District 17 College Conference


Community School District 17 Resource & College Conference

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10am to 2pm.

Where: Middle School 61, 400 Empire Boulevard

Join us as we help you jumpstart your child’s future!

Workshops and Panel Discussions on:

  • Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School and High School to College
  • College and Career Planning
  • Parents’ Guide to Understanding the Process
  • Resources and Services: Scholastic, Inc., Financial Planners, College and Career Advisors, and many more.

Register TODAY Online OR call District 17 Main Office at 718-221-4372.

Find the college that is the right fit for your child. Workshops are geared to ALL grade levels, Pre-K-12.

Everyone Is Welcome!

Press Release: Mayor de Blasio Outlines Major School Reforms


More parent-teacher time each week, $4.4 billion to ease school overcrowding, pre-K for over 50,000 children, after-school for 100,000 more middle schoolers

NEW YORK—Visiting parents and students at P.S. 69 in Queens today, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined major reforms coming to city schools. The sweeping changes were put forward by the administration in the executive budget and its contract with the United Federation of Teachers, and will fundamentally improve the education of hundreds of thousands of students.

The reforms address some of the most vital needs in our schools, from devoting 40 minutes each week to dedicated parent-teacher interaction, to $4.4 billion in capital funds to ease overcrowding, to fulfilling the Mayor’s pledge to dramatically expand pre-K and after-school programs.

Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and City Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm emphasized these fundamental changes would improve public education across the whole school system.

“These aren’t pilot programs that help a lucky few; they are foundational changes that will lift up schools in every neighborhood,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The strategic investments we are making recognize parents as true stakeholders, empower our educators and help students succeed.”

“We are making unprecedented investments in our children through an historic expansion of universal pre-K, and ensuring that from early education through high school, our focus is on preparing students for the future. The teachers’ contract and the reforms embedded in the Mayor’s executive budget reflect tremendous progress to restore dignity, opportunity and empower our city’s parents, schoolchildren, teachers and principals,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

“By instituting these reforms, Mayor de Blasio has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that all of the students in our city’s public school system receive a high-quality education,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “I commend the Mayor, Chancellor Fariña, and the United Federation of Teachers for working together to implement reforms that are in the best interest of our kids.”

“I’m glad to see the administration making the necessary investments to help every New York City student reach their full potential,” said Congressman Joe Crowley. “Smaller classroom sizes, increased parental involvement, and a well-rounded education that embraces the arts are the things that will put our children on a path to success. We owe it to them to make the one opportunity they have at a great education the best it can be.”

“Mayor de Blasio has quickly brought important reform to our public schools,” said City Council Education Committee Chairperson Daniel Dromm. “Instituting universal pre-kindergarten, expanding middle school after-school programs, and dedicating $20 million to increase arts programs are all things that will help ensure that this generation of public school students will succeed. I am most pleased that educators and parents were included in the decision making process. As a former New York City public school teacher for 25 years, I can’t stress enough how important this is to guaranteeing the success of these reforms.”

The reforms discussed today include:

A Greater Voice for Parents: The UFT contract dedicates 40 minutes every Tuesday for teachers to reach out to parents by email, letter, telephone, or face-to-face meetings. The contract also doubles the number of evening parent-teacher conferences from two to four each school year.

Alleviating Overcrowding: This budget will start to address space conditions in the city’s schools, reducing overcrowding and the use of trailers as classrooms with $4.4 billion capital investment in new space, including class size reduction. In addition, the Department of Education will devote $480 million to remove temporary classroom units and rehabilitate the play yards where they had been located.

High-Quality, Universal, Full-Day Pre-K: The executive budget launches a major expansion of full-day universal pre-K to ensure that all 4-year-olds are set up for long-term success, including $300 million for 53,000 seats in FY 2015 and $340 million for 73,000 seats in FY 2016.

More Middle School After-School Programs: The executive budget includes an unprecedented investment of $145 million in FY 2015 to fund 34,000 new seats to serve nearly 100,000 middle school children.

More Arts Education: The executive budget also allocates $20 million in FY 2015 for arts education, which will be used to expand a range of art programs in schools across the city, improve art facilities, and increase partnerships with art institutions

Medgar Evers College Application Day


Medgar Evers College is hosting a, ‘MEC APP Day’.  This day will give students the opportunity to tour the campus, speak with faculty and staff, and to answer any questions that they may have, alongside filling out a CUNY application that will enable us to directly admit them to Medgar Evers College.  In order for this day to run smoothly and successfully, the following documents listed below are required to accompany the student .
  1. $65 Money order (application fee)
  2. Proof of Graduation: graduating seniors may provide an official high school transcript.
  3. Proof of immunization (immunization card)
Please chose a date and time that works best for you:
Monday June 2nd
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Tuesday June 3rd
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wednesday June 4th
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thursday June 5th
10:00am-12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

1637 Bedford Avenue (Room S-101)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

It is requested that students confirm their attendance via email with their first and last name, phone number, and email address no later than Friday, May 23th, 2014.

Should you have any questions,  please contact Hamilton JB Raymond, Admissions Counselor, by email (Rhamilton@mec.cuny.edu) or by phone (718-270-6048).

One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus 2014 Spring Fundraising Concert


Featuring celebrated artists from:
the Grammy winning band The Klezmatics & surprise guests

Sunday, May 18th 3-5 PM

85 South Oxford St, Brooklyn (A, C, G train)

FREE gourmet snacks & refreshments
Meet & greet after party & bake sale

Suggested donation: $15 adults $5 kids


Youth Job/Internship/Volunteer Fair


Brooklyn Community Board 14’s 7th Annual Youth Conference will take place next Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 4-7 PM at the Brooklyn College Student Center! (map link)

Please spread the word by sharing this information along with the attached poster with the young people in your community, your neighbors, organizations you are involved with & any others who may benefit from the great opportunities being offered!

Over 60 New York City agencies & organizations will be on hand to offer young people, ages 12-20, information about summer employment, internships & volunteer positions, present workshops, hold interviews for permanent employment, share information about college admissions, social & health services and much more! Below you will find a list of the workshops which will be presented, along with a list of all the participating organizations. More information is available on our website at www.cb14brooklyn.com/youth/youth-conference.

If you have any questions, please contact Anya Hoyer at the CB14 District Office at 718-859-6357 or email cb14youthconference@cb.nyc.gov.

Conference for Parents of HS Students: Fostering Parent Leadership


The NYCDOE & CEJ Present:

for Student Success

Saturday, May 3rd
8:30AM – 1:00PM
High School for Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street
Manhattan, NY 10011

Register here or by calling (212) 374-4118
Free Breakfast
Free Childcare for children 5+
On-site Translation Available Upon Request
M5 to 6th Avenue & 23rd Street
M20 to 8th Avenue & 23rd Street
M23 to 7th Avenue & 23rd Street
1, C, E, or F to 23rdStreet
Spring 2014 Conference for Parents of High School Students:
Fostering Parent Leadership for Student Success
The purpose of this Parent Conference is to effectively empower parents as leaders and involve them in their children’s success.
8:30AM – Breakfast & Registration
9:00AM – 9:45AM
  Welcoming Remarks
Keynote, Chancellor Carmen Fariña
10:00AM – 11:15AM – Workshop Session I
11:25AM – 12:40PM – Workshop Session II
12:45PM – 1:00PM – Closing Remarks

Events and Information Resources


Below are various things taking place in Brooklyn and beyond…

  • Monday, April 28: There will be a training for community leaders interested in promoting safe infant sleep practices in their communities from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Brooklyn. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and participants will be asked to attend a follow-up training in June. If you are interested, contact Helen Flowers by emailing hflowers@aging.nyc.gov. Slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Free summer camp for children from low-income households: The Fresh Air Fund offers free summer camp experiences to children from low-income households who live in New York City. For more information and to apply, visit the Fresh Air Fund website
  • Free legal resources: The 20th annual Law Week will be in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx from April 29 to May 2 with one day in each borough. Free legal advice and referrals will be available. For more information, http://files.uft.org/parents/law-week-2014.pdf
  • Internship program for youth ages 16-24: COACH is a paid, 11-week internship program organized by the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn. For more information, Emma Dealy Director of COACH emmad@cypresshills.org (718) 676-1544
  • Resources for homeless female veterans with children: The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program supports homeless veterans with children in transitioning to the civilian workforce with job training, computer access, services referrals and childcare. For more information, http://bvsj.org/vsc/hvrp3
  • Job readiness workshop for veterans: Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 665 Willoughby Ave in Brooklyn, there is a job readiness workshop for unemployed and homeless veterans. Refreshments are available. For more information contact Barrie Simpson at 718-852-6004 Ext. 252

Safe Sleep Brooklyn


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is partnering with Delta Children on the Safe Sleep Brooklyn Campaign.

Through this campaign, they will be educating parents on important safety tips for providing infants with a safe sleeping environment, and Delta Children will be distributing free cribs and play yards to families in need.

Please help the CHCA (chca@crowhillcommunity.org) to identify families in need, but note that supplies are limited as only 18 families within the boundaries of CB8 will be selected by Monday, April 21st.  Those chosen will receive either a crib or play yard. There are nine of each available.