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!


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.


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.


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

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.