Category Archives: Education

The United Federation of Teachers Works to Make School Lunches Free

As a partner with Wireless Zone, Jonah Engler recently created a network of 22 franchises across four states. As a means of giving back to his community, Jonah Engler supports the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the New York affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. In addition to advocating for the interests of New York City public school educators, the organization keeps members informed about important topics related to education and fights for important gains among students.

In late December, members of the UFT joined individuals from the Lunch 4 Learning coalition to deliver more than 9,000 postcards directly to New York City Hall. These postcards were all written by parents of public school students to ask that free lunch be provided to all children in the school system. At present, more than 76 percent of students in the city already qualify for either free or reduced-price lunches because of the income level of their parents.

Educators worry that many student go hungry because of the stigma of receiving free and reduced lunches. Rather than feel the shame associated with the process, children simply go without food. Estimates show that an additional 47,000 students would eat lunch if it became free for every student. Because the federal and state governments cover so much of the cost, the city would pay less than a dollar per student.

UFT Helps Members Improve or Change Their Careers Through PIP

New York business leader Jonah Engler splits his time between working as a successful business executive and spending time with his three children. An active member of his community, Jonah Engler supports several organizations and has donated to the United Federation of Teachers in the past.

A federation of nurses, teachers, and professionals who work in the five boroughs of New York City, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) maintains numerous assistance programs for its members, including the Peer Intervention Program (PIP). Designed for teachers and guidance counselors experiencing professional issues or struggling with teaching, the program gives them the opportunity to take control of their professional lives and address the problems they face.

PIP provides members with one-on-one help from experienced colleagues. Together, members work to develop individualized development plans to help those who are struggling overcome their shortcomings and highlight their strengths. In addition to talking with colleagues, members can talk to PIP career counselors. All help provided through PIP is confidential and voluntary, and members also have access to mental health practitioners through the program.