Meet three of this year's graduates from the College and Readiness class, which is the final 10-month class of our four-year adult literacy program. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.
"I moved to New York from Chicago, and I'll never go back. I really enjoy my job at University Settlement because it suits me. I'm a nurturer, a social person, and I love helping the community."
Every morning, Yvette White takes the Q train five stops to her job at Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene. Today Yvette lives in Ditmas Park, but when she arrived in New York City in 2012, she lived in Fort Greene. This is her community; she knows the people in the neighborhood, she understands their lives and their hopes. continue
Antoinette McKenzie, Care Coordinator
The Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC) is a multi-generational team of neighbors and NYCHA residents from Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn who have joined forces to actively shape the artistic and cultural life in their community. Supported by BRIC and University Settlement's Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center and The Performance Project, the ICAC formed in Summer 2017, and quickly moved ahead with planning its first major initiative: an Open Call for an artist who would work alongside the group on a public art initiative in the neighborhood. continue
Following the recent executive orders on immigration, we have seen a rise in fear and anxiety from our immigrant clients. We have stepped up efforts to provide legal guidance, testified at City Council meetings, and reaffirmed that we are a welcoming and safe space for all. continue
After the inauguration, I promised to keep you updated on how changes in federal policy will impact our participants. Last week, a bombshell dropped when Congress released its draft of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Also, the administration released its draft budget. Taken together, these two developments in their present forms would have devastating consequences for our clients. continue
President Trump thinks transgender rights aren't a federal matter. We disagree. continue
Together, we must lead.
With the transition to every new administration in Washington, D.C., New Yorkers are always affected by the change in leadership and direction. Our organizations hold a unique place in the civic life of our city – we have never sat back and left leadership to others. We know we must pay careful attention to changes that may come and be prepared to raise our voice and take action to ensure that those with the fewest resources and the mightiest struggles are not left behind. continue