Monday, January 28, 2013

School News: Jan 28-Feb 1


To Brianna Rivera, for attending the Technovation Challenge/CoderDojo Hack Day on Sun, Jan 27 and becoming a mobile app design wizard!  The ALL-GIRL Technovation Challenge Team meets Thursdays, 3-4pm in Room 730.

This Week at UAG


Tuesday, Jan 29:  
First Day of Spring Semester, Marking Period 3
First Day of MMO 3.0 Club @ Lunch, and Afterschool (3-4:30pm) in Room 738

Wednesday, Jan 30:
First Meeting of the MOTH StorySlam, 3-5pm in Room 720

Thursday, Jan 31:
UAG Cybersecurity Summit (9-10am for 10th Gr; 10-11am for 9th Gr)
First Meeting of the Technovation Challenge (All Girls App Dev Club), 3-4pm in 730

Friday, Feb 1:
UAG Summer Opportunities Fair (Advisory/Health + Lunch) - PARENTS WELCOME

Saturday, Feb 2:

Student Opportunities

  • 1/29: Deadline for TASC ExpandedEd Options Spring Apprenticeships/Summer Paid Interships - SOPHOMORES only.  Applications available outside Main Office 
  • 1/29:  Deadline to apply for Bronx Loaf Writers Conference, a three day event dedicated to giving students from the Urban Assembly an opportunity to immerse themselves in the craft of creative writing. Modeled after Bread Loaf, the most well respected writers ' conference in the country, students will work closely with a professional writer in their genre of choice, make connections other serious young writers, and attend a series of readings and lectures. The conference will be held over the course of three days from Thursday, April 18th to Saturday, April 20th at the Bronx Academy of Letters. All meals will be provided from Thursday to Friday (3 breakfasts and 3 lunches)
  • Over the course of three days students will:
    • Participate in writing workshops led by professional writers
    • Attend multiple public readings
    • Enjoy several opportunities to read their own work in front of a live audience • Ample time to make connections with fellow writers
    To be selected for Bronx Loaf, students should submit two pieces of writing in the same genre. Students should select work they are proud of and feel best represents them. All submissions should be emailed to Christian Clarke by January 29th, 2013.  Application:     (Be advised that there is a follow-up application form, and a $25 program fee.)

    1/31 Application Deadline for the Apollo Theatre Academy 2013 Saturday Workshop Series 
    The Apollo Theater Academy Saturday Workshop Series teaches high school students about careers in technical stage production. Participants learn lighting design, audio engineering, set design and prop creation.  Students get to work with members of the Apollo Theater’s production crew, while learning what it takes to put on a live theatrical production. The Saturday Workshop Series provides participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to explore technical careers in the arts and entertainment industries.  The Saturday Workshop Series is a free program and is open to grades 9 –12. Classes meet on Saturdays for 12 weeks. Spring 2013 classes take place beginning March 2 through May 18, from 11:00 a.m.- 5:00p.m.  Applications are due Thursday, January 31, 2013.   Apps in rack outside Main Office or Download one:
    Contact information: Michelle Cox -
    Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. 253 West 125th Street New York, New York, USA 10027
    Phone: (212) 531-5348 Fax: (212) 749-2743

    2/1:  Deadline for Bronx Youth Heard, formerly known as the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative, founded in 2008, is a free journalism program open to any high school student who lives or goes to school in the Bronx.  Spring classes will start February 13 and are held every Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hostos Community College, on the Grand Concourse. The course runs for 12 weeks, and teaches the ins and outs of reporting, writing, and photojournalism. Students work on their own articles (often story ideas they pitch themselves), which we then publish in Bronx Youth Heard, a special supplement we
    distribute in the Norwood News--meaning they will get a real news clip with a byline. Their work will be seen by thousands of readers and have an impact on the Bronx community. This is exciting, and not to mention a great addition for college applications.
    Application at
    Program Info:

    Friday and Saturday, 2/1 & 2/2:  Tempus Social Entrepreneurship Conference for High School & College Youth
    There is an exciting conference for young adults, high school and college age, coming up February 1st and 2nd, 2013, a first-of-its-kind Social Entrepreneurship conference for youth in this area. Successful entrepreneurs, many of them not too far past this age themselves, will offer inspiration and advice in breakout sessions, and a couple of great keynote speeches will set the tone. And, of course, the youth will have an opportunity to share ideas and discussions with 150 of their peers. Invitations are going out to students from public and independent schools, colleges, and youth groups all over our region. The conference website is up: and the Facebook
    page is:
    Thanks to generous sponsorship from a Philadelphia based foundation and RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, the costs to the youth are negligible! Urban Assembly Youth will be provided accommodations with students of the hosting school. Please consider who might be most interested. Youth with a strong business interest or entrepreneurial
    spirit and those with a community spirit should benefit.
    This is a great plus for a college application or resume.  If interested, please
    contact or 610.321.9876.

    2/6: Final Deadline for Exeter Summer Program Applications (talk to Ms. Hogarty if you have not already received pre-approved application and instructions).

    2/9:  Deadline for Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program - FREE after school opportunity for NYC teens to explore the arts - 10 weeks attending theater, dance, music performances and more!  Come to TRaC Open House on 1/31, 4:30-5:30pm - RSVP to for location!

    2/9:  Deadline and Open House: New York Botanical Garden: Teen Explainer Program

    The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at The New York Botanical Garden is now seeking teen
    applicants for our competitive internships program which takes place on weekends during the school
    year. Teen “Explainers” have an integral role educating children and families visiting the Everett
    Children’s Adventure Garden.
    Learn about the program and fill out the
    online application before the February 9th deadline:
    There will be an Open House Saturday February 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. sharp here at the Adventure Garden.
    It is not required that applicants attend the Open House, but all are strongly encouraged.
    ● Applicants who are invited to be interviewed will be contacted via e-mail within five business
    days of the application deadline.
    ● Group interviews are interactive and take place at the Adventure Garden. Applicants accepted
    into the program will receive an e-mail within five business days after the interview.
    ● Explainers accepted into the program are required to complete four weekend days of training
    at the beginning of the internship before they may begin actively volunteering. Training
    includes “shadowing” sessions working side by side with experienced mentor/educators.
    Required Training dates for the Spring 2013
    Explainer Program: February 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3.
     If you have any questions, contact 
    Andrew Bakonyi
    Coordinator of the Explainer Program at 718-817-8079 or or go to:

    2/13:  Deadline for Citizens Committee for Children YouthAction Leadership Course (meets Mondays, 4-7pm starting March 4).  Learn more and Apply Now! 
    ● Gain the skills to advocate on behalf of yourselves, your schools, and your communities.
    ● Learn how to conduct hands-on research, such as public polling and site visits.
    ● Meet with government officials to discuss their ideas for improving New York City.
    ● Become better leaders through problem solving and critical thinking.
    ● Strengthen your communication and public speaking skills.
    ● Make lifelong friends peers from all over the city in the program!
    The Spring 2013 YCLC will begin on Monday, March 4th. Space is limited.

    2/22:  Deadline for Princeton Summer Journalism Program

    Coming up Next Month:  Tue, Feb 26!

    WebVisions ( is offering a free, all-day Arduino workshop for High School students on Tuesday, February 26th at Theatre for the New City.   Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. Students will work with tech experts to learn about circuitry, robotics and programming, and build a robot that follows a course that the students create.  

    WebVisions is held in four cities around the globe, and our goal is to offer students a fun opportunity to learn about technology and programming and interact with tech experts and leaders who are active in mentoring and training programs.  Qualifying participants must be enrolled in high school and have at least a 2.0 GPA. We will work with your school to ensure an excused absence for the day. Sign-up by contacting Jennifer Jones ( at 503-230-2058.

    3/1:  Deadline for Future Latino Leaders Law Camp - Summer 2013

    3/1:  Deadline for Cornell University: Catalyst Academy, a one-week summer residential program for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems and want to learn more about careers in engineering.
    Cornell's world renowned faculty and graduate students lead classes, lab sessions and project research. Participants work in teams to solve problems that mirror real-life situations. Participants have additional opportunities to network with each other, Cornell faculty, staff and students at social events and panel discussions.

    3/1:  Deadline for Cornell University: Curie Academy, a one-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus
    is on sophomores and juniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about the many opportunities in engineering in an interactive atmosphere. Cornell University's world-renowned faculty and graduate students will lead CURIE participants in classes, lab sessions, and project research. Social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities will provide participants with opportunities to network informally with Cornell faculty, staff, and students. Join us for the CURIE Academy and spend a week making new friends, experiencing life on a university campus, and exploring the many exciting possibilities awaiting you in engineering.

    3/15:  Deadline for the The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center’s 2013 Girls’ Leadership

    Worldwide Summer Program
    The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center's 2013 Girls' Leadership Worldwide (GLW), an international leadership development summer program for girls, is now accepting applications. During this nine-day, residential program, girls from diverse cultures and backgrounds come together to engage in workshops and activities designed to fully awaken the leader within them, using the leadership model of Eleanor Roosevelt. GLW seeks to empower the next generation of principled leaders who will create a just and
    sustainable world. Applicants must be 9th or 10th grade girls who have the potential to be leaders and would like to enhance their self-confidence and leadership skills so that they can make a difference in their community and the world.


    Global Kids Play for Keeps (P4K) Program.  Play and Create Games on Wednesdays, 4-6pm, 137 E 25th St, 2nd Fl (between Lexington and 3rd Ave).  RSVP to  Tool: Stencyl

            X Theatre Program and Paid Internships - Times Square

            Rolling Deadline for the BlueStamp Engineering Program!
    ● High School students find an amazing project they want to build
    ● An experienced staff guides students in their project development
    ● Guest speakers from industry and academia offer insights from their careers
    ● Students keep all projects after the program
    ● Students maintain professional documentation on a BlueStamp hosted webpage to showcase their work
    The Blue Stamp curriculum is designed to empower students with the ability to build projects they are excited about. Students will learn to take products from concept to prototype. Similar to a real world technology setting, the products will be built stepwise with achievable milestones. Each session will begin with a short discussion based on where the students are in their build process. This can be general approaches that may be helpful, motivating hints on how to overcome challenges, or potential pitfalls to watch for in the design process. Students will then be given ample time to work on their projects, supported by hands on instruction from the lead instructor and TA’s, when
    necessary. This help may be in the form of recommending the right tool to use for a certain task, brainstorming or troubleshooting an error, or simply providing motivation and ideas to continue researching the topic and trying new solutions. Ultimately, we believe the strength of the BSE program comes from its singular goal – building real products that work. What kinds of projects would BSE suggest for its students? Alternative energy devices, laser projects, and robotics are all on our list of over 100 project ideas.
    Applications are now being accepted for 2013 in New York, Houston, and San Francisco!

              PACT (Power Action Change for Teens) is a FREE ongoing after-school self-defense and
    physical training in Goju karate & self-defense, as well as discussions and community projects  leadership development course for teen women and transyouth ages 12-19. This course offers  about violence prevention. This course runs on Thursdays from 4:30- 6:00pm and follows the  school calendar. Teens who complete the course can become paid peer educators at CAE.  Please email or call 718-788-1775 to register. Applications can be obtained in main office.   For more information on either program, please visit or email, or call

               Row New York is currently recruiting 9th and 10th grade boys to try out for its rowing team based out of their Harlem boathouse.  The program is mostly free and no experience required.  Contact!

             Archery Lessons at St Francis College  : January 13, 20 & 27, 2013 
    The indoor facility is equipped with  safety nets to make archery an enjoyable activity all year around. We will show that archery CAN BE a  sport for everyone who is interested! Practice dates are below and start time is usually 12:00 pm. RSVP  is necessary because having your own slot means you can shoot more. Archery Family and Friends Days
    usually gives you shorter shooting times. $15
    January 13 [Practice Day], 20 [Practice Day], 27 Archery Family & Friends Day

    You can find more information at:

              Summer Alert!  NYS Summer School of the Arts Auditions starting NOW in the areas of Choral Studies, Dance, Media Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts and More!  Check schedule at

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