Taking Science to the Streets: Building Stronger Communities

Sep 22, 2014 | see full post | categories: Education

Over the summer, I attended the Neighborhood Revitalization Conference in Washington D.C., a gathering that brought together settlement house leaders and agents of change from across the nation. Leaders of academia, philanthropy, policy, advocacy groups and government all came together to focus on the pressing issues of today: poverty, racism, homelessness, unemployment, health and educational disparities. continue

Universalizing Solutions

Jul 30, 2014 | see full post

Read a special blog by Executive Director Melissa Aase, about how the expansion of universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) is a sign of how we universalize change. continue

Reflections on de Blasio's housing plan: What about families now?

Jun 24, 2014 | see full post

In early May, Mayor Bill de Blasio released a ten-year housing plan to protect and expand housing affordability across all five boroughs. University Settlement's Jennifer Vallone – a senior staff member and director of our eviction prevention program, Project Home – shares her thoughts on the plan. continue

NYC Narratives and Treasured Tales with the Adult Literacy Program

May 20, 2014 | see full post

"Life is a trip, and we cannot predict what will happen to us," write Jia Wei Xu. Xu came to the United States - and to US - nine months ago from Shanghai, China. Now several months after starting an advanced writing class with our Adult Literacy Program, Xu has come face to face with something she never predicted: being a published writer. continue

Kickboxing, Acutherapy, Swimming and More at Houston Street

Mar 28, 2014 | see full post

Looking to get in shape for spring? The Houston Street Center has some options for you. continue

Women’s HERstory: Eleanor Roosevelt & US

Mar 18, 2014 | see full post

Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt taught dance with us nearly 100 years ago? Before she was the first lady or a United Nations delegate, her then-boyfriend – none other than Franklin Delano Roosevelt – picked her up at 184 Eldridge for a date. continue

Beacon Students Participate in Lowline Designers Workshop

Feb 13, 2014 | see full post

Our Beacon students participated in the Lowline's Young Designers Program at the Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side. The Lowline exhibit reveals what may become of the abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal - located on the Lower East Side - once it is equipped with parabolic solar dishes and fiber optic cables, which will be used to transport solar radiation from the surface to the park to enable subterranean photosynthesis. The Young Designers Program showcased the student's 3-D models, as well as photos and audio interviews documenting the process. continue

Going the Distance with Nike and the Beacon Program

Feb 5, 2014 | see full post

Our Beacon Program young adults are going the distance with Nike at their sides. At the end of January, Nike had a field activity in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl. US Beacon participants were invited to come to Nike's Hall of Innovation at Moynihan Station, located at 33rd Street between 8th & 9th Avenue. The Hall of Innovation is inspired by athletes and made to unleash speed. Participants went to see the curated space, go through an obstacle course and run a 40-yard dash. continue

Energizing the East Village: Introducing Monique Flores and Sairalyn Ansano

Jan 31, 2014 | see full post | categories: Celebrations , Spotlights

Monique Flores and Sairalyn Ansano are, to say the least, excited to see their new site blossom this year. Cornerstone Community Center at Campos Plaza, located in the Stuyvesant neighborhood on 13th Street, is still in its early phases but is already building friends in the neighborhood. continue

Remembering Pete Seeger

Jan 28, 2014 | see full post

Everyone associated with University Settlement's camp in Beacon, New York remembers with love and deep emotional memories the visits Pete Seeger made several times every summer to sing to the children and staff. I will never forget, back in the 60s when I was a counselor at the camp, Pete showing up at what we called "Council," telling stories, engaging the children, inspiring the staff, connecting us all to the glory and struggles that characterized our country and called for our commitment to social justice. continue

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