Proud to be a United Community Schools Member
About Allison Brown…
Allison Brown has been the United Community Schools Director at Gotham since May 2015 under the United Community Schools program, funded by the United Federation of Teachers. In her role, Allison connects Gotham to academic enrichment, financial, arts, after-school, and health & wellness resources. Community school programming is guided by an Advisory Board made up of parents, staff, students and community partners. Allison's most rewarding experiences at Gotham include organizing a trip to see "Hamilton" on Broadway; getting a grant to create a Meditation Room; coordinating a Participatory Budgeting Project which brought $500,000 to our campus; creating a Friday Club Period which provides weekly enrichment activities like dance, yoga, cooking, cartooning, etc.; and instituting Peer Group Connection, which connects all 9th graders with peer mentors.
Allison previously worked in the child welfare system, advocating for parents with child welfare cases both at a law firm that defends parents with ACS cases and at the Child Welfare Organizing Project, where parents were organizing to reform the child welfare system. She is still involved in activism around child welfare justice issues, and serves as the Board Secretary of the Fair Housing Justice Center in Queens, where she lives.
Allison loves working with teenagers and their families, and helping to connect them to new resources and opportunities. She received a BA in American Studies from Fordham University in the Bronx in 2003, and a Master of Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing from Hunter College School of Social Work in 2009. As a social work student, she interned at the Undoing Racism Internship Project, connecting social work students to intensive trainings on institutional racism and organizing to change social work curriculum to include material on anti-oppressive social work practices. She is a member of the Radical Social Work Group, a network of social service workers who are striving to increase equity and justice.
Partnership at work...
Gotham Professional Arts Academy has been a United Community School (UCS) in partnership with the United Federation of Teachers since 2015. Each UCS has a wide variety of partnerships and services, including: Health & Wellness, Educator Support, Academic Support, Out of School Time, Parent & Family Engagement & Community Engagement. Our United Community Schools Director works tirelessly to garner and nurture these partnerships.
Each UCS is governed by an Advisory Board, comprised of school staff, student, parents and community partners. The Advisory Board is a great way for members of the school community to get their voices heard in designing their own unique UCS.
Health & Wellness
SMILE NY, Optical Academy, OM Society, The Door, Project SAFE, 100 Schools Project, City Harvest, Healthy Schools Brooklyn, Grow To Learn NYC, Crown Heights Mediation Center, Peer Group Connection, By My Side & Ancient Song Doula Programs
Triad Consulting, Collage Access For All, AP For All, 100 Schools Project, EM Arts, Educators For Excellence
College Access For All, AP For All, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Exploring The Arts, SAT Prep (courtesy of NYCares), After-School Tutoring
Out of School Time
The Leadership Program, Art Students League of NY Cartoon and Illustration Class, Reel Works, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Summer Search, The Fellowship Initiative, Trip of a Lifetime Summer Trips, Youth Insights Program - Whitney Museum, New York Exploring, Possibility Project
Parent & Family Engagement
FAFSA Night (courtesy of NYCares), Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, Brooklyn Museum and Whitney Museum Family Nights, Hispanic Federation (College funding workshops), Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center, Center for Educational Innovation (Broadway Tickets), Broadway Bridges
Healthy Schools Brooklyn, Bailey’s Café, Bed-Stuy Community Partnership Project, Citizens Committee of NYC, Grow to Learn NYC, City Harvest, Avenue Music Group
For more info, please contact:
United Community Schools Director @ Gotham