Rebuilding the LES

Jan 14, 2013 | see full post | categories: Programs

In the days, weeks, and months after the storm, University Settlement will continue to support families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We are one of only 18 citywide organizations chosen to be a provider agency for Project HOPE, a Crisis Counseling Program that provides free, confidential support for those still feeling the effects of the storm. Read more about this exciting program! continue

Meet Our New Executive Director!

Jan 10, 2013 | see full post | categories: Advocacy , Spotlights

As of January 1, 2013, University Settlement has operated under a new and expanded executive structure. We are excited to announce that longtime Settlement employee and former Director of Community Development, Melissa Aase, has assumed the responsibility of Executive Director alongside CEO Michael Zisser. This is the first time in our history that the two roles have been held separately. Get to know Melissa and her work at University Settlement through this insightful interview! continue

Celebrate with US!

Dec 31, 2012 | see full post | categories: Celebrations

The holiday season brought communities together at our homes in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. Check out this round-up of program celebrations: continue

News from US

Oct 29, 2012 | see full post

We're excited to announce that we're bringing back our bi-monthly University Settlement eNewsletter! Check out the October edition here, which features upcoming advocacy initiatives, exciting corporate partnerships, recent press and events, staff spotlights and performances the whole family can attend. continue

Adult Literacy Program October 2012 Student of the Month

Oct 3, 2012 | see full post | categories: Education

Every month University Settlement's Adult Literacy Program chooses a student who shows great enthusiasm and effort in their English classes and name them our official Student of the Month.

Our first Student of the Month for the 2012-2013 school year is Lisa Szetocontinue

Ten Years of Writing Class with Professor June Foley

Sep 14, 2012 | see full post | categories: Education

Ten years ago, Professor June Foley, Director of NYU's Gallatin Writing Program, started a writing class for University Settlement's Adult Literacy Program. We want to show our appreciation for this wonderful woman who has helped our students overcome their fear of writing and tell their stories to the world... continue

Inspiration from a TED Prize Winner

Sep 11, 2012 | see full post | categories: Arts , Education

Creativity always plays a huge part in our youth programs at University Settlement. Our students get to work with teaching artists throughout the year, using their passion and creativity to address a wide array of social and emotional matters they often deal with throughout the day at school or home. Our staff can get in on the action too, through Play Tank – University Settlement's after-school staff performance ensemble and professional development group.

Adult Literacy Students in NYU's Literacy Review!

Jul 25, 2012 | see full post | categories: Education

Last spring, we told you that three University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students - Lucy Liu, Walter Wan, and Grace Guo - had their writing included in the Literacy Review, which is published by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.  You can now see a video from a special Literacy Review reading held last May... continue

A Night at The Museum with Our Beacon Program

Jul 3, 2012 | see full post | categories: Education

On June 30, our Beacon families attended a sleepover at the Museum of Natural History. Students and their parents bonded while enjoying activities including an amazing documentary on how stars are born in the Planetarium, a flashlight fossil hunt, bed time stories, a live wolf, plus access to the museum exhibits. The night was a huge success, and we'd like to thank our Beacon staff and families for helping out with this memorable night. And a special thanks to the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development for organizing the evening! Check out a letter from one of our Beacon mothers describing her and her daughter's experience at the museum below: continue

June Adult Literacy Student of the Month

Jun 15, 2012 | see full post | categories: Education

Our last Student of the Month for this school year is Benli Wang, also known as Charlie. He's in Class 2C. His teacher Rob said he was a great student, and so he nominated him. Watch a video of him being interviewed by Class 2B... continue

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