Daily Archives: Feb 19, 2019

Starting Out in CNY: A Conversation about the Experience of Immigrants in the Region

By Maximilian Eyle

The Latino population in New York State has been steadily growing. Today, Hispanics represent nearly 20% of the State’s overall populous and are having a growing impact on the social and political culture of the region. One key driver is that our state is particularly welcoming to immigrants. While New York City has a long history of diversity, Central New York is now a primary destination for immigrants starting a new life in the United States. In this interview with Ivette Cruz Barsó, we explore what the area has to offer and what new arrivals can expect.

Ivette is a petite and attractive Cubana in the midst of her third year in the United States. She lives in a cozy apartment near Syracuse’s downtown. Ivette arrived here from Havana and is currently earning her Master’s degree in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture from Syracuse University. I met with her to discuss her impressions of Central New York, and to see what advice she has for people who are just arriving.
M: What was your impression of Central New York before you arrived?

I: I had never heard about Syracuse or CNY. It was through the refugee program that I learned about it – when I found out that I had the option to come here. It looked like a very American place from the pictures I saw, especially compared to Miami. The refugee program warned me that it would be cold, with lots of snow, and that I should have good winter clothes. Since they didn’t tell me much else except about the bad weather, I was worried.

M: Has your opinion changed? What do you think of it now that you’ve had a chance to get settled?

I: After three years, I can say that it’s a great place for immigrants – there is a lot of support from the local government. The problem is that the anti-immigrant position of the federal government has lowered the amount of help that can be found here. I’ve seen local organizations shut down or stop certain services because they lost federal funding. But the local attitude is very supportive. I read about anti-immigrant discrimination in other parts of the country, but I never encounter it here.

M: How did you first find out about what opportunities were available here?

I: The social workers were very helpful in getting me my papers and setting me up with a place to live. There was a great support system in dealing with the local government and other local resources. I was able to find English classes and help with preparing for job interviews. I also received tips about general living in New York State.

M: What are the best things about living here? The worst things?

I: I love the pace of the city – very relaxed. The cost of living is low too, so you can work, study, and have fun without constantly thinking about money. I think other cities are much more financially stressful. There are a lot of cultural opportunities here too. The first thing I found was Argentine tango. I met a lot of very nice local people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise there.

M: What advice would you give to people who have recently settled in the region?

I: Because the city is laid back, it’s easier to pursue you goals. Education is accessible too, but learning English is a very important skill to develop in order to access the resources here. Fortunately, the relaxed rhythm of the city gives you time to do those things.

 

Empezando una vida en CNY: Un diálogo sobre la experiencia de inmigrantes en la región

Por Maximilian Eyle

La población hispánica de Nueva York ha estado creciendo continuamente. Hoy la gente hispana representa casi el 20% de la población total del estado y tiene un impacto en el crecimiento de la cultura social y política en la región. Un clave primario es que nuestro estado es muy acogedor a los inmigrantes. Mientras la ciudad de Nueva York tiene una larga historia de diversidad, la parte central del estado es ahora un destino primario para inmigrantes que están empezando una vida nueva en los EE.UU. En esta entrevista con Ivette Cruz Barsó, exploramos lo que tiene este lugar para ofrecer y lo que las personas que llegan pueden anticipar.

Ivette es una cubana pequeña y atractiva que se encuentra en su tercer año en los EE.UU. Ella vive en un piso muy acogedor cerca del centro de Syracuse. Ivette llegó aquí desde La Habana y está ahora estudiando para su maestría en Lengua, Literatura, y Cultura española en Syracuse University. Me reuní con ella para hablar sobre sus impresiones sobre Central New York, y para ver qué consejo tiene para la gente que está llegando justamente ahora.

M: Dime sobre tu impresión de aquí antes de llegar.

I: Yo nunca había oído de Syracuse ni CNY. Me enteré a partir del programa de refugiados – cuando descubrí que tenía la opción de venir aquí. Me pareció como un lugar muy americano en las fotos que vi, especialmente comparado con Miami. El programa de refugiados me comentó que hacía mucho frío, que había mucha nieve, y que debía tener buenas ropas para el invierno. Como no me dijeron mucho más aparte del duro invierno, venía muy preocupada.

M: ¿Ha cambiado tu opinión? ¿Qué opinas de este lugar ahora que has tenido la oportunidad para establecerte aquí?

I: Después de tres años, puedo decir que es un lugar muy especial para los inmigrantes – hay mucho apoyo del gobierno local. El problema es que la posición contra los inmigrantes del gobierno federal ha reducido los recursos aquí. He visto organizaciones locales cerrarse o parar algunos servicios porque perdieron sus fondos federales. Pero la actitud local es de apoyo. He leído sobre discriminación contra inmigrantes en otros partes del país, pero nunca he sufrido ninguna aquí.

M: ¿Cómo aprendiste de las oportunidades disponibles aquí?

I: Los trabajadores sociales me ayudaron mucho cuando tuve que aplicar a mis papeles y encontrar un lugar para vivir. Había un sistema muy bueno de apoyo para lidiar con el gobierno local y otros recursos locales. Pude encontrar clases de inglés y me ayudaron con las preparaciones para mis primeras entrevistas de trabajo. También recibí consejos sobre el estilo de vida aquí.

M: ¿Cuáles son las mejores cosas de vivir aquí? ¿Las peores?

I: Me encanta el ritmo de la ciudad – muy relejada. También, el costo de la vida es muy bajo, y por eso se puede trabajar, estudiar, y disfrutar sin estar constantemente pensando en el dinero. Creo que otras ciudades te dan más estrés financiero. Hay muchas oportunidades culturales aquí también. La primera cosa que encontré fue el tango argentino. Conocí muy buena gente que no hubiera sucedido de no ser por el baile.

M: ¿Qué consejo darías tú a la gente que ha llegado recientemente a esta región?

I: Porque la ciudad es muy tranquila, es fácil realizar tus metas. La educación también es accesible, pero es muy importante aprender y mejorar el inglés para acceder mejor a los recursos aquí. Afortunadamente, el ritmo relajado de la ciudad te da tiempo para hacer esas cosas.

i clase debe ser un lugar en que me siento segura.

2019 Summer Youth Internship Program runs twenty (20) hours per week for six (6) weeks. The first day of employment is July 8th and runs through August 15th. To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident, between the ages of 14 and 21, and you must turn age 14 by March 29, 2019.

In order to determine your eligibility for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program, copies of the below items must be returned with your completed application:

  1. Working Papers (obtained from your school’s counselor) for all youth under age 18
    • Ages 14-15 (Blue Card)
    • Ages 16-17 (Green Card)
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Buffalo Residency (Utility Bills, Lease Agreement)
  4. Family Income
  5. Social Security Card
  6. Attending School (Most recent School Report Card or Transcript)

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact us at (716) 851-5887. Once again, thank you for your interest in my Summer Youth Internship Program.

2019 Summer Youth Internship Program. This is truly a wonderful opportunity for you, as well as hundreds of other city youth, to get the experience you need to become a successful working adult, earn money and learn critical skills that will benefit you now and in the future.

Application that must be completed and returned to the Department of Community Services by FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019. Incomplete applications and late applications will not be accepted!

Bring or mail your completed application to the Department of Community Services, located at Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square -Room 1701, Buffalo, New York, 14202. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

YOU CAN ALSO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE APPLICATION ONLINE BY VISITING WWW.BUFFALONY.GOV/MSYAPP

Applications accepted until March for scholarships for minority students in chemical sciences 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2019 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 per year for African-American, Hispanic and Native American students entering chemistry-related fields. Qualified students may be studying at community colleges or four-year institutions. Graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply.

Eligible majors include but are not limited to chemistry, materials science, toxicology, biochemistry, chemical engineering and chemical technology.

In addition to providing financial support, the ACS Scholars Program pairs students with academic and professional mentors to give them the opportunity to learn from those who have experienced similar challenges related to ethnicity. These relationships can span entire careers.

Scholarship applications will be accepted online at the ACS Scholars Program website www.acs.org/scholars through March 1, 2019, for the academic year 2019-20. Additional information is available by calling 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250, or by emailing scholars@acs.org.

The Scholars program, now in its 24th year, aims to build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in chemistry and to help students acquire the skills and credentials needed for success. Nearly 1,700 ACS Scholars have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences, and a substantial number have gone on to graduate school and/or entered the workforce in their field.

The ACS Scholars Program is generously supported by:

Founding Partner $1 million+

PPG Industries

Benefactor $1 million

Procter & Gamble

 

Visionary Partners $500,000

3M

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation

GlaxoSmithKline

 

Sustaining Partners $250,000

ACS Petroleum Research Fund

BASF

Dow Corning

DuPont

Merck & Co., Inc.

Schering-Plough

Société de Chimie Industrielle

 

Partners $100,000

Air Products

AstraZeneca

Celgene

Covestro (formerly Bayer)

CME ACS – Chemical Marketing and Economics Group, ACS NY Section

Dow Chemical Co.

Genentech

Gilead

Pfizer

Xerox

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

To automatically receive press releases from the American Chemical Society, contactnewsroom@acs.org.

COLOR ME HEALTHY FORUM ADDRESSES TRAUMA, HOMICIDE AND GRIEF

IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY

(Buffalo, NY February 20, 2019) – The Community Health Center of Buffalo, in collaboration with the Near East and West Side Task Force, is presenting the second in a series of panel discussions focusing on the issue of mental health in the African-American community. The second of these forums is being held on Wednesday, February 20 at the Catholic Health System Regional Training Center, 144 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY14203 from 5:30 pm (dinner and registration) and 6-7 pm (program with Q&A). Parking is free. The program will focus on the topic of homicide, trauma and grief in the African-American community.

The program is being moderated by Karl Shallowhorn, Education Program Coordinator at the Community Health Center of Buffalo. Panelists include Lenny Lane, President of F.AT.H.E.R.S., Karrien Williams, Associate Minister, New Jerusalem Revival Center, Rev. Alan Core, Funeral Director and owner of Alan. R. Core Funeral Home, and Alyssa Sullivan, Program Director, Horizon Health Services.

African Americans experience homicide violence at a rate that is on average 12 times greater than American Indians and Latinos, 15 times greater than whites, and 16 times greater than Asians and Pacific Islanders.

“The road to closure for families experiencing grief from the homicide of a loved one rests in the apprehension of the person responsible.  In 2018, Buffalo’s homicide rates reached a 3 year high yet our solving rate remains below the national average.  Community Health Center of Buffalo hosts an annual celebration of lives lost called ‘The Tree of Life’ to help families enduring the tragedy of homicide get through the difficult holiday season.” Karla Thomas, Director of Outreach and Marketing, Community Health Center of Buffalo

“Alexander and Ho in particular, researchers, talk about this whole concept of cultural trauma. That in particular, in marginalized and disenfranchised populations of color, because of race, those particular populations chronically experience cultural trauma just because of race-based structural inequality.” Tanya L. Sharpe, MSW, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Social Work

About the Community Health Center of Buffalo: The Community Health Center (CHCB) is a federally qualified health center that operates out of four sites in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lockport and Niagara Falls. Since 1999, CHCB has been providing comprehensive healthcare to those who are on Medicaid and Medicare as well as those who lack health insurance. CHCB serves a diverse population of patients including those in the African-American, Latino, and refugee communities of Erie and Niagara County.

About the Near and East West Side Task Force: The Near East and West Side Task Force Inc. (NEWS TF) is a collaboration of two community-based organizations: The Western New York Hispanics and Friends Civic Association: Child and Families Task Force and The Near East Side Community Health Task Force. The mission of the Near East and West Side Task Force is to be

a collaborative group of community partners, who, through advocacy, promote the well-being and self-sufficiency racial and ethnic communities in Buffalo.

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