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Dear Partners,

You are invited! Please join us on Thursday, December 20th to celebrate our partnerships and recognize our collective efforts to build a vibrant community of infinite opportunity in the South Bronx with goodies, drinks, and holiday cheer. Please RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you there!

SBRT Holiday Reception
Thursday, December 20 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Children's Aid Bronx Family Center | 1515 Southern Blvd.
Wine, beer, and snacks | RSVP Here

SBRT's November Newsletter

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Dear Partners,

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving! This Fall has been a time of reconnecting and rejuvenation for the SBRT Team. Specifically, November has been an exciting month of “firsts” for our Network. Here is what we've been up to!

StriveTogether's 2018 Convening


In October, our team joined over 500 collective impact leaders at the StriveTogether annual convening.

The two-day gathering gave us the opportunity to reconnect with others in our New York State Cradle to Career (C2C) network and “Backbone Teams” across the nation.

The convening included a full menu of workshops on topics like racial justice, student and community voice, continuous improvement, and adaptive leadership. Our very own Data Manager, Veronica Cuellar, co-presented a session on data culture in collective impact partnerships. Overall, this experience brought us back clear-eyed, focused, and inspired to get results and deepen our community engagement.


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Our first SBRT Expo was a resource fair for families and community members. Over thirty partners were in attendance to share information and empower our South Bronx residents.

Tremendous gratitude to the South Bronx entrepreneurs, leaders, and literacy advocates who supported us – NYPL’s Morrisania Branch, 1.5 Million Books, The Bronx is Reading, Boogie Down Books, The Lit Bar, Born Juice, and Literacy Inc. A major thank you to Montefiore Hospital for coordinating a book drive for the event - every SBRT Expo attendee was able to walk away with a book and the ability to expand our neighborhood's culture of literacy.

SBRT especially thanks Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. and his office for their partnership and sponsorship of the event. Thank you for believing in the power of collective impact!

The SBRT Early Years Network

Building on the success and excitement of our Kindergarten Readiness work, SBRT launched its Early Years Network this month with a Roundtable discussion and webinar. Our members discussed the importance of building trust between parents/caregivers and providers, the value of tying community voice with decision-making power, and the necessity of centering early childhood work on the needs and realities of families.

Join Our Early Years Network – Fill out our General Interest Form.

Save The Date – Join us at the next Early Years Network Roundtable at 2 pm on January 15th at 1515 Southern Blvd.

Questions, Suggestions, or Comments - Contact Lara Kyriakou, our Early Learning System Manager, for more information.

Are you interested in these discussions? Do you have suggestions? If so, Click here to sign up!

Warm Welcomes

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Join us in welcoming Kate Ford to the SBRT team! In addition to being the new Chief of Staff at Phipps Neighborhoods, Kate will also serve as one of SBRT's Senior Advisors. Some of you may have met her during the Expo and Early Years Roundtable. We are excited to have Kate's leadership, strategic guidance, and thoughtful partnership in our fold!


Michael Partis

Early Years Webinar

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This webinar will explore the early childhood landscape in the South Bronx. Key topics will be parent and family engagement, community participation, and the creation of a South Bronx Playgroup. Please RSVP here:


Dear Friends,

Next week, we are launching our new Early Years Roundtable! This is a meeting of providers, parents, and community members who will come together to advocate for issues impacting children 0-5 years old in Community District 3. Please RSVP here.

Early Years Roundtable
Thursday, November 15 | 4:30-6:30 PM
Children’s Aid | 958 East 176th St.
RSVP here

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Dear Partners and Neighbors,

Tomorrow, Saturday November 3 from 3-5PM, Council Member Salamanca and South Bronx Rising Together will host the SBRT Expo, a literary and educational fair for families and youth in the community. Information in English and Spanish flyer below. Here’s a statement from the event organizer and the CM:

“We are excited to be hosting the South Bronx Rising Together Expo, where Bronx families and students will have access to resources that help them thrive in school and beyond,” said Michael Partis, Director of South Bronx Rising Together. “We thank Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. for making this event possible and for aiding our mission to ensure that the Bronx is a vibrant community of infinite opportunity where people aspire to live, work, and raise families."

“There are so many factors that impact a child’s success in school, from having the necessary school supplies and warm clothing in the winter to having access to literary and educational resources. I am proud to sponsor and allocate funds for programs like the SBRT Expo, which are key to connecting providers with families. I thank South Bronx Rising Together for their hard work and effort in making today’s Expo a success,” said Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr.


Michael Partis and Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.

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Dear Partners and Neighbors,

The SBRT Expo is THIS SATURDAY! A special thank you to Councilman Salamanca Jr. for sponsoring the event. We have more than 30 partners confirmed to attend the Expo. There will be free resources, giveaways, and prizes - including gift cards and an iPad! We look forward to seeing you there and encourage you to bring your families.

The SBRT Expo
Saturday, November 3 | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School | 1232 Southern Blvd.
here for more information.

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Dear Partners and Neighbors,

We hope that the Fall season and the first few weeks of the school year have been fruitful! As the days begin to shorten and the weather gets colder, we all begin to turn our minds to keeping our momentum and sustaining our work for the months ahead. We are pleased to share a few exciting updates and information about upcoming events with you. 

On September 20, we held our first Stakeholder Convening of the year. Over 60 stakeholders, including several new partners, joined us to network, reconnect, and chart the course ahead. Many thanks to all who were able to participate!

This month, we added two new members to our Backbone team - Lara Kyriakou and Arlene Torres.

As SBRT's Early Learning System Manager, Lara will lead our Robin Hood Foundation-funded work with children ages 0-3 and their families by working with home-based childcare providers and numerous other stakeholders to ensure they are ready for school and life. Lara brings over a decade of experience in childhood development and researching the effects of stress on parenting and infant development. Arlene joins us, as our Family Organizer, in addition to supporting our community outreach efforts; she will develop SBRT's new South Bronx Playgroups for families and children. Please join us in welcoming them to the SBRT family!

With plans in place and new staff aboard, we are excited to see all of you at our November events!

  • SBRT Expo - With generous support from Councilman Rafael Salamanca, Jr., on Saturday, November 3 we are holding the first-ever “SBRT Expo” - a resource fair for South Bronx children, youth, and families. There will be free school supplies, giveaways, and prizes - including gift cards to Stop & Shop and The Children's Place and an iPad mini. Many SBRT partners will be there to share resources and celebrate with the community. Please spread the word and click here for more information!  

  • SBRT Roundtables - November will also see the launch of the SBRT Roundtables we announced last month at the Stakeholder Convening.

    • Come out Thursday, November 8 for the inaugural College, Career & Civic Life Roundtable, where we will focus on college success, employment & career exploration, and civic engagement. How can we make sure our youth and young adults learn, live, and work in our neighborhoods? What can we (schools, community-based organizations, and others) do to support this work? Join us as we talk to Bronx students, youth organizers, and social entrepreneurs about how they tackle these questions. RSVP here.

    • On Thursday, November 15, we will launch our new Early Years Roundtable and explore the early childhood network in Morrisania! This is a convening of providers, parents, and community members, who bring different and crucial perspectives on the strengths and challenges of supporting young children and families in the South Bronx. Insights from this group will lead to community-driven policy recommendations and actions plans. RSVP here.


Michael Partis

RSVP Today for the SBRT Stakeholder Convening!

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Dear Friends,

The SBRT Stakeholder Convening is one week away and space is limited.Please RSVP today! During the meeting on Thursday, September 20th there will be exciting SBRT updates, an exchange of ideas, refreshments, and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!

SBRT Stakeholder Convening
Thursday, September 20 | 3:00-5:00 PM
 MCNY Bronx Campus | 463 East 149 Street, Bronx, NY



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