Thank You, Amy!

Today was the last day at University Settlement for Amy Mereson, Director of Youth, Education & Arts Programs. Our Adult Literacy Program has grown and improved greatly under her leadership. Here’s a video of our students paying tribute to her at our year-end party:

Idiom of the Week: Paint the Town Red


Meaning: To go out and have a very good time, usually at a bar, restaurant, or nightclub (or all three).


My old high school friend’s coming to visit, so this weekend we’re going to go out and paint the town red.

I don’t feel like painting the town red tonight because I think I’m getting sick.

He’s getting old and can’t paint the town red like he used to.

Pop Quiz:

You’re going to paint the town red if you plan to…

A. go dancing with a big group of friends.

B. study for a big test.

C. go for a run in the park.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Ready to Work


This past school year was the first year of the Adult Literacy Program’s Work Readiness class. In this class, students learned how to use English to communicate on the job, and they also sharpened their job interviewing skills. At the end of the class, they took the National Work Readiness Credential Examination, which includes four parts: Reading, Math, Active Listening, and Situational Judgment. We’re happy to say that almost everybody passed!

The Work Readiness students, some of whom are pictured above with a couple of their teachers, will not be joining us next year because their English is too good! Some of them are going to look for a job right away, some of them are going to continue their education in college or special training classes. We wish them the best of luck!

To learn more about the National Work Readiness Credential, click here.

June Student of the Month: Stephanie Ho


June’s Student of the Month is W1 student, Stephanie Ho. Stephanie attends our Weekend Classes, her teacher is Lynne Hayden-Findlay.

Stephanie was chosen as our final Student of the Month for many reasons, she has had great attendance all year, is a hard worker and is a great contributor in class.

Congratulations Stephanie!

Below is an interview with Stephanie, she tells us about her experiences at University Settlement and offers some advice to fellow students and language learners.

What’s your name and where do you live?

My name is Stephanie Ho and I live in Brooklyn.

What classes are you in and who are your teachers?

I am in W1, my teacher’s name is Lynne. I am also in the computer class on Saturdays. My computer teacher is Brian.

What is one of your favorite things to do in the classes?

I always English class because it is a lot of fun and I learn a lot. I also like the computer class, Brian is a good teacher.

Do you practice English outside of school? How?

Yes, I talk with other people outside of class and watch movies, listen to music and read newspapers.

What kind of movies do you like to watch?

I like to watch Sci-Fi (Science Fiction) movies like Star Wars.