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Read their latest remarks, in response to DYCD's latest clarifying memo regarding the final RFP.
The Junior Board, a group of young professionals dedicated to the UNH mission, has been active in the college access scene by leading college and career panels at several UNH agencies since the beginning of this year. Now they are taking their involvement to the next level. We are excited to introduce the Junior Board Care Package Program, a way for the Junior Board to offer a source of support and encouragement for students who have participated in their College Access/Prep programs as they enter their first year of college. If you are interested in donating items or supporting this program, click here to contact the Junior Board. Pictured: Junior Board member Daniel Fletcher leads a discussion on paying for college at UNH member Hudson Guild.
R.A. Dickey stood about 15 feet from a group of kids, giving each a chance to catch his famous knuckleball. Judging on how most of them dropped it, maybe it is as hard to catch as they say it is.
Dickey and several members of the Stony Brook University baseball team joined up on Wednesday morning at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House in Long Island City to address 100 kids from United Neighborhood houses, as part of the Mets' Citi Field Kids program. Following a short speech, Dickey and the Stony Brook players held a baseball clinic at a nearby park.
"They want to play baseball now, or they want to go to Stony Brook or they want to become a New York Met, whatever it is," Josh Barry, a left-handed pitcher for Stony Brook, said of the youngsters at the clinic. "It's good to breathe stuff like this in."
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The city hopes EarlyLearn will make for higher-quality city-funded daycare. Despite funding shortages and doubts about the way contracts were awarded, some agencies and advocates believe the program has promise.
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Yesterday, the New York City Council breathed life into a long list of long standing child care programs which had been slated to close following the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) EarlyLearn NYC contract award recommendations in May.The Council awarded approximately $40 million to individual child care providers through over 60 designated grants. The grants avoid the scheduled shutdown this Fall of programs, many of which have been operating for decades and are highly regarded for the quality of their services. However, the Council funding is for one year only, setting up another major budget struggle next year for programs which will be forced to close on July 1st 2013 unless a longer term funding arrangement can be developed.
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Read the priority recommendations made by the Campaign for Summer Jobs.
The Junior Board’s College Care Package Project is well underway! UNH and Junior Board Co-Leaders would like to thank Joanna Crispe, Julia Miller, Joi Rae, Crystal Reece, Jason Wong, Clare Premo, Jae Yi, and Matthew Phifer of Henry Street Settlement for volunteering to be a part of the Care Package Committee and putting forth a mighty effort in helping make this project a reality. By staying in contact with students who have previously been a part of college access programs housed at our various agencies, The UNH Junior Board hopes to act as a continuing support system for these students and help them maintain a positive attitude as they tackle the college transition.
Want to get involved?
UNH would greatly appreciate the donation of new items that can be included in the care packages. Given that we want to keep the packages as uniform as possible, we hope to get at least 25 – preferably 50 – of each item. Anything that can be utilized by a first year college student is welcomed, and items can include school supplies, snacks, electronics, and hygiene/health products. If you have any contact with companies that can provide such items, please contact us here.
We are also currently looking for volunteers who would be interested in being a part of our Care Package Packing Party this fall. This event will provide the perfect opportunity to hang out with other volunteers, make new connections, learn about the Junior Board, and of course improve everyone’s wrapping and packaging skills! Sign up for the Packing Party here.
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United Neighborhood Houses Responds to Release of the Neighborhood Senior Center Award List
by the NYC Department for the Aging
Statement by Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director
July 18, 2012
“UNH applauds the NYC Department for the Aging for efficiently re-procuring its entire senior center portfolio after a decade, without disruption to this essential system and the thousands of older adults who rely on it. A total of 235 senior centers will be awarded “Neighborhood Center” contracts. These contracts will provide a fresh start, with more stable and predictable funding, for a system that has been plagued by steady budget cuts and piecemeal restorations over the last decade. Budgetary pressures in the past made budgeting and program planning difficult for nonprofit service providers and created great anxiety for many older adults who feared losing their centers. The list released today affirms the value of providing services to older adults at the neighborhood-based level.
UNH is also pleased by the City's use of the term 'Neighborhood Center,' replacing the use of 'Senior Center' as it echoes the notion that local programs are most effective and that neighborhood residents want to have a sense of partnership with their centers.
Of the 235 Neighborhood Centers designated, thirty-three – or 14% of the centers-- will be operated by UNH member agencies. UNH is pleased that two of our members have acquired new contracts, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center and The Educational Alliance. For decades, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center was serving over one hundred seniors a day on the upper west side but doing so without formal designation or funding as a center.”
United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is the membership organization of New York City settlement houses and community centers. Rooted in the history and values of the settlement house movement, UNH promotes and strengthens the neighborhood-based, multi-service approach to improving the lives of New Yorkers in need and the communities in which they live. UNH's membership comprises one of the largest human service systems in New York City, with 38 agencies working at more than 400 sites to provide high quality services and activities to a half million New Yorkers each year. UNH supports its members through policy development, advocacy, and capacity building activities.
BronxTalk hosted UNH Policy Analyst Norah Yahya and Director of Development at UNH Member BronxWorks Ken Smalls to speak about the $150 million budget restorations to child care and after school programs in the FY 2013 budget.
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