Save Adult Literacy!

Thank you to our adult education teachers for being there for our students during COVID-19 and always.  We ask Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council to support those needing English classes, adult education, HSE prep by restoring $12 million to the NYC budget. More than ever, in this time of COVID-19, 2.2 million New Yorkers need adult education!

For Teacher Appreciation Week some of our students showed their appreciation on social media – just click on them to see them all!:

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Teacher Appreciation Week!

Today is National Teacher Day in the U.S. and this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so we just want to give a big thank you to all our teachers here at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program! It’s been a big challenge switching over from regular classes to online classes, but they’ve done a great job! Thank you for all your hard work and patience!

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May Is Here!

Hermes and Maia


Did you ever wonder, “Where do the month names come from?” Essentially, there are three sources: Greek and Roman deities, Roman rulers, and numbers. 

May springs from the Greek goddess Maia, daughter of Atlas and mother of Hermes. She was a nurturer and an earth goddess, which certainly explains her connection with this springtime month, when flowers and crops burst forth.

June descends from Juno, wife of Jupiter, and the Roman ancient goddess of marriage and childbirth.

July was named in honor of Julius Caesar right after his assassination in 44 B.C., with July being the month of his birth. July is the first month in the calendar that bears the name of a real person, rather than a deity.

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Meet Our New English Conversation Partner!

The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program welcomes our new English Conversation Partner, Alison. She’s going to be calling our students on a regular basis and helping them with their listening and speaking skills. Alison also works at University Settlement’s Houston Street Center. Now let’s hear from Alison herself:

I’m from New York and love living in Astoria, Queens. I’ve worked at University Settlement for 14 years! My favorite thing about my job is meeting the people who come to the Houston Street Center to learn new skills and achieve their goals. When I’m not at work, I enjoy working out, going to concerts & sporting events and spending time with my friends and family. My favorite color is blue and I love Beyonce. I also love the summer time because I love hot weather and going to the beach. I’m very outgoing and social and love meeting new people – so the new role of “Conversation Partner” is really exciting for me. Thank you for practicing your English with me! 

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