September 19, 2017 / Inspiration, News / Posted by mcodev

Deserving kids get fresh back-to-school cuts

Grand St Settlement’s Robert Cordero was inspired by his childhood spent in barber shops to give back to the kids his organization serves.  Watch the video on the Today Show.

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July 11, 2016 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

A Moment of Unity

Dear Friends,   When confronted with the violence, oppression, and unnecessary hatred of the many shootings that have taken place across our nation this summer, it is easy to feel inconsequential in the face of the bigger picture. When we try to contemplate the horror of…

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May 9, 2016 / Inspiration, News, Stories From The Settlement / Posted by Elise Hanks

She Made Success Her Business

We couldn’t be more proud of Sylvia M. Montero, our Board President, for being an exemplary model of what our mission is all about. Sylvia continues to invest in the Lower East Side, the community where she grew up as a young Latina who had moved…

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March 7, 2016 / Inspiration, News, Press Releases / Posted by Elise Hanks

World Speech Day to Mark First Grand St. Settlement Youth Debate Tournament

Middle school students from each of Grand St. Settlement’s six Manhattan afterschool sites will send their champions to the agency’s first-ever debate tournament on Tuesday, March 15, World Speech Day. The students have been preparing arguments about the issue of gentrification in their neighborhoods and will…

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February 19, 2016 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Ommm into your Weekend

“Say ‘hi toes!’”     You probably don’t start most weekday mornings with a gleeful good morning to the very part of your body that leads you away from your bed. It’s a different story in our Toddler Yoga class thanks to Liz Warren, an educator…

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December 11, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Parrandas, a Photo Contest, and More Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

TGIF! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and if this puzzling weather has been keeping you from getting into the holiday spirit, we have just what you need to get festive! Our seniors are spreading holiday cheer all across the Lower East Side with…

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December 1, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

How to #JUMPSTARTCHANGE this #GivingTuesday

Hot on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday is a day for talking about giving instead of getting.  We invite you to join Grand St. Settlement as we share what we are doing to give back and #JUMPSTARTCHANGE in our community….

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November 24, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

Settlement Superheroes, Bushwick Coat Drive, Family Volunteer Day and More!

TGI… a short week! This round-up is coming to you smack in the middle of a short week because last Friday found all hands on deck at Grand St. Settlement. Our Community Center at 80 Pitt Street welcomed nearly 300 staff members from all departments, program…

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November 24, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

Baby It’s Cold in Brooklyn

The team at our Bushwick-Hylan Community Center is hosting their first annual Coat Drive! Please bring any gently used winter items before December 18th so that we can make the holidays cozy and warm for more Brooklynites! Contact Michael Vaz at 718-453-8116 or

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November 13, 2015 / Inspiration / Posted by Elise Hanks

From a Neighborhood Far, Far Away… a Visitor from the Bronx, How to Use the (Nonprofit) Force, and More!

TGIF! This week, Robert introduced our youth programs to an old neighbor and friend of his. Our special guest came all the way down from the Bronx to see what was cooking in our culinary arts program, hang with a few of our hoop stars, and…

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October 30, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Happy Haunting! A neighborhood round up of costume parties, trick-or-treating, and more!

TGIF! It’s Halloween weekend and we can’t help but feel like we sure are sitting pretty. This weekend is when it feels good to be in your own ‘hood. Not to brag, but we’re pretty happy to have not one, not two, but seven neighborhoods to enjoy…

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October 23, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

A Little Bit of History: Conversations with Dr. Angela Davis, A Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and More!

TGIF! As you may know, Dr. Angela Davis came to town this week – and our Project Speak Out Loud team was there to watch her bring down the house! Pace University hosted the renowned activist and scholar, who delivered a meditation and conversation on the importance…

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October 16, 2015 / Inspiration, News / Posted by Elise Hanks

Finally Fall: Getting a Head Start, 3D Printing the Future, and More!

#TGIF! It’s something in the air. Here at Grand St. Settlement, we knew it was fall when our afterschool and early childhood programs settled into the rhythms of the school year. New classrooms, friends and teams have sprung up all over the place – we start this…

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