.
  • Fondo Unido Mexico, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquake as well as by the recent series of hurricanes.For more information, visit http://www.fondounido.org.mx/es/EmergencyFund.

A WORD OF ADVICE

When deciding to donate, please be sure to visit www.CharitiesNYS.com – the New York State Attorney General’s one-stop resource for charitable organizations, fundraisers, grantmakers and members of the public.  There you will find important tips on charitable giving, as well as information about other helpful resources to check before donating, such as Charity Navigator.

Our heartfelt thanks to any of you who are able to help out during this time of great need.

Sincerely,

New York City Council

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