On December 18, 2013, Urban Arts Partnership was selected as 1 of 10 organizations in New York City, 1 of 30 in New York State, to win an award through New York State’s Community Schools Grants Initiative. This is an exciting opportunity for UAP to make a profound impact. Through shared collaboration with partners, we will transform Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School in East New York, Brooklyn into a safe, community hub providing wrap-around services to students and their families. These services will include general and mental healthcare, legal counsel, immigration services, nutrition, bullying and violence prevention, college access and readiness services and strengthened family engagement. By doing this, we intend to consolidate and increase accessibility to the community’s most needed resources, establishing a support nucleus that will drive positive student outcomes at the school and create a space for the community where all feel safe, welcomed and respected. The vision of this school is that all children and families will have access to the holistic support they need to grow as individuals and a community with the school at the center of this healthy development.
We have brought together the following partners: Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, College Access: Research & Action, Wediko specializing in mental health support and LatinoJustice for legal advocacy. As the program develops, more partnerships will be established. This group of partners will provide a comprehensive services framework by addressing academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of children and families. UAP already has a strong presence at Kurt Hahn which benefits from our Creating Minds whole-school reform program. Our intimate relationship with the school and its community will lay a strong foundation from which to launch new services and establish effective, new partnerships.
UAP is thrilled to move this initiative forward. Every day, our Teaching Artists must navigate communities where students do not have the holistic support they need to properly learn and develop in the face of severe and persistent environmental challenges. This initiative will allow us to address the vast needs of students and their families in an effort to not only transform a high-need school, but to transform a high-need neighborhood.
We look forward to sharing our progress with you in 2014.