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NYC Kids RISE Fall 2020 Virtual Workshop Series + More Resources

NYC Kids RISE Fall 2020 Virtual Workshop Series + More Resources

Dear Parents and Families in the Save for College Community,

 

We hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy the summer. It is hard to believe that we are already on the verge of a new school year together. This week’s newsletter features back to school resources, details on this Thursday’s Housing Stability Town Hall and more. Here are some highlights:

 

Check out our “Return to School” section for details on the NYC Department of Education’s Return to School plans and to register for their information session on Thursday, August 27th at 6:30pm.

 

  • Fall Virtual Workshops Begin Next Week: Throughout the Fall, in partnership with your child’s school, NYC Kids RISE will host a series of virtual workshops to support students’ futures, including how to increase savings for their education and understanding the types of colleges and costs that exist. Visit nyckidsrise.org/events to see the full calendar and RSVP for a workshop.
  • Town Hall Next Thursday: Next Thursday, September 24 from 6pm – 7pm, join our Virtual Town Hall “The Back-to-School Transition: Supporting Students’ Learning in the 2020-21 School Year.” Check out the Town Hall section below for more details, and set a reminder to join us on Facebook or YouTube next week.
  • Earning More Scholarship Rewards: The NYC Kids RISE team and your school are available to provide virtual support with completing the 3 Building Blocks and earning additional scholarship funds for your child – call (833) 543-7473 or reply to this email for 1:1 assistance. More than 100 families have completed Building Blocks for their children this summer, earning over $6,700 for their NYC Scholarship Accounts- and there is still over $1,000,000 left to be claimed!
  • Earning More Scholarship Rewards: The NYC Kids RISE team and your school are available to provide virtual support with completing the 3 Building Blocks and earning additional scholarship funds for your child – call (833) 543-7473 or reply to this email for 1:1 assistance. More than 100 families have completed Building Blocks for their children this summer, earning over $6,700 for their NYC Scholarship Accounts- and there is still over $1,000,000 left to be claimed!

 

 

Keep scrolling for more details on each of these topics and more! We will continue to share resources through our social media channels – like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for the latest information.

 

With best wishes to you and your family,

 

Debra-Ellen and the NYC Kids RISE Team


Next Thursday at 6PM

As the 2020-2021 school year kicks off, learn how to best support your child as they return to class, whether your family opted for blended learning or 100% remote learning. Topics covered in this Town Hall will include navigating the remote learning resources provided by the Department of Education, speaking with your children about staying safe when attending school in person, helping young students stay on track and engaged when learning remotely, and where to access free activities, educational materials, and other resources to help you and your family tackle the school year.

RSVP Here

 

Moderated by Carolina Valencia, Director of Communications and Digital at 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.

Fall 2020 Virtual Workshop Series

Our Fall 2020 Virtual Workshop Series kicks off next week with Save for College Program Information Sessions.
All workshops will be offered in English, Spanish, and Bangla – visit nyckidsrise.org/events for the full calendar of events in all languages and to RSVP.

 

Save for College Program Information Sessions

An introduction to the Save for College Program for new and returning families. At this workshop, learn how the Program works and how you can earn more money for your child’s educational future.
 

English: Tuesday, September 22 | 9am – 10am | Register Here
Spanish: Monday, September 21 | 4pm – 5pm | Register Here
Bangla: Wednesday, September 23 | 6pm – 7pm | Register Here
 

My Kid Is Going to College

Start planning for your child’s higher education from a young age. At this workshop, get information on the types of college education and career training opportunities that exist for students, learn about the resources available to pay for educational expenses, and leave with steps you can take now and throughout the year to start preparing for your child’s future.
 

English: Thursday, October 1 | 3pm – 4pm | Register Here
Spanish: Friday, October 2 | 9am – 10am | Register Here
Bangla: Tuesday, September 29 | 1pm – 2pm | Register Here
 

Choose the Right Account

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: Wednesday, October 28 | 5pm – 6pm | Register Here
Spanish: Thursday, September 29 | 4pm – 5pm | Register Here
Bangla: Monday, October 26 | 6pm – 7pm | Register Here

In Case You Missed It

During this town hall, we discussed resources available to families facing housing insecurity due to the pandemic. Representatives from the NYC Department of Social Services, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC, Inc. joined us to share what financial support is available for rent relief, how to prioritize what bills to pay, changes in NYCHA policies around rent payment, and information about the eviction moratorium and renters’ rights. We were also joined by a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau who discussed the importance of completing the Census.
If you missed it, click here to watch. The first part is in English and the second part is in Spanish.


Your Child’s NYC Scholarship Account

Have you taken the next steps to increase your child’s funds for their educational future?
Your child is one of more than 10,000 students that has an NYC Scholarship Account already with funds for their college and career education. If you haven’t already, take the next step with completing all the Building Blocks and earning the Savings Match to increase your child’s savings by up to $175.

 

For more information about the status of your child’s participation, please contact our team by calling 833-543-7473 or emailing info@nyckidsrise.org.

 

Your child’s accounts – We continue to be available by phone and email to support you with your family’s scholarship and savings accounts. Please contact us for support with completing the 3 Building Blocks or other support with your accounts. We are invested for the long term in your child’s college and career training future.

Save for College Program Flashback

Memories of our September 2019 Family and Community Dinner at Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement:

Did you fill out the Census?

Every New Yorker Counts. Filling out the Census is important for getting money into our community for schools, jobs, hospitals, and more.

Fill it out now at: My2020Census.gov

There are NO questions about immigration or citizenship. Your information is confidential and cannot be shared with anyone—not law enforcement, not the government, not your landlord.


Community Scholarship for the Children of Astoria Houses

Astoria Houses Tenants Organization Launches Community Scholarship Fundraising Effort for Students in Astoria Houses
Astoria Houses Families
The Astoria Houses Tenants Organization has launched a fundraising effort to raise $1,000 for each of the 134 students enrolled in the Save for College Program living in Astoria Houses.
 
To date, the campaign has raised over $115,000! Claudia Coger, President of the Astoria Houses Tenants Organization, writes: “This is not only a real financial foundation that our children can rely on in 10+ years when they graduate from high school and set off on their career path. It is also sending them a message TODAY that their community believes in them and knows they can succeed. With all the fear and pain our children are living through right now, that message is in some ways more important than ever.” Read more from Claudia Coger on investing in the future of the children of Astoria Houses.

 

Also, if you are interested in launching your own Community Scholarship campaign, please reach out to us. We would be happy to work with you.

Important Resources Across the Community

These are just some of the resources available from schools, community-based organizations, the City and State government, and other local partners. We are keeping an updated list on our blog at nyckidsrise.org/covid-19.

 


 

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