We’re having a toy drive!

Do you want to bring holiday cheer to the kids at Masa? We’re having a holiday toy drive! We even created an Amazon wish list with a bunch of fun toys that Masa kids are sure to love: http://a.co/6t0x9yx

If you’d like to donate a toy, you can take or ship unwrapped toys (please no fake weapons or war-themed toys) — whether from the wish list or not — to our offices through December 22nd:

Tlanezcalli Community Center
2770 Third Avenue, 1st Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
Between 146th & 147th

In addition, if you’d like to donate funds specifically for this purpose, you can do so here: http://masany.org/2017toydrive

Questions? Please e-mail education@masany.org — thank you for your support!

A big thanks to Masa’s volunteer committee!

Here at Masa, we’d like to share a huge congratulations and an enormous THANK YOU to Masa’s incredible Volunteer Committee, who ran a 5K/10K in late October (in the rain, no less) and fundraised $3,700 for Masa! We are so grateful for their efforts and proud to have them as part of #TeamMasa! You can see some pictures here.

Masa’s Family Fair for Hate-Free Schools is Tomorrow!

Masa Parents in Action (MPIA) is a committee of local parent leaders dedicated to improving the educational experiences of underserved families in the South Bronx, especially Latino and immigrant families.

Tomorrow, MPIA will host a Family Fair for Hate-Free Schools, an event to launch our campaign against race-based bullying, discrimination, and violence in our public schools. City-level trends show a rise in bullying in our schools: in 2016, 71% of students in grades 6-12 reported in the annual School Climate Survey that students harass and bully their peers; in 2017, that figure jumped to 81%. Similarly, in 2016, 51% of respondents said students bullied each other because of “race or ethnicity”; in 2017, 65% of students said kids bullied each other at school over “race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or citizenship/ immigration status” – a 14-point jump.

MPIA recognizes that schools must be safe havens for all students and families, and is demanding that schools have the resources and support they need to create such an environment. Key event details appear below:

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: Brook Park, 494 East 141st Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (at Brook Avenue)

 

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Back to school + emergency DACA forum

We’re looking forward to the launch of our school year programs in just one more week! This week, we’ll focus on wrapping up our volunteer trainings and welcoming families back to Masa. In the meantime, we are mobilizing to respond to the DACA rescission. We will be holding an emergency forum on Monday, September 11th — details appear below:

Date: Monday, September 11th
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Masa Centro Comunitario Tlanezcalli, 2770 Third Avenue, 1st Floor, Bronx, NY 10455
Language: Spanish
Topic: Overview of DACA rescission, Q&A with immigration attorney, and KYR
RSVP: Call 718-360-6655 or e-mail aceballos@masany.org
Flyer: Here

Due to space limitations, we’ll give preference to folks who are directly affected if the room fills up.

Preparing for Fall at Masa

Here at Masa we’re enjoying our Summer Pre-K Playgroup, Literacy Program, Robotics Program, and Youth Group. We recently took a group of families on a trip to the annual Great Fish Count on Randalls Island. Families had the chance to wade into the Harlem River and explore the area’s biodiversity. Check out some pictures below!

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Welcoming summer at Masa

At Masa, we’re excited to start our summer program on Monday, July 10th! Our slate of summer programs include literacy, robotics, and youth programming. We’re excited to help children boost their reading skills during the critical summer months, support teams of young people as they collaborate to design robots, and provide a space for youth to connect and build community. We’ll share pictures in the coming weeks and months!

Preparing for summer!

Here at Masa, we’re looking forward to the launch of our summer program, including our literacy and robotics programs. If you’re interested in volunteering for our summer robotics program, check out our volunteer interest form — we are still actively seeking volunteers!

Support the BIHS Dream Team!

Join the Bronx International High School Dream Team

for
DREAMING LIVE 2017
A Special Evening to Raise Money for College Scholarships for Undocumented High School Students

Enjoy dinner, student performances, speakers, and a raffle!

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
6-9 PM
Masa, 2770 3rd Avenue, 1st Floor, Bronx, NY 10455

For tickets and more information, e-mail Jonah Kaplan-Woolner at jkaplan-woolner@bronxinternationalhs.com

Events in May and June

Here at Masa, we’ve had a busy couple of weeks: on April 29, we had our annual community event for Día del Niño, which over 400 people attended (with the support of more than 50 volunteers!), and, on May 6, we held our annual Mothers’ Day event for families in our after-school programs. We’re looking forward to our last month of school-year programming and transitioning to the summer. In addition, we have a few workshops coming up:

  • Thursday, June 1st, 6-8 PM at Centro Comunitario Tlanezcalli: Immigrant Rights’ Workshop (supported by an attorney from Bronx Defenders)
  • Tuesday, June 6th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Centro Comunitario Tlanezcalli: Workshop on the Designation of Person in Parental Relationship Form (a form to designate someone to manage basic care of your child in event of an emergency) (supported by an attorney from the Legal Aid Society)
  • Wednesday, June 7th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Centro Comunitario Tlanezcalli: Workshop for parents who have concerns about their child’s development and/or whose children may have classmates with autism or other developmental delays

We hope you’ll join us at one (or all!) of these workshops!