Volunteering

Here are some photos from a recent outing our students took to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to do some spring planting prep work. More on the garden below…

From https://www.mkgarden.org/

M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden is a kind of “communal backyard” for those who live and work in the area. By volunteering to participate as gardeners, we express a shared interest and commitment to gardening, as well as acknowledging that we are also here to maintain the garden as a community green space.

In exchange for this small patch of nature, we’ve agreed to be active participants in the maintenance and growth of this valuable community resource. Members have responsibilities which, when shared equally among all of us, are not time consuming or difficult.

The M’Finda Kalunga Garden means “Garden at the Edge of the Other Side of the World” in the Kikongo language. It is named in memory of the “second” African American burial ground that was located on nearby Chrystie Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.

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New Literacy Review!

Last night we celebrated the release of the Literacy Review, Volume 17 at NYU. The Literacy Review is an annual collection of writing by adult education students throughout New York City, and it is produced and published by the NYU Gallatin Writing Program, under the leadership of Professor June Foley. Advanced Writing Class student Marilia Valengo, along with many other adult literacy students across NYC, read before a crowd of over 200 people.

In the video below you will see writers included in this year Literacy Review talk about their writing – watch for Advanced Writing Class student Murielle Mobengo at the 1:05 mark:

More posts on the Literacy Review to come!

Bringing It All Back Home – POSTPONED!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!

University Settlement has been fighting, with a coalition of our Lower East Side neighbors for the return to public use of the Stanton Street Building which is currently closed because the NYC Parks Department uses the building for storage.

The northern end of the Sara D. Roosevelt Park (where the building is located) needs some TLC, and we think opening the Stanton Building to public programming for our little ones, youth, and elders is a great place to start.

The Parks Department has finally agreed to look for an alternate storage facility. So we are celebrating with our NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin, and other elected officials, this Thursday with a press conference. Join us!