Sunday, May 13, 2012

School News May 14-18


  • To George Masabanda for his acceptance into the Grammy Foundation Camp

Events this week

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2-5pm  Watch student films at EVC Retrospective at Lincoln Center (Permission Slips Due Monday!)
  • Wednesday, May 16, Design and Tech Class features Health IT Speakers:  Ilya Zherebetskiy, Director, Information Technology Internal Audit Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  and Jocelyn Frey, Data Analyst, Motion Analysis Lab, HSS
  • Thursday, May 17, 6-7pm UAG National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Club News

Stoked News!
Mountain Dew has teamed up with rapper Lil’ Wayne to produce a “This is how I DEW” commercial, and they’ve chosen STOKED to partner with to make it happen. A summer program has been developed for Stoked youth only in which they will help produce a Lil’ Wayne commercial, to be launched in late August / September, 2012. This will be a collaborative effort led by Mtn. DEW creative professionals.  Applications in Main Office, due May 31.
Stoked to order to Surf!  
Stoked Swim lessons will take place at Brooklyn Technical High School, located at 29 Fort Greene Place, near the LaFayette, DeKalb and Atlantic-Pacific subway stops. The schedule is:

Tuesday, June 5, 4pm-6pm
Wednesday, June 6, 4pm-6pm
Thursday, June 7, 4pm-6pm
Tuesday, June 12, 4pm-6pm
Wednesday, June 13, 4pm-6pm
Thursday, June 14, 4pm-6pm
Permission slips in the main office, Due May 31!

Triskeles-UA Sustainable Directions Summer Internship Program
Deadline: May 16, 2012 
Exclusive Opportunity for UA STUDENTS The Triskeles-UA Sustainable Directions Summer Internship Program is exclusively for Urban Assembly high school students. Participants will be matched with internships in a variety of progressive businesses and non-profit organizations that are committed to sustainability and social entrepreneurship. We screen students to determine their areas of interest, professional aspiration and preferred work location. Then we create opportunities that match. Participants also have group orientation, weekly seminars, and field learning opportunities that aim to develop students‘ leadership, understanding of sustainability and social entrepreneurship, transferable job skills, and career knowledge. Past placement sites have included Dwa Fanm, Fund for Modern Courts, Go Green Expo, Caring Hospice, Film Biz Recycling, and NYC Green Markets. The program includes a pre-internship component, in which students participate in seminars during May and June as preparation for the interview, matching and internship phase of the program. Not all students accepted for the pre-internship component will be guaranteed a summer internship.
Target Students: Current 9th -11th graders (rising 10th-12th graders), with priority given to 11th graders who have no prior internship experience. Students must be interested in learning about sustainability, contributing to society and be eager to expand their career knowledge and professional skills. Students must be mature, reliable and responsible, and willing and able to make a commitment for the duration of the program.  For more information  download the Sustainable Directions 2012 Application.

Hudson River Community Sailing
Deadline: June 1, then rolling while space is available until Wednesday before week of program
The Urban Assembly has partnered with Hudson River Community Sailing to offer a unique opportunity: one week of sailing and leadership skill development on the Hudson River taught by engaging and experienced guides. Students learn the basics of sailing, nautical navigation and the NY harbor while enhancing their communication, teamwork and other important leadership skills. Students spend the majority of their day sailing a small sailboat in mixed aged groups of 4-5 youth. Students are grouped by skill level. No prior sailing, boating, or swimming experience required. To learn more about the program, visit the website at Check out a promotional video about the program here:

Rubin Museum of Art: Summer Teen Art Lab
Apply Now! Program Runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 5:00 PM, July 2-30, 2012 Location: 150 West 17th Street, Manhattan Teen Art Labs offer a FREE opportunity to discuss art critically, think creatively, work with professional artists and make art. Inspired by Rubin Museum of Art exhibitions, learn professional photography skills using digital SLR equipment while creating works of art based on one of the best collections of Himalayan art in the world. Apply for the July Teen Art Lab online at RMA Teens is a free program for high school students with a strong interest in art or careers in the arts. Participants get a behind the scenes look at how a museum operates, explore career paths in the arts, gain valuable public speaking and leadership skills, and gain access to one of the best collections of Himalayan art in the world. Students are invited to make the museum a place of their own while having exciting opportunities to: • Explore the art and culture of Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and beyond • Be creative with art-making workshops that explore silk-screening, Himalayan painting, and more • Create a zine for teens that will be distributed at the museum • Get career guidance from top level museum curators, artists, and arts professionals • Visit museums throughout New York City

Museum of Modern Art: In the Making
Accepting applications NOW! Location: The Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan | B, D, F, M to 47th Street - 50th Street Drawing inspiration from artwork in MoMA‘s collection, In the Making students discuss ideas and experiment with materials to create their own works of art. FREE art-making classes for NYC teens ages 13–19. No experience is necessary, but applications are required. MoMA provides all materials, and each season culminates with selected student work being shown in the MoMA Teen Art Show.

Dumpster Diving: Making Art from Found and Scavenged Materials
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, July 10–August 16, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Some of the most beautiful art in the world has been made from the cheapest, ugliest, and most overlooked materials. Join our group of renegade recyclers and jump into the world of material scavenging and found object accumulation. Members of this class will scour the nooks and crannies of our city streets, hunting for inspiration in the unlikeliest of places, and turning people‘s preconceived ideas about art making materials upside-down. Turn a back alley into an art gallery, a mess into a masterpiece, and see if you have what it takes to hunt down creativity wherever it exists.

Crossing the Border: Travel, Exploration, and Movement in Art
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, July 10–August 16, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Feel like your life is getting too small and self-contained? Are you sick of seeing the same things everyday—running with the same crowd of people and hanging out in the same places again and again? Then get off the couch and get into MoMA where we‘ll be traveling throughout New York and investigating artists and art movements that have made the entire world their canvas. This hands-on, art-making course will explore digital photography, mapping, painting, drawing, earthworks, performance, video, and more. How far from home will your artistic practice take you? Sign up, get up, get in, and get out!

Double-Jointed: MoMA's Wood Shop
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, July 10–August 16, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cutting, piling, stacking, carving, sawing, splicing, burning, and chopping! Wood is one of the contemporary art world‘s most incredible raw substances—it grows, it moves, it ages, it changes, it lives, and, eventually, it dies. Countless artists and designers have tapped into the creative potential of this often undervalued material. Members of this class will gain hands-on experience constructing both sculptural as well as functional objects out of wood, using the tools and techniques of the present and the past to inform their artistic process. No previous experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome.

CLICK@MoMA: Robots are People, Too!Digital Media Classes for Teens
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, July 10–August 16, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Given two dots and a line, the human mind will quickly convert them into a face. :) In fact, people attribute human qualities to non-human objects and phenomena all the time. Working with interactive artist Kacie Kinzer, whose Tweenbot project was featured in MoMA‘s recent exhibition Talk To Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects, participants will explore electronic artwork and installations with human-like physical characteristics, behaviors, and qualities—using mixed media, digital technologies, and simple circuitry to bring their unique artistic visions to life. Take your relationship with technology to the next level!

Family Cook Food 360 Job Training program
Deadline: May 17, 2012 Info sessions: May 7-10 & 15, 2012 
FamilyCook and Dekalb Market have partnered to create a four week, intensive Farm-to-Fork Job Training program teaching the basic skills you need to begin a career within the 360 degrees of the food system:  Farming  Harvesting
 Food preparation (for production kitchens and restaurants/catering)  Composting We help you identify your interests and work towards your goals. This program is for students who have graduated from high school or will be completing high school this spring. Our program will introduce you to a variety of food careers, and we will have field trips that let you see firsthand how different food businesses operate. You will meet and learn from food professionals who have their own businesses and are looking for new staff with skills. After successfully completing our program we will aid in your transition in to an internship where you can continue to expand your skills and professional network. Click here to view our Program Goals! If you'd like to apply to this program, please fill out our application. If you'd like to learn more, contact Jessica Scheer or attend one of our upcoming information sessions, listed below.
Join us for a sneak peak at the skills and opportunities we will be offering in this program. Upcoming Info Session at Dekalb MarketTuesday 5/15 @ 2-3 pm RSVP HERE
If you'd like to learn more but can't make this session, call (973-714-0229) or email for more info.

Girls Write Now Mentoring Program
Deadline: May 15, 2012 – Early Applications Strongly Encouraged! 
Take the fierce words in your journal and turn them into stirring stories, poems, screenplays, songs, or graphic novels, with your very own mentor by your side! Girls Write Now is a community of women brought together by our passion for writing. Each year we embark on an exploration of creative workshops, public readings, opportunities for publication, entry in national writing competitions, and more! Our seniors graduate with awards and scholarships, college ready and college bound. We've been to the White House twice in two years -- be here with us to see what happens next!
ARE YOU... •A New York City girl who lives and goes to public high school in any of the five boroughs? •Going to be in grade 9-12 for the 2012-13 school year? •A native or non-native English speaker who possesses high intermediate English writing & speaking skills? •Able to make a commitment to weekly in-person mentoring sessions, monthly Saturday workshops, and special events from September 2012 - June 2013? •Passionate about writing in any genre, including poetry, fiction, journalism, playwriting, and memoir?
If your answer is yes, apply to Girls Write Now, today! Submit your application for the September 2012-June 2013 season by May 15, 2012. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
AS A GIRLS WRITE NOW MENTEE YOU WILL: •Form a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a professional woman writer. •Attend monthly, half-day writing workshops with guest speakers who are published authors in all genres. •Receive college prep support -- GWN has a 100% college acceptance rate for girls who graduate as seniors from our program. •Read your original work in a widely publicized reading series. •Have your work published in an annual anthology!
HOW TO APPLY: 1. Download an application at 2. Include one creative writing sample of any genre (fiction or non-fiction) and any length. 3. Submit your application and writing sample by May 15, 2012. Completed applications can be emailed to (if emailing in your application, pages 5 and 6 must be mailed or faxed in), faxed to 212.575.3603, or mailed to: Girls Write Now, 247 West 37th Street, Suite 1800, New York, NY 10018
4. After reviewing your completed application we will be in touch by late June to invite you to a small group interview. Group interviews take place in July and August. If you are going to be away for the summer, please note that on your application.
QUESTIONS? Drop a line to Andrea at or 212.336.9330.

Mind the Gap Free Theater Making Workshop
Deadline: May 18, 2012 Program Dates: July 10 -- August 9, 2012, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4—6:00 p.m. Final presentations held on August 7 & 8 Location: New York Theatre Workshop, 83 E. 4th St., Manhattan Mind the Gap is a FREE 11-session intergenerational theatre-making workshop in which half of the participants are aged 60+ and half are high school students aged 14-18. Participants will work in pairs to interview each other and create theatre pieces inspired by each others' life stories. Classes will be led by a professional playwright affiliated with New York Theatre Workshop. No playwriting or theatre experience is necessary, but enthusiasm and commitment to the project is essential! Visit for more information!
To apply, please contact Katie Palmer, Mind the Gap Outreach Coordinator or call 212- 780-9037, x. 9549. The deadline for applications is May 18th and participants will be selected through an interview process.

BALI Summer Intensive Leadership and Debate Training Program
Deadline: June 15, 2012 
The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI), partnered with the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL), is hosting a FREE Two-Week Summer Intensive Leadership and Debate Training Program for both female High School girls and Under-Graduate Level College young women, which we will hold at Hunter College on July 30th - August 11th. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to our trainees.  BALI trainers are a highly skilled group of professionals who come from a wide range of disciplines, most of whom hold professional positions in academia, corporate, non-profit and the government sectors. Our trainers most of whom are females, and they are strong female role models for our students as they are highly accomplished and successful leaders in their chosen fields of expertise. BALI trainees are given opportunities to hear the professional trajectories and personal experiences of their trainers. In addition to specific leadership and debate skills workshops, they attend sessions on community building, civic engagement, self-awareness, self-empowerment, advocacy and activism. It is our commitment and goal to help our students achieve their fullest potential by teaching them to create positive and progressive visionaries and leaders of change in civil society. We hope that as a result of our programs, we can and will create inspired and powerful young women leaders who will create a more just and sane world in the 21st century.
Download the two-part application here: Applicants will be selected for an in-person interview based on the responses to the second part of the application. Please send your application via email to the BALI Program Coordinator, Yu Wai Maung at yuwai@abzuginstitute.or
or by mailing us :
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, Hunter College, 695 Park Ave. Room HE1233. New York, NY 10065.
Should you have any further inquiries you may contact our BALI administrative office at 212-650-3071 . Please check us out on our website at and follow us on Facebook: Bella Abzug Leadership Inc.

NY Youth Works Job Training and Placement Program
Deadline: June 30, 2012 
NY Youth Works Program, administered by the New York State Department of Labor, gives stipends to participating youth who get job training and placement assistance from an authorized NY Youth Works provider. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the NY Youth Works Program into law on December 9, 2011 to encourage businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth. The program will support job training and employment for eligible youth ages 16 to 24 who live in the following areas of New York State*: Cities of Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Utica, Yonkers; and Towns of Brookhaven and Hempstead. The youth must live within the city or town limits, not in a surrounding area or suburb that shares the city or town name for postal or other reasons.
If you need more information, please contact the New York State Department of Labor at, or by phone at 1-877-226-5724. For Youth – This program can help you get a job! Plus, you may earn up to $900 to cover your expenses if you get training from an authorized NY Youth Works provider. Getting certified for the program is a snap; visit for details and to be directed to application. Youth wishing to apply for the program must apply by June 30, 2012.

The NYC High School Journalism Collaborative 2012 Newsies! Competition
Deadline: September 27, 2012 (Apply by June 30th and receive personal feedback!)  The NYC High School Journalism Collaborative is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the 2012 Newsies!, NYC's only journalism competition for high school students.  This year we will be accepting entries in 17 categories:  School News  Entertainment/Arts  Features
Community News  National/World News  Opinion/Editorial Writing  Illustration/Comics/Political Cartoon  In-Depth Stories  Sports  Photojournalism  Multimedia Storytelling/Broadcast  Enhanced Reporting (NEW!)  Headline Writing  Lede Writing  Best Overall (Print & Online)  Best New Newspaper (New!)
Entries must be submitted by Sept. 27, 2012. BONUS: Entries that are received by June 30, 2012, will receive feedback from a professional journalist or Baruch College or CUNY Graduate School of Journalism faculty member. For the full submission guidelines, please visit:


WKCD Graduation Speech Contest
Deadline: June 1, 2012 

What do you think makes a nation strong? A strong economy and a strong military - these are among the most common answers. This year's WKCD Graduation Speech Contest challenges you to dig deeper - and speak of other factors that make a nation healthy. Think hard, and then send us your answers in the form of a speech you'd like to give. You don't have to be a graduating senior to enter the contest. Whether you are a senior or a freshman - or middle-schooler - WKCD wants to hear from you! Winners will be announced in early June. Each of the five winning entries will receive a $100 gift certificate from and their speeches will appear on Honorable Mention speeches will also appear on the WKCD website. For more information, please visit

Banking on Youth Competition
Deadline: June 10, 2012
The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) Foundation and Ashoka's Youth Venture bring you the Banking on Youth competition! Banking on Youth is an exciting opportunity to showcase your great idea for a venture that directly benefits society. If you are age 13-20, show your venture idea through a creative and fun 90-second video and entry form to compete to win one of 49 different $1,000 seed money prizes provided by sponsoring banks to bring your idea to life. The top six entrants, chosen by the CBA Foundation and Youth Venture, will win an all-expenses- paid trip to the annual Global Youth Venture Summit in Washington, D.C. in July to compete in a "pitch-off" for the chance to win the Audience Choice Award of $5,000 or the grand prize of $15,000! For more information, please visit

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