SBRT's November Newsletter

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

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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.


THE SBRT Expo

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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!

Sincerely,

Michael Partis

Early Years Webinar

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: https://bit.ly/2KyzDy0.



LAST CALL: SBRT’S EARLY YEARS ROUNDTABLE!

Dear Friends,

The Early Years Roundtable is TOMORROW! Join us as we come together to support the issues impacting young children in our community. Last chance to 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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RSVP FOR SBRT’S EARLY YEARS ROUNDTABLE!

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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A JOINT STATEMENT FROM SBRT AND COUNCILMAN SALAMANCA

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Partis and Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.

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THE SBRT EXPO

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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.
Click
here for more information.

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SBRT’s OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

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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.

Sincerely,

Michael Partis

SBRT RESOURCE FAIR | CALL FOR PARTNERS

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Dear Community Partners,

On Saturday, November 3, South Bronx Rising Together will be hosting a Community Resource Fair at 1232 Southern Blvd. from 3 to 5 PM. We are writing to invite you to participate!  If you are interested in tabling or having a booth, please fill out our sign-up form.

With generous support from New York City Council member Rafael Salamanca, we are excited to bring the community together to promote educational success and healthy outcomes! In addition to a focus on family literacy – fun reading activities for parents and children – we aim to provide the community with information on programs and resources that support learning, wellness, social services, and financial health.

We will have giveaways, raffles, education-based games, and entertainment on site. We also are collecting books to giveaway to families and are inviting partners to participate.

If you know any additional community-based organizations, vendors, or stakeholders, please feel free to spread the word! In case of questions, contact us at info@risingtogether.org.

Sincerely,

South Bronx Rising Together