Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Grant Opportunity: Public Health Impact of the Changing Policy/Legal Environment for Marijuana

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Deadline:   February 5, 2014

Funding Amount:  NIH intends to fund an estimate of 6-10 awards, corresponding to a total of $3 million for fiscal year 2015.

Eligibility:   Independent school districts; Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); For profit organizations other than small businesses; City or township governments; Small businesses; Special district governments; Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments); Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; State governments; Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification); County governments; Private institutions of higher education

Agency:   National Institutes of Health
Grant ID:  PAS-14-020
CFDA#:   93.279 -- Drug Abuse and Addiction Research Programs

Summary:   This initiative encourages research on the impact of changing marijuana policies and laws on public health outcomes, including marijuana exposure among children, adolescents, and adults; other licit and illicit drug use; education and professional achievement; social development; risky behaviors (e.g., drugged driving); mental health; HIV, etc. 
Public opinion around marijuana use has become increasingly positive and permissive, despite the lack of scientific data on the short and longer term outcomes among exposed children, adolescents, and even adults.  Changes in marijuana policy and legal status are gaining momentum, yet we know little about the impact these shifts have had or will have on epidemiology, prevention and treatment of marijuana and other substance use or disorders, related social and health outcomes such as education and professional achievement, other risky behaviors (e.g. drugged driving) and other disease incidence or prevalence (e.g., HIV, mental illness). While modest increases in prevalence of marijuana use coupled with decreases in the perception of harm associated with marijuana use have been seen in recent years, given the current social climate around marijuana use for both medical and recreational purposes it is reasonable to anticipate continued fluctuations in trajectories of use and attitudes.  Therefore the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is encouraging population-based research on social, behavioral, and health outcomes of marijuana involvement to help inform the public health impact of the changing marijuana environment.

Receive $50 and a Meal for Participating in a Focus Group


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Do you live in Harlem? Are you looking to make a little extra money this holiday season and willing to share your experiences with diet, exercise, pregnancy, child birth, family planning, and health in Harlem? Join this 2 ½ hour focus group if you reside in Central Harlem and are a woman under the age of 19 or over 30 or man over the age of 25. A meal and a $50 gift card will be provided to all participants. Contact Amanda Nace at for more information.

Information Courtesy of  Citizens Committee of New York City

Bank of American Student Leaders Award

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Do you know a high school student who is a leader in his or her neighborhood? The Student Leaders Program is an eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors who learn leadership skills through hands-on community work and a Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Applications are now open for the 2014 program.

Information source: Citizens Committee for New York City

Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply to receive a salad bar for their school. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Citizens Committee of New York City Grant Application Information Session

Join us for a grant application information session to learn more about the application process and get your questions answered. RSVP is required; contact Wilfredo for more information: or 212-822-9568

See below the dates

6:30-8:30 | Brooklyn

6:30-8:30 | Webinar

6:30-8:30 | Lower Manhattan

6:30-8:30 | Bronx

6:30-8:30 | Webinar

6:30-8:30 | Lower Manhattan

Citizens Committee for New York Neighborhood Grants

Deadline:   January 27, 2014
Funding Amount:   award ceiling: $3,000
Eligibility:   see summary below

Agency:   Citizens Committee for New York
Summary:   Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. We prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools.

Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling drives.

Click on link HERE   

FREE Every Tuesday and Wednesday Night! Bed-Stuy Healthy Families on the Move

Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP)

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Hello Fellow Readers: 
TNCAP has issued their latest copy of the Fall 2013 Family Newsletter.  Read more on the great prevention work they're doing including the The Risk Is Real campaign.  Plus fun activities including recipes for the entire family to enjoy!

New Cycle: Youth Employment & Education Services Information

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Youth Employment & Education Services (YES), a youth development program at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc. is seeking to develop partnerships with organizations in search of positive youth development resources.  YES provides out-of-work and out-of-school youth in developing essential skills they need to become successful.  They provide workforce training, job development, legal advocacy, and educational advisement as well as other supportive services.  A full description of YES can be found below.
YES DESCRIPTION                     YES REFERAL                    YES 2013-2014 SCHEDULE

For more information, please contact - Felix Castro, Recruitment/Intake Specialist
P:212.360.7625 ext:215 or

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Are You Talking Transition?

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Right now, thousands of New Yorkers are sharing their ideas and opinions on the future of the city. Are you?

Through Talking Transition, communities, nonprofits, policy advocates, leaders, and residents are talking about the issues that matter most as we transition to a new mayoral administration.

The heart of the action is at a large outdoor tent on Canal Street and Sixth Avenue, with mobile tents popping up in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Talking Transition continues through Saturday, November 23rd. Here’s a bit of what to expect:
  • Each day, teen muralists from Groundswell are at the tent working with visitors on a new mural that illustrates how arts and culture can create a more just and equitable city for all New Yorkers.
  • Performing arts groups are providing free performances at the tent, including Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy and Dancewave on Saturday, November 16th.
  • On Sunday, November 17th at 12pm, BCF grantees Just Food, New York City Coalition Against Hunger and Brooklyn Food Coalition will be discussing the future of food policy in New York City.
  • Next Friday, November 22nd at 3pm, Reel Works will host a panel of youth documentarians talking about the issues and policies that matter to them.

  • Even more events are in development, including a Talking Transition neighborhood stop in Red Hook next week, hosted by Red Hook Initiative
See the daily schedule and mobile tent stops at

New York City Council Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (BLAC) Employment & Small Business Opportunities Expo 2013

Message from the NYC Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus
Dear Friends, Colleagues & Community Partners:

The New York City Council’s Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (BLAC), which is Co-Chaired by Councilmember Jackson & Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, invites you to its 2013 Employment & Small Business Opportunities Expo. The event will take place on Saturday December 7th from 10AM to 3PM at Murry Bergtraum High School- 411 Pearl Street New York, NY 10038. The expo includes Power Hour sessions on New York City’s Training Grant Program, resume review and job matching strategies for high growth industries, small business fundamentals, tips on developing a business plan, financing facts & fictions, advice on conducting business with government, and tips for successful bidding, and employment opportunities.

Visit to register.  


Please forward to your contacts!

November 21, 2013: Great American Smoke Out Day

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The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
This year, we’re celebrating quitters and their supporters with a series of fun characters designed for social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’ve also got lots of other resources and information to help you quit for good.

2013 - America Medicine Chest Challenge Day of Collection Wrap Up

Update: American Medicine Chest


2013 - AMCC Day of Collection Wrap Up

Allow me to first  extend our thoughts at AMCC to our many partners affected by this past weekend’s devastating tornados and storms. If you wish to help please visit  the American Red Cross, Providing Comfort After Midwest Tornadoes.

Lao Tzu said that the journey of 1,000 miles must begin with the first step. The American Medicine Chest Challenge journey that began four years ago as a grass route movement has now gone beyond 1,000 miles -- in fact with the support of local law enforcement and community partners AMCC now has traveled 6,400 miles to partnerships from East Millinocket, Maine, to Long Beach, Washington, from Stephenville, Texas to Jamestown, North Dakota and to thousands of communities in between.

I am pleased to report that on November 9, 2013 the 4th Annual AMCC National Day of Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness and Safe Disposal of Unused, Unwanted, and Expired medicine was a tremendous success! Hundreds of thousands of families from across the country accepted the 5-Step Challenge to safeguard their families and help prevent prescription drug abuse in their homes. Many families utilized one of the hundreds of permanent prescription drug disposal locations at law enforcement locations across the country.

As many of you are aware, I had the privilege of visiting many of your community based permanent Rx collection locations in police stations and sheriff offices across this the country. Each of you inspired me and the whole AMCC team to continue and expand our efforts to help YOU get the important and lifesaving AMCC message out to your local communities.

AMCC just received word that over 204 million media impressions were recorded as part of AMCC’s public health education efforts. Thank you for your commitment! Together we are protecting our children one family at a time.

Angelo M. Valente, CEO AMCC

A reminder, if you have a permanent prescription drug drop-box that is not listed on, complete this form.

Take the American Medicine Chest Challenge in
5 Simple Steps:

1. Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
2. Secure your medicine
3. Safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
4. Take your medicine exactly as prescribed.
5. Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse... they are listening.
American Medicine Chest Challenge

Home of the National Online Directory of Permanent Prescription Drug Collection Boxes
American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) is a community based public health initiative, with law enforcement partnership, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and provide a nationwide day of disposal - at a collection site or in the home - of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine that will be held on the second Saturday of November each year in communities across the country.

Training in Program Evaluation

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Training in Program Evaluation and Developing Corporate Partners Volunteer Management Group (VMG) offers 2.5 hour evening courses at University Settlement at the Houston Street Center. Topics include, how your organization can prove to prospects that you are the best non-profit partner for their support, how companies want to ensure that their philanthropic support is achieving impact, and how to align with the best corporate partner for your organization. Students discuss trends in corporate philanthropy and grantmaking. For course descriptions, schedule and to register call 1-888-833-9993 or click here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Marijuana Might Be Affecting Your Skin...

Weed, grass, Mary Jane, pot... call it whatever you'd like, but marijuana has been around long before 1937's "Reefer Madness" warned of its (arguably overblown) deleterious effects. These days it's more common than ever, thanks in part to its medicinal uses. But are there beauty ramifications that come with the decision to smoke?

We decided to find out. Whether or not lighting up is your thing, it doesn't hurt to know exactly what marijuana can do to your skin and appearance. So we spoke to two New York-based dermatologists, Dr. Bobby Buka and Dr. Ariel Ostad, and found out some surprising facts about America's most commonly used illicit drug.


Victory! City Council passes critical legislation to reduce tobacco use

Breaking News
In case you haven't already heard, the City Council passed two historic pieces of legislation last night!

One bill will raise the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products to 21. The second bill, the Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Act, will step up enforcement against retailers who evade tobacco taxes or sell tobacco without a license, prohibit coupons or price discounts for tobacco products, create a minimum price for cigarettes and little cigars, and set minimum packaging requirements for cheap cigars, little cigars and cigarillos to crack down on the sale of “loosies.”

Read our joint statement on the passage of these two bills.
This is a HUGE VICTORY for NYC as it, once again, leads the nation in policymaking that protects public health and saves lives.

Please send a thank you message to the City Council.

THANK YOU for standing by us as we continue our work to reduce tobacco use around the country and around the world!

Kevin O'Flaherty
Director, Northeast Region
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids | 1400 I St. NW | Washington, DC 20005 | 202-296-5469
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Funding Opportunity: Residential Family Peer Support Partners

Grant/Contract Name:  Residential Family Peer Support Partners
Deadline:   December 6,2013
Funding Amount:   Approximately $710,000 will be distributed annually between all five OMH Regions.  Approximately 11 awards statewide.
Eligibility:   Public, private, not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organizations whose primary purpose is to provide advocacy, education/skill building, and family/peer support services to families of children with serious emotional/behavioral challenges. The Applicant must be an OMH-funded 1650 Family Support Program
Agency:   NYS Office of Mental Health
Summary: The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support Residential Family Peer Support (RFPS) Partners, formerly known as Residential Family Advocates (RFAs) , in OMH licensed children and youth residential treatment facilities and community residences within all five OMH Regions. An RFPS Partner must be a parent/caregiver who has or is currently raising a child with significant behavioral health challenges that require the supports of one or more child serving systems.

The primary goal of these positions will be to enhance the provision of family support services to families of children within these residential treatment programs as well as assisting parents/caregivers in maintaining or creating connections within their community's family support provider system during their child's active treatment and discharge from residential treatment.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Alcoholic beer-flavored ice cream launched

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A New York firm believes it is the first in the world to create and sell alcoholic beer-flavored ice cream.

The ice cream, called Frozen Pints, comes in seven different flavors and the strongest tub has an alcohol level of 3.2 per cent. 

Each special portion of ice cream comes in a pint and costs $8.00. Peach Lambic is the weakest at one per cent, while Pumpkin Ale is the strongest.
READ MORE: Daily Mail - UK

Workspace Opportunity in Jamaica, Queens

NYCCEDC is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, organizations, or companies to develop, operate and maintain a co-working space, business incubator, or combination thereof in the Queens neighborhood of downtown Jamaica, with preference for locations on or proximate to Jamaica Avenue and/or Jamaica Station. NYCEDC may make certain funding available to help cover specific start-up costs and operating expenses. NYCEDC will consider (i) co-working space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups, (ii) incubator programs for startups and small businesses in the fashion, technology, new media, services, arts/cultural, culinary and other business sectors, or (iii) a combination of (i) and (ii) ("Workspace").

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5:00 pm on November 15, 2013.

Deadline: December 19, 2013

Agency: NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
Grant ID: PIN# 5598-1

Job Opportunity in Early Childhood Education

Brightside Academy is a leading provider of early childhood education and child care with over 20 years of experience. As a growing organization, we provide education professionals with career and professional growth opportunities in safe learning environments that make a difference in children’s lives. The Community Coordinator is responsible for seeking, coordinating and implementing all social service, health and nutrition partnerships and education activities related to Early Learn NYC based on needs of families and the community.
Apply here
Information provided by Community Uplink.

Employment Opportunity - Social Worker


Union Settlement Association is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. Since opening our doors in 1895, we have brought education, wellness and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to better their lives. More than 350 staff work in our organization, and our services impact 10,000 people every year. By helping our neighbors realize their goals, we build the vitality and success of East Harlem. For more information about Union Settlement, please visit our website at

Position: Social Worker – East Harlem Neighborhood Network
Department: Earl y Childhood Education
Reports to: Director of Early Childhood Education
Hours: Full-Time
Network Summary:  The East Harlem Neighborhood Network (“Network”), comprised of Union Settlement Association, The Boys’ Club of New York and Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, has been created to address the growing educational needs of the Mexican and Mexican-American community in East Harlem. The Network aims to provide vital services at the preschool and elementary levels; to enhance children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development; to provide educational resources that support their academic growth, social and emotional functioning and physical development; and to provide whole families with access to health, educational, nutritional, social, and other necessary services.
Position Summary:
The Neighborhood Network Social Worker will assist and empower parents to better engage in their children’s education, advocate for their children in the school system, and access services that can help them meet the broader needs associated with creating a healthy learning environment for their children. The Neighborhood Network Social Worker will also provide local schools and other community based organizations with best practices, tools and training so they can better address the Mexican community’s educational attainment gap.
Additional Responsibilities: 
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the Network, including the intake, assessment, referral and follow-up process.
  • Develop and conduct a series of workshops around issues relevant to the Mexican and Mexican-American community, such as navigating the school system, immigration, and employment resources.
  • Supervise up to two graduate social work interns.
  • Train extant agency staff in the counseling and referral process.
  • Cultivate relationships with local schools that serve large Mexican populations.
  • Develop an outreach plan to increase the pool of potential clients.
  • Rotate among Network sites, holding scheduled “office hours” at each location.
  • Provide assistance and advocacy around family issues such as health services and housing.
  • Provide training workshops in New York City’s Department of Education’s Achievement.
  • Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS).
  • Conduct follow-up with individual clients and referring agency staff, to ensure accurate and timely data.
  • Track client data and produce reports.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Director of Early Childhood Education.
  • LMSW or LCSW required.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
  • Experience providing case management, assessment, referral and follow-up services to underserved populations.
  • Understanding of the challenges facing the Mexican and Mexican-American community in East Harlem.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform multiple tasks effectively

  • To Apply:  Please send Cover Letter, Resume, Salary Requirements, Writing Samples, and References to: hr@unionsettlement.orgPlease indicate Social Worker in subject of e-mail.