It's NYC Scholarship Month! Welcoming New Kindergarten Students, Virtual Town Hall This Thursday, + More

NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program we are saving for college and career training together
Dear Save for College Program Parents and Guardians,
We hope this email finds you and your loved ones enjoying the early signs of Spring, which is right around the corner. As news of the increased availability of vaccinations spreads, we can’t help but be filled with some sense of hope that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, with much healing still to do ahead.
Keeping on a positive note, and in case you missed it, we wanted to share that the Save for College Program was recently the subject of a FastCompany article, highlighted as a “World Changing Idea.” We are incredibly proud of the work we have all done together to create the program, and this article (linked below) does an excellent job illustrating the power of our collective efforts.
As we officially head into Spring, there are a number of events that will be taking place that you can take advantage of:
  • Virtual Town Hall on Ranked Choice Voting on Thursday, March 18th: At this town hall you will hear about what to expect in the upcoming local elections, how to best prepare in order to participate, what your rights are as a voter, and how the new Ranked Choice Voting process works.
  • “Meet the Expert” Virtual Workshop on March 23rd: An interactive panel discussion with college savings experts from NY’s 529 College Savings Plan, Amalgamated Bank, and Urban Upbound, where you will learn about savings account options and tips on how your family can save, and an opportunity to ask the experts questions.
Please remember to visit our events page to learn more about all of our events, and to sign up to participate!
With warmest wishes to you and your families,
Debra-Ellen Glickstein
Executive Director
Fast Company
FastCompany feature article
In February, the Save for College Program was featured in a story in Fast Company! The article highlighted the success of the Astoria Houses Community Scholarship Campaign, and how it fits into the Save for College Program’s goal of sharing social, political, and financial capital across communities. Check out the article at by clicking the image above.
NYC Kids RISE is continuing to work with you, your school, and other community partners to organize community scholarship campaigns across Community School District 30. If you would like to help organize a community scholarship campaign for your school community or neighborhood, contact NYC Kids RISE at [email protected].
On the third Thursday of every month, please join NYC Kids RISE for our virtual town hall series, featuring local community experts sharing useful information for elementary school families.
For this month’s Virtual Town Hall Series, we are bringing together several experts to provide education and information about the upcoming elections in New York City. You’ll hear about what your rights are as a voter, what’s at stake in the upcoming elections, key dates to participate in upcoming elections, the types of issues on the ballot, the positions that are up for vote, and importantly, how the new Ranked Choice Voting process works.
Virtual Town Hall Understanding Ranked Choice Voting
  • Aarati Cohly – Director of Operations and Strategic Planning, DemocracyNYC
  • Karen Wharton – Organizer, Rank the Vote
Moderated by NYC Kids RISE
You can watch live and ask questions via the NYC Kids RISE Facebook page. You can also watch via our YouTube channel.
Save the Date! Next month’s Virtual Town Hall will be held on Thursday, April 15.
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.
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, April 20 | 9am – 10:30am | Register Here
Spanish: Wednesday, April 21 | 6pm – 7:30pm | Register Here
Bangla: Thursday, February 18 | 6pm – 7:30pm | 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.
English: Tuesday, March 23 | 6pm – 7:30pm | Register Here
Spanish: Wednesday, March 24 | 9am – 10:30am | Register Here
More workshops will be added throughout the Spring – visit for the latest calendar.
College and Career Community Panel
In last month’s Town Hall, we highlighted the amazing college and career advice shared during the community panel discussion as part of the Astoria Houses Community Scholarship Celebration. If you haven’t seen the College and Career Community panel yet, you can catch the replay 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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