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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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It’s That Time of Year Again…

The 2018 New York City Taxi Drivers Calendar, a comedic take on the traditional pin-up, features 12 of the city’s most scintillating and good-humored yellow cab drivers.

A portion of each calendar sale will go to University Settlement, America’s oldest settlement house (1886), based in New York City and serving over 30,000 immigrant and working individuals and families every year with basic services like quality education, housing, recreation and wellness opportunities, and literacy programs.

FREE SHIPPING on all orders of 6 or more!

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What Street Compares with Mott Street in July?

Here’s another classic song about summertime in New York. Click on the place names in the lyrics to learn more:

Written by Rodgers and Hart
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald

Summer journeys to Niagara
And to other places aggra-
Vate all our cares.
We’ll save our fares.
I’ve a cozy little flat in
What is known as old Manhattan.
We’ll settle down
Right here in town.

We’ll have Manhattan,
The Bronx and Staten
Island too.
It’s lovely going through
The zoo.

It’s very fancy
On old Delancey
Street, you know.
The subway charms us so
When balmy breezes blow
To and fro.

And tell me what street
Compares with Mott Street
In July?
Sweet pushcarts gently gli-
Ding by.

The great big city’s a wondrous toy
Just made for a girl and boy.
We’ll turn Manhattan
Into an isle of joy.

We’ll go to Yonkers
Where true love conquers
In the whiles
And starve together, dear,
In Chiles.

We’ll go to Coney
And eat baloney
On a roll.
In Central Park we’ll stroll,
Where our first kiss we stole,
Soul to soul.

And My Fair Lady is a terrific show, they say.
We both may see it close

The city’s glamour can never spoil
The dreams of a boy and goil.
We’ll turn Manhattan
Into an isle of joy.

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Meet Class 0P

Like Class 0A, Class 0P put together a collection of their autobiographies. This class was very diverse, with students from China, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Myanmar, Thailand, and El Salvador. Here’s one student’s story:



To read the rest of the book, click here.


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Literacy Review Volume 12

The Writing Program at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study has just published the twelfth volume of The Literacy Review, which is a collection of excellent writing by adult education students in New York City. University Settlement’s own Tammie Tai has a story in it called “Bone Soup.” Here it is – you can click on the pages for a larger view:

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Professor June Foley, Director of the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study’s Writing Program, teaches an advanced writing class right here at University Settlement on Fridays. To learn more about NYU Gallatin’s Writing Program, click here.

To download a copy of Volume 12, click on the image below:


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The Immigrant Experience: San San


Living in New York: Then and Now

San San, Class 4.5

I immigrated to the United States from Myanmar in February 2008. I came to New York with my family. We met my sister-in-law at JFK airport. After that we went to my sister-in-law’s house. On the way I saw many tall buildings, a lot of gorgeous billboards, and subway trains. I was very surprised because we didn’t have a subway system in my country.

The next day we had to go shopping. We arrived here in the winter, so I felt very cold. We bought down jackets and some housewares.

Then I had to learn how to take the subway. One day I took the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The subway operator announced that the train was changing routes, but I didn’t understand what he said. When I saw the next station, I was so worried because the station was strange to me. I was in a hurry to get off the train. Then I looked at a subway map and asked the subway custodian for directions. It was my first experience in New York. I’ll never forget it.

When I went to shop for food, the food looked very nice, so I bought it. When I got home, I opened the can, and I had to throw it away. The food inside the can was terrible. Shopping for food was confusing for me in the United States.

Therefore I decided to study English. I am able to read and write now. I can read the nutrition labels and ingredients. I understand what I am buying. I am able to take the train where I want to go. I think that I am more confident speaking English than before. I also got a Home Health Aide certificate. I was very happy. My children got a good education and jobs.

Living in the United States provides more challenges and opportunities than in Myanmar. I like that. But I am still not used to the weather in the United States because the weather is very dry and cold, making my eyes very dry. I don’t like the weather.


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