Sunday, April 22, 2012

School News April 23-27


  • To all UAG Martial Artists  earning an extension from Modern Martial Arts to earn their belts, and get a chance to compete in the Big Apple Brazilian Championships in May!
  • To our UAG Mighty Milers for coming out IN FORCE on Wednesday with Ms. Jordan & Mr. Maloney!  May the wind be at your back and may your sneakers be built  for running this week.
  • To Carlos Loaiza, Mirjan Neza and Quinton Simmons for their Python language progress with Programming Tutor Danny Duran on Tuesdays!
  • To the UAG Parent Association for organizing a fascinating panel on College and Career Readiness on Wed, April 18 that included both parent and partner expertise, and opened eyes to the many paths pre-, post-, and alt- college.  Video postlets soon.
  • To our UAG Bloggers via Advisory for creating some amazing Road to College Blogs - see select works in progress here, here, and here!  

Afterschool/Club News

  • Paint Club is on! The first rule of Paint Club:   You can talk about Paint Club.  And everyone paints.  Mondays - Fridays, 2:45 start.  Saturdays, 9am-4pm.  Choose your day(s).  Permission slips in the main office.  Home base for Paint Club:  Room 223.
  • UAG College Tours - Wave I this week!  Hand in permission slips NOW for Monday, April 23 at New York Institute for Technology, Thursday, April 26 at the School for Visual Arts, and Friday, April 27 at Queens College.   Talk to Ms. Hogarty to set up an individual (versus group) tour for Wave I if you need assistance.  Complete survey post tour - via Jupiter Grades.

Events this Week

  • Tue, April 24, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 PM New Settlements Bronx Helpers Open House
Location: 1525 Townsend Avenue, BH#1.  Meet and talk with Bronx Helpers who are members and leaders in the program, meet and talk with staff and visit the program space to get a feel for the culture of the program.   Light refreshments will be served and presentations during the event will be in English and Spanish. Please RSVP  to 718-716-8000 x. 116. For more information, please contact: Jennifer Classon, MSW Bronx Helpers Program Director at 718-716-8000 x. 116 or

  • Hunter College STEM Day on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 1-6pm.  Text chat with program advisors and pre-admissions counselors to answer questions about biology, chemistry and physics programs, transfer credit and stipends from the National Science Foundation Mind Alliance Grant Project.  Register at, and enter to win a $1000.00 scholarship or laptop from CollegeWeek Live.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 4-6pm.   In honor of Denim Day NYC - on Wednesday, April 25, the Manhattan Borough President's Office will host a self-defense workshop for women and girls (ages 12 and up) in partnership with St. Luke's Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center and the Center for Anti-Violence Education at Marta Valle High School on the Lower East Side from 4 to 6 p.m. To register, please email or call (212) 669-4462. Click here to view the flyer:  For more information on the Denim Day NYC initiative, visit our website:

  • YMCA Summer Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math  Mandatory Information Session Dates (pick one):  Friday, April 27th 5:30 - 7:30 PM (Arbor Day) Saturday, April 28th 3:30 - 5:30 PM (Healthy Kids Day) Monday, April 30th 5:30 - 7:30 PM 
    Application Deadline: May 1, 2012 
    The Greenpoint YMCA has announced the third summer of its YMCA Summer Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SYSTEM) Program. In collaboration with ExxonMobil, New York University Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, and Broadway Stages, SYSTEM is a six-week program for high school youth focusing on environmental science, green technology, engineering, and community engagement. Youth work with community partners such as scientists, landscape designers, university faculty, environmental educators, historians, urban planners and elected officials; conduct hands-on science experiments and projects; and take educational trips throughout the city. Participants can earn up to $2,000. Mandatory information sessions are currently being held at the Greenpoint YMCA.
    Any interested students should RSVP to with their name and the info session they would like to attend. Feel free to contact me with anymore questions! Flyer:


  • The Youth Justice Board, a program after school (blocks from UAG!) operated by the Center for Court Innovation, is currently accepting applications for the next program year. The Board brings together high school aged young people from across New York City who are interested in sharing their ideas about policies that affect them with city level stakeholders. In the past, the Youth Justice Board has studied the juvenile justice system, school safety, and the foster care system and created resources like the I Got Arrested! Now What? comic book that provides young people and their families with information about navigating the juvenile justice system.  Next year, the Board will be studying the issue of school truancy. Young people who are truant are a greater risk of dropping out entirely and of becoming involved in the justice system. And each year, 34% of high school students miss at least one month of school. The Board will be looking into the causes of school truancy and will develop and publish recommendations for policymakers about what can be done to address this challenge.
    If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, live in New York City, and want to be a member of the Youth Justice Board, check out our website HERE, where you can apply online!

  • Camp Herrlich: Summer Camp Scholarship Opportunities for UA Students. Deadline: May 15, 2012. Exclusive Opportunity for UA STUDENTS
Camp Herrlich’s summer camp program is designed to provide campers with opportunities to make friends, have fun, and develop a sense of cooperation and independence. Camp Herrlich’s 156 acres offer a wealth of enriching experiences with a variety of activities. It encompasses two lakes, fields, streams, swamp, and forest, crossed with hiking trails. Campers will embrace the great outdoors and learn to appreciate and respect all aspects of camp life. For more information on Camp Herrlich, go to: and view the “Our Story” video at the bottom of the page.   To apply: Complete Camp Registration Form, and hand in to Ms. Hogarty. 
2012 Program dates:  * July 1st – 7th  * July 8th – 20th * July 22nd – August 3rd.  CAMP COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING positions also available for those turning 16 by July 1, 2012.  

  • SmackMellon Summer Arts Intensive.  Extended Deadline: April 25, 2012 
Smack Mellon’s Summer Arts Intensive is an arts education program designed to give twelve to fifteen students hands-on experience working in a variety of visual arts fields. The students will benefit from active engagement in sculpture, installation, photography, video, drawing, painting and exhibition design. Each week the students will work with a different teaching artist or pair of artists who are experts in their field. They will learn the practical skills necessary to develop creative projects that go beyond the techniques traditionally taught in high school art classes. The intensive art classes will culminate in a student-curated exhibition of works created during the program. This exhibition will be free and open to the public during normal gallery hours for three days, and Smack Mellon will host a party for the students on the opening of the show.  The 2012 Summer Arts Intensive will take place in Smack Mellon’s 6,000 square foot gallery space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The program is open to students aged 12 to 15, living in all areas of NYC. Participants must have an interest in the visual arts, but no prior experience is necessary. Participants must be able to commit for the entire duration of the program.Please contact Katherine Gressel, Programs Manager, with any questions at 718-834-8761 or Financial aid is available. A note on the extended deadline: Please make sure all application materials are complete and received by 6pm on the 25th. We are already filling up fast!

  • Columbia University Summer 2012 Internships. Deadline: May 4, 2012 Program Dates: July 9 – August 10, 2012.  In partnership with the local community, Columbia University is offering paid summer internships for local* high school students to gain real work experience before graduation. Previous work experience is a plus, but not required. Internships begin July 9, 2012 and end August 10, 2012. The deadline for application submissions is May 4, 2012.  * Local is defined as the following zip codes: 10025, 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10037, 10039, 10040, 10451, 10454, 10455, 10474. For more information, please contact Willie Bentley, Jr., Employment Operations Manager, at 212-851-7254 or See flyer:

  • NYC Department of Parks and Recreation: Green Teen Program
    Earn school community service credit with NYC Parks by keeping parklands green and clean! The Green Teen Program engages teens to become leaders of their local community and encourage the public to recycle. You must be between the ages of 13 and 17 to join the program. There are Green Teen Teams in each of the five boroughs! If you are interested in being a "Green Teen," contact the NYC Parks Department at


    Youth START Art Contest.  Deadline: April 27, 2012

    Youth START! is an art contest and showcase that highlights young peoples' responses to the issue of stop-and- frisk. This initiative, sponsored by YouthVoiceNYC (a project of the Resilience Advocacy Project), invites young people to think about how stop-and-frisk has impacted them, their family, or community, and to make a statement through a piece of art. Art submissions can include

    drawing, photography, painting, collage, mixed media, and digital art.

    Youth START! aims to elevate youth voices in the current citywide advocacy effort for police reform. The contest will run through April 27th.

    A winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, and will be highlighted at the Youth START! Showcase in May at the Brecht Forum! The showcase will provide a chance for youth to connect directly with other teens, City lawmakers, and advocates working on this critical issue. All eligible submissions will be featured in the showcase and will be on display at the Brecht Forum for the month of June.

    Please help spread the word about this exciting opportunity to young people that you work with! Feel free to email with any questions: Cait Gillies at Contest Guidelines: Flyer:


  • Common Cents invites NYC schools to be a part of its Full Pantry Project, which matches schools to their closest neighborhood food pantry.  This program lets students directly support hunger issues, build stronger relationships within the community, and learn about hunger and the people affected by it.  The Full Pantry Project has helped many food pantries thrive.  Learn more and get matched to a pantry today.   For more community service opportunities, please visit the Service in Schools’ community service web page.
  • Participate on May 23: HIV-AIDS-STI Peer Education Conference.  Students are welcome to attend the 20th Annual “Teen to Teen” HIV-AIDS-STI Peer Education Conference, where high school student receive meaningful materials and training that can be used to expand HIV-AIDS-STI educational programs in their own school. Each school may bring up to ten students and an adult advisor.   The conference will be held at Cherkasky Auditorium at Montefiore on East Gunhill Road in the Bronx on Wednesday, May 23 from 9:30am-3pm. Email to register your students.  The conference is sponsored by Monroe Campus’ Bronx Youth Creating Compassion and the Adolescent AIDS Program of Montefiore Medical Center.  Note alsoClick here for the AIDS Walk New York announcement.  Contact: Tom Porton at
  • Participate from May 1-31: Older Americans Month

    Contact:  May is “Older Americans Month,” dedicated to showing our appreciation for older adults in our communities.  Schools can download a free guide to host a “Day of Play,” where students can come together with senior citizens to socialize, exercise, and engage.  

    Register by April 26: High School Panel with Queens Senior Citizens.  Event: May 3, 2012 Contact: Marian Lewek at or (718) 454-2100.  Five high school seniors are invited to volunteer at Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP) to join senior citizens on a panel discussion exploring their views on love and marriage.  The panel discussion will take place at the SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center.  

    Sign-Up by June 1: High School Volunteers Needed at Innovative Senior Center.  Contact: Anthony Snowden, Volunteer Director, at or 212-744-5022 ext. 1238.  Lenox Hill Neighborhood House invites NYC high school volunteers to assist with and lead programming at the Center at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.  Volunteers will coordinate and conduct themed Game Nights, outdoor walks and jogs, technical assistance and one-on-one computer training.  Students may volunteer any day after school (shift lengths depend on activity).  Click here for more information about the Center and email Anthony Snowden if interested.  

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