DeBlasio Staffer Stops By CHCA Meeting to Discuss Universal Pre-K and More


Last Tuesday’s CHCA meeting included a visit from Kicy Motley, Brooklyn Borough Director at Mayor DeBlasio’s office. Ms. Motley discussed DeBlasio’s highly publicized Universal Pre-K (UPK) program, which proposes full-day pre-school for more than 73,000 children in NYC. Think of it as the “5, 5, 5” plan: a 0.5% tax increase over 5 years on people earning over $500,000 a year would yield over $500 million in revenue to fund universal pre-K.

While it’s hard to avoid news or press regarding DeBlasio’s UPK plan, many people may not be aware that the plan includes a second important component: an after-school program for 120,000 NYC middle-schoolers. Having nothing to do after school can spell all kinds of trouble for kids, especially in the “tween” years. Giving middle-schoolers a place to go between 3PM and 6PM—with interesting academic, cultural and athletic activities—will keep them busy, engaged and off the streets.

Ms. Motley urges us to thank our state legislators for supporting NYC’s plan to fund UPK and expanded after-school programs. Call 866-591-9971 for the legislative hotline. Enter your zip code and you’ll be automatically connected to your legislator. Or visit for more info.

Written by Ayelet Prizant

Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program was founded on the idea that if you give high-achieving students with financial need the guidance and resources necessary for them to excel during high school, college and beyond, their greatness will emerge. The Foundation works closely with recipients and their families to construct a tailored educational program that can include support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction.

Approximately 60 students are selected for the program each year. All Young Scholars have demonstrated excellence in academic endeavors and extracurricular activities, a strong will to succeed and financial need. For those entering the program, the average family income is approximately $25,000, and more than 90 percent have incomes under $60,000.

For more information, and for instructions on how to apply, visit the Young Scholars Program webpage »

Student Loan Foregivness

Below is an email from Robert Applebaum, a MoveOn member who created a petition at that is getting a lot of attention and may be of interest to people in your area. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.

Since 1999, average student loan debt has increased by a shameful 511%. In 2010, total outstanding student loan debt exceeded total outstanding credit card debt in America for the first time ever. In 2012, total outstanding student loan debt is expected to exceed $1 trillion.

In response to this crisis, U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke of Michigan has just introduced H.R. 4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, which would extend a helping hand to those struggling under massive amounts of student loan debt.

That’s why I created a petition to Rep. John Kline, Chairman of the House Education and the Workplace Committee; the United States House of Representatives and Senate; and President Barack Obama on, which says:

Total outstanding student loan debt in America is expected to exceed $1 TRILLION this year. Millions of hardworking, taxpaying, educated Americans are being crushed under the weight of their educational debts, while the economy continues to sputter. Support a REAL economic stimulus and jobs plan. Support the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 4170).

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

Job Club

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The JOB CLUB is for young people between the ages of 17 – 24.  The club assists with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job coaching and placement.  They are based at the Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene and the program is sponsored by THE Door and University Settlement.

Mondays & Thursdays: 1:30-3:00 PM
University Settlement at Ingersoll Community Center/177 Myrtle Ave & Prince St.


Employment Training, Resources and Financial Literacy Workshops

Beginning November 7, 2011, Ralph Lincoln Service Center, Inc. @ St. John’s Family Center is offering free pre-employment training, resources and financial litercay workshops.

This program is designed for youth ages 16-20 and adults 21 and over who are looking fo assistance in resume writing, prepration for interviews, maintaining employment, working with bosses and co-workers, searching for employment, job referrals and money managment.

This program is open to both males and females, teen parents, formerly incarcerated and out of school youth.

Space is limited. Please register at or call 347-765-1113 or 347-422-3465.

Location: 1604 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY (Between Buffalo Ave and Ralph Ave)

Mondays (ages 21 and over) 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Wednesdays (ages 14-20) 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Fridays (ages 14-20)  4:00 PM-6:00 PM)


READ trains and supports high school students to provide structured, research-based one-to-one tutoring to at-risk kindergarten and first grade students in basic reading skills.READ tutors have ongoing training, and all tutoring is done under the supervision of licensed teachers.
The READ summer programs run 3.5 hours a day for 23-25 days, usually on the same schedule as the Department of Education summer school.
READ tutors earn $8.50 per hour.

Complete information on the READ website

Students can apply online

For more information: Jaselis Mejia at or 646-867-6122.