529 Day is This Saturday! #Together529 #Juntos529

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NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program we are saving for college and career training together
Dear Save for College Program Parents and Guardians,


529 Day is Saturday! 529 Day is an opportunity for us to come together to honor the collective steps that families, schools and communities are taking today to build a financial foundation for our youngest students’ educational futures.


As part of our 529 Day celebrations this year, we will add to the #Together529 #Juntos529 Virtual Library of Community Support – a community-wide effort. You can check out the library by using the hashtags #Together529 and #Juntos529 on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Our community will add photos and stories centered on the theme “Who helped you get where you are today?” By exploring the Virtual Library with your child, you can help them to dream big and imagine what is possible when they have the support of their family, teachers, and community to reach their goals.


You can also complete some fun 529 Day activities with your child by downloading our “Who Helped You Get To Where You Are Today?” activity booklet. The booklet includes example posts from the Virtual Library of Community Support, a writing activity for your child to write about who helps them in their community, as well as a worksheet for your child to explore the savings they already have in their NYC Scholarship Account. If you haven’t done so yet, view and activate their account today by clicking here or by contacting your school’s Parent Coordinator.


Happy 529 Day!


With warm wishes,


Debra-Ellen Glickstein


Executive Director
Together529 - We all have people in our lives who have supported us to reach our goals. This year, in celebration of 529 Day, we're asking: Who helped you get to where you are today? Share your story on social media with the hashtag #Together529 #Juntos529
It’s May which means that 529 Day (May 29th) is coming up! 529 Day is an opportunity for us to come together as a Save for College Community to honor the steps that we are taking together to build a financial foundation for our childrens’ educational futures. This year we are sharing photos and stories about “Who helped you get where you are today?”:
  1. Write a post, or record a video sharing your story about someone who helped you get where you are today – it could be a professional accomplishment, a personal milestone, or both!
  2. Share your post on social media using the hashtags #Together529 and #Juntos529
  3. Nominate someone in your life whose story of community support you’d like to hear.
Together, our stories will serve as a reminder to our children that through the power of community, they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Check out some of the #Together529 #Juntos529 Virtual Library of Community Support below:
Together 529 Collage showing various posts from last year's Together529 campaign. Adults and children are dressed to celebrate graduations, with captions describing each post.
#Together529 post from Phoebe Collier. A photo of a Black woman in a gold patterned head wrap and matching dress. Phoebe describes how her mother's commitment to excellence inspired her growing up.
#Together529 post from Superintendent Dr. Phillip Composto, showing a photo of Dr. Composto in red graduation robes. The caption describes how his grandfather immigrated from Italy and said that education was the key to success.
#Together529 post from PS 111 Principal Dionne Jaggon. A collage of photos shows Principal Jaggon graduation from St. John’s and from Brooklyn College. The caption talks about how her son motivated her to finish college.
#Together529 post from Richard Glickstein. A group photo shows 6 people of various races and genders wearing business casual attire in a restaurant. The caption explains that it is Richard’s retirement party and that he spent 20 years working for NYC.
#Together529 post from PS 84 Assistant Principal Dominic Armano. Dominic shares several graduation photos and wrote that his parents were his biggest supporters as he pursued his educational goals.
#Together529 post from rarire_ on Instagram. She shares a photo of herself in her apartment before her first day of work. The caption describes that her parents and grandparents encouraged her to work hard in school.
#Together529 post from Shanna Castillo. There is a photo collage featuring a group of people in a bowling alley and a bulletin board decorated with stars. She shares her appreciation for her work “family”.
#Together529 post from quickmotivations on Instagram. A young boy stands in front of a green chalkboard where he has written his name, Ayat. The caption describes the poster’s wish that their child have the resources to have a better future.
And to see the full Virtual Library, check out the hashtags on social media:


Throughout the Spring, in partnership with your child’s school, NYC Kids RISE is hosting a series of virtual workshops that will help you:
  • Understand the Save for College Program and its benefits for your child;
  • Learn about the types of college and career training that exist, and how the Save for College Program fits into funding college and career training costs; and
  • Explore the college savings account options available to families through the Save for College Program.
All workshops will be held in English and Spanish, with some workshops available in Bangla. Visit to see the full calendar and RSVP for a workshop.
Throughout the rest of the school year, the NYC Kids RISE team is partnering with schools to offer school-specific Choose the Right Account workshops. Check out the full list of upcoming school workshops on our website calendar, and contact your school’s Parent Coordinator to attend.
There are many ways to save for college. How do you choose the right account to fit your family’s needs? At this workshop, you will explore the differences between the two types of account options available through the Save for College Program: a 529 account and a traditional bank savings account.


English: Tuesday, June 8 | 5:30pm – 7pm | Register Here


Spanish: Wednesday, June 9 | 9am – 10:30am | Register Here


Bangla: Thursday, June 10 | 2:30pm – 4pm | Register Here
At this virtual workshop, parents and guardians will hear more about the college savings options from NY 529, Amalgamated Bank, a Financial Coach and/or other parents and guardians who have experience opening these types of college savings accounts. Each expert will discuss the basics of their savings option, share their experience with savings for college, provide tips and answer questions.


Spanish: Tuesday, May 25 | 6pm – 7:30pm | Register Here
More workshops will be added throughout the Spring – visit for the latest calendar.
Vaccination Town Hall. A screenshot of last month's town hall shows the participants Angela Soto, Jasmine Gutierrez, Francisco Moya, Maurice Policar, and moderator Jackie Matos
In last month’s Spanish language Town Hall, we learned all about the COVID-19 vaccines with Dr. Maurice Policar, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Elmhurst Hospital, as well as Maria Angela Soto and Jessica Gutierrez from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. NYC Council Member Francisco Moya also joined us for opening remarks. If you missed it, you can watch the replay with English captions on our Facebook and Youtube pages.
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The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program provides families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to save for their children’s futures. It’s a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible and achievable for all NYC public school students—regardless of their family’s income or immigration status. The Save for College Program is a tool that families, along with their schools and neighbors, can use and customize in the way that best fits into their lives and best supports their dreams for their children. NYC Kids RISE, a nonprofit organization, manages the Save for College Program in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the City of New York.
Founding support provided by the Gray Foundation.
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