POSTPONED: Black Latino and Asian Caucus Employment and Small Business Opportunities Expo

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Please join Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and her colleagues in the City Council’s Black Latino and Asian Caucus at our second annual Employment and Small Business Opportunities Expo. This event will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and is FREE, but you need to register by clicking here.

The expo will include resume review and job matching strategies for high growth industries, small business fundamentals, employment opportunities and more. Remember, the registration deadline is Monday October 20th so sign up today!

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SOUTH BRONX: Apply to NYC Summer Quest 2013

summerquestNYC Summer Quest is a free, five-week, full day summer learning program that provides elementary and middle school students with fun, hands-on enrichment experiences while strengthening their academic skills. DOE teachers and educators from community-based organizations collaborate to offer students Common-Core aligned instruction, enrichment activities, sports and recreation, and field trips. Last summer, 90% of parents surveyed reported that NYC Summer Quest was a good balance of fun and learning, and 90% of parents would recommend the NYC Summer Quest program to other parents.

For Summer 2013, the program will be offered in 11 schools in Community School Districts 7, 9, and 12 in the South Bronx. The following Bronx schools and community-based partners have been selected to offer the program:

  • PS 5 Port Morris/LEAP (Learning thruogh an Expanded Arts Program)
  • PS 153 Jonathan D. Hyatt/YMCA of Greater New York – Bronx
  • PS 179/BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
  • PS 63 Author’s Academy/BELL
  • PS/IS 218 Rafael Hernandez Duel Language Magnet School/BELL
  • CS 211/Children’s Aid Society
  • CS 300 School of Science and Applied Learning/Good Shepherd Services
  • JHS 162 Lola Rodriguez de Tio/Oasis Children’s Services
  • South Bronx Academy for Applied Media/Partnership with Children
  • Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science/Wingspan Arts
  • IS 313 School of Leadership Development/Oasis Children’s Services

All elementary and middle school students attending public school in Districts 7, 9, and 12 are eligible to sign up through July 11, 2013. Capacity is limited. Priority enrollment is offered to students who attend the schools listed above. 

If your child attends one of the schools listed above, contact your school principal or parent coordinator to learn more and to apply. If your child attends an elementary or middle school in Districts 7, 9, and 12 and you would like further information, please email: nycsummerquest@schools.nyc.gov.

You can read more about NYC Summer Quest at this link.

Click here for a PDF flyer with the above information in English & Español.

Did You Know That The G.E.D. Test Will Change in 2014?

On January 1, 2014 the G.E.D. exam is going to change, which means that if you’ve been working towards your G.E.D. but have yet to complete it, your scores will become invalid and you will have to start all over again. Come learn about the changes and how you can finish your G.E.D. in 2013 at the Union Settlement Association Youth Center at Washington Houses (1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street) on Wednesday, June 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Whether you are planning to continue your education, find better employment, or want to assist a family member with his or her studies – obtaining your G.E.D. is an essential step in the process. Regardless of when you dropped out of high school, now is as good a time as ever to complete your G.E.D., especially if you already began the process.

GEDWHO: Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
WHAT: Finish Your GED in 2013
WHEN: Wednesday, June 26th – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
WHERE: Union Settlement Association Youth Center at Washington Houses – 1775 Third Avenue (at 98th Street)

For more information, contact Lauren Quinones at (212) 828-9800 or lquinones@council.nyc.gov.

BRONX YOUTH: NYC Justice Corps & DYCD Building Trades Program Open House

The Phipps Turning Point Center will be holding two upcoming open houses for Bronx youth, next week. The NYC Justice Corps will be in attendance, which is a program that serves court involved youth ages 18-24. As will the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Out-of-School Youth’s (OSY) Building Trades Program (Electrical/Plumbing) that serves youth ages 16-21. Both programs offer Education (GED/College/Vocational Trade), Workforce (internship/job placement) and Life Skills development.

These are great opportunities for young people, ages 16-24, that are currently out of school and out of work. Interviews will be held on the spot, so we would advise that applicants come prepared.

474699_10151623920342978_364044482_oWHEN:   Monday, June 17, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM; and Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11 AM to 12 PM
WHERE: Phipps Turning Point Center, 1409 Fulton Avenue (between East 170th St and Third Ave), Bronx

Affordable Apartments in East Harlem: Apply by June 27th

Applications are currently being accepted for 172 affordable housing rental apartments now under construction at 1951 Park Avenue & 121 East 131st Street in East Harlem.  The size, rent, and targeted income distribution for the apartments are listed here.

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These buildings are being constructed through the Low Income Rental Program (LIRP) of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, the Low Income Affordable Marketplace Program (LAMP) of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, and the State Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (SLIHC) of New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR).

Manhattan Community Board 11 has made the cover letter and application available for download here. You can also visit www.HRPNorth.com for more on the building, as well as the cover letter and application in two different downloadable PDF files.

Completed applications must be returned by regular mail only to: Harlem River Point North, LLC, P.O Box 820, New York, NY 10113, and must be postmarked by June 27, 2013. Applications postmarked after June 27, 2013 will be set aside for possible future consideration. Applicants will be selected by lottery. Applicants who submit more than one application will be disqualified. Disqualified applications will not be accepted.

Eligible households that include persons with mobility impairments will receive preference for 2% of the units. Current and eligible residents of Manhattan Community Board 11 will receive preference for 50% of the units. Applicants who can document displacement by Hurricane Sandy and/or or its related storms will receive preference for 25% of the units; and eligible City of New York Municipal Employees will receive a 5% preference.

Please see Community Board 11 of Manhattan for more information.

Volunteer for Search & Care and Help A Local Senior

31133_121696691179678_7861730_nEver wonder who’s helping that frail elderly person in your building? Search and Care is probably the answer. Search and Care is a local nonprofit social service agency that provides free help for seniors who want to stay in their apartments but have a hard time managing on their own in East Harlem, Yorkville and Carnegie Hill. They will be holding an open house tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th, looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in a life of a senior. Volunteers help in many essential ways.  As one of Search and Care’s volunteers, you might choose to a visit with a neighborhood senior, walk a dog for an elder, read to a client who is legally blind, help a frail senior get to and from doctor appointments, or shop for someone who is homebound. If you’re 18 or older (bilingual is a plus) and want to know if this would be a great way for you to give back, or if you want to learn about Search and Care’s services, please RSVP to attend and bring a friend or neighbor. Refreshments will be served.

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Courtesy of Search and Care

WHO: Search and Care
WHAT: Volunteer Open House
WHEN:  Saturday, May 18th, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE:  St Francis De Sales Church, 135 East 96th Street (down the stairs)
RSVP:  Robin at 212-289-5300 X203 or by email to strashun@searchandcare.org

Age Smart Employer to Honor Innovative NYC Multigenerational Workplaces

522631_152567761568336_1471581872_nAre you a NYC employer who has innovative practices and strategies that optimize the multigenerational workplace or do you know of one? With over 700,000 of NYC’s workers over the age of 55, they hold a disproportionate percentage of jobs that support and drive NYC’s economy. Organizations that have implemented strategies that utilize older workers’ strengths, talents and skills, have seen an increase in productivity and profits. The Age Smart Employer Award is about embracing a multigenerational workplace and being age smart.  Please click on this link to lead you to the Age Smart Employer website, where you’ll find more information, such as eligibility and selection criteria. 

A selection committee comprised of business and civic leaders in NYC will choose winners in September 2013. Winners will be honored at a ceremonial gala in October 2013. They will also receive city-wide recognition and have exclusive use of the Age Smart Employer Award 2013 Winner logo graphic, as well as receive promotion at national and international conferences and meetings.

Applications are due July 1, 2013 – so apply today or nominate an organization that you feel deserves this honor.

Teens: How Would You Like to Spend Your Summer at Randall’s Island?

Get creative this summer at the Bronx Museum’s The People Make the Park Teen Summer Program at Randall’s Island! This is your chance to spend July with teens just like you, interviewing community members, park staff, artists, activists and professionals in order to create audio podcasts that will be placed on exhibit at Randall’s Island Park. Additionally, there will be free lunches on program days and a stipend for your travel and hard work. Think of the people you could meet and uncharted experiences to be had — sounds like a winning college application essay! Check out The People Make the Park 2012’s Tumblr for a better idea of the program.

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Applications are due by Sunday, June 9, 2013 – so apply today. You must be entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2013. The program will be held from July 8 – 26, 2013, Mondays through Thursday, 1 PM to 5 PM.

Scholarship & Student Recognition Opportunities

There are two fantastic opportunities available whose deadlines are nearing. Please share this news with anyone that you deem to be eligible and whom would benefit from these opportunities.

COMITE NOVIEMBRE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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Comité Noviembre will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to exceptional Puerto Rican youth who are making a difference in their community. Applicants should have a minimum of one-year of volunteer community service experience and be between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. DEADLINE: May 31, 2013. Link to application. 

NEW YORK LEAGUE OF PUERTO RICAN WOMEN’s 2013 COLLEGE AWARDS

Logo-Green-Aqua-32-399x400The New York League of Puerto Rican Women (NYLPRW) Inc. is currently accepting applications for their 2013 College Awards which will be given out during their annual College Awards Gala Dinner Dance in the Bronx on August 22, 2013. NYLPRW is looking to recognize undergraduate Puerto Rican women for their academic excellence and service to the community. DEADLINE: June 7, 2013. Link to application. 

Take a 10-Day Trip to Puerto Rico with Comité Noviembre

This will be the seventh year that Comité Noviembre (CN) will be holding their Annual Trip to Puerto Rico – Buscando Nuestras Raices VII. You must be 21 or older to partake in this 10 day/9 night trip that will take place from Tuesday, August 6, 2013 to Thursday, August 15, 2013. Enjoy all that Puerto Rico has to offer with educational workshops, films, live entertainment and guided tours through San Juan as well as small mountain towns, coastal landmarks and museums. CN is a non-profit organization that keeps the Puerto Rican life alive in NYC through celebrating its’ social, cultural, educational, economic and political accomplishments.

Space is limited so if you are interested, reserve your spot now or contact CN for more information. Early Bird Special must be paid in full on Monday, May 6, 2013. That is also the same date that a deposit of $500 is due to hold your reservation.

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Contact Information:
Teresa A. Santiago – 914.263.6599 – tascommunicationsllc@gmail.com
Angel Santini – 212.677.4181 – angel.santini@iprhe.org
Lourdes R. Torres – 646.541.8326 – ltorres@hostos.cuny.edu

For the high-res PDF flyer – click here.

Calling Bronx Artists: The BCA is Taking Applications for the Bronx Terminal Market Pedestrian Bridge Art Project

The Bronx Terminal Market is a need of your creativity and artistic abilities. Whether you’re an emerging or seasoned professional artist, the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and Bronx Terminal Market are looking for you –  a Bronx resident with experience working with community members, landscape architects, businesses and government entities. (Although preferred, this vast amount of experience is not mandatory)

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The BCA is planning on installing artwork to be displayed along the Pedestrian Bridge at Bronx Terminal Market in the South Bronx. The bridge is located off River Avenue, near 151st Street, and its entrance is marked by a tall pylon sign post that features the Bronx Terminal Market name and logos from featured stores and restaurants. You can click here to see the images.  The project will be completely installed in Fall 2013. The deadline for the application is April 30, 2013. 

The installation should heighten awareness of the Bronx Terminal Market and create a physical space for Bronx community involvement and exchange – it should be a call for community engagement.

Below is the necessary information and forms:

  1. Information: Artist RFP
  2. Guidelines and Application
  3. Required Image Sheet
  4. Images of Pedestrian Bridge

Learn About the Mott Haven Choice Neighborhood Initiative on Saturday and Next Wednesday

If you live, go to school, do business, or provide services in Mott Haven – we have great news for you! Mott Haven has been selected for the Choice Neighborhood Initiative to transform the neighborhood by improving job opportunities, public safety, education, health, housing, and more.

Come learn how to be part of the initiative at one of the kick-off events — you can come at 2 PM on Saturday, April 20, or at 6 PM on Wednesday, April 24. See more details in the flyer below (la versión en español también esta adjunta). Everyone is welcome: residents, students, parents, business owners, local organizations, churches, etc. Light refreshments will be served. See you there!

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DYCD is Taking Applications for the 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program

625472_10151351850632344_122226527_nThe Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a six-week program open to all NYC residents between the ages of 14-24 – and the application is available now. We highly encourage District 8 youth to apply to SYEP because of the one-of-a-kind work experience they can receive in a variety of jobs, ranging from government agencies, community-based organizations, private sector businesses and more. Last summer, DYCD employed around 30,000 teenagers and young adults and placed them at 5,677 work-sites. Click here to download the paper application in PDF; and if you have questions, you can download the 2013 SYEP FAQ here as a PDF.

As per DYCD’s website, SYEP is designed to:

  • Emphasize real-world labor expectations
  • Increase awareness of services offered by local community-based organizations
  • Provide opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, academic improvement, and social growth

Apply today! 

Safer Neighborhood Streets: Apply for a Slow Zone by May 31st

slowzoneNeighborhood Slow Zones reduce the speed limit on residential streets from 30 mph to 20 mph. Slow Zones grant local families peace of mind because they know drivers in their communities will stick to safer speeds. Communities that apply for a Slow Zone can get safety improvements that reduce traffic crashes, cut-through traffic and traffic noise, making residential streets safer for biking and walking.

NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is currently accepting applications to the Neighborhood Slow Zone program. Community boards, civic associations, BIDs, or other community institutions such as schools or churches can apply. If you’re interested in applying, you can download the application, and follow NYCDOT’s application instructionsApplications must demonstrate local support for the Neighborhood Slow Zone. Applications that include letters of support from key community stakeholders will be prioritized.  

Applications are due by Friday, May 31st. Are you interested, but don’t know where to begin? Need help drumming up local support? Transportation Alternatives will help! E-mail safety@transalt.org, or call at (212) 629-8080.

East Harlem High School Students: Sign Up For MCNY’s Free SAT Prep Classes & More

mcny-whiteWe are urging East Harlem high school students to take advantage of the Museum of the City of New York’s excellent and free Saturday Academy program. Saturday Academy is a free six-week program for students in grades 8 – 12 interested in American History or SAT preparation. There’s no homework or testing and all course materials are provided. Saturday Academy was the recipient of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House, and was featured in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York 2011” issue.

Spring 2013 courses meet on Saturdays April 6, 13, 20, May 4, 11, and 18. Course offerings include:

  • Activist New York
  • Public Art in East Harlem: Interpreting Latino-American History in the 20th Century
  • Performing History: The Federal Theater Project and the Great Depression
  • The Many Meanings of Feminism in the 20th Century
  • Freedom and Slavery in the Age of the American Revolution
  • Bell Curves SAT Skills

For more information on the courses offered, please click here.

All applications must be received online. TO APPLY, please click on this link  and fill out all the required information. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 12. Although East Harlem and Central Harlem students will be given priority seating, enrollment is first-come, first-serve, so please apply early since space is limited!  Should you experience any trouble applying online, you may email Saturday.academy@mcny.org or call 917-492-3401 to request that an application be mailed to your home address for you to fill out and return to the Museum of the City of New York.

Purchase Your Shares in the South Bronx Community Supported Agriculture Program Today!

280508_167393829994113_6020953_oFriends of Brook Park announced today that shares are still available for their 10th year of the South Bronx Community Supported Agriculture Program at Brook Park.  Growing in popularity around the nation with demand significantly outpacing supply, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers community members the opportunity to buy fresh, local, seasonal food directly from a farmer by purchasing a “share” in the farm. Shareholders “buy into” the farm as members at the start of the growing season, and in exchange receive a weekly allotment of the farm’s harvest.  Shareholders and farmers share in both the risks and the many rewards of the growing season, which include weekly access to delicious, locally grown, nutritious vegetables – all grown without synthetic chemicals or pesticides.

THE UPCOMING 2013 SEASON:

This year’s South Bronx CSA season will begin in June and run through late October. Share pick-ups are scheduled on Wednesdays from 2 PM – 7 PM at Brook Park located on East 141st Street and Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. Shares are just the right size for two or three adults or a small family.  Local organizations, community centers and tenant groups that order four of more shares can have it delivered by a non polluting bike cart and trailer.

CSA crops have included: cilantro, jalapenos, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, broccoli raab, carrots, cantaloupe, cauliflower, cabbages, sweet corn, chard, collard greens, celery, celery root, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, escarole, fennel, herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, parsley, summer savory, sage), kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, onions, potatoes, peas, pie pumpkins, parsnips, peppers, radishes, radicchio, sweet potatoes, spinach, scallions, summer squash, salad turnips, tomatoes (slicing and cherry),  watermelon, winter squash and zucchini. There will be supplemental crops sometimes provided from the organic youth farm at Brook Park.

Click here to register for your share in South Bronx CSA. In an effort to make healthy foods available to everyone, they offer sliding scale prices based on individual’s incomes, accept payment installments, and welcome SNAP (food stamps) and EBT. The bulk payment early in the season is typical of the CSA structure because it brings in the necessary cash flow that is needed to purchase expensive equipment, such as machinery, fertilizers, and seeds.

Melissa Celebrates Breaking Ground at The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning

Melissa joined Harlem RBI , Jonathan Rose Companies, Enterprise, NYCHANYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, NYC Housing Development Corporation, Chase, and the New York Yankee’s Mark Teixeira in celebrating the groundbreaking of The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning today.

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Official NYC Council Photograph by William Alatriste

The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning is located on 104th Street, between Second and Third Avenues on the land within the Washington Houses complex. Thanks to additional Participatory Budgeting funding, Harlem RBI’s K-8 DREAM Charter School will have a permanent home in this new development – and a 54,000-square-foot home to boot. Joining the DREAM Charter School at The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning will be 11-stories that consist of 89 affordable housing units and 6,000-square-feet of non-profit office space. The housing component of this project will be named Yomo Toro Houses, after the legendary Puerto Rican musician who died in July 2012.

The development will further serve the East Harlem community, where the unemployment rate is 16.8% and a median income of $23,000 per year, by providing jobs at Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School. There will be additional benefits to NYCHA residents of Washington Houses, including a 50% set-aside for the children of Washington Houses for the Harlem RBI charter school enrollment lottery and new playground equipment and trash compactors.

“Harlem RBI continues to find new and innovative ways to help make El Barrio/East Harlem a better place for our youth and families,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. “This groundbreaking is an incredible milestone on a project that will provide so many benefits to our neighborhood from affordable housing, to improved community space and parkland for El Barrio/East Harlem residents. I thank Harlem RBI for their continued commitment to East Harlem, as well as Jonathan Rose Companies, the Yankees’ Mark Texeira, and of course all the city agencies involved in making this project happen.”

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Official NYC Council Photographs by William Alatriste

The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning’s affordable apartments are scheduled to open in August 2014, with the school and office facilities opening for the 2014-2015 school year. To read more about The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning, click here.

Get Involved By Joining a Community Board

If you have something to say about the neighborhood you live in, one of the greatest forums you can join is your local community board. This Thursday, Transportation Alternatives and Bronx Health REACH are hosting a FREE informational session, Community Board Join Up, where you can learn about your community board and how to apply to be a member. Hear from the Bronx Borough President’s office about just how integral community boards are in the decision making process within their neighborhood.

Enjoy snacks and drinks while meeting like-minded New Yorkers interested in joining their community board. You can fill out an application while you learn about the process. This Community Board Join Up will happen in the Bronx, but anyone is welcome to attend.

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WHO: Transportation Alternatives and Bronx Health REACH
WHAT: “Community Board Join Up” informational session
WHEN: Thursday, January 10th – 6:30 to 8 PM
WHERE: Cornell University Cooperative Extension, 432 East 149th Street, 4th floor. Bronx, NY 10455
RSVP: Please click this link to RSVP through Transportation Alternatives

Para ver el volante del evento en español, haga clic aquí.

Temporary Work Available Cleaning Up Communities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Governor Cuomo announced over $27 million was allocated in federal grants to hire workers to clean up communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This grant is provided to New Yorkers who lost employment due to Hurricane Sandy or are unemployed and not receiving unemployment benefits.

Workers interested in this program should call 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365). The New York State Department of Labor will work with local officials to recruit and hire workers. You can fill out the Preliminary Registration form here. 

For more information about unemployment insurance for individuals or businesses that were affected by Hurricane Sandy, please visit the New York State Department of Labor’s website

DREAM Act Eligible College Students: Apply for the 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program

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The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy, is accepting applications for the 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program.

The DREAM Fellowship Program is a semester-long leadership development program. In its first semester in the Spring of 2012, ten college-level DREAM Act eligible student leaders from across the world, were selected for the fellowship. In the program, the fellows were exposed to leadership development trainings, internships at community organizations and received $2,000 scholarships toward tuition at City University of New York. You can find out more about the 2012 Fellowship here.

According to The NYIC, their leading drive for the Fellowship was the “vibrant and growing immigrant youth movement. With almost no paid staff, no lobbyists, and few financial resources, undocumented immigrant youth and immigrant communities galvanized a historical movement for passage of the DREAM Act.  In the aftermath of Congress’s failure to act, a new sense of urgency emerged. However, DREAMers faced the challenge of continuing to fight for their rights, while still excluded from most of the educational, financial and leadership opportunities their peers had, simply because of their immigration status. To address this disparity, recognizing the tremendous talent and leadership potential of these young people, the NYIC and the Fund for Public Advocacy created the DREAM Fellowship, a program that combines financial assistance with leadership training and hands-on field work.”

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We encourage you to share this opportunity with DREAM Act-eligible college students you know who could benefit from this opportunity! Please visit NYIC’s website for the application as well as the qualifications required to apply.  The deadline to apply for the DREAM Fellowship is Monday, November 19th, 2012. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Green Jobs Green NY Bronx Contractor Forum on Tuesday, October 9

Currently there is only one certified GJ/GNY contractor in the entire Bronx! Becoming one can grow your business!

Through the Green Jobs Green NY (GJGNY) program, thousands of homes can receive free or reduced cost audits and retrofits, stopping air leaks, installing installation, upgrading HVAC systems, changing lighting, etc. In order to do this work, a contractor must be Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited before they can participate in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program sponsored by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA).

At this Contractor Forum, you will learn:

  • What BPI certification encompasses, how to become involved in the NYSERDA GJGNY program, and available incentives.
  • AEA, BCC, and Solar One will discuss their training opportunities for BPI certification.
  • What contractors need to be prepared to offer, in terms of capacity to get the assessments and retrofits completed.
  • MWBE certification and the opportunities for procurement that it can open up for MWBE contractors. Also additional incentives and training funding opportunities offered through SBS.
  • Additional incentives for business development for GJGNY, such as OJT training funding.

HOSTED BY: Solar One and Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation; with support from Bronx Community College, Association for Energy Affordability, NYC Small Business Services, Sustainable South Bronx

WHAT: Bronx Contractor Forum

WHERE: Bronx Community College, Language Hall, Facility Dining Room (map)

WHEN: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

If you are interested in taking advantage of the quickly expanding market for home energy upgrades or “green jobs”, RSVP today!

Apply Today for the Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York’s Saturday Academy is a free six-week program for students in grades 8 – 12 interested in American History or SAT preparation. There’s no homework or testing and all course materials are provided.

Fall 2012 courses meet on Saturdays October 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1 and 8. Course offerings include:

  • Arts Movements in New York: From World War II to the 1960s
  • Futurama! America’s World’s Fairs and Envisioning the World of Tomorrow
  • Voices of Resistance: Photography and Poetry of the Civil Rights Movement
  • From Epidemics to Healthcare Reform: The History of American Medicine
  • Bell Curves SAT Skills

All applications must be received online. TO APPLY, please click on this link and fill out all the required information.

The application deadline is Tuesday, October 9. Enrollment is first-come, first-served, so please apply early since space is limited! Should you experience any trouble applying online, you may email Saturday.Academy@mcny.org or call 917-492-3401 to request that an application be mailed to your home address for you to fill out and return to the Museum of the City of New York.

Search and Care is Looking for Volunteers

Search and Care will be holding an Open House for potential volunteers on Tuesday, September 25th from 6 to 7:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community by providing free help to seniors who want to stay in their apartments but may have a hard time managing on their own. This rewarding experience can involve anything from just visiting a senior in their home to walking their dog,  assisting a frail senior to and from doctor appointments, or grocery shopping for a homebound senior.

If you’re 18 or older (bilingual is a plus) and want to know if this would be a great way for you to give back, or if you have a parent in East Harlem and want to learn more about Search and Care’s services, please RSVP to attend and bring a friend or neighbor. Refreshments will be served. RSVP today!

WHO: Search and Care

WHAT: Volunteer Open House

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25th, 6 – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Community Board 11, 1664 Park Avenue (117th & 118th)

RSVP: Call Robin at 212-289-5300 x203 or email strashun@searchandcare.org

Opportunity for a Career as a Union Skilled Construction Craft Laborer

Construction & General Building Laborers’ Local 79 will be taking the first 2,000 applications they receive for the opportunity to become a Skilled Construction Craft Laborer Apprentice with the hopes to accept up to 200 Apprentices in the next 9 to 24 months.

As a first-year Apprentice, you will be making $36.80 per hour in wages and benefits. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will become a Journey worker, making $59.39 per hour in wages and benefits. This is obviously a great opportunity, not only to be a part of a union, but to have a career.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Physically capable of performing the work
  • Pass a pre-entry drug screening at your expense (once you’ve already been selected into the program)

Instructions:

  • Applications will be distributed for 10 business days, or until they reach 2,000 applicants. Beginning September 24, between 9 AM and 11:59 AM, go to WWW.MTTF.org (very important to include the “WWW”)
  • Follow the directions on the website
  • You may only apply once during these ten days
  • Fill out the form no different than if you were ordering a product online. If you are planning on moving in the next 2 years, please include two different addresses – at least one of which is very consistent (ex: a family member that does not plan on moving & will let you know when mail arrives)
  • Click submit

Everyone that applies will be mailed a letter of invitation for an interview. These names will be drawn at random, when needed periodically over the next  9-24 months. This could take up to 2 years depending on economic conditions. If you or anyone else you know is interested, make sure to apply as early as possible so that you’re part of the first 2,000 applicants.

Tomorrow: Small Business Job Fair Prescreening

Tomorrow, the Workforce1 Manhattan Career Center is hosting a job fair prescreening event featuring small businesses in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx that are looking to recruit employees in a number of fields. Applicants that meet employer requirements will be asked to return for an interview with the employer. See below for more info!

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Thursday, September 6th between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM

Location: 60 Madison Avenue, Suite 704

Please bring: Valid (non-expired) Photo ID, Social Security Card, and your Resume.

(Applicant must be in proper interview attire)

APPLICANTS WITHOUT RESUMES WILL NOT BE ADMITTED

Best of luck!

Hispanic Federation Will Award 100 DREAMers $50,000 to Apply for Deferred Action

In the midst of rejoicing with the still-new news of DREAMers being able to obtain protection from deportation and receive work permits for at least two years, there’s a harsh reality for those who qualify for deferred action – the cost of applying. At $475 per applicant, it’s not a small fee, especially for families with multiple eligible DREAMers. This is why the Hispanic Federation, along with 10 Latino nonprofit partner organizations, is going to award $50,000 to aid 100 deserving, eligible immigrant youth applying for the Obama’s Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Immigration Program.

DREAMers looking to confirm their eligibility and apply for assistance with the application fee must do so through the 10 partner organizations, which are listed below:

Make the Road NY (Brooklyn & Queens, NY)
347-SONAR12 (347-766-2712)
dream@maketheroadny.org

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (Manhattan & Bronx, NY)
665 West 182nd Street, Ground Floor, New York, New York 10033
212-781-035

El Centro del Inmigrante (Staten Island, NY)
1546 Castleton Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302
718-420-6466

Westchester Hispanic Coalition (Hudson Valley, NY)
46 Waller Avenue, White Plains, NY  10605
914-948–8466

Center for Latino Progress (Hartford, CT)
95 Park Street, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06106
860-247-3227

Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury (Danbury, CT)
87 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810
203-798-2855

Immigration & American Citizenship Organization (Passaic, NJ)
647 Main Avenue, Suite 205, Passaic, New Jersey, 07055
973-472-4648

La Casa de Don Pedro (Newark, NJ)
39 Broadway Newark, NJ 07104
973-481-4713

Juntos (Philadelphia, PA)
2029 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
215-218-9079

Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (Philadelphia, PA)
4261North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Donations to support DREAMers can be made to the Hispanic Federation through their website or by contacting Tania Munguia at their headquarters at (212) 233-8955. If this is something you or someone you know is interested in applying for, spread the word and apply today. Best of luck!

‘There is No Poop Fairy in East Harlem’ Campaign Needs Volunteers

We can all agree that not cleaning up after your dog on the street is an unsanitary nuisance, so it’s time to do something about it. We’re looking for volunteers to assist with our initiative to promote being a responsible dog owner and member of the community.

On Saturday, August 25, we will be holding a series of events as the launch of the “There is no Poop Fairy in East Harlem” campaign. We will need volunteers to assist in setting up the event as well as going out in the community to help educate dog owners on the need to clean up after their dogs. If you’re available to help out during the morning and early afternoon on that Saturday, please call (212) 828-9800.


Please donate your time to help improve the cleanliness of our neighborhood. We really appreciate it and hope to hear from you soon & see you there!

Save the Date for the East Harlem Job Fair

The East Harlem Job and Career Fair will be Thursday March 15 from 10 AM to 4 PM at 1918 First Avenue (near 99th St.).  Save the date and spread the word!

The Job Fair is being sponsored by the East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, Hostos Community College/CUNY, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Manhattan Community Board 11, LULAC-NY, Jefferson Houses Jobs-Plus and the Silverman School of Social Work.

For more information and to register as an employer or jobseeker, sign up here: http://ehbcc.org/jobfair/

Tell Us What You Want to Build in Your Neighborhood – In a Video!

As part of our new Participatory Budgeting initiative, a contest has been launched where you can create a video to share how you would spend $1 million to improve our community.  All of those who create a video will be entered into a raffle to win a Flip video camera!  All contest details are below, as well as some tips for those who may be new to making videos.  Please read the instructions carefully and upload your submission before the November 21st deadline.

You have a chance to decide how to spend $1 million to improve your neighborhood. What do you want?

Tell us in a video.  Deadline November 21.

Participatory Budgeting is a new and different way to make decisions about publically funded infrastructure projects in your neighborhood.

If you or someone you know has ideas about how things could work better in these districts – make a video and let us know!  All eligible ideas submitted by November 21 will be considered. 

Here’s How You Can Participate

  • Read and follow the rules
  • Create a 30 second to 3 minute video about how you would spend $1 million to improve infrastructure in one of the four districts
  • Upload your video to YouTube and tag it pbnyc (very important to tag it!)
  • Send us an email at pb@artsanddemocracy.org with your contact info and the name of the video that you uploaded and tagged. Everyone who uploads a video will be entered into a raffle for a Flip video camera, so make sure to send us your info!
  • Submit your video by November 21

There is a Video Workshop to Help You Out

November 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Brooklyn Community Access TV (BCAT) studio 232 Third Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn at the Old American Can Factory. RSVP required rsvp@artsanddemocracy.org (space is limited, first come first served)

For more information

contact pb@artsanddemocracy.org

Rules

  • Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes – shorter is great!
  • Capital projects only: that’s money for physical improvements that benefit the public like rebuilding a street, renovating a park, installing benches or street lights, or trash cans, repairing buildings, or buying computers or equipment for a school or community center.
  • Any music used must have the permission of the artist or be available via a Creative Commons license (see https://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos). Or create your own music!
  • By tagging your video pbnyc you agree to allow the Arts & Democracy Project, Participatory Budgeting Project, and the City Councilmembers to use your video for educational purposes and feature on their websites.
  • Projects need to be within the four City Council districts: District 8, Manhattan/Bronx, Districts 39 and 45 in Brooklyn and District 32 in Queens. Check http://pbnyc.org to see what neighborhoods are in these districts.
  • Videos need to be submitted by November 30 for your ideas to be considered this year.

Tips

  • Plan ahead. Even if your idea is simple, think through how you want to do it before you start recording. If your idea is more complex, write out a script or a storyboard.
  • Make sure you have enough light, especially if you are shooting indoors.
  • If you are recording sound with your camera mic, make sure there are no background noises and then make sure that the person speaking is loud and clear.
  • Make sure you can see everything/everyone in the shot before you start recording.

Resources

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee & the National Priorities Project for sharing their resources and inspiring this project!

First Neighborhood Assembly Held Last Night, Six More to Go!

Over 120 District 8 community members joined us at our first participatory budgeting neighborhood assembly to begin the process of deciding how to allocate $1 million in funding for our district. There are six more of these assemblies to go! The next assembly will be at the Youth Hostel on Amsterdam Ave and 104th Street on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 pm. All dates and locations are available here.

After time for food and getting to know one another, participants learned more about what the participatory budgeting process entails and what types of projects are eligible. They were then broken up into small groups where the brainstorming process began. Project ideas included increasing lighting on our streets, installing larger and taller trash cans and painting new murals in the community.

More than 25 people signed up to be budget delegates, who will help us form the ideas generated throughout the process into concrete proposals that the community will vote on in March 2012.

Have a great idea for a project? Want to get involved and serve as a budget delegate? Join as at one of the six remaining assemblies this month. The dates and locations are below. We’re still looking for volunteers to help carry out this process as well (you can sign up to volunteer at http://tinyurl.com/pbvolunteer). 

A huge thanks to Yorkville Common Pantry for hosting last night’s assembly, and also to Community Board 11, Children’s Aid Society, Community Voices Heard, Violence Intervention Program, the Participatory Budgeting Project and everyone else from the District 8 Committee who was instrumental in making the event a success! And of course thanks to all who participated last night.

Please continue to spread the word so we can make sure to pack the house at all of the upcoming neighborhood assemblies.

Tuesday, October 11th – 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Youth Hostel
891 Amsterdam Ave @ 104th Street
English with Spanish Translation
 
Wednesday, October 12th – 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Crystal Ball Room at Taino Towers
2382 2nd Ave (btwn 2nd and 3rd Aves), 4th Floor
English with Spanish Translation
 
Wednesday, October 19th – 9:30 am to 12 noon
Union Settlement (237 E. 104th Street)
English with Spanish Translation
Note: This assembly will be geared toward seniors.
 
Thursday, October 20th – 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Children’s Aid Society Frederick Douglass Center
885 Columbus Ave (@ 104th Street)
English with Spanish Translation
 
Monday, October 24th – 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Millbrook Community Center
201 St. Ann’s Ave (@ 137th Street) – Bronx
English with Spanish Translation
 
Tuesday, October 25th – 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Children’s Aid Society
130 E. 101st Street (@ Lexington Ave)
English Only
Note: This assembly will be geared toward youth.

Chinese Language Constituent Office Hours to be Held Tuesdays Through the End of August

Melissa’s office has begun holding special office hours for the growing number of Chinese-speaking constituents in our district each Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  These office hours will run through the end of August.  Below is an introductory letter in both English and Chinese from Preston Tan, our liaison to the Chinese community.

Below are a few articles outlining our efforts to engage the Chinese-speaking constituents in our District:

 
 
 

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Applications Now Available — Deadline is May 27, 2011

Applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are now available for New York City residents ages 14 to 24. SYEP is a seven week job program that provides youth with work experience, life skills training and income during the summer months.

The application process will run for 4 weeks.  The deadline for submission is May 27th, after which a lottery process begins.  The program kicks off on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 and continues through Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Apply online today at https://application.nycsyep.com/

You can also download a paper application in PDF or view FAQs for more information.

Opportunity for Local Young People: Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York

See below for an announcement from the Museum of the City of New York, regarding their Saturday Academy.  The deadline for applying is TOMORROW. Priority is given to children from El Barrio/East Harlem.

Saturday Academy is a free six-week program for students in grades 8 – 12 interested in American History or SAT preparation. There’s no homework or testing and all course materials are provided.  Saturday Academy was recently featured as the best museum program for high school students in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York in 2011” issue!

Spring 2011 courses meet on April 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, and June 4th and 11th. Course offerings include:

  • The Sixties: Music, Movements, and Mayhem
  • Striving for Freedom: Free Black Communities in New York and Brooklyn before the Civil War
  • Public Art in East Harlem: Interpreting Latino-American History in the 20th Century
  • Kaplan SAT Skills

Applications must be received by Friday, April 8th. Enrollment is first come first serve, so please apply early since space is limited! To apply, please fill out  our application (which you can open by clicking here) and mail it back to the Museum. For more information about the program, click here or contact Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, at jsteinberg@mcny.org.

The Museum has also set up a new Facebook page where you can receive announcements about Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York and to show your support!

La Marqueta Kitchen Incubator Officially Launched!

Yesterday, Melissa joined Speaker Christine Quinn and others in celebrating the opening of the long-awaited commercial kitchen incubator.  Hot Bread Kitchen‘s HBK Incubates program will rent out space in the brand new commercial kitchen at La Marqueta to culinary entrepreneurs while also providing paid training in commercial baking and English as a second language courses to immigrant women.  La Marqueta has also welcomed a number of new vendors, selling everything from coffee and treats to fresh, locally-grown produce.

The incubator space includes two production kitchens, two prep kitchens, a chocolate kitchen, a specialty production space, and dough room, as well as dry and cold storage facilities. A demonstration kitchen for classes and other events is also available. The kitchens will be fully equipped and available on a part-time or full-time basis. Already, Hot Bread Kitchen has agreed to incubate 7 small businesses, with a second round of applications currently being accepted.  Subsidized rates are available for low-income food entrepreneurs.  More info on this space is available here.

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Staff at the kitchen will help entrepreneurs with: learning kitchen-use rules and regulations, product development, becoming certified food handlers, marketing products, completing a business plan and accessing capital.  We hope that local culinary entrepreneurs and other interested residents will seek to take advantage of the opportunities available through the HBK Incubates Program.  Click here for more information on membership and rental rates, and call 212-369-3331 to learn more.

“With today’s grand opening, we begin the long-awaited revitalization of La Marqueta, a historical and cultural landmark for the El Barrio/East Harlem community,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “The newly built commercial kitchen incubator will make affordable workspace available to culinary entrepreneurs, as immigrant women receive training and workforce development from Hot Bread Kitchen.  I strongly encourage my constituents to take advantage of these incredible resources.  This innovative incubator space, along with the brand new retailers that have moved in, will help La Marqueta to once again become an engine for economic activity in El Barrio/East Harlem.  I thank Speaker Christine Quinn for her leadership on this project, as well as the support of the Economic Development Corporation and all others who helped make this vision come to life.”

Please stop by the newly renovated La Marqueta to check out the commercial kitchen and all of the new vendors!

Here is some media coverage of yesterday’s grand opening:

Discounted Holiday Train Show Tickets Available from the NY Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is currently offering a 50% discount for weekday tickets to their Holiday Train Show for the Bronx and surrounding communities.  This special will run until December 17th and tickets are subject to availability.  Tickets must be bought on site at the Garden or by phone at 718-817-8716 (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.) and use the code “NEIGHBORS.”  The New York Botanical Garden is located in the Bronx and can be reached by taking the 4, B or D trains to the Bedford Park Blvd station.  See the below video for a preview of this year’s Holiday Train Show:

The following is a description of the Holiday Train Show from the Botanical Garden:

With more trains, more live performances, and more fun than ever before, it’s the perfect time to visit the Holiday Train Show. Wrapped in the glow of twinkling lights, model trains wind their way through an enchanting world featuring replicas of more than 140 New York landmarks. Decorate gingersnaps, explore the Garden grounds, pick up holiday gifts in the Shop—it’s a whole day of fun for the entire family.

For more information, visit http://www.nybg.org/hts/. We hope our constituents will take advantage of these discounted rates for local residents!

New Volunteer Opportunity: Help Local Seniors to Take Care of their Pets

Are you interested in helping local seniors keep and take care of their pets? Join Search and Care this Wednesday, December 1st from 6 pm-8 pm to learn about a new volunteer opportunity that will enable frail and low-income older adults to enjoy the benefits and companionship of owning pets even if they can no longer perform everyday tasks such as dog walking, litter changing and shopping for pet food.  The Open House will be held at 1844 2nd Avenue (between 95th and 96th Streets).  RSVP is required to Robin at 212-289-5300 X203.

Search and Care is a small community nonprofit helps El Barrio/East Harlem and Yorkville frail elders to remain in their own homes as long as safely possible.  Through the help of volunteers, this new initiative, the Pet + Elder Empowerment Project (PEEP), will help these low-income seniors by providing essential pet-support services they can no longer do and cannot possibly afford to purchase.

Volunteer opportunities could include:

  • An occasional dog walk
  • Litter change
  • Bird cage cleaning
  • Shopping for pet supplies
  • Taking a pet to/from vet appointments
  • Arranging for visits with your pet to an older adult’s home

If you are interested in helping these older adults, please RSVP for the open house by contacting Robin at 212-289-5300 X203.

Free Universal Pre-K Seats Still Available!

There are still free Universal Pre-K (UPK) seats available for children who will turn four before December 31, 2010.  Parents must register their children by October 29, 2010 to qualify. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on available seats, call 718-935-2009 or call the UPK programs nearest you.  You can find local UPK programs by visiting www.nyc.gov/schools/prek.  Please see the flyer below (click to enlarge) for additional information.

Parents: Application for the Gifted & Talented Program in NYC Public Schools is Now Available

The deadline to apply for a gifted and talented seats in NYC public schools has now been extended to September 17th. These seats are for students entering the 4th grade in a K-5 school or the 5th grade in a K-8 school who scored a Level 4 on the ELA and math state standardized tests (you can verify your child’s scores by clicking here).  The application can be downloaded by clicking here.  It is also available for download in Spanish as well as other languages.

For students who are not currently in NYC public schools, parents may complete the non-public school application and submit the application along with comparable ELA and math standardized test scores.  For students who are currently in charter schools, parents should contact the charter school to access their child’s scores.

For more information on the gifted and talented program, click here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our District Office at 212-828-9800.

Free Summer Meals for Kids Every Weekday

Each year, the City offers free breakfast and lunch for young people under the age of 18 while school is not in session.  We encourage local residents to take advantage of these services.  Please help spread the word!

Meals are offered at schools, parks and public pools throughout the city, Monday through Friday.  To find the nearest location, please call 311 or search for a location by clicking here.

No documentation or identification is required to receive free meals.  See the flyer below for more information. The menus for each day are available here: July and August.

Thursday: Get a Free MRI Brain Scan in East Harlem

Please join us to receive a FREE MRI brain scan in El Barrio/East Harlem for the early detention of brain tumors, sponsored by Melissa’s Office and the Brain Tumor Foundation.

To participate, we recommend that you download and complete this MRI Screening Medical History, or pick one up in our District Office.  By having this filled out in advance, it will help speed up your waiting time.

Details on the event can be found on the flyer below, or you can download the flyer in PDF format, by clicking here.

Help Promote Clean Streets in East Harlem by Becoming the Next My NY Local Celebrity

My NY is a neighborhood improvement program initiated by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito focusing on promoting clean streets in El Barrio.  We need local heroes from East Harlem/El Barrio to tell the world why these issues are important to them.  These representatives will urge others to maintain clean streets, clean up after their pets, and be vigilant about litter and other quality of life issues in East Harlem/El Barrio.

Click above to enlarge the flyer.

If you, or someone you know, would be a good candidate to champion this cause, please submit the name, contact information, and occupation of the person to ngarcia@council.nyc.gov and a My NY representative will contact you shortly..  That person will be featured in this campaign in print ads, the internet, and other media.  Please note the deadline for submission has been extended until June 22nd.

Please help us maintain a cleaner East Harlem/El Barrio!

Commercial Kitchen Incubator at La Marqueta to be Run by Hot Bread Kitchen

This week, the City Council and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced that the organization Hot Bread Kitchen has been selected to run the new kitchen incubator coming to the historic La Marqueta site in El Barrio/East Harlem.

“The selection of Hot Bread Kitchen to operate El Barrio/East Harlem’s new kitchen incubator at the historic La Marqueta site is an exciting development for my district,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “Last year Hot Bread Kitchen was recognized by the Mayor’s Office as the ‘Queens Small Business of the Year.’  I am thrilled to be able to bring this successful model to El Barrio/East Harlem, to provide opportunities to local entrepreneurs as well as critical workforce development services, for not only residents of my district, but all New Yorkers.  I look forward to a collaborative relationship with Hot Bread Kitchen to make the organization a true partner with the community as we launch this important project at La Marqueta.”

The kitchen incubator will provide an exciting opportunity for local food entrepreneurs to rent affordable commercial kitchen space to continue to grow their businesses. The site will also have general workforce development services available, primarily for immigrant women.

Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

Click here for a press release from the City Council making this announcement.

Many of the details on the commercial kitchen are still forthcoming.  To be kept updated on the status of the incubator, please e-mail your name, phone number and e-mail address to newsfrommelissa@gmail.com, indicating your interest in the project.

Saturday: Free Citizenship Application Assistance Event

Are you ready to apply for citizenship but need some assistance?  Join us at a FREE event, co-sponsored by Melissa’s office, the City University of New York and Union Settlement Association this Saturday, June 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (doors will close at 2:00 p.m.).  The event will be held at Union Settlement (237 E. 104th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).

Please see the flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic for more detailed information.

English
Spanish

Chinese
Arabic

Apply Now for the Summer Youth Employment Program!

Each summer, thousands of New York City young people, ages 14 to 24,  get a job opportunity through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).  The application is now available.  We strongly encourage District 8 youth to apply, and we hope you will share this information with your family, friends and neighbors.

Click here to apply online now. You can also download a paper copy for submission by mail, by clicking here. The application is due on May 21st.

SYEP is a City program that places young people in summer jobs in a variety of sectors, including government, nonprofits, summer camps, cultural institutions, small businesses, law firms and others.   Participants are chosen by lottery.

In this seven week program, young people have the opportunity to gain skills and work experience, while also making some money.

Click here for more information on SYEP.

 

UPDATE: 

DYCD is Taking Applications for the 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program