eBulletin September 2010
|Please note that with this message we have
combined Union Settlement’s volunteer and general enewsletters into one information packed bi-monthly digest.
Youth Participants are Off to College!
This fall, more than 50 graduates from our 2009–2010 Reaching for Tomorrow program are attending college—an achievement that may have seemed nearly impossible just a year ago.
The program provides a comprehensive array of internships, job skills workshops, college exploration and career readiness services to more than 200 students each year at Cascades High School, a transfer school for youth on the Lower East Side who are overage, under-credited and at great risk for dropping out.
Thanks to Union Settlement’s committed Youth Advocates, Tutors and Workforce Specialists, all working in concert with school administration and staff, Reaching for Tomorrow has had a powerful impact at the school.
With classes underway on campuses across the country, we are pleased to report that our program graduates are attending such schools as Hunter College, John Jay College, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Texas A&M, State University of New York-Delhi and Lehman College.
Akiko Nishimura, a Youth Advocate in the program, shares a pair of stories from our 2010 graduates:
Bryan Bonet (pictured above) was considered rambunctious and expressed anger and frustration at his fellow students, his teachers and program staff. As the year went on, however, he came to school almost every day, did his work, tried his best and surprised program staff with his intelligence. When asked to volunteer, he did it without complaint, showing up to every volunteer event over an hour early, taking on a leadership role and becoming a model volunteer and participant. He received our program’s awards for Most Improved and Most Potential. He will be attending New York City College of Technology this fall.
We are proud of all our graduates and wish them luck as they enter these exciting new stages in their lives!
Volunteering, by the Numbers
One year ago Union Settlement set out to engage more volunteers from our community and the city at large. The response has been amazing—volunteers have helped us transform our sites and gone above and beyond to create opportunity for our program participants. Recent efforts to quantify this success reveal that this initiative has been more effective then we could have imagined. This year we have been lucky enough to host almost 900 volunteers, providing 6,400 hours of service. And, most importantly, this year’s volunteers have positively impacted the lives of 1,800 of our program participants!
This year’s volunteer efforts have been as holistic as Union Settlement's approach to social service. Volunteers put on shows for our Rising Stars elementary school program, planned a job readiness fair for our teens, set up tutoring sessions for adults in our GED program, and packed meals that for our seniors. A group of 600 Digitas employees updated our centers with ten murals, while groups including Macaulay Honors College students and employees from Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Goldman Sachs spent the day planting, weeding and cleaning our gardens.
Most recently, on September 11th more than 100 energetic and enthusiastic employees of Mizuho Bank painted Union Settlement’s Union Carver Day Care Center and spruced up one of our gardens.
We want to thank all of our dedicated volunteers for their efforts this past year. This is just the beginning and we look forward to many more great volunteer accomplishments to come. Getting involved is easy, just sign up on the volunteer page of our website.
Wazir Foster, age 3, enjoying a newly painted hop-scotch
This September 11th, 110 volunteers from Mizuho bank visited Union Settlement for a day of community service. They repainted Union Carver Day Care classrooms, brightened up the yard with colorful designs, and spruced up our El Sitio Feliz, community garden, on East 104th street. We're all very grateful for their help. Check out photos here.
Join us for Toasting Union Settlement
Union Settlement invites you to our annual wine tasting benefit on October 7th. Please visit the Toasting Union Settlement page for all the details and to buy tickets.
Meet Team Union Settlement
Runners Will Buford, Donald Cutler, and Jasmine Shah chat with Executive Director David Nocenti at a recent runners party.
This year Union Settlement is proud to host a team of ten runners for the 2010 ING New York City Marathon. Meet the team and donate to their runs here.
We have space for one more runner! Please complete an application if you are interested in joining our marathon team.
Back to School for Union Settlement Programs
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