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.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Alcohol and Sexual Health: Why We Should Care Symposium

Photo Credit: Eston Surgery

The Partnership for a Healthier New York City would like to invite you to the first ever Alcohol and Sexual Health Symposium on November 12th at Mt. Sinai. Learn from experts and advocates about intersections between alcohol and HIV/AIDS, STIs, unplanned pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and sexual assault.

Click here to view flyer for more information and please forward this along to those who are interested. We hope you can attend it!

Also, there are limited co-sponsorship opportunities available. Please email Laena Orkin ( for more information.


NYC Deparment of Education Launches Anti-Bullying Web Library

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The Department of Education launched a new website with resources for students, parents and teachers to combat bullying in New York City schools.

"Now I am an old man but I still remember being teased in school. It definitely impacts your overall emotional health," said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who met with students from Brooklyn International High School Friday morning to demonstrate the new web library. "This new website is a one-stop-shop for information on anti-bullying measures."

The web library, called "Respect for All," pulls together resources that were already in the DOE website and puts them all into one, easy-to-search place in order to make them more accessible for users.

The site helps students recognize signs that they are being bullied, guides teachers through the process of dealing with a suspected bully, and tells parents how to report bullying to school officials.

It also deals in length with cyber-bullying and the effects it can have on a child in school and at home.

"We are very well aware that this is a major issue for many students," said the website's creator, Connie Cuttle, director of Safety and Youth Development at the DOE. "There is a wealth of resources on cyber-bullying in the Respect for All website."

Respect for All will continue to be updated as students and DOE officials find and create more content and resources to battle bullying.

Courtesy of Janet Upadhye (

GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares 2013 Teens Make Music Contest

This latest information is courtesy of The Partnership at A great way to bring prevention awareness through the sound of music.

Do you know a talented, young musician who is dedicated to making a difference through music?

The Partnership at, in conjunction with the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares®, is in search of young musicians (ages 14-18) to compose or create an original song and/or music video that promotes and celebrates healthy living and/or appropriately depicts a story about drug abuse. In our efforts to raise awareness of addiction and recovery, we encourage teens to submit their powerful messages of struggle, hope and triumphant healing.

The first, second and third place winners will each receive:
  • A trip to Los Angeles to attend the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards® Backstage Experience, a unique backstage tour taking place as artists rehearse live for the GRAMMY Awards® ;
  • Placement and exposure of their musical entries on MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY website (the premiere site for Recording Academy members) and the Vans Warped Tour website;
  • The opportunity to attend a guided tour of the Village Recording Studio;
  • iPads with the GarageBand app and an opportunity to release a record with Clarity Way, of Hanover, PA;
  • Cash rewards ranging from $100 to $500, courtesy of Visions Adolescent Treatment Center in Malibu, California.
The first place winner will also receive two tickets to the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards® at the Los Angeles-based Staples Center, courtesy of the Visions Adolescent Treatment Center in Malibu, California.

Submit your musical entry HERE.

Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free NY Grant

Deadline:   November 22, 2013
Funding Amount:   The anticipated total funding for this initiative, pending availability of funds, is just over $15.5 million for 11 contracts (10 regional; one statewide) over a projected four-year and nine-month contract period. Annual funding amounts for 10 regional contracts are expected to be up to $300,000 per contract; one statewide contract is expected to be funded up to $275,000.

Eligibility:   Public and private not-for-profit agencies and organizations in New York State, including but not limited to: local government and public health agencies, health care systems, primary care networks, academic institutions, community-based organizations, volunteer associations and professional associations with experience in health systems level change to improve quality of care. Experience working with low income and low educational attainment populations and with individuals with serious mental illness is expected.
Agency:   NYS Department of Health

Grant ID:  FAU Control #1306271049
Summary:   The New York State Department of Health (Department) Bureau of Tobacco Control (BTC) seeks applications from organizations that will work to engage health care systems to improve the delivery of guideline-concordant care for tobacco dependence through systems and policy change at the organizational level. A systems approach is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Health Impact Pyramid (Frieden, 2010) and interventions that have broader population effect and require lower individual level effort. Health care organizations that serve disproportionately affected populations (low income, low educational attainment, and serious mental illness) are the priority focus for this contract. Health system interventions should result in expansion of the reach of evidence-based smoking cessation interventions without direct provision of those services. The focus is on working with higher level administrative decision-makers to ensure that the providers in the health systems they oversee deliver appropriate and aggressive tobacco dependence treatment to its members.

Click on link:   NYS Department of Health  

IMPACT Grant Opportunity

Grant/Contract Name:  IMPACT (Intensive Mentoring/Parents and Children Together) Program Concept Paper
Deadline:   Comments are due November 8, 2013.
Funding Amount:   One award anticipated.  The anticipated annual funding for the IMPACT Program is approximately $3.3 million.  It is anticipated that IMPACT will serve up to 175 participants per year referred from all five boroughs. The anticipated cost per participant ranges from $15,300 to $18,800.
Eligibility:   Through the upcoming RFP, the Department of Probation (DOP) will be seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to provide a community-based program-grounded in evidence-based principles-to adolescents who are sentenced to probation supervision in Adult Court.

Agency:   NYC Department of Probation (DOP)
Summary:   The Concept Paper is a precursor to the forthcoming IMPACT (Intensive Mentoring/Parents and Children Together) Program Request for Proposal (RFP). IMPACT is a community-based program designed to meet the specialized needs of adolescents who are sentenced to probation (primarily) through Adult Criminal Court. More specifically, IMPACT is designed to help youth who are primarily sentenced as Juvenile Offenders (JOs) or Youth Offenders (YOs) address issues related to their wrongdoing through two main components - inhome family services and mentoring.

DOP anticipates releasing the IMPACT RFP in Winter 2014.  The forthcoming IMPACT RFP will be released through the
HHS Accelerator system. Only organizations with approved HHS Accelerator Business Application and Services Applications for one or more of the following will be able to propose: Life Skills; Parenting Services; Case Management; Alternative Justice Management; Conflict Resolution/Mediation; and, Preventive Services.
Click HERE for link or WEBSITE  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DFC Information Session RESCHEDULED!

Due to unforeseen changes, the DFC Information Session has been changed to Thursday, October 10th at 6PM. The location will take place at the Children's Aid Society, 9th floor boardroom. For those who have already registered from the original training date will have to re-register again.  This will allow attendance accuracy, no walk-ins allowed.

Please be sure to visit the Children's Aid Society---New York City Prevention Resource Center website to register. RSVP here.

If you have any concerns, contact the NYC PRC at 917.286.1541 or email.

We do apologize for the inconvenience and see you on the 10th!

Drugs, Alcohol and Sexuality: What's the Connection?

Rutgers’ Answer program provides highly interactive online workshops and trainings that allow you to set your own pace while learning about teen sexuality. The upcoming webinar workshop for November is called Drugs, Alcohol and Sexuality: What’s the Connection.  The focus is to discuss one of the risk factors pertaining to underage drinking, drug abuse and unprotected sex.

For more information, click here to register:

MADD's Underage Drinking Prevention Video Contest

MADD organization along with sponsorship State Farm insurance are sending out a call-to-youth to be a part of this wonderful video contest “IF YOU DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL TODAY what could your tomorrow be?" The contest theme is underage drinking prevention NOT drunk driving. To participate, you must be between 13 to 18 years of age.

Visit MADD website for more details on the contest and cash prize!

Participatory Budgeting NYC

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ParticipatoryBudgeting NYC: Eight members of the New York City Council are taking part in Participatory Budgeting, a process by which community members choose where money is spent in their neighborhood. NeighborhoodAssemblies, where community members can learn about the process and submit their idea for projects, will occur on October 7, 10, and 15Click here for more info about participatory budgeting, and click here to sign up for an online information session. 
courtesy of Citizen Committee of New York