ULA Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
ULA is an inclusive program for young people of all gender expressions, different learning styles, IEP’s (individual educational plans), races, and different academic standing. Any student that attends the participating schools can apply to ULA. Please note our eligibility requirement that students submit certain medical records at the start of the year and report cards each marking period.
How do I apply?
ULA is a year-long after school program therefore the application process should be completed either during the summer or within the first month of school. The application particular to your school can be found on this page when available, on file with your site coordinator, or at your school’s administrative office.
What if I can’t attend all activity days?
ULA encourages its students to attend all program days in order to learn and grow the most from the program. Experience has shown that the students that participated on a constant basis or did not miss any program days were able to develop the most in their leadership, knowledge, and understanding.
However, ULA understands that sometimes unavoidable circumstances may arise. In this case, pardons are provided on an individual basis by the ULA staff for the students.
Students are required to notify ULA staff know with a note if they will be missing a program day ahead of time unless circumstances make this impossible. A max of two days can be missed.
For students at J.H.S. 78 students must attend a minimum of 3 out of 5 program days. For specialized programs like the Kaplan Learning Test Prep you are required to attend all program days.
Does this program cost me (the parent) money?
ULA is being provided as an after-school program from Girls For Gender Equity which is a non-profit organization. Therefore, no, the program will not cost you, the parent, nor the student any money.
What activities will my child be doing?
The ULA program overview and the activities offered through the program can be found here.
Will my child be supervised? By whom?
Your children will always have supervision by a ULA staff member and other school employees participating in the program. We have a 10:1 student to staff ratio. Class size is usually 25 students or less.
What days and times does the program run?
ULA has a different schedule for each school. Please refer to the schedule below for the appropriate school days and times:
- J.H.S. 78 – Roy H. Mann Middle School
- Monday – Friday 2:10pm – 5:30pm
- New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III
- Monday – Friday 3:10pm – 6:00pm
Are there field trips? If so, who provides transportation?
Yes, there are. We love to offer enriching field trips in the immediate school community and in NYC. Community activities are usually in walking distance (need permission to walk in a 10 block radius of school). Outside of community we use NYC transportation and metro cards are provided.
How can I be sure my child will be engaging in age-appropriate activities and learning materials?
We ask for your permission before-hand. Our curriculum is designed around our youth development model. When we work with outside entities, their curriculum is pre-approved. When we feel the subject matter may elicit parental concern (sex ed, anatomy, puberty, etc), we will seek parental permission.
How is social activism topics incorporated into the curriculum?
Our curriculum is social-justice based, highlighting current events in the community and larger society. We teach social justice through a gender-race-class lens and encourage students to think critically about systems they interact with on a daily basis.
Will ULA impact my student’s academics?
While ULA is not an academic-focused program, the ULA curriculum is aligned with Common Core Standards and is designed to enrich school-day learning. Students have many opportunities to engage in activities that support their academic success such as debate, spoken word, Kaplan Learning Test Prep, team-based activities, project-based activities, media literacy, etc.
How will my student be involved within the community?
ULA’s social justice curriculum includes a service-learning component. Please see our program overview here. There are many opportunities for students to lead community organizing and service activities.
How does ULA handle conflicts that may arise during programming?
ULA has a comprehensive behavior management system through which students are asked to reflect and are supported to transform their behavior. Parents are notified in extreme cases. ULA staff members are trained in transformative and restorative justice which enables them to address conflict in a manner which is youth-centered and focused on development rather than punishment.