During the New York State budget battle, once again funding for adult literacy was on the chopping block. Our staff went to Albany, along with many other adult literacy programs, to fight for increased funding in the next fiscal year. Politico helped raise awareness among state legislators, and the end result was that funding for next year not only wasn't cut, it was increased by $500,000.
As Michael Hunter, our Adult Literacy Program Director, pointed out in the article, there are over 3.5 million of our fellow New Yorkers who don't have a high school diploma, English-language proficiency or both. Adult literacy education is their ticket to higher education and a living-wage job.
You can read the full article here:
Assembly members call for increased funding for Adult Literacy Education program continue
University Settlement Society of New York is requesting proposals from qualified contractors for the removal, replacement and upgrade of its heating system. Click continue for full details: continue
Our Max Meltzer Center for older adults is currently looking for volunteers! continue
On January 9, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a halt to the federal government's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. If you have DACA and are between the ages of 12-21, please contact our partner organization, The Door, for a free legal consultation. You can also find more resources on DACA as well as free immigration services on this page. continue
March 26 - March 30, 2018: This week-long training, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, will focus on the role of the arts in healthcare and creative aging, providing theoretical and didactic approaches to implementing and sustaining high-quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving people living with illness and older adults across the aging spectrum. Deadline to apply is Friday, December 29, 2017. continue
We are seeking unframed 2D artwork (no larger than 11x14) for our GOT ART? annual benefit show on December 8. continue
We're thrilled to announce that Our Family Table - a joint gala event benefiting our organization and our partners The Door and Broome Street Academy - was a whopping success. continue
The New York Daily News has published a response from our Chief Executive Officer Eric Weingartner on yesterday's announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be rescinded after a six month waiting period. continue
Ricardo Paredes, who has battled sickle cell anemia his entire life, is one of many patients discovering artmaking through The Creative Center at University Settlement. Check out our feature on PIX 11 about the enormous impact that art has on the lives of patients and their families. continue
Watch our Performance Project and Brooklyn Director discuss University Settlement's rich history and upcoming SHARE! Series, featuring emerging local artists. continue