SBRT’S MAY NEWSLETTER

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Dear Partners,

We are excited to share with you the latest from our network. In this month's newsletter, you will learn more about our project groups and upcoming SBRT events.

Project Groups Are Underway!

Our Home-Based Child Care project group continues to work on strategies for improving quality of care. A special thank you to the NYC Children's Cabinet for their presentation on new ways to share input on policy.

Additionally, the School Attendance project meeting focused on the partnerships and stakeholders needed for reducing chronic absenteeism in our local schools. We thank our attendees for committing to actions that help our community prepare for Attendance Awareness Month in September!

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Events in the SBRT Network

Beyond '77, our StriveTogether Leadership team, held two convenings this month to continue our push towards equitable results in South Bronx schools. The group facilitated a community conversation to identify the key factors impacting neighborhood-level reading and literacy. We also met with the Principals, Community School Directors, and other leaders from several of our partner schools to discuss end of the school year data-driven strategies.

A special thank you to the My Brother's Keeper's Bronx and DOE staff for providing our local schools with a great celebration of reading and literacy earlier this month. We also thank A Short Bronx DocumentaryHostos College's Office of Career Services, and StriveHigher for providing free headshots, LinkedIn workshops, and mock job interviews to the community.

A major thank you to the great staff and leaders at C.S. 61, Metropolitan High School, and P.S. 55 for hosting our SBRT network events!

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Network News

We are looking to hold focus groups with home-based childcare providers in the middle of June. Food, childcare, and special incentives will be provided to all participants. Contact Lara Kyriakou (lara@risingtogether.org) for more information. If you are interested, please RSVP here.

The Early Grades Reading project group is currently looking for more members. Please contact Kendall Lewis (kendall@risingtogether.org) to learn about the work ahead and upcoming meetings. Click here for a recap of our most recent meeting.

Our team is expanding! Please see our vacant positions below in the SBRT Early Learning System and School Readiness.


Save The Date

Early Childhood Literacy Project Group
Thursday, June 13th | 10:00 am
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd. 
RSVP Here

School Age Network Roundtable
Wednesday, July 10th | 10:00 am
Children’s Aid | 976 E. 176th St. 
RSVP Here

SBRT Events - May 2019

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Dear Partners,

We have some exciting events coming up in our networks this week and throughout the month of May. Learn more below and we hope to see you soon!

Early Learning System

Join us on Tuesday May 7th for our Early Learning System Meeting! Our guest presenter will be the NYC Children’s Cabinet. Come hear the Cabinet’s proposals for children birth to 3 years old and their families.

You’ll also hear from SBRT’s Home-Based Care Project. They will be convening to learn more about the needs and interests of home-based child care in CD3, including plans for future focus groups with parents and providers.

Early Learning System Meeting - May 7th, 10 am to noon, 1515 Southern Blvd (Bronx Family Center)

South Bronx Playgroup

Our Playgroup meets every Thursday, 10:30 AM, at the Phipps Neighborhoods Family Reading Room (1591 Fulton Avenue, Bronx NY 10460). If your organization or program would like to speak or make a presentation to our parents, please contact Family Organizer Arlene Rivera (arivera@phippsny.org).

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#ReadAndRise - Reading And Literacy Project Meetings

On Thursday May 9th, our Early Childhood Literacy Project Group will meet to continue working on strategies for increasing communication and language skills for 3 and 4 year olds in Bronx CD3. RSVP here.

Early Childhood Literacy Project Group - May 9th, 10 am to noon, RSVP for conference call and host location details.

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Save the Date! Upcoming SBRT Events

Attendance Improvement Project Meeting (NEW DATE and LOCATION) – Thursday May 21st at 10 am

With the support of Bronx Community Board 3, September 2019 will be Attendance Awareness Month! Join us as we plan our community-focused, neighborhood-level campaign to encourage our students and families to choose #schooleveryday. RSVP here.

#ReadAndRise: A Community Conversation on Literacy and Reading in Bronx Community District 3 – Thursday May 16th at 3 pm

In Bronx Community District 3, 36% of our students scored proficient on the 2018 Third Grade ELA exam. More critically, only 25% of our Black and Latino boys scored at or above grade level. What are the factors that impact reading and literacy in our neighborhoods? How can the community collectively work together to strengthen literacy and reading? RSVP here to join us in this important conversation.

SBRT’S APRIL NEWSLETTER

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Dear Partners,

Spring has arrived and SBRT continues to build momentum towards local-level success in our South Bronx communities. In this month’s newsletter, you will learn more about #ReadAndRise and #SchoolEveryday - our community-driven campaigns for improving reading, literacy, and school attendance in Bronx Community District 3.

We’re Hiring!

 We are excited to announce that our team is expanding! See our new positions in the SBRT Early Learning System and School Readiness below.

South Bronx Playgroup

It was puzzle time at our recent South Bronx Playgroup! Please spread the word and encourage any families you know to join us. Our Playgroup meets every Thursday at 10:30 AM - Phipps Neighborhoods Family Reading Room (1591 Fulton Avenue, Bronx NY 10460). If your organization or program would like to speak or make a presentation to our parents, please contact Family Organizer Arlene Rivera (arivera@phippsny.org).

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Partnering in Schools – Kinvolved and SBRT

We are excited to announce our partnership with Kinvolved to improve student attendance at SBRT partner schools. Four schools –  P.S. 42, Samara Community School, M.S. 301, and Metropolitan High School – will utilize KiNVO for strategic communication and engagement with parents and families. Thank you to Alexandra Meis, Kinvolved CPO and Co-Founder, for facilitating an excellent training and PD with our schools!

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Save the Date! Upcoming SBRT Events

Attendance Improvement Project Meeting – Wednesday May 8th at 10 am

With the support of Bronx Community Board 3, September 2019 will be Attendance Awareness Month! Join us as we plan our community-focused, neighborhood-level campaign to encourage our students and families to choose #schooleveryday. RSVP here.

#ReadAndRise: A Community Conversation on Literacy and Reading in Bronx Community District 3 – Thursday May 16th at 3 pm

In Bronx Community District 3, 36% of our students scored proficient on the 2018 Third Grade ELA exam. More critically, only 25% of our Black and Latino boys scored at or above grade level. What are the factors that impact reading and literacy in our neighborhoods? How can the community collectively work together to strengthen literacy and reading? RSVP here to join us in this important conversation.

Workforce Readiness Event – Saturday May 18th at 2 pm

In partnership with 1.5 Million Books, Phipps Neighborhoods, and Metropolitan High School, join us for job interview coaching, resumes review, and how-to workshops for LinkedIn and other employment platforms. Attendees can also have their headshot taken on site by a professional photographer. All activities and programs are free! RSVP here to join us.

Recaps – April Events in the SBRT Network 

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our April Roundtables! Click here for recaps and to learn more, contact our network managers – Lara, Early Years (lara@risingtogether.org) and Kendall, School Age (kendall@risingtogether.org).

You can also fill out our general interest forms – Early Years and School Age

Our Early Childhood Literacy Committee is working on strategies for increasing communication and language skills for 3 and 4 year olds in Bronx CD3. Check out some of the highlights from our strategy meeting earlier this month. RSVP for our next meeting. If you want to learn more, contact Michael (michael@risingtogether.org).

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We had a great time at the Phipps Neighborhoods Financial Literacy Forum. There were great panel sessions on rebuilding your credit, strategies for investments, and local economic success stories! Partners included Mastercard, Spring Bank, Mocadfi, DOE’s PreK for All, and ThriveNYC.

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Beyond ’77, our Accelerator Fund Leadership Team, continued its national training on equitable results last month. With coaching from StriveTogether, our group spent two days focused on one goal: gaining the skills needed to move from talk to action. Check out the team putting Results-Based Facilitation and Continuous Improvement into action!

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Thank You!

C.S. 61 has a new piano! A special thank you to Louise Scirbner, Gary Axelbank (publisher of thisistheBronX), Sue Fishman and the Bronx Arts EnsembleTeddy’s Cars, and Dr. Mark Naison for their donations and contributions!

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SBRT’S SCHOOL-AGE NETWORK ROUNDTABLE!

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Dear Partners,

Please join us for our next School-Age Network Roundtable this Wednesday, April 10th, from 4-6 pm at the Children’s Aid Bronx Family Center - 1515 Southern Blvd. This is our quarterly convening of providers, parents, and community members interested in issues regarding K-12 students and their families.

The event is open to the public! Please RSVP here. For any questions, please email Kendall Lewis.

School-Age Network Roundtable
Wednesday, April 10th | 4:00-6:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP Here

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SBRT’S ROUNDTABLE REMINDERS

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Dear Partners,

This is a friendly reminder about SBRT’s upcoming Roundtable convening. TODAY is our Early Years Roundtable! On April 10th, we will hold our School-Age Roundtable. Both Roundtable events will be at the Children’s Aid’s Bronx Family Center and are open to the public. For any questions, email Lara Kyriakou (Early Years Roundtable) or email Kendall Lewis (School-Age Roundtable).

Early Years Roundtable
Tuesday, April 2nd | 3:00-5:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP Here

School-Age Roundtable
Wednesday, April 10th | 4:00-6:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP Here

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SBRT’S MARCH NEWSLETTER

Dear Partners,

We are excited to share the latest news and updates from South Bronx Rising Together. This month’s newsletter includes highlights from our South Bronx Playgroup, the latest on our work in StriveTogether’s Cradle-to-Community Challenge, and details on our upcoming Roundtables!

New Backbone Staff

SBRT welcomes Kendall Lewis to our Backbone Team! As our School-Age Network Manager, Kendall leads projects and strategy development for our All Succeed in School work. Prior to SBRT, Kendall worked in youth development at the New Settlement Community Center and as an educator with Legal Outreach. Join us in welcoming Kendall to our community of infinite possibilities!

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Leadership Program To Improve Equitable Results to Bronx Community District 3

We are excited to participate in the StriveTogether Leadership Program (STLP). Alongside the SBRT Director and School Age Network Manager, this cross-sector team is comprised of local leaders who are committed to bringing strategies for equitable outcomes to our South Bronx communities. Our team started working last month with a two-day training in Austin, TX on how to improve Early Grade Reading in our local schools. This week, we are in Miami, FL for the second session. Meet the team:

  • James M. James, Bronx Community Board 3 Resident

  • Monica Major, Director of Education at the Bronx Borough President's Office

  • Maria Panora, Community School Director at C.S. 61

Partnering In Schools - Highlights From The Network

Congratulations to the 4th grade class at C.S. 61 for their excellent school attendance! Check out this story from This Is The Bronx about their Student Attendance Assembly and partnership with Teddy’s Nissan.

There was also an amazing Student Town Hall at Metropolitan High School. Congrats to all the students with perfect attendance for the month!

South Bronx Playgroup

We thank Bronx Care's Prenatal Community Health team for talking to our parents this month. We also had bubbles, Play-Doh, and tummy time! Parents and families are always invited to the South Bronx Playgroup and we encourage them to join us at our next session. If your organization is interested in speaking with or presenting to our parents, please email the Family Organizer, Arlene Rivera.

South Bronx Playgroup
Thursday, April 4th | 10:30 am
Phipps Neighborhoods | 1591 Fulton Ave.
RSVP Here

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April Roundtables

Join us at Children's Aid’s Bronx Family Center for our quarterly roundtables! The events are open to the public! For any questions, email Lara Kyriakou (Early Years Roundtable) or email Kendall Lewis (School Age Roundtable).

Early Years Roundtable
Tuesday, April 2nd | 3:00-5:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP Here

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School Age Roundtable
Wednesday, April 10th | 4:00-6:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP Here

Upcoming Community Events and Programs

  • There are numerous kids programs happening at the Morrisania Branch of The New York City Public Library this month! For more information view the calendar here.

  • Attend a workforce event hosted by Justice Community Plus. For more information view the flyer here.

  • Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study - Deep Dive Meetings are happening until June. For more information view the flyer here.

  • Phipps Neighborhoods is hosting a Bronx Financial Literacy event this month. For more information view the flyer here.

SBRT’S EARLY YEARS ROUNDTABLE!

Dear Partners,

Please join us for our next Early Years Roundtable on Tuesday, April 2nd, from 3-5 pm at the Children’s Aid Bronx Family Center - 1515 Southern Blvd. This is our quarterly convening of providers, parents, and community members interested in issues regarding children age 0-5 and their families.

The event is open to the public! Please RSVP here. For any questions, email Lara Kyriakou.

Early Years Roundtable
Tuesday, April 2nd | 3:00-5:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP Here

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SBRT's ACCELERATOR FUND AWARD & ROUNDTABLE

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Dear Partners,

We are excited to announce that StriveTogether has named South Bronx Rising Together one of its newest Accelerator Fund grantees! StriveTogether is a national nonprofit working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids. The Accelerator Fund recognizes collective impact partnerships that are poised to drive improvement in K-12 academic outcomes within their local communities.

Supported by this three-year grant, SBRT will work with schools in Bronx Community District 3 on family and community engagement, continuous improvement, and data-driven innovation. Through relationship-building with schools and community, and understanding stakeholder experiences in neighborhoods and across systems, SBRT's strategy weaves together the student, local, and cross-sector lens. Our Accelerator Fund work will focus on increasing equitable academic results in: 

  • Student Attendance

  • Early Grades Reading

  • Middle Grades Math

  • High School Graduation

  • Post-Secondary Enrollment

We thank StriveTogether for their generous support!

To learn more about our strategy and how you can get involved, we invite you to join us at our School-Age Roundtable this Wednesday, Jan 30th.

School-Age Network Roundtable
Wednesday, January 30th | 3:00-5:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP Here

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