We forge partnerships between New York City neighbors to advocate for justice and equality, building strong communities.
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USING OUR COMMUNITY’S STRENGTHS

AND MAKING US ALL STRONGER

University Settlement partners with 40,000 New Yorkers on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn every year to build on their strengths as they achieve healthy, stable, and remarkable lives. For over 135 years, we’ve collaborated with our neighbors to pioneer highly effective programs that fight poverty and systemic inequality. Established in 1886 as the first Settlement House in the United States, we bring the values of that movement into the 21st century by meeting New Yorkers where they live, listening deeply to all perspectives, engaging with every individual holistically, and creating space for people to organize. Joining together with our neighbors to advocate for justice and equality, we help build community strength. 

 We work with New Yorkers of all ages. We infuse a commitment to civic engagement, equity, and communal action into each of our programs, which include early childhood education, mental health and wellness, benefits assistance and eviction prevention, adult literacy and education, healthy aging, community and recreation centers, performing and visual arts, and youth development.

Diverse Group of Young Adults posing for US Programs

PROGRAMS
FOR ALL

To strengthen our community, we provide a range of services and support for every member of our community, every generation. Childcare. After-school programs. Education for adults, Meals and companionship for seniors. Let us know how we can serve you or your family — and thereby serve our entire neighborhood.

ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
ADULT LITERACY
COMMUNITY CENTERS
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
EARLY CHILDHOOD
EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTS
FITNESS
COLLEGE PATHS
AFTER SCHOOL
ARTS
FITNESS
BIENVE
COLLEGE PATHS

SPACE RENTALS
FOR EVERY EVENT

Beautiful, modern, affordable, and conveniently located. We have three versatile spaces to choose from for your meeting, performance and recreation events. We’d love to talk to you about all we have to offer!

Kids in Pool at Houston Street Space Rental

JOIN
OUR MISSION

People like you make our work possible! Whether you’re looking to make a meaningful career move, give back to your community by volunteering, or want to learn more about all the benefits of private or corporate support, there are so many ways to give!

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IN OUR NEIGHBORS’ OWN WORDS...

Learn how University Settlement creates positive change in our communities – from the neighbors we partner with, plus our colleagues and volunteers.

TESTIMONIAL

“I got behind on my rent, and University Settlement was there for me, helping me take financial literacy classes. Through University Settlement, our community accesses resources that help us live our lives to the fullest.”

Mary, Project Home participant

MEET THE FACES
OF UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT

“I find space to do my homework, focus, and think clearly at University Settlement. There’s always someone to talk to if I have a problem – I know the people care about me.”

Xavier, Beacon After School participant

“At University Settlement, the staff will help you get the answers to any questions you have, and it doesn’t matter if your child is still there or has moved up. It’s a comfort to me.”

Latoya, mother of children in our Early Childhood programs

NEWS AND EVENTS

Mental Health

Leaders create leaders – Keya Michel reflects on the power of mentorship

(Keya Michel and her mentor Elissa Ramos)  By Keya Michel, Senior Program Director, Mental Health Services  When I joined the Case Management program in 2002, …

Arts

Apply To Be Part of the Intergenerational Community Arts Council in Brooklyn

Do you love the arts? Do you want to improve health and wellness in your community? Apply by January 15, 2022 to be a paid …

Press Release

NBC reports on self-defense classes for AAPI communities

May Wong practices the self-defense techniques she’s learning every Tuesday at 11 am at 189 Allen Street on the Lower East Side. Our instructors Kip …

Press Release

Join The Performance Project for an Artist Conversation with Cyrus Aaron and Laurent Chevalier

Join The Performance Project @ University Settlement on Monday, December 13, at 7pm EST for an Artist Conversation with Performance Project Artist in Residence Cyrus …

About US

Self-defense classes on the Lower East Side featured on WPIX Channel 11

WPIX’s Monica Morales came to the Neighborhood Center to check out the self-defense classes we’re offering to Lower East Side community members in partnership with …

Press Release

The Power of US

  Our CEO Melissa Aase writes:  At University Settlement, we do a lot of different things, and I’m acutely aware that this can make us …

Press Release

Talent Search College Advisor Bintou Sankareh on what motivates her to do this work

  Why do I work in this field? As a first-generation college student, I struggled in navigating the college process. My parents do not know …

Press Release

University Settlement receives New York City Council awards to bolster mental health offerings

University Settlement received nearly $850,000 through the New York City Council’s discretionary awards process for the 2022 Fiscal Year, including significant expanded support for integrated …

Press Release

Laura McGinley joins University Settlement as Chief External Relations Officer

University Settlement has hired Laura McGinley as its new Chief External Relations Officer, the NYC social justice agency announced today. Reporting to CEO Melissa Aase, …

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