Monday, March 11, 2013

School News Mar 11-15

Wilber Valencia @ Boys State


  • To all Core Value Award Winners from the Friday March 8 Ceremony! to our brave Dance-Off competitors!
Collaboration:  Isaiah Burgos, Loren Tlaxcaltecatl, Michael Honrado, Bryan Iscenko, RJ Tor
Empathy:  Luis Rivera, Jovan Paniagua, Angel Abinader, Lissette Garcia, Brenda Anaya 
Accountability: Younesse Hassi, David Wright, Brian Corniel, Vincent Sze, Weihuan Chen, Rodney Fabor, Angelo Torres, Danissa Santos 
Scholarship: Devante Hale, Shantajah Robinson, Lenny Ross, Brianna Rivera, Naresh Anirudh, Franklin Suberbi, David Leon
Aspiration: Masiel Balbuena, Luis Lazcano , Angel Padilla, Daniel Young, Devonte Carter, Cedric Sanchez
Reflection: Andre Moona, Cristian Beriguette, Hermes Rosario, Gary Gonzalez 
  • To the Girls Varsity Basketball team on their wins against Stuyvesant with a score of 80 - 40, and Dewitt Clinton HS!  They will play in the SemiFinals against Martin Luther King on Wednesday at Lehman College!!!  Everyone is welcome to come!
  • To the Boys JV Basketball team on their wins against Wadleigh HS with a score of 57 - 53, and Bayard Rustin HS with a score of 64 - 51!!!  This makes them the Manhattan Borough Champions!!!  Be sure to check them out on Tuesday as they play Wings Academy in the first round of the City Championship!!!
  • To Brandon Cardenas for creating two awesome apps for his own phone in one day at the CoderDojo NYC Android App Development Session Sun 3/10!
  • To Wilber Valencia for being selected for Boys' State 2013!

This Week at UAG

Mon, Mar 11:  UAG Afterschool Intramural Sports continue with Basketball! 
Tue, Mar 12:  

  • Talent Show Auditions, 3-4pm in the Auditorium
  • UAG School Leadership Team Meeting, 5-6pm
Wed, Mar 13:

  • Talent Show Auditions, 3-4pm in the Auditorium
  • Support Girls Varsity Basketball Team!  Head to Lehman College after school!
Thurs, Mar 14:

  • Doctor in!  PSAL & Working Paper Sign Off - Parent Consent must be signed to see Doc!
  • Parent Teacher Conferences, 5-8pm (NO  Mouse Squad)
Friday, Mar 15:  Parent Teacher Conferences, 1-3pm (Early dismissal 11:30am)

PLEASE NOTE:  Gamer Haven is cancelled this week.

NEW Student Opportunities

The Urban Assembly-Triskeles Sustainable Directions Summer Internship Program
Deadline: May 14, 2013 
The Urban Assembly-Triskeles Sustainable Directions Summer Internship Program provides 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. We train them and prepare them for interviews and the internship experiences and then match them with the perfect opportunity. Participants also have group orientation, weekly seminars, and a culminating group project that aim to develop students’ leadership, understanding of sustainability and social entrepreneurship, transferable job skills, and career knowledge. Past placement sites have included Eileen Fisher, Great Performances, Green Spaces, Alive Structures, Croxton Architects, Go Green Expo, Ecovention, Film Biz Recycling, and GrowNYC. 
Target Students: 
 Ideal for students who have NO prior internship experience and are eager to expand their career 
knowledge and professional skills. 
 Approximately 20 positions will be made available specifically for UA students (approximately 10 additional spots will go to students from other NYC public schools) 
 Current 9th -11th graders (rising 10th-12th graders) with priority given to 11th graders who have no prior 
internship experience. 
 Mature and responsible students 
 On track academically and not at risk for summer school 
 4 week internship at a progressive business or non-profit that is committed to sustainability and/or social 
 $550 Stipend (+ opportunity for additional incentives) 
 Metrocards for the duration of the internship 
 Valuable work experience and on-the-job mentorship 
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 14th 
2013 Tentative Program Dates: 
 Pre-Internship (approximately 40 students in total [including both UA and non-UA students] will be 
accepted- does not guarantee match with an internship or stipend) 
Application in rack outside Main Office.

CodeNow Computer Programming Training Program 
Deadline: March 11, 2013 
CodeNow is a nonprofit offering free extracurricular training to high school students who are interested in computer programming. CodeNow makes learning about technology awesome with our hands-on, project-based approach to programming
Who: NYC high school students grades 9-12. Students should qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. female students are given priority but male students should also apply. 
When: March 23-24, April 13-14 and Apr 20-21. *all dates required! The next session starts on Saturday, March 23rd. Program is a total of 6 full day sessions and meets on Saturdays and Sundays. 
Where: Downtown Manhattan at Tech companies.  Hours: 9am-4pm. Free lunch and snacks included!   students are also provided with subway passes
Our program consists of:
 Weekend Training: On the first day, students are taught Hackety Hack, an open-source application for youth to learn software design via Ruby. On the second day, we use Arduino motion sensors to teach students how to build and program microcontrollers.
 Online Homework: Students are assigned online homework to develop their programming skills. They watch videos, answer quizzes and earn badges online.
 Bootcamp: Students attend a 4-day training over consecutive weekends, during which each student will receive intensive training in the programming language Ruby. At the end of the bootcamp each attendee will have built a project.
 Laptops: Each student has an opportunity to receive a free laptop. This can be earned by arriving on time, 
completing homework and finishing assignments.
 Alumni Network: Every student who graduates from CodeNow is welcomed into our Alumni Network. You’ll receive invitations to regular meetups with other students and special events like College Readiness Day. Keep your new skills fresh with free online material!
To apply go to:
Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply for competitive summer fellowships interning at NYC-based tech companies for which they are paid a weekly stipend. 
For more information contact Matthew Boms at or 516.659.2292
 Seminar: Wednesday June 5th, 4:30-6:30pm 
 Interviews with host sites: Wednesday June 12th, 4:30-7:00pm 
 Seminar and internship assignments: Wednesday June 19th, 4:30- 6:30pm 
Internship (for approximately 25-30 selected students matched with an internship site) 
 Orientation: Thursday June 27th and Friday June 28th, time to be determined. Lunch will be provided. 
 Internship: weekdays Monday July 1st – Wednesday July 31st: 9:00am-5:00pm (approximate schedule) 
 Weekly seminars: Wednesdays July 10th, 17th, 24th an d 31st from 3:00-5:00 pm 
 Culminating Celebration for interns, school staff, supervisors and families: Wednesday July 31st from 6:00-8:00 pm 

Exploring: Smart Technologies
Deadline March 12, 2013 
Smart Technologies, the company who manufactures and distributes the SMART Board, is offering a career 
exploration program in partnership with the Exploring program. More than two million SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used by over 40 million students and their teachers. Learn more about this innovative and interactive company. Program will focus on careers in Sales, Marketing, Technology and Industrial Design.
Target Students:
 Ages 14-21
 Have an interest in a career in business, specifically sales, marketing, technology and/or industrial design
 Mature and responsible enough to behave appropriately in a corporate setting
Program Dates:
 March 14th, March 21st & April 4th; 4:30-6:00pm 
Program Location: 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1115
More information and a flyer for the program can be found by clicking here.
For additional information or to register, please contact Laura Saunders, Exploring Executive, at

Intrepid Camp G.O.A.L.S. for Girls 
Deadline: March 15, 2013 
Camp G.O.A.L.S. (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls is an application based free six-week summer camp for current 8th and 9th grade girls from NYC schools. Through dynamic hands-on activities, field studies, and workshops, 50 accepted students will build proficiency in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 
Target Students: 
 Current female 8th and 9th grade students who reside and attend school in NYC 
 Students who attend NYC Title I public schools are highly encouraged to apply and are given priority of assessment 
 A strong interest in math and science, and an interest in learning more about STEM 
 Enjoy working in teams and are open-minded to new people and new experiences 
 Are able to commit to the full 6-weeks of summer fun and learning 

To Apply: Interested students must submit a complete application package, which includes the following: 
 6-page application (signed by student and parent/guardian) 
 500 word essay (choose 1 of 3 essay topics) 
 Teacher recommendation (must be from a math OR science teacher) 
 Copies of school transcripts 
 Additional information, application instructions and student application and teacher recommendation forms can be found by clicking here:

Program Dates: * 
 March 15th: Application Deadline 
 March 22nd: Math or science teacher recommendation due 
 April 21st: Applicants are notified if they have been invited for an interview 
 May TBD: Decisions are made and parents/students contacted 
 June 18th: Mandatory Parent/Camper orientation at the Intrepid Museum 
 July 15th: First day of camp at the Intrepid Museum 
 August 23rd & 24th: Overnight aboard the Intrepid and last day of camp 
 * Dates are subject to change 

Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 12th Avenue and 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 
Camp Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm 
Transportation: Each camper will be given a combination of unlimited monthly and weekly Metrocards to be used during camp dates only. Lost or stolen Metrocards may not be replaced. 
Camp Lunch and Snacks: All campers will be provided with free daily healthy snacks and lunches during on-ship activities and workshops. Snack and lunches will not be provided on fieldtrip days. 
For more information, please contact Shay Saleem at 646-381-5168 or 

Powerplay NYC SuperSTARS Summer Leadership Academy 

Deadline: March 21, 2012 

PowerPlay NYC is now accepting applications for our SuperSTARS Summer Leadership Academy for High School Girls! This will be the 12th summer that we will be providing high school girls with a unique and life changing summer experience. PowerPlay has found Urban Assembly students to be a great fit for our program across the board, and would like to invite your students to apply this year. 

The Academy offers high school girls entering grades nine through twelve the opportunity to (i) learn and participate in a variety of sports; (ii) develop workplace, leadership and life skills for success; (iii) interact with women in a variety of careers; (iv) engage in health and wellness learning; (v) explore the college admissions process; and (vi) participate in STARWorks mini-internships. 
Please review the application and FAQs sheet for more information (in UAG Main Office).
The ideal candidate is a girl who demonstrates potential for developing into a smart, successful woman and possesses the following qualities: 
- Demonstrate a willingness to push herself and an eagerness to develop her own potential - Applies herself at school and other activities 
- Has the capacity to work in groups - Brings a positive attitude and is able to accept constructive feedback 
- Demonstrates a willingness to try new things and meet new people 
Participation on a sports team is not a requirement. However, the girls spend an average of two hours a day doing sports and physical activities. Girls who are nominated should be interested in these activities. 
Scholarships covering the cost of the program are offered to all accepted participants. Any further questions, contact Allison Green at (212) 300 – 8061 or 

Cornell University Summer College 
Deadline May 3, 2013 
The Cornell University Summer College online application system is now open and ready to receive your application! For the best chance at getting into your first-choice program, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Summer College 2013 offerings include three- and six-week programs in architecture, art and design, business, college success, engineering, English for non-native speakers, environmental studies, history and politics, hotel management, humanities, law and government, medicine, psychology, research and science, and veterinary medicine and animal science. All programs offer you the chance to experience the excitement of college life, take undergraduate courses with Cornell faculty, earn college credit, and make friends from around the world. If you have any questions about the application process, visit or contact us at or 607.255.6203. 

The Latino College Expo Leadership Summit and College Fair 
March 16, 2013 
The Latino College Expo is hosting its 23rd Annual College Fair, preceded by it’s 5th Annual Leadership Summit. The Expo is for freshmen, sophomores and juniors and their families, and provides a full day of activities aimed at inspiring students and equipping them with the tools and information necessary to attain college success. 
The Leadership Summit ( 
begins at 9:00am and is comprised of workshops on topics such as college access, the college application process, financial aid, scholarships, and leadership. There is also a workshop for the parents and guardians on the financial aid process. Youth must register online (passcode: youthsummit2013) for Leadership Summit workshops. 
The college fair begins at 12:00pm, after the workshops have ended. There is no registration required for the fair, but participants are encouraged to arrive early. Schools and organizations from all over the country are attending to share information about their institutions. 
The college fair and leadership summit will be held at the following location: 
New York University’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10003 

Ongoing Student Opportunities and Deadlines

3/12: Deadline for the Museum of the City of New York: Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York is a free, elective six-week program for students interested in American History or SAT preparation. There is no homework or testing and all materials and SAT review books are provided. Semesters take place in the fall and the spring; students may enroll in one or two courses a semester. After completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Achievement. Spring 2013 courses meet on Saturdays April 6, 13, 20, May 4, 11, and 18. Students are expected to attend all six sessions and will receive a certificate of Achievement at the end of the program. Courses are open to students in grades 8-12. To download and application and view current course offerings, visit the website.

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 Thinking Local Action Universal Spring Break Program: April 1-5, 2013
GLU is a service oriented program that last for a week and will be held on April 1-5 (Spring Break). This full day and week long program will consist of a service project within the Washington Heights and Inwood area of Upper Manhattan and it is open to all high school students in the city and beyond. Each week (9am to about 3pm every day) will consist of a theme around a local/global issue where the young person will participate in workshops, reflections, dialogues, games, etc. There will also be guest speakers and presenters throughout the week. Although this is a Christian-based not-for-profit organization that is sponsored by the Jesuits, the youth do not have to be affiliated with a specific religion or lack thereof to be a part of this amazing and transformative experience.
This program is FREE and the young people will receive a t-shirt, breakfast, lunch and metro cards to and from home and their work sites.
Please see the 1) a flyer with for the SPRING BREAK session 2) an Application Form and 3) a Parental Consent Form, in Main Office.
If you have any additional inquiries, please contact Walter Hidalgo at 212-568-2114 or 

EventsMTC Family Matinee Program March 16, 2013, 10:00AM
Location: MTC Administrative offices, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor (between 8th and 9th avenues)

If you are a high school student looking for a great way to spend a Saturday, we’d like to invite you and the adult of your choice (parent, relative, mentor, etc.) to Manhattan Theatre Club’s Family Matinee Program.

This free event includes:
 A continental breakfast
 A chance to explore acting, writing, and directing in a workshop led by theatre professionals
 A matinee performance of a play at MTC

To make reservations, call (212) 399-3000 x4251 right away! Space is limited.
PS: In addition to an adult, if you’d like, you can bring a friend too!
This Family Matinee features “The Madrid,” by Liz Flahive, Directed by Leigh Silverman. It is a new comic drama about a runaway mom and the family she leaves behind. 

Youth Power March 25, 2013
Youth Power Systems Advocacy will be having a fun engaging and interactive one-day training for youth between the ages of 14-28 who have interacted with a child serving system such as mental health, foster care, juvenile justice, and/or have a disability. RSVP today and find out your full potential. For more information contact NYC Regional Youth Partner at or call 347-880-2735. 

4/1: Deadline for the Baruch Leadership Academy: The Baruch Leadership Academy strives to bring talented students from around the globe together in New York City for intellectually stimulating and culturally enriching academic exploration. Academy pre-professional programs allow students to explore new realms of academia, engross themselves in college planning and standardized test preparation, and better plan for success in their future endeavors. At the Baruch College campus, Academy students experience college life while they prepare to shine in the college admissions process, excel at the university level, and embark on successful, focused career paths. Click to apply.

The Baruch Summer Leadership Academy offers 5 exceptional tracks of study:

Track Name 

Global Finance & Investment 
International high school students of all grade levels

Rising 11th and 12th grade students

Rising 11th and 12th grade students

Rising 11th and 12th grade students

Sophomore Enrichment 
Rising 10th grade students

Brownsville Youth Court Deadline: April 10, 2013 
The Brownsville Youth Court trains teenagers 14-18 to serve as advocates, jurors and judges. Members hear real-life cases of other teens that have committed low-level offenses. The goal of Youth Court does not assess guilt or innocence; but through use of positive peer pressure, helps ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. 
Currently, the Brownsville Youth Court is recruiting new members for its next cohort. All completed applications must be received by April 10, 2013 by 5:00 PM. I have attached a hard copy of the application to this email, please distribute widely. 
How can a young person become a youth court member? 
Brownsville Youth court members are selected out of a competitive training program. Trainees are selected based on the quality of their applications and interview performance. Youth Court trainees spend 32 unpaid hours learning about youth court, juvenile justice, how to perform the roles, and take a bar exam. Trainees will receive community service hour credits for the training course. Trainees who perform well on the bar exam and have demonstrated themselves throughout the training process are chosen to serve in a 6-month paid internship as youth court members. 
Who is eligible to apply? 
Brownsville Youth Court membership is open to Brooklyn teens ages 14-18 who are enrolled in school or GED program. There is no minimum GPA requirement. 
How much do youth court members get paid? 
Youth court members receive a $100/month stipend to serve for 5 hours per week. 
When is the training class? 
The training class will begin late April and end mid-June on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The training location takes place at the Brownsville Community Justice Center located at 444 Thomas Boyland St. Brooklyn, NY 11212. 
When and where are youth court hearings held? 
Youth Court hearings will be held at 444 Thomas Boyland St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00- 6:00 p.m.How do I apply?
Completed applications including the personal information sheet and essays can be submitted online at or by mail at 444 Thomas Boyland St, Room 106 Brooklyn, NY 11212. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact BYC staff at 347-404-9582. You can request an application via email to
5/3: Deadline for the Speek Peer Educator Program. Are you looking for a year-round after school job? Are you between 16 and 19 years old and live in East Harlem, Central Harlem or South Bronx? (Within zip codes: 10029, 10035, 10025, 10026, 10027, 10030, 10031, 10037, 10039, 10032, 10451, 10454, 10455, 10456?) If Yes, you may be interested: Sinai Peers Encouraging Empowerment through Knowledge is looking for a diverse group of eight motivated, responsible, and committed young people interested in sharing information with their peers. Leadership skills, previous experience and an understanding of some of the issues related to adolescent sexuality, HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy are a plus, but not necessary. We will train you! Interested applicants must be available for training Monday-Thursday. We will be training Mon-Thurs from 11AM to 5PM, starting July 8th-August 8th. Transportation costs and breakfast or lunch will be provided for the trainees. Upon successful completion of the training, peer educators will work part-time beginning September 2013 at the Adolescent Health Center and receive an hourly stipend of $7.25 for work. 

All accepted applicants must be able to make at least a one-year commitment and attend a working 3day/2night weekend sleep away retreat in September. Your schedule must allow you to arrive at the clinic by 4:00PM. Work responsibilities will include leading workshops, writing, developing material for our website and much more. 
If you are interested, please fill out the application: 
Return it to the SPEEK Peer Education Program by May 3, 2013. You may fax it to (212) 423-2920. Or you can mail it to: SPEEK, 320 East 94th Street, Room 213, New York, NY 10128. 
SPEEK will contact people that have submitted an application to schedule an interview. If you have any questions, please contact us at (212) 426-3773. 

More Ongoing Opportunities!
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!

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

Volunteer Spotlight
Volunteer as a tutor for Change for Kids! Check out calendar for details:

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