NY OASAS launches Kinship Care Toolkit for family members of those affected by addiction

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) announced on September 9, 2021 the launch of the Kinship Care Toolkit to support relatives and family friends who are caring full-time for children whose parents can no … Read More

Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Allocates Funding to Combat High Rates of Maternal and Infant Mortality in the Bronx

On August 31, 2021 Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson joined with birth justice advocates and healthcare leaders for a press conference announcing over $400,000 in City Council funding to combat high rates of infant and maternal mortality in the Bronx. … Read More

Harlem Community leader Cordell Cleare says her last goodbye to beloved son Jordan Emmanuel Nieves

Photos credit: Bill Moore Harlem Community leader Cordell Cleare said her last goodbye to her beloved son Jordan Emmanuel Nieves on August 24, 2021 during his funeral held at the Covenant Christian Church in the Bronx. Jordan Emmanuel Nieves who … Read More

Chancellor Meisha Porter announces health and safety measures for the 2021-22 school year

Chancellor Meisha Porter announced on August 26, 2021 additional details regarding the health and safety measures in place for the 2021-22 school year. Last year, a peer-reviewed medical study found that a student or staff member participating in in-person learning in New Y ork … Read More

Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrates 27 years in Brooklyn

Photos credit: Bill Moore Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrated 27 years in Brooklyn with fashion and music on August 1, 2021. Moshood, who came to New York from Lagos, Nigeria in the 1980’s to teach through his fashions to love and … Read More

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments explained

The advance child tax credit allows qualifying families to receive early payments of the tax credit many people may claim on their 2021 tax return during the 2022 tax filing season. The IRS will disburse these advance payments monthly through December 2021. … Read More

Attorney General James Calls on the U.S. Senate to Strengthen Protections for Working Americans By Passing PRO Act

New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 17 attorneys general, has called on the U.S. Senate to protect hardworking Americans by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021 (PRO Act). The PRO … Read More

IRS to host Advance Child Tax Credit Free Tax Prep Days on July 23 and 24

This year, advance payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) are sent monthly from July through December to eligible taxpayers. However, to receive the payments, families must file a 2020 tax return. The IRS will host AdvCTC Free Tax … Read More

Monthly Child Tax Credit payments begin

Photo credit: Syda Productions The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes. This … Read More

DOE Academic Recovery Plan Fails Immigrant Students and Families say advocates

Photo credit: Daniel Ernst Following the release of the New York City’s Department of Education’s (DOE) Academic Recovery Plan (ARP), the New York Immigration Coalition Education Collaborative is sounding the alarm regarding the ARP’s lack of sufficient investments in programs … Read More

Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter unveils academic recovery vision for New York City’s students

Photo credit: City of New York Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced on July 8, 2021 the academic recovery vision for New York City’s public schools and students in the wake of the pandemic. The framework will guide school communities and … Read More

Six-week Summer Youth Employment Program kicks off at more than 12,000 worksites across New York City

Photo credit: City of New York NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Bill Chong announced on July 6, 2021 the return of the six-week Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP will play a pivotal role in the … Read More

Water Safety Tips to Help Prevent child Drownings

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection reminds parents and guardians to make water safety a priority for young children as summertime water activities begin. A new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report revealed that child drownings remain the … Read More

Tigrayan children lead a march for peace in Harlem

Photos credit: Bill Moore Tigrayan children holding signs reading “My life matters” and “Kids need food not bombs” led a march for peace through Harlem from and to the State Office Building on June 13, 2021. Asfaha Hadera, the founder … Read More

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams unveils “Upstream Justice” plan for NYC youth

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams returned to the Spofford juvenile detention center — where he was sent as a teenager after being arrested and beaten by police – on June 1, 2021 to detail his plan to improve outcomes for young … Read More

Full-time in-person learning mandatory in NYC schools in September

Photo credit: Andrey Popov On May 24, 2021 NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced a full return to in-person learning for all New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) students, teachers and staff members beginning September 13, 2021. At least … Read More

NYC Schools Chancellor Porter is hosting virtual forums for parents through June 9

Over the next month, forums will be held in all five boroughs to gather feedback and answer questions from school communities on the Executive Budget and school reopening From May 17 to June 9, 2021, NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter … Read More

Halal meals pilot program expands in 11 additional NYC schools

Photos credit: NYC Department of Education Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced on May 17, 2021 that New York City public schools are adding an additional eleven schools certified to serve meals as part of the Department of Education’s (DOE’s) halal … Read More

How to protect children from window falls this spring and summer

As temperatures rise and windows are opened, the Health Department, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) are urging landlords, homeowners and tenants to take action to prevent window falls. Properly … Read More

Pan African Federalist Movement to host an African Youth Town Hall on Sunday, May 16th

The New York State coordinating committee of the Pan African Federalist Movement will host a virtual African Youth Town Hall on Sunday, May 16th, 2021 from 5 to 7 pm eastern standard time. The forum will be an opportunity to … Read More

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