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
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
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
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 Szeto. continue
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
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.
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
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
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
We would like to congratulate our newest student of the month, Qun Qing Ye. Helen has been living in the United States for 6 years and has recently passed her US Citizenship Test. Watch a short video interview with Qun Qing (Helen). continue