What’s New with UPNEXT- Midtown’s workforce development and fatherhood program!

upnextThe past few months have been busy at UPNEXT, Midtown’s workforce development and fatherhood program! We have an energetic group of fathers in the current program cycle and are ready to enroll any non-custodial fathers over age 24 who are looking to move forward with family and employment. In addition to the work that participants are doing to connect with employment and improve as parents, they are also connecting to resources unique to our Midtown Manhattan location.

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Last fall, UPNEXT staff began a conversation with Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) educator Shellyne Rodriguez about finding a canvas on which participants could share their experiences as fathers trying to move forward. The product of Shellyne’s visionand the fathers’ expression led to an opening at the museum and garnered rave reviews.  In addition to the exciting event at MoMA, the fathers had an opportunity to connect with a local yoga teacher to explore relaxation and wellness. UPNEXT participants moved through a series of fundamental yoga poses and were encouraged to find a space in their lives and time with their children for activities that promote health and reduce stress. Some dads were reticent to participate at first, but all emerged relaxed and ready to further investigate the practice.

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Ebola Factsheets

acf2At a time when Ebola is all over the news, we want to make sure you have the clear-cut facts about Ebola. Please get informed and share this information with your friends and family to make sure they know the facts about Ebola.

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1. Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact, air, water, or food grown or legally purchased in the United States. 

2. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease. 

3. The symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. 

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.

4. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious. 

In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms or has died of the disease.

We know how to stop Ebola and our efforts across the Department and through the administration will continue. 

For more information we encourage you to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) onTwitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

October: Children’s Health Month

chm_logo_2011The White House and other federal agencies are urging parents and caregivers to “Discover the Rewards” of protecting children’s health.

The first attachment is a calendar which provides daily tips on behalf of Children’s Health Month

Click here to download, Children’s Health Month Calendar

Below is information on the Children’s Health in Disasters and attached is a factsheet that gives a brief history of the Children’s Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children Taskforce and briefly describes the four subcommittees.

Click here to download, Childrens Task Force Booklet_Factsheet


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Healing Communities of New York/FACES NY – Symposium on Faith Communities and Incarceration/Reentry – Saturday, October 11, 2014




Focus: Domestic Violence and Issues Faced by Children of the Incarcerated


Saturday, October 11, 2014

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Union Theological Seminary – James Chapel

3041 Broadway at 121st Street, New York, NY 10027


For additional information contact hc.reentrysymposium@gmail.com

To register, go to: http://hcnyfacesnysymposium.eventbrite.com

Domestic Violence Information and more (October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

unnamedDear PeerTA Members,

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Peer TA is providing the following resources for our members learn more about domestic violence. TANF is a crucial resource for those escaping violence who may not have a means of supporting themselves. By collaborating with domestic violence advocates and service providers, TANF can be a life-saving resource for survivors of domestic violence.

Webinar: Domestic Violence and Economic Security, February 2012

In February of 2012, Peer TA hosted a webinar for TANF stakeholders that explored the link between TANF and economic security for survivors. The webinar provided information on asset building with survivors and partnerships between TANF agencies and domestic violence service providers. Presenters included  Anne Menard from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, MaryLouise Kelley and Shawndell Dawson of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program within the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Kim Pentico from the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Ilene Stohl from the Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence.

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Grant Opportunities!

ES5Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)

Description: This announcement solicits applications for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP).  The goal of this program is to promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies through innovative community driven programs.

Link to Full Announcementhttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=263409

Last Day to ApplyOctober 14, 2014

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