February is Social Wellness Month at Uncommon!
Social wellness is the ability to relate and connect with other people, while valuing others and acting respectfully. It encourages us to work together as a community and to find connection with others and the world around us. When we practice social wellness we strengthen relationships by interacting with others in positive and productive ways! Below are resources for you and your family to practice social wellness throughout the month!
Upcoming Local Elections:
Even though we just had a very significant general election, election season is never really over. Please see below for some important NYC voter updates:
- Ranked-Choice Voting is coming to NYC! It will be utilized in the upcoming special election and in future mayoral, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and city council elections. Make sure you understand how ranked-choice voting works before you get to the polls! Learn more about it by watching this video and read the information at VOTE NYC.
- Voter registration dates: Voters have to register by February 21st to vote in upcoming primary races. If you would like to change your party affiliation, you must do so by February 14th. To register to vote or change your party visit https://vote.nyc/.
Advocacy in Action - Join Your Local Community Board!
Hello Brooklyn - want to play an active role in shaping your community, join your local community board!. Board members provide invaluable service to their communities such as land use planning, making recommendations for the city’s budget, and granting permits to name a few. The deadline to apply is Friday, February, 12! Anyone 16 years and older that is interested can complete the application HERE. Don’t know your community board number find it using this link.
Civics Engagement for our Youth:
The NYC Charter Center, DOE and NYC Votes are hosting three Tuesday evening sessions geared toward getting our youth civically engaged in voting. Please click here for more details.
If you or someone you know is in need here are some helpful sites:
Join Parent Partners for Advocacy!
It’s 2021 Uncommon families and with all that is going on in the world right now it is clear that we have work to do! Parents are the best advocates for their families and communities. Please sign up if you are interested in learning how to join a powerful group of parents across all 24 of our Brooklyn schools that are plugged in and ready to stand up for the needs of our nation, communities and schools. Sign up HERE to learn more!
Get your flu shot!
If you haven’t already, please get a flu shot for everyone in your family this season. Doctors agree it’s more important than ever. Flu shots can be administered by your primary care physician and many local pharmacies. You can also visit the NYC Health Department’s map of clinics offering free or low-cost flu shots.
Home Energy Assistance Program:
Enrollment is taking place now for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). To determine program eligibility, please see income guidelines here.
Help make sure NY schools are funded!
New York's public schools have faced unprecedented challenges this past school year, including increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo has identified the need for $15 billion in federal aid in order to avoid cuts to education funding. Please join us in supporting the call for federal officials to provide an aid package that provides the necessary funds to stabilize state budgets and Fund NY Schools by clicking and sharing this link! Help support our schools!