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 hard to understand. We have programs for expecting mothers, and newborns, and children under five. We work with young people in after-school, and summer camp, and college prep. Every year …

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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 the American education system, and the experience gave me an understanding of how it feels to be helpless. After graduating college in 2017, I landed my first college advising job. …

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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 mental health offerings within its Early Childhood Education and Older Adults programs, the social justice agency announced today. The additional awards include $300,000 for University Settlement’s Butterflies program, which provides …

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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, McGinley will lead the Settlement’s Development teams focused on Institutional and Individual Giving, as well as its Marketing and Communications efforts. Her first day with the agency will be November …

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Our global movement issues a declaration on social justice

Alongside more than 11,000 peer organizations, University Settlement is a member of the International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres (IFS). Last month, University Settlement staffers attended the 2021 IFS Conference: Social Justice – The Unfinished Journey, which took place virtually from Sydney, Australia.  A collaborative convening of our international movement, it was an inspiring reminder …

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Protecting kids and supporting families more effectively with holistic engagement

By Melissa Aase, Chief Executive Officer, University Settlement It’s said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions – and that insight comes to mind when I think about foster care systems, which all too often inflict trauma on the children and families they seek to protect. Many are familiar with the term …

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Youth programs – knitting the past to our communities’ future

By Melissa Aase, CEO, University Settlement When our neighbors get involved with University Settlement, it’s often the beginning of a life-long relationship. I love the generational perspective this gives our organization, which so eloquently demonstrates the power of our approach. Steve Steinbrecher first started coming to US in the winter of 1948, when he was …

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Free Self-Defense Class Offered to Empower New Yorkers Against Racially-Biased Attacks

The Alicia and Jason Lee Foundation will partner with University Settlement to provide free self-defense classes for their neighbors, many of whom are Asian, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Responding to the rise in unprovoked violent assaults on Asian New Yorkers and other minority groups, the free classes seek to empower participants with the skills …

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Registration is open for The Creative Center at University Settlement’s 2021 Training Institute

Artists and healthcare administrators are invited to participate in The Creative Center at University Settlement’s 2021 Training Institute, registration for which is now open. Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2021. In the training, which will take place from November 1 – 22, national leaders in the field of Creative Aging will train participants …

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A mental health crisis for young people in our neighborhoods, and how we’re responding

Our CEO Melissa Aase writes: Last week, we wrapped up summer camp at 14 schools and community centers on the Lower East Side and across Brooklyn.   Camp was often terrifically inspiring this year, and we were thrilled to welcome our young people for seven weeks of learning and laughter.   It also provided a real opportunity to assess and begin responding to some of the significant challenges …

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