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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.

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Dear Partners,

We are excited to invite you to our first School-Age Network Roundtable on Wednesday, January 30th!

The School-Age Network Roundtable is a quarterly, cross sector convening of stakeholders interested in supporting the success of students and schools in Bronx Community District 3. The Roundtable is a forum for discussion, feedback, and learning how we can increase educational performance and academic outcomes in the South Bronx. The School-Age Roundtable is open to the public because collective impact cannot happen without community voice and leadership.

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

Please join us next Wednesday as we learn and discuss the following items:

  • We will announce an exciting new initiative to accelerate K-12 academic outcomes in the South Bronx! Come out and learn how to become a partner in this work!

  • Our Early Grade Reading committee will share updates on their plans - including a sneak peek at their revised 3rd Grade ELA toolkit.

  • Are you interested in a beautification or arts project for your school or CBO? Hear from Groundswell: a NYC-based arts and social justice organization. Click here to see some of their murals and other projects.

  • SBRT is now part of the Healthy and Here campaign! At the Roundtable, we would love to hear about your aspirational health and wellness goals, as well as the challenges you have experienced. Join the conversation about contributing to our Bronx culture of health and learn about one persistent difficulty our neighborhoods face: asthma.

  • With an eye towards the 100th day of school, what have you experienced and learned in your school community so far? We will have breakout groups where our communities of practitioners share their successes and challenges in grade gains, student attendance, family engagement, and health and wellness.

Can’t wait to see you next week!

-SBRT Team

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Dear Partners,

Our next Early Years Roundtable is this Tuesday, January 15th from 2-4 pm at the Bronx Family Center! This is our quarterly convening of providers, parents, and community members who are interested in issues concerning children 0-5 years old and their families.

Some topics we will discuss:

  • See the DOE's new pre-school dashboard for families

  • Learn how your organization can join the free social service referral platform: BXESPRI Connects

  • Discuss the future of family care networks and ways we can strengthen their work

  • Share ideas on how we define quality care and measure early childhood school readiness

We can't wait to see you! If you have any questions or concerns please email Lara Kyriakou.

Early Years Roundtable
Tuesday, January 15th | 2:00-4:00 PM
Children’s Aid | 1515 Southern Blvd.
RSVP here

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Dear Partners,

As the year comes to a close, I want to personally thank you for all your contributions to the South Bronx Rising Together network and community. Since I’ve started with SBRT seven months ago, the thing I’ve come to appreciate the most about our partners is their unwavering, deeply held belief that our community is resilient, striving, and engaged. At CAN meetings, recent Roundtables, and in one-on-one conversations, the SBRT network affirmed again and again the existing strengths of our students and families.

Your conviction and work has personally impacted me and given me the greatest lesson to take into the new year: relationships matter. Data-driven strategies drive our efforts to change population-level outcomes, but we rely on individual relationships to inspire and create real change in our community. We must stay connected to residents and engage our community members in a deep and meaningful way.  

As we turn the page to a new year, I look at the road ahead for the South Bronx Rising Together community with excitement! Below are a number of ways for you to get involved or to deepen your involvement with us in 2019:

Pre-school Enrollment

Access to early education is vital to a strong academic beginning for our children! Is your organization or program recruiting for 3-K, UPK, or Kindergarten slots? Click here to let us know how we can support your efforts.

South Bronx Playgroup

The South Bronx Playgroup in launching! On January 19th and 26th, we are having focus groups with parents and caregivers of children ages 0-3. Food and incentives will be provided. If you have families or community partners we should reach out to, please email our Family Organizer, Arlene Rivera.

School Success

Our K-12 work is expanding! We are looking to support schools and students in Crotona Park East, Melrose, and Morrisania improve outcomes in student attendance, early grade literacy, middle school math, and college readiness. We’ll be making an exciting announcement about this work in late January. In the meantime, if you would like to partner with us to help move these indicators, email me.

Happy New Year and see you all in 2019!


Michael Partis


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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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