Mental Health Awareness Month

stigma1– feelings of disapproval that people have about particular illnesses or ways of behaving 

Many people understand physical (body) health, but for many years, there has been a stigma1 on mental health. In order to break the stigma, or change people’s bad thoughts about mental health, the month of May is mental health awareness month.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month we will discuss burnout.

Being burned out means feeling empty and mentally exhausted, with no of motivation. 

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Some ways to fight burnout are:

  1. Get Enough Sleep
    1. Adults aged 18-60 need at least 7 hours of sleep to rest your brain and body!
  2. Exercise
    1. Moving your body will help release some stress and get happy chemicals to flow to your brain.
  3. Practicing yoga and/or mindful breathing
    1. Yoga and mindful breathing can help you focus, reset, and relax.
    2. Start by breathing in slowly for and count to four. Hold your breath for four seconds and finally breath out slowly for four seconds.
  4. Taking Breaks
    1. Your body needs breaks to relax and reset.
  5. Talk to someone you trust and love about your situation.
    1. Talking to someone about your experiences can help you feel more at ease. They can comfort you and make you feel like you are not alone. Because they know you well, they may even have ways that can YOU fight your burnout.

Comment below on some way you fight burnout!

Oxford Learners’ Dictionary Definition of Stigma Source

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May is Jewish American Heritage Month

We have so much to celebrate in May!

As well as AAPI Heritage Month, May is also Jewish American Heritage month.

Since Jewish Americans have been apart of the United States since the 1600s, it was only right1 that in the year 2006, former president George W. Bush labeled the month of May, Jewish American Heritage Month.

To get a taste of2 Jewish American culture in New York City, one highly recommended movie is called

The Chosen.

The movie is set in the 1940s. It is about two Jewish kids in Brooklyn who become friends. One boy is from a very conservative family, and the other boy is from a more liberal family. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations, and the formation of Israel cause many problems in their lives.

References :

Click the website below to find more movies about Jewish American culture!

it was only right1 = it was the right thing to do/ it made sense

To get a taste of2 = to experience a little bit

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Workshop-Packed Week for 3A, 3P, CCR-A, & CCR-P Classes

Workforce Readiness workshop series with Workforce 1 for our 3A, 3P, CCR-A, & CCR-P classes just kicked off this Monday with learning in person how to access Workforce 1 Center, and virtually how to conduct a job search the next day. On Wednesday, the students had fun learning how to protect themselves in self-defense workshops with our new partner, Asian Americans for Equality. We hope the workshops helped the students prepare to find a good job and to stay safe.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. AAPI Heritage Month 2022 will take place from Sunday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 31.

Why the Date of AAPI Heritage Month is Significant

The month of May was chosen for AAPI Heritage Month because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843. May is also a significant month because it recognizes Golden Spike Day, May 10, 1869, which marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad that was built with significant contributions from Chinese workers.

Anti-Asian Racism

Since their immigration to the United States, Asians have been met with xenophobia, racism, bias and violence. Chinese workers were abused, robbed and murdered in San Francisco in the 1850s. In 1854, the California Supreme Court ruled in People v. Hall that people of Asian descent could not testify against a white person in court, meaning that white people could avoid punishment for anti-Asian crimes. 

During World War II, from 1942-1945, people of Japanese descent were incarcerated in internment camps across the nation. In 1982, Chinese American Vincent Chin was murdered by two white men in Detroit because they believed Asians were taking auto industry jobs from whites. In March 2021, a man shot and murdered six women of Asian descent at three spas in the Atlanta area.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, racist and xenophobic rhetoric about the origins of the virus led to a spike in anti-Asian racism and violence, with AAPI people of all ages and cultures being verbally and physically harassed and murdered in cities across the United States. As a response to the rise in anti-Asian violence, the AAPI Equity Alliance, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate coalition on March 19, 2020. The coalition tracks and responds to violence, hate, harassment, discrimination, shunning and bullying of AAPI people.

AAPI Heritage Month 2022 commemorates the victims of the 2021 spa shootings along with all other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have been lost to anti-Asian violence during the pandemic and throughout history.


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Brooklyn Museum’s “We Speak Art” “Hablemos del Arte”

Hello, lovely community members of University Settlement!

Are you a fan of art? Are you looking for something fun to do online? 

You’re in luck! The Brooklyn Museum is having a FREE  virtual art talk. 

Come and chat about art with fellow art lovers (1).

 If you can’t make it this time, don’t worry. It happens monthly- once a month. 

If you want to attend:

  1. Click the link here : Virtual We Speak Art — Brooklyn Museum
  2. Scroll down and click “Pick a date”
  3. Click on Thursday, May 5th, in the calendar.
  4. Click on the plus button, to choose how many tickets you want.
  5. Click “Add tickets to order”.
  6. Click “Proceed to Checkout”. 
  7. Fill in your information (You don’t have to pay any money, but you can donate (2) if you want.
  8. Click “complete order”!

You’re all set!  Enjoy! You will get an email with a Zoom link.

  1. People who also love art.
  2. Give money to you want 
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April showers bring May flowers.

What to do in Warm Weather in NYC?

In the United States we have a saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”

We have been stuck inside for the winter, but now it’s May! Are you ready to go outside to see the flowers? 

In May, many New Yorkers are so excited to finally go outside and enjoy themselves.

Here are some fun ideas to have fun and enjoy outdoor activities in New York City as it gets warmer.

Grab a CitiBike (or your own bike) and ride along the Westside Highway.

It is a great way to see the city and to get some exercise!

Go see a movie in the park! 

There are so many parks in New York City. Get a large blanket, some snacks, and your best friends and find a spot on the grass. Enjoy a movie on a big screen in the park.

Find a park near your home or school.

Finally, visit a botanical garden! 

Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island each have big beautiful gardens filled with flowers that bloom in May. Visiting a botanical garden can be an exciting and fun time for a family, a date, or alone.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

The Bronx: Home » New York Botanical Garden (

Queens: Queens Botanical Garden – Flushing, New York

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Brooklyn Botanic Garden (

Staten Island: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (

For more fun ideas check the website below!

50 Fantastic Outdoor Activities in NYC | Frugal Frolicker

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