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July 2010
In This Issue
UNH "Rallies" to Protect Essential Services for New Yorkers of All Ages
UNH 2010 Annual Meeting Celebrates Neighborhood Achievement
UNH Professional Development Program for Senior Managers Holds Graduation
UNH and Citi Strengthen Partnership
Viacom Volunteers Make A Difference at UNH Member Agency
UNH and Members Plan Special Summer Camp Experience for Children
New UNH Publications
UNH Launches "Cooking for Healthy Communities"
IBM Helps UNH Member Agencies Develop New Social Media Strategies
Member Agency News
UNH "Rallies" to Protect Essential Services
for New Yorkers of All Ages

City Hall Rally
UNH organized  several rallies and news conferences this spring on the steps of City Hall and in nearby City Hall Park to raise awareness about the harm that proposed funding cuts to the State and City budgets will have on programs and services relied upon by tens of thousands of New Yorkers.  In April, 300 teens gathered to speak out against cuts to the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) which could result in the loss of 28,000 jobs for youth in the City this summer.  In May, UNH's "Don't Cut the Core" news conference generated media exposure on the core human service programs at risk in the proposed Fiscal Year 2011 City Budget, while a "Yes for Youth Rally" attended by 750 young people focused attention on planned cuts to after school and youth development programs.  In June, UNH and a coalition of education advocates rallied twice: to oppose cuts that would weaken adult literacy programs and eliminate many GED testing sites in the City, and to preserve funding for Out-of-School-Time (after school) programs.

Click here to read press coverage from these rallies.

On June 28th, the City Council voted to adopt a $63 billion budget for FY 2011 which started July 1, 2010.  While Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council agreed to restore critical funding for child care, preventive services, after school programs, senior services and adult literacy, the budget contains painful cuts to the services that UNH members and other organizations provide in low income communities throughout the City.

UNH 2010 Annual Meeting Celebrates Neighborhood Achievement
UNH held its Annual Meeting on June 8 at member agency Hudson Guild.  Several important UNH annual awards were presented at the event.  Receiving the Emily Menlo Marks Leadership Awards were Sonia Bhuta and Amarilis Perez of The Educational Alliance, and Melissa Nieves of Union Settlement Association.  Marisa Ragonese of Queens Community House received the 2009 Award for Achievement in Civic Advocacy. Also honored were Executive Directors Charles Shayne of Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Verona Middleton-Jeter of Henry Street Settlement, and Roger Sam of Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers.  Each is retiring after outstanding careers, having made valuable contributions to their agencies and their communities.  
Click here to see pictures from the event.
UNH Professional Development Program for Senior Managers Holds Graduation
A graduation ceremony for the participants in the UNH Professional Development Program for Senior Managers at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs (SPA) was held in February.  The 13-week program, a new partnership with CUNY's Baruch College, was designed to help UNH member agency executive staff strengthen their leadership skills and develop new management tools. Feedback from program participants highlighted the value of this learning experience, including the opportunity to build relationships with peers from other agencies. One senior manager commented, "It was great to compare notes with UNH colleagues.  It was reassuring to know that we share some of the same concerns and successes due to our involvement in the settlement house movement and UNH."  
To learn more about UNH Professional Development Programs, please contact Ken Walters, Member Services Director.
UNH and Citi Strengthen Partnership

Citi Field Kids - a partnership between Citi, the New York Mets, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and UNH - continues to provide "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" to hundreds of young people from UNH member agencies.  This season, Citi Field Kids is again making it possible for young people attending UNH members' programs to attend Mets home games, meet with team players and executives, and learn about the inspiring life of Baseball Hall of Fame member Jackie Robinson.  Four of the six planned Citi Field Kids games have been held, providing youth with many "amazin" experiences, such as being showcased on the stadium jumbotron, participating in starting lineup ceremonies, and meeting with legendary sportscaster Bob Costas. 
Click here to read press coverage of the program. 
UNH also coordinated the participation of member agencies in Citi's Teach Children to Save program, a nationwide campaign which has helped more than 100,000 young people across the country learn responsible spending habits and the importance of saving for the future.  Citi volunteers led Teach Children to Save events with children from UNH members Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House in Queens, St. Nicks Alliance in Brooklyn, and Union Settlement Association in East Harlem.

Viacom Volunteers Make a Difference at UNH Member Agency

Group picture
On April 30, as part of an annual Viacom event to promote volunteerism in local communities, 20 Viacom employees spent the day supporting the work of UNH member Center for Family Life (CFL) in Brooklyn.  Led by Viacom executive Jimmy Barge, Treasurer of UNH's Board of Directors, the volunteers served meals at CFL's Food Pantry and helped young adults with resume writing and on-line job searches.  The volunteers also met with graduating high school students to discuss college and career options. 
To learn more about UNH's corporate partnerships, please contact Jessica Ziegler, Director of Development.
UNH and Members Plan Special Summer Camp Experience for Children 

This summer, UNH member agencies CAMBA, Chinese-American Planning Council, Hudson Guild, and University Settlement Society will once again participate in the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's (MWA) Harbor Camp, which provides school children with field trips to learn about New York City waterways.  This year's field trips will include The Science Barge, the Schooner Adirondack, the Fireboat John J. Harvey, the Waterfront Museum, and the Tugboat Pegasus.  This is the third summer of this partnership, which is supported by UNH Board Member Paul Balser.   
To learn more about UNH's partnership with the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, please contact Lauren Antelo, Member Services Associate.
New UNH Publications
UNH has released two new publications highlighting innovative member agency programs for children and parents. Advancing Literacy Through the Arts: Lessons from Settlement House After School Programs, made possible by support from the E.H.A. Foundation, documents the work of seven member agencies to advance literacy in their after school programs.  Supporting Parent Engagement: Lessons From Settlement House Programs, funded by the MetLife Foundation, examines the efforts of six member agencies to involve parents in achieving better outcomes for their children.  Each report highlights challenges and best practices used in the course of these activities.
Click here to access these documents.
UNH Launches "Cooking for Healthy Communities"
Sixteen UNH member agencies will participate in "Cooking for Healthy Communities," a new program designed to train cooks in healthy food preparation, focusing on cooking with fresh ingredients.  Typically, participating staff work in senior center and child care center kitchens.  The training will start in the fall, and will include on-site technical assistance, as well as support for community nutrition workshops. UNH is partnering with Children's Aid Society which has successfully implemented this training with its own program sites over the past three years.  The UNH project is funded by grants from the New York State Health Foundation and the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center. 
To learn more about this project, please contact Monica Serrano, Senior Project Manager.
IBM Helps UNH Member Agencies Develop New Social Media Strategies
IBM Social Media Training
On June 4th, 22 staff from 17 member agencies participated in IBM's Strategies for Social Media, an educational workshop designed to help not-for-profit organizations utilize social networking media to accomplish a wide variety of tasks such as promoting the launch of new programs and increasing the reach of fundraising.  The workshop was made possible through IBM's 2010 Packaged Grants Program which provides organizations with support to enhance their IT infrastructure and their leadership and technology skills.
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Darel M. Benaim
Julie Copeland
Marc S. Dieli
Sue Fox*
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Anne C. Kubisch
Ann L. Marcus
Ilene Margolin
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Eugene P. Nesbeda
Kristin Nygreen
J. Donald Rice, Jr.
Stephan Russo*
M. Bryna Sanger
Arthur J. Stainman
Beth Taylor
Patrick Vatel
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Broadway Housing Communities

At UNH's Annual Meeting in June, Broadway Housing Communities, an organization providing supportive housing and programs to individuals and families in West Harlem and Washington Heights, was approved by the UNH Board to become a new Associate UNH Member.

 Arab-American Family Support Center, an Associate Member for the past year, was approved as a Full UNH member. 
To learn more about UNH membership, please contact Ken Walters, Director of Member Services.

UNH Joint Conference

The Settlement Summit: Inclusion, Innovation, Impact

Settlement Summit
The Details:
United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) is honored to partner with the International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS), University Settlement Society and United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA) to produce an historic international conference for settlement house practitioners and leaders, and like-minded NGOs, that work daily to create strong communities in local settings throughout the world. 

"UNH Day" is Tuesday, October 5th.

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