HSE and College Prep programs start week of Sept. 25th

This week, Grace Outreach held orientation sessions for both our High School Equivalency program and our College and Career Bridge program. Incoming students have already completed intake interviews and entrance exams during the month of September. This morning, seventy students arrived at Grace Outreach for an orientation to the HSE program, and to meet their… Read more »

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GO’s first Annual Campaign!

We started our first Annual Campaign today! This is what we wrote to our supporters: At Grace Outreach, our goal is to offer the best academic and career instruction to the women of the Bronx because we know that every education milestone accomplished and career goal reached impacts women, their families, and their communities. But… Read more »

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Grace Outreach Graduates Start New College Journeys

As Grace Outreach gears up for another wonderful year of partnering with women to achieve their educational and professional goals, graduates of Grace Outreach are beginning the next steps in their journeys. Emails and calls have been pouring in from graduates who have secured new jobs, enrolled in vocational training or started college! In late… Read more »

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MET museum visit

Last Friday, our college bound students currently enrolled in the Bronx Opportunity Network Summer Program made a class visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students visited the museum in preparation for a research project on one of the current exhibitions at the MET. Students are working on their research project as a group activity,… Read more »

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MyBestBets Pilot: Meet GO’s Peer Coach Tawanda “TK” Kerr

As students have been progressing through the MyBestBets application, they have had the benefit of guidance from Grace Outreach’s newest hire, Tawanda Kerr. Known as TK, her role at GO is that of Peer Coach, and she is excelling at it. TK recently graduated from CUNY-BMCC and will be attending CUNY-Lehman College in the fall…. Read more »

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MyBestBets Pilot: Career & College Exploration at Grace Outreach

Last week, the Career and College Programs at GO took another leap forward with the launch of a new initiative, the integration of MyBestBets into the curriculum. Through a partnership with Jobs For The Future (www.jff.org), GO has gained access to this very valuable web based postsecondary and career exploration tool. MyBestBets, a comprehensive platform… Read more »

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Goodbye, Andrew!

Grace Outreach says goodbye today to our Executive Director, Andrew Rubinson, after eight years of day-to-day leadership of the organization.  Andrew’s accomplishments include leading growth in the Career and College Programs, overseeing the successful transition from the GED to the TASC exam, and being instrumental in the development of the tutors/assistant teachers as cornerstones of… Read more »

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Junior Board FUNraiser

Last year Grace Outreach started a Junior Board and they’ve been actively involved in learning about GO, spreading the word about our work in the South Bronx, coordinating a fantastic mock interview event, and in giving back to the community. To share Grace Outreach with their networks, and to involve younger professionals in the power of getting… Read more »

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GO graduate and employee’s moving speech

Last week we celebrated the Grace Outreach graduating class of 2016-17 at our annual ceremony and family dinner. At GO we pride ourselves on working with students over the course of their educational and career journeys.  All of our part-time employees are former students who are working while they pursue a college degree. Below we’re sharing the… Read more »

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Summer scholarship at Grace Outreach for College Students

Grace Outreach is offering a $1000 college scholarship through our partnership with the Bronx Opportunity Network for students who participate in our summer bridge program. Students who participate in our summer program receive $1000 for their college tuition (disbursed in three stipends over the course of the year). We still have a few slots open… Read more »

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Annual Board SoulCycle event!

Every year our Board member, Alex Z. organizes a fundraising SoulCycle event to benefit Grace Outreach! Here’s a message she sent out to her friends and colleagues to get them in the spirit! In anticipation of Grace Outreach’s 2017 Hour to Empower Annual Board SoulCycle fundraiser on, Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00PM, we’re asking you : Are YOU smarter… Read more »

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Grace Outreach 2017 Benefit

On Tuesday, May 9th we celebrated the power of education at the 2017 Grace Outreach Benefit honoring Lauren Bush Lauren (Founder and CEO of FEED) and awarding the Humanitarian Award to Sharon Bush. This fundraising dinner, held at the Racquet and Tennis Club of New York, was packed with over 180 attendees. GO student, Yaren Santana… Read more »

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GO Students’ Response to Maria Aponte’s Visit

Earlier this afternoon, Grace Outreach’s four College Prep students, Aileen R., Bintou K., Eliana R., and Nadine A. penned a group reflection on Maria Aponte’s visit: “On Tuesday, April 4 at Grace Outreach, Maria Aponte, poet and activist came to inspire women with her story. High school equivalency, college prep students, and teachers came together… Read more »

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Poet and Author, Maria Aponte to Visit Grace Outreach

Grace Outreach is thrilled and honored to welcome Maria Aponte—award-winning poet, author, and women’s rights and community arts activist—to the classroom next Tuesday, April 4th. Maria was named by the Bronx Times in June 2016 as one of 25 Bronx Influential Women. She has also been featured on Bronx Net, News 12, NBC Latino, and… Read more »

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March 10 Adult Literacy in the BX – Bringing People Together

A big THANK YOU to all the committed advocates, organizers, residents, students, instructors, and HSE and TASC program directors who joined us this past Friday morning for the second-annual BRONX Adult Literacy Gathering at Hostos Community College.   Our opening panel—deftly moderated by Jon Gabay of East Side House Settlement—featured Elvin Aviles of CUNY Prep,… Read more »

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GO co-sponsors 2nd Annual Bronx Adult Literacy

This Friday, March 10, 8:30 am – 11:30 am: Join us for the second-ever Bronx Adult Literacy Gathering in The Savoy Room at Hostos Community College. We’re thrilled to be working with our partners at Eastside House Settlement, CUNY Prep, and Center for Bronx Nonprofits to bring you this rich community of educators, leaders, organizations,… Read more »

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Our ED reports on the NYCETC symposium

Executive Director Andrew Rubinson had the opportunity to present Grace Outreach’s work, and  dialogue with colleagues in the field, as a panelist at the NYC Employment & Training Conference symposium on January 31st.  “It’s always interesting to share best practices with colleagues, and to also learn about their successes and concerns.”   The main thing I heard… Read more »

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Customer Service training at GO

As part of our ongoing efforts to increase the skills and employability of our students and alumni, GO hosted a Customer Service Training last week. This valuable training, created and implemented by partner organizations Center for Frontline Retail and Retail Action Project, was led by a dynamic instructor, Ryan Field, RAP Education organizer. A dozen… Read more »

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Mock Interviews at Dow Jones

This semester at GO thirteen career prep students, dressed in their most professional attire and armed with polished resumes, took to the streets and subways of New York City to attend a Mock Interview event at Dow Jones. Students participated in one-on-one mock interviews, breakout sessions on career development, and individualized resume reviews. The Dow… Read more »

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BCC Dean of Academic Success Programs visits GO

Yesterday GO students and staff welcomed Dr. Simone Rodriguez-Doresta, Dean of Academic Success Programs at Bronx Community College to speak with our community about working hard to get to college. Dr. Rodriguez-Doresta is newly appointed at BCC and she will be overseeing the engagement that the University has with Community-Based organizations like Grace Outreach. She shared… Read more »

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Welcome new GO tutors

We’re happy to welcome two new Grace Outreach employees to our team today! Shanay Porter and Shelley-Ann Muschette are joining us as Math and English tutors in our High School Equivalency Program. We know both of them are excellent in these subjects because they’ve been our students before. Shanay came to our College Bridge Program in the… Read more »

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GO visits the Met

Last Friday college bound Grace Outreach students participating in our Bronx Opportunity Network Summer Scholarship program headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Our guide was Halston Bruce, Art Historian and Grace Outreach fundraiser. Halston guided us through galleries, from the Romanticism period through Contemporary, asking students to think about medium, message, historical development, and… Read more »

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Vocational Fair at GO

Not only are Grace Outreach students diligently preparing to take the TASC test, they are simultaneously prepping to take the next steps in their career after earning their diploma. Last week we hosted a small vocational fair that allowed students to learn about different ways to jump start their career. Grace Outreach students met with… Read more »

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Raving Jaynes improv workshop at GO

Tomorrow the Raving Jaynes will lead Grace Outreach students through a dance and improvisation confidence building workshop! This workshop will combine techniques from comedy and dance improvisation as a way to remind participants of their own creative power.  The goal is to create a safe environment where participants can explore the freedom of the imagination… Read more »

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GO sisterhood after graduation

Grace Outreach alumna Raquel Morales is using the the GO technology center to complete online training for a teaching assistant position in New York City Public Schools. “I’m here to access the lab and get some help and guidance from the staff,” says Morales, who is warmly welcomed back by Grace Outreach, two years after earning her HS equivalency… Read more »

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Check us out on Social Media!

Did you know we’re on Facebook, Instagram, AND Twitter?! Check out our accounts @graceoutreachbx And go to our Facebook page here, where we just posted an album of photos from the 2016 Grace Outreach Graduation celebration: https://www.facebook.com/graceoutreachbx/  

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Grace Outreach Graduation 2016!

Last week Grace Outreach hosted our annual graduation celebration for the 86 women who passed the TASC exam through our High School Equivalency program during the 2015-16 school year. We also celebrated the 26 women who started college this year AND the 11 women who completed their college degrees. High School Equivalency graduate, Naisha Perez, gave a moving graduation… Read more »

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Meet GO Math Tutor Steph!

Grace Outreach Math Tutor Stephanie T. graduated from Lehman College last week and we’re so proud of her! Read her interview about working at Grace Outreach and her plans for the future:   Where are you from?   I have been living in the Bronx since I was 12.   How did you start working with Grace… Read more »

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HSE classes return with new Foundations of Math

Spring/Summer High School Equivalency classes at Grace Outreach started up today with 55 students in attendance. For this cohort HSE Students are divided into 2 learning groups with a number of new and returning students working on individualized schedules since they’ve passed some TASC subject areas already. Grace Outreach is also introducing a new program option for students who need… Read more »

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College Prep Spring II!

Spring 2 class kicked off yesterday with 17 students ready to start college! These students are taking part in our first Spring 2 session, designed to quickly provide recent High School Equivalency students who are on their way to college with application support and preparation for the CUNY Compass Exam. It’s always our goal to make sure our students… Read more »

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GO’s Board of Directors Raises $15,000 at Second Annual SoulCycle Ride

Over the weekend, over 40 people came together to participate in the SECOND ANNUAL CYCLE FOR EDUCATION at SoulCycle. The event was a ton of fun, a great workout and raised over $15,000 for Grace Outreach. Several Board Members participated in the ride, including Alexandra Zarrilli, Kara Murphy, Margaret Grace, Paula Bralow and Meg Sheridan as… Read more »

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Recap of the GO gathering on Adult Education in the Bronx

Last Thursday, Grace Outreach and the Bronx Center for Nonprofits at Hostos Community College convened a meeting to discuss the state of adult and young adult literacy in the Bronx.  A total of 42 educators, nonprofit professionals, policy makers, funders, and students shared their perspectives on the TASC exam, on necessary advocacy on both the local… Read more »

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Our Board of Directors rides with Soul Cycle to raise funds for GO!

Grace Outreach is proud to announce that its Board of Directors have partnered with Soul Cycle to host a 45-minute, heart-pumping fundraiser ride to support the efforts of Grace Outreach. The event will take place on Saturday, April 9th at 2:30PM at Soul Cycle West Village (126 Leroy Street). Please click https://www.crowdrise.com/cycleforeducation/fundraiser/graceoutreachbronx to participate in… Read more »

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Read our student’s moving essay on conquering her fears at GO

Tani got her High School Equivalency degree with Grace Outreach and then attended our College Prep program to get ready for college. But as she writes, it wasn’t easy. Tani’s agorophobia kept her in her apartment for years but now she’s ready to go to school at Hostos and become a therapist. We’re so proud… Read more »

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Symposium and Community Gathering on Adult Education in the Bronx

What is the current state of Adult Literacy in the Bronx?  Are there good opportunities for all Bronx residents to access adult literacy programs and classes?  Is the current TASC exam which measures equivalency helping or not helping students?  What can the programs and organizations do more of to help students and increase capacity?  What… Read more »

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Grace Outreach staff lifts weights and creates a Scholarship!

Last Saturday three members of the Grace Outreach Staff competed in the Iron Maidens Raw Open: Danae Mcleod, Derrian Robinson, and Bintou Darboe (pictured above) lifted weights to a crowd of 150 people at Crossfit South Brooklyn. We tested our squat, bench press, and deadlift strength, and helped raise money for a scholarship that will benefit Grace… Read more »

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You’re invited to the Iron Maidens Open fundraiser for GO!

Come cheer on your instructors Derrian, Bintou and Danae at the Iron Maidens Raw Open this Saturday, March 5th. Competitors have been raising money to create a scholarship for Grace Outreach college-bound students with no access to financial aid. The event is free and open to the public. Stop by and cheer on these strong… Read more »

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Iron Maidens Open starts a scholarship with GO!

The Iron Maidens Raw Open is an all female powerlifting competition hosted by Crossfit South Brooklyn and they’re raising money for a scholarship for Grace Outreach Students! 65 women are competing in Iron Maidens this year from all over the East Coast. Each woman gets 3 attempts to test how much they can lift in… Read more »

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Meet our new science teacher, Peggy!

How did you find Grace Outreach and start teaching with us? Through the Literacy Assistance Center jobs page. I was looking for a science teaching position and Grace Outreach was looking for a science teacher and it was just meant to be. What is your educational background? BA from Rutgers, MA from Hunter. But much… Read more »

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Meet recent HSE grad, Elizabeth Diaz

Meet Elizabeth Diaz From: Bronx Passion: “Helping people. If I see someone without shoes, I would go shoeless in order to help them. I love everyone and see good in everyone.” Goals: “For my family to be happy and to have a sustainable future.” Family: “A 1 yr 11 month daughter named Ruth Esmerald Flores.”… Read more »

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See Grace Outreach Student, Sam D. featured in a New York Times video!

Sam D. took High School Equivalency classes with Grace Outreach to earn her degree, and she just graduated from college prep and is on her way to LaGuardia Community College. View her moving story on the New York Times, with scenes from the Grace Outreach Classroom!

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Meet High School Equivalency student: Shenequa

Name: Shenequa Reid   From: Bronx, NY   Passion: “Networking and doing everything to be successful in the future for myself and my children, so they don’t have to depend on certain institutions. I want an MBA and PhD in Business.”   Goals: “To be a CEO at a corporation.”   What do you like… Read more »

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Meet Grace Outreach tutor, Anne!

What brought you to Grace Outreach? When asked what I plan to do in retirement, I replied without hesitation, “I’d like to tutor math to people getting their HS equivalency.”  For years I had had this desire and my retirement 5 years ago gave me the time to do it.  The problem was, I didn’t… Read more »

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GRACE OUTREACH on NY 1 NEWS

Grace Outreach gets a great shout out on NY 1 News! Click on the video to see the full story!

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Grace Outreach’s new Technology Center and Director

Grace Outreach students have another avenue for advancing their education and career goals– our new Technology Center. The center was completed in June 2015 and offers students the use of 23 computers, 3 printers, 16 laptops, and a projector. Derrian Robinson, pictured below is the Technology Center’s Director, “we established the center to help students advance technological skills and… Read more »

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College-prep at the Met

The participants in GO’s “Summer Bridge” College Prep program headed downtown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday to research subject matter for their upcoming  group projects presentations. For 11 of the participants it was their first time ever vising the Met! Each group explored a different exhibit that they’ll present on next week. In the  ‘Sultans… Read more »

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Goodbye Carol!

Grace Outreach bids farewell to Carol Williams today. Carol has worked with GO for 7 years and helped thousands of women achieve their GED and High School Equivalency degrees and get into college. In 2009 she started the College Prep Program at Grace Outreach, and she has been teaching writing and math as an instructor… Read more »

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Meet High School Equivalency Program student Princeana!

Name: Princeana Widstarand From: “Brooklyn, but I live in the Bronx now.” Grace Outreach Program: “High School Equivalency preparation focusing on math and writing since I’m taking my TASC exam this summer, and Keyboarding” (in the new GO technology center!). Heard about Grace Outreach: “From a friend of a friend. It’s hard to find TASC… Read more »

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