Invitation to BRIC House Block Party & ICAC’s “Spread Love” premiere this Sunday (9/10)!

The Performance Project of University Settlement invites you to the premiere of the ICAC’s “Spread Love” music video as part of BRIC House Block Party this Sunday, September 10th! Check out a preview here:

On Sunday, September 10, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop and 10 years at BRIC House, BRIC brings you a day of music, workshops, art, food, family activities, AND MORE! Featuring performances by Bizzy Banks, Kamauu, Girll Codee, BreezyLYN, and others. 

Join the ICAC at 12:45pm for the premiere of “Spread Love” ❤️

Come close out the summer with BRIC and the ICAC!

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September 8 is International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day (ILD)! This special day started in 1967 to remind the public around the world about the importance of literacy and education as a human right. Promoting literacy means helping adults and young people unlock opportunities to a better future. ILD reminds us about the work we need to do for a more sustainable1 and equitable2 society.

UNESCO Video about International Literacy Day 2023

International Literacy Day (ILD) is an opportunity to honor those are dedicated to making literacy a reality for the many.

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Labor Day

Watch the video without subtitles and listen to it to fill in the blanks. Check the answers by clicking “READ MORE.”

Hi kSmart Kids! Today we will be 1)________ about Labor Day! Labor Day is 2)__________ on the first Monday in September! This holiday is celebrated in the United States and has 3)____ a holiday for more than 100 years! But why do we 4)_________ Labor Day? Labor Day 5)__________ all American workers and how their hard work has 6)______ the country! In 1882, many American people 7)______ very long hours in unsafe places and were not 8)____ much money for their jobs. But In New York City, the American people 9)____ together to speak out against these bad conditions and low pay! The workers 10)____ a day off work and then celebrated with their families with a picnic! 12 years later Labor Day 11)______ a national holiday! To celebrate Labor Day, think of all the many people who 12)____ hard in our community! Such as Teachers! Nurses! Chefs! and Scientists! If you 13)___ them, don’t 14)______ to 15)_____ them for all their hard work!

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NYC Department of Health Promoting Mental Health in AANHPI Communities

Hate crimes against members of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities increased by 73% during the COVID-19 pandemic nationally and nearly doubled in New York City from 2020 to 2021. Collective stress and trauma, mental health stigma, lack of resources, and other barriers to care make addressing the needs of these communities especially challenging. 

DOHMH is eager to address the needs of this community by providing a learning initiative promoting their mental health and resilience. This 3-hour learning will cover a range of topics, such as AANHPI heritage in the US, challenges unique to these communities, identifying best practices for mental health care and resilience, and instilling hope. Its goal is to create a safe and supportive space for participants to discuss the effects of hate crimes, shame and stigma, and generational conflicts and to equip each other with coping strategies and resources. 

The Promoting Mental Health in AANHPI Communities (PMH-AANHPI) learning workshop is designed to enhance participants’ awareness of culturally sensitive mental health resources that are available to all New Yorkers, including AANHPI communities and individuals. 

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Parents of English Language Learners Pt 2

Original WordsLearner -Friendly Version
1. The right to a high-quality orientation session, provided by your school district, that focuses on state standards, tests, and school expectations for ELLs, as well as the program goals and requirements for Bilingual Education and English as a New Language. This orientation must occur before final school program placement and must be in your preferred language.

2. The right to receive information about your children’s English language development, and also about their home language development if they are in a Bilingual Education program.

3. The right to meet with school staff at least once a year, in addition to other generally required meetings, to discuss your children’s overall learning and language development progress.

4. The right for your children to be placed in a Bilingual Education or English as a New Language program within 10 days of enrollment, and the right to opt out of a Bilingual Education program. At a minimum, your children must receive English as a New Language instruction.

5.The right for your children to transfer to another school in your district that offers Bilingual Education in your language, if your children’s original school does not offer such a program.

1. The school must give you an information meeting, called an orientation that tells you and other parents about the state tests and what schools expect from ELL students. The school must also tell you about the plans and needs for Bilingual Education (Ed) and ENL (English as a New Language). This orientation must be in your language and happen before your child is placed in his or her program.

2. The school must tell you if your child’s English is getting better, worse, or staying the same. If your child is in a Bilingual Ed. program, the school must tell you if his or her first language is getting better, worse, or staying the same.

3. You can meet with the teachers and/or other school workers a minimum of one time a year to talk about how your child is doing with his or her language learning.

4.The school must place your child in an ENL (English as a New Language) 10 days after school starts. You do not need to put your child in a Bilingual Ed. program if you do not want them in one. Your child must, at minimum, be in an ENL class.

5. You can put your child in another school in your district that can give him or her bilingual education in your family’s language if the first school does not have a bilingual education program.

Sources: Bill of Rights for Parents of English Language Learners (

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ENROLLING NOW: First Step Job Training Program (Sept-Oct)

The Coalition for the Homeless’ First Step Program is currently recruiting for its next free, in-person job training class that focuses on helping women prepare for careers in the Human Services field. The upcoming class will begin on Monday, September 5th and run through Friday, October 13th. The program takes place every weekday from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm over those six weeks in its offices at 129 Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan.  

To begin the application process, please contact them directly by calling the First Step Hotline at 212-776-2074. From there, a member of their team will conduct a brief phone screening to ensure you meet the basic eligibility requirements and then sign you up for an information session to learn about the program in more detail. They will be running info sessions regularly from August 3rd through August 31st. 

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Parents of English Language Learners

Bill of Rights for Parents of English Language/Multilingual Learners

Did you know that as an English language learner in NYC, you and your child have rights to a fair education? See the chart below for 5 rights NYC must provide for your little learner. On the left side of the chart, you’ll find exactly what is written on the official NYC government website for public schools. On the right side, you’ll find the same rights written, but hopefully in a way that’s a little easier to understand!

Check out Multilingual Learners ( for more information about how NYC serves English language learners.

Original WordsLearner Friendly Version
1. The right for your children to receive a free public education in the school district where you live, regardless of your or your children’s immigration status (e.g., whether your family members are citizens, immigrants, or undocumented) and the language that you or your children speak.

2 . The right to enroll your children in school without being asked to provide information or paperwork which may reveal your or your children’s immigration status. You cannot be asked to provide a social security card or number, an immigration visa or visa status, or citizenship documents or citizenship status.

3. The right under federal law to have a qualified interpreter/translator in your preferred language for critical interactions with the school district.

4. The right to have your children in a Bilingual Education (BE) program when there are 15 or more grade-level ELL students in grades K-8 with the same home language in one or two contiguous grades and 20 or more ELL students in high school with the same home language in one grade. If there is not a sufficient number of qualifying students in a school, but there are within its district, the district must provide a BE program.

5. The right to written notice, in English and your preferred language, that your children have been identified as ELLs and will be placed in a    Bilingual Education or English as a New    Language (formerly called English as a Second Language) program. [2]

1. Your children have the right to go to school near your home. (No matter your immigration status or what language you speak)

2. Your children can go to school. The school cannot ask for paperwork about their immigration status. 

3. The law says that you must have someone who can speak your language for important moments with the school district.
District- a part of a city or country, either an official area or one that is known for having a particular characteristic or business

4. Your child can go to school in a bilingual education program (a program of 2 languages). In these programs, 15 or more students must speak the same language. For high school, students must have 20 or more students with the same language. If the school doesn’t have a program like this, the school district must find one for you.

5.The school must write to tell you that your child has been tested as an ELL (English Language Learner) student and that they will be placed in a special class with other ELL students.

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