Monday, December 2, 2013

School News Dec 2-6


  • To Hendrix Kiflom, for impressing his Triskeles Summer Internship Host Bonwick Capital so much, they’ve invited him to stay on for the year!
  • To the talented artists from our ThankCake Celebration - Joshua Pacheco and Jose Suberbi, Alexa Canaii Barrow and Venitia Boyce, Russell Goeller, and The Seven Flights aka the UAG Band.
  • To Julianna Diaz and Cheyane Ming, for acceptance into the American Express Big Brothers Big Sisters Workplace Learning Program
  • To the winners of the Battle of the Grades Basketball Tournament - the 11th Grade! On the Staff Student Game- date TBD.

Thank You!

  • To students assisting with final Middle School Daytime Tours: Oumy Badiane, Alex Lageer, Adonis Duncanson, and Andre Moona! 
  • To all students who assisted with the ThankCake Dinner, especially Cooking Club members!

This Week at UAG

Monday  12/2
Opening Act Winter Gathering at People’s Improv Theatre 
2:15 departure
Tuesday 12/3
#Giving Tuesday @ UAG
UA Soccer Game @ Seward Park Fields
Wednesday 12/4
Hunter College Now Info Session w/Mr. Makris
2pm, Rm 707
Thurs 12/5
LUNCH SESSION: Health Occupations Student Assoc (HOSA) Chapter Info Session
Lunch, Rm 721
UAG Student Gov Info Session (All welcome!)
3:15-3:45, 721
UAG StorySlam Meeting #3
3-4pm, 720
Friday 12/6
Stevens Institute of Technology Tour
Depart 1:30pm-5pm

Club Schedule

Gamer Haven:721

Intramural Sports: Yard

Men of Strength: 744

Mouse Squad : 736

Stoked: 745

Drama Club (Library, 3:45 start)

Programming Club*: 747

UA Soccer Game @ Seward Park  

Mouse Squad : 736

Stoked: 745

Amex Big Brothers Big Sisters (depart at 3pm)

Gamer Haven: 721

Intramural Sports: Yard

Mouse Squad : 736

Cooking Club*: 750

Martial Arts: PAL at 52 St b/w 10 & 11

Stoked: 745
Drama Club 
(Library, 3:45 Start) 

Drawing Club: 746

Gamer Haven: 721

UA Soccer Championship Match!

Programming Club*: 747

Intramural Sports: Yard

Mouse Squad: 736

Stoked: 745

UAG StorySlam: 720

No Clubs


Makris Alert (College Admissions Advice!):An early warning to make sure that you are careful with what you post on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. While many employers routinely review applicants' social media content, students and families are unaware that some colleges review this information, too. In some cases what you post can actually influence the admissions process. When you have a moment please review the article below...and, of course, be careful what you post! Use what I call the "grandma rule"; if you wouldn't want grandma to see it, then you probably shouldn't put it on the internet.

Student Opportunities

The School Art League: Museum Experience Deadline: December 6th
The School Art League, in collaboration with the Office of Arts and Special Projects, invites sophomores and juniors interested in the arts and humanities to participate in the Museum Experience. This free program gives students a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at New York City’s world-class museums, and learn how these cultural institutions help us reflect on the past, value the present, anticipate the future, and remind us of our shared humanity. Students will meet staff who will share ―the back story‖ of exhibitions, give personalized gallery talks, and discuss career opportunities. Three New York City cultural institutions will host a select group of students on a designated day during each of the school breaks:

 December 30, 2013: Rubin Museum of Art

 February 18, 2014: International Center of Photography

 April 14, 2014: Society of Illustrators

Each three-hour workshop is based on the museum’s unique collection and includes:

 Small group guided visits to galleries

 Conversations with curators and other museum staff

 Summer, after-school, and career opportunities

 Creative response activities

 Free passes for future visits

 Refreshments

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is December 6th, and this opportunity will be limited to a maximum of 30 students. Click here for a memo with a link for students to register.

Wishbone Scholarship Opportunity for After School or Summer Program Interests

Wishbone is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students pursue their independent passions by funding cost prohibitive after school and summer programs. Wishbone seeks students who demonstrate a strong and independent passion that can best be pursued in an out-of-school program. Students’ passions should be clear and specific, and they should choose an out-of-school program that will expand on their skill set and increase confidence. Students must first complete an online interest form before completing the application. Wishbone has an extensive database of available out of school programs for students to choose from.
Application Deadline: Multiple
 Interest Form: December 13th
 Application Deadline: January 15th
Search programs and apply at

CodeNow: The Hour of Code December 9-15, 2013
Are you interested in learning how to code, but not able to attend CodeNow? To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, is launching a campaign to get 10 million students to try computer science for one hour. Taking place December 9-15, 2013, the initiative will provide tutorials that require no prior experience, and will feature lectures by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Visit for more information. 

Google Code-In Contest
The 4th year of the Google Code-in [0] contest for 13-17 year old pre-university students. This is a global, online contest that introduces young students to the world of open source software development. Google Code-in gives students an opportunity to use the skills they have been learning in school and apply them to real world open source software projects. The contest site is available at

BAM Dancing Into the Future
Deadline: Fri Dec 13
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb 4 – May 7, 2014, 4—6pm
Duration: 23 workshops plus final performance
Venue: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Application deadline: December 13, 2013 at
BAM is pleased to announce the 2014 season of the unique and FREE after-school program Dancing into the Future. Teamwork, commitment, and self-confidence are the central tenets of this intensive workshop. Participants attend dance performances and learn diverse dance styles, such as African dance, Bollywood, and contact improvisation, from professional artists. Collaborating on everything from music choice to choreography, students create an entirely original dance piece and perform their work at the BAM Fisher.  No previous dance or choreographic experience is required. All students must submit an application and complete an interview in order to be considered for the program.

Black Girls Code presents Build A Mobile App 
Mobile App Development with AppInventor
for girls ages 10-17
Saturday, December 14, 2013 
Google New York- Chelsea Market Space
75 Ninth Ave. New York, NY 10011
Register here:
Contact Black Girls Code with questions at 
AppInventor is a fun and simple tool that allows our young code divas to create their own mobile apps using drag-and-drop the programming blocks similar to a puzzle to make the user interface and program. It's that easy. You can learn how to write music apps, apps that tell your fortune, and more. Never wonder again if there’s an app for that, because you’ll be able to create your own!
No prior programming experience is required for this class. All BGC events are geared towards introducing participants to the technological universe and encouraging them to pursue careers as Tech Creators and Entrepreneurs. This class intended for girls ages 10-17.
The event starts promptly at 10:00AM (Registration begins at 9:15AM). Participants may bring their own laptops if available. Both lunch and snacks will be provided. Space is limited to sign up soon to secure your spot!

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center: Poet-Linc Deadline: December 15th 
Are you between the ages of 13&19? Are you itching to slam? Do you want to be a published author? Well then, you need to keep reading!! APPLY to Poet-Linc—Lincoln Center Education’s vibrant poetry slam! In partnership with the NYC Youth Poet Laureate program, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center bursts with creativity from teens and professional guest poets in the spring of 2014. Poet-Linc is a FREE program for poets between the ages of 13 and 19. Participants enjoy: Writing and performance workshops with professional teaching artists, performing and competing for prizes at Lincoln Center and publishing work in Lincoln Center’s exclusive book of poetry. Apply by DECEMBER 15, 2013 per the following link: See website for more information:

Iridescent Learning Explainer Program Deadline: December 31st
The team at Iridescent is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for our high school Explainer Program! This program offers high school students the opportunity of extended STEM learning in our science studio space, as well as the chance to mentor younger children who participate in our after school programs. This is a paid opportunity and we anticipate accepting 8-10 Explainers this year. The timeline for this program is:

 December 1st – December 31st: Interested students need to complete the online application

 January: We will be interviewing selected applicants and selecting our 8-10 Explainers

 February: Newly selected Explainers will go through programmatic training, including sessions on how to interact with young children and protocols for working at Iridescent

 March – early June: Explainers will mentor children during our after school Be an Inventor Program twice a week for a total of about 8 hours per week

 June – August: Explainers will mentor children during our Summer Camp on weekdays for a total of about 35 hours per week
If you think you would be a good fit for this program, please encourage apply (click here to access the application).  You can also contact Devin Dillon if you or your students have any questions or comments  by email at, or by phone at 785-424-0985.

In the Making: Spring 2014
Deadline: Jan 3
Free hands-on art classes for NYC high school students, ages 13–19. No experience necessary! MoMA provides all materials, food, and transportation costs. Each course meets once a week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, and each season culminates with an exhibition of teen artwork here at the Museum.

Please note: Applications and letters of recommendation are due Friday, January 3, 2014.
Smash/Cut: Printmaking, Mash-Ups, and Large-Scale Collage
THURSDAYS, FEB 6–APR 10, 4:00–6:30 PM

Think making collage is just about sitting around with a pair of scissors and cutting up old magazines? No way! Today's generation of activist artists is blowing things up, making things big, and pushing the boundaries of what's possible when you print, tear, cut, and combine. From wheat paste to public space, artist Yashua Klos leads participants through the world of printmaking and two-dimensional design, creating large-scale artwork that blurs the lines between murals, prints, collages, and more.

Materials Explored: Ink, Paint, Found Materials, Printmaking

X-Ray Visions: Finding Inspiration in Blood, Bones, and Guts
THURSDAYS, FEB 6–APR 10, 4:00–6:30 PM

Everyone always says it's what's inside a person that counts. But how do you capture the inner beauty of a person when it's the outside that seems to get all of the attention? And how do we make the inside into a compelling artwork when so much of what's underneath our skin is a gross, gooey, sloppy, bloody mess? Led by artist Kerry Downey, this workshop takes participants behind the scenes of our physical shells and inside the seldom seen nooks and crannies of the human form. Got guts?

Materials Explored: Rubber Molds, Silicone, Wax, Video

Glazed & Confused: A Sculptural Exploration of Clay and Paint
TUESDAYS, FEB 4–APR 8, 4:00–6:30 PM

Like getting your hands dirty? Want to make art that's strange, compelling, and creative but also serves a purpose? Join artist Leah Wolff for a hands-on studio-based exploration of three-dimensional art using clay and porcelain. Pull, press, throw, and spin your way along uncharted artistic terrain. Participants work together to push the boundaries of what this incredibly versatile—and moldable—material is capable of doing. Confused? Don't be!

Materials Explored: Clay, Putty, Resin, Glazes

CLICK@MoMA: Making Codes, Breaking Codes
TUESDAYS, FEB 4–APR 8, 4:00–6:30 PM

The world is full of codes. Secret codes, genetic codes, dress codes, computer codes—they're the instructions and routines that govern our lives and our technologies. But as long as there have been codes there have been artists ready to break them, play with them, and reinvent them. Working with leaders from Special Project Office, explore how artists have crafted generative artworks from instructions, codes, and computing. Generate art that generates itself, and unpack the systems around you!

Materials Explored: 3-D Printing, Computer Programming, Performance

Applications due Friday, January 3, 2014.

APPLY ONLINE or visit MoMA.ORG/MoMATEENS for more information.

5th Annual MetroPCS Leaders & Scholars Program
MetroPCS-NY is happy to announce the official launch of our 5th Annual MetroPCS Leaders & Scholars Program. Please for more information or click on the image below. The MetroPCS Leaders & Scholars Program will provide 20 local high school students with a $2,500 college scholarship. In addition, one student with the best idea to #makechangewill be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship plus a $10,000 community service grant that can be used to help fund their local school or 501c3 charity. You can also follow @metropcsNY on Twitter for updates. We look forward to discussing this program with you in more detail and greatly appreciate any support you can provide to drive awareness for this opportunity.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program
Please review the website ( for detailed information. Highlights include:
Eligibility RequirementsHigh school students who have completed at least Grade 9. A graduating senior is eligible to apply
Must be 16 years of age for most laboratories. Some laboratories may accept a 15 year old applicant. Please check individual lab description for more details.
Applicants must be US citizens and participation by Permanent Resident Aliens is limited. Please check individual lab descriptions for participation of Permanent Resident Aliens.
Dual citizens may be accepted at some labs, but not all. Interested students should contact the individual labs to determine if dual citizens may apply.
Award Duration and StipendParticipating students spend 8 weeks during the summer doing research. Program dates are fixed and cannot be changed. Students are expected to participate 8 continuous weeks. No vacation time is allowed during these eight weeks.
It is strongly recommended to apply to laboratories that are close to your residence. No travel/relocation allowance will be provided.
The stipend amount for students will be $3,300 for the 8 weeks, which will be paid in three installments. Returning students will receive $3,800 for the 8 weeks. The first check two checks will be distributed during the internship and the third check will be distributed at the end of the internship.

Find the Volunteer/Pre-Internship Placement you're Seeking via VolunteerMatch!

The Whitney Museum: Youth Insights 
Deadline: January 10th 
Youth Insights (YI) is a free, after-school program open to New York City high school students in ninth through twelfth grade. Each semester, YI brings teens together with contemporary artists providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, think creatively, and create art and writing inspired by this exchange. Spring sessions begin in February. YI Writers meet once a week on Tuesdays from 4 to 6:30 pm. YI Artists meet once a week on Wednesdays from 4 to 6:30 pm. Students also receive a one-trip MetroCard each week to travel home from the Whitney. Apply online now. Students must submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher in addition to the online application. References should not be related to the applicant. Students and teachers should contact Youth Programs directly with any questions about the application process by calling (212) 570-7752 or emailing Learn more about teen programs at

Baruch College Now (Juniors!)First come first serve through Jan 10, 2014 College Now is a CUNY program in which you can take real college level courses, for free, on a CUNY campus. Taking this kind of course work has many benefits. Not only can the credits you earn transfer to whichever college you eventually attend, but taking this kind of coursework in high school makes you a more appealing candidate for selective colleges and universities and many scholarship programs. it is also a great way to hone your skills and work habits in preparation for college.
Students who are candidates for employment, varsity sports, or after school programs should NOT apply. FAXED applications will NOT be accepted. 9th and 10th grade students are ineligible for the program. 
Here are the logistics: Dates: January 27, 2013- May 22, 2014 All three credit courses are offered MON/WED or TUES/THURS from 4:10pm-5:25pm All four credit courses are offered MON/WED or TUES/THURS from 3:45pm-5:25pm 
Application Deadline: Friday January 10, 2014 (Seats will fill quickly so don't wait to apply) Attendance Policy: Students will only be allowed (3) overall absences. More than 3 absences will result in student being withdrawn from the program. NO EXCEPTIONS. Incomplete applications will not be processed: Baruch College Now Immunization records MUST be signed by a parent or guardian and stamped by a physician or school nurse. Prospective participants MUST submit English and Math scores to be considered NO EXCEPTIONS. Please let us know if you would like to arrange a recruitment presentation at your respective high school or organization. Tony Davis Director of College Now and Collaborative Programs 646-312-4295.

U.S. Army: eCYBERMISSION Deadline: January 15th
eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition in which students compete against other students in their grades for state, regional and national awards. Teams consisting of 3-4 students and a team advisor would work to solve problems in their community utilizing the scientific method, scientific inquiry, or engineering design process and can win at the state, regional and national levels. Maximum award: $5,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds per student. Eligibility: students grades 6 through 9 at a U.S.-based public, private or home school, or a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad. For more information, click here:  

Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center: Free SAT and PSAT Prep Classes Apply Now!
Are you planning to take the SAT or PSAT? Are you interested in free instruction from trained SAT tutors with years of experience? The Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center is offering free SAT and PSAT Prep Classes! High school juniors and seniors of any skill level from any school are welcome to participate. For more information on SAT and PSAT classes, as well as tutoring and academic guidance services, please call 212-423-2879 or visit

City of New York Parks & Recreation: RECYouth: REEL Education for Youth Apply Now!
Have a story to tell? How about expressing your thoughts through a movie, song or animation of your own creation? RECYouth is a multimedia extracurricular program where you’ll learn video and audio production, photography, and graphic design while encouraging your creative expression. Learn to use digital tools and professional software to create and edit footage, recordings and photos. By the end of the course, you will have independently or collaboratively completed a final project and will have the opportunity to showcase your digital creations at a community screening or exhibit. RECYouth is free and open to all New York City teens who meet the following criteria:

 Age 14-17 at start of program

 Recreation Center member (membership is free to youth 17 and under)

 Committed to length of program

 Interested in multimedia, arts, or digital technology

 Able to work independently and in a group

Program is offered during the following terms:

 RECYouth Winter: January – April

 RECYouth Spring: April – June

 RECYouth Summer: July– August

 RECYouth Fall: September – December

CRCs accept applications on a rolling basis, however early registration is encouraged. Please email or call (212) 255-3066 for a current RECYouth class schedule and to request an application. See website for more information at

CUNY College Now Spring Classes
Apply Now!
College Now is the nation's largest urban dual enrollment program and represents the primary collaborative partnership between the City University of New York and the NYC Department of Education.  We have created special partnerships with Baruch, Hunter and BMCC!  Apply now and save money for college!

The DuPont Challenge® Science Essay Competition Deadline: January 31st
Attention students currently enrolled in grades 7-12! Write an original 700- to 1,000-word essay created exclusively for The DuPont Challenge. As one of the foremost student science and technology prize programs in the U.S. and Canada, the Challenge helps to increase science literacy among students and motivates them to excel in communicating scientific ideas. Students in grades 7-12 are asked to write an essay in one of four categories: food, energy, protection, or innovation. Prizes include U.S. Savings Bonds and a special awards trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort and the Kennedy Space Center. Teachers advising winning students receive a cash grant, the awards trip, and an expenses-paid trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. To enter, click here:

Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program Deadline: January 31st
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is now accepting applications for the 2014 Student Leaders® Program. Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,000 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

 An eight-week paid internship in the summer of 2014 with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.

 The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 13-18, 2014. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.

The application is open, and the deadline to apply is January 31st. The application is available at 

Help Philippines Super Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Ongoing
As with any natural disaster, the fastest and most effective way for young people (or anyone) to help is through philanthropy projects to provide support to organizations working in affected areas. You can find information about how to help here: Youth Service America (YSA) especially recommends our Global Youth Service Network partners, Global Giving’s Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund and ShelterBox.

Dream Catchers Afterschool Workshops
Apply Now!
“Dream Catchers” is a series of 14 week workshops, led by Cheryl Paley and Ruthie Azarch. For the past 23 years Ms. Paley has directed theatre for social change and created and facilitated workshops for young people, using the arts as a prevention tool. Ruthie Azarch is a visual artist who has created workshops and businesses around utilizing art as a transformational tool. Groups of 10 – 15 young people between the ages of 13 and 21 will meet and engage in journal writing, poetry and drama workshops, visual arts, improvisation and a host of arts-based techniques as a springboard for personal growth and exploration and a forum for group discussion on issues relevant to their daily lives. At the end of each 14 week session, participants will create and present their own final project for an invited audience. The boys group will meet on Mondays from 4 – 6pm and the girls group will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30. For more information contact: Cheryl Paley at 212-523-2949 or or Ruthie Azarch at 212-523-2689 at

 MIT's Women Technology Program ( - a four week program for girls finishing their junior year with two tracks:  MechE and EECS.

MIT's Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science ( - Choose from one-week or six-week residential, or 6 month online enrichment program, each of which offers a rigorous intro to college-level engineering / science.  Applications open to juniors.

The TASC ExpandED Apprenticeship Options Program is open! 
Dec 19 for non-lifeguarding programs.
Prepare for a summer job with Spring training, and receive credit: 
  • Asphalt Green - Lifeguarding
  • Henry Street Settlement - Lifeguarding at Central Queens YMCA, Forest Hills
  • Studio in a School - Visual Arts
  • City Parks Foundation - Learning Gardens
  • New York Hall of Science - Inquiry, Engagement, Discovery (life science)
  • PolyTech CREST (Creativity through Science, Engineering and Tech)
Students must have turned 17 by July 1, 2014 for lifeguarding;  age 16 by July 1, 2014 for all other programs;  must have an interest in working with young children, have working papers, and be committed and available in the Spring and Summer for training and employment. Applications in rack outside Main Office.

Nominate the most amazing teacher you know! by January 21, 2014.

The POINT Community Development Corporation: Hip Hop & Production Therapy Ongoing 
Beats, Rhymes and Life is taking it back to the birth place of Hip Hop, the South Bronx! Featuring its renowned Therapeutic Activity Groups, BRL introduces youth to Freestyle Therapy and Music production workshops alongside both teaching artists and social worker. Final outcomes include albums, videos, collaborations with Oakland-based BRL youth, and performances throughout the city.

Freestyle Therapy - Wednesdays 6:45 - 8:30pm.

Producer Lab - Thursdays 6:45 - 8:30pm.

Instructors: Earl Skinner, Myrto Gardiner & Inksalonius.

Visit for more information.


Educational Alliance Teen Center 
Since our inception in 2005, the Educational Alliance Teen Center (known affectionately as “Edgies Teen Center” or “Edgies” for short) has quickly become a hugely successful center for teens who live or go to school on or near the Lower East Side. We offer a variety of activities in a healthy, safe, and fun environment – all free of charge to members. Activities include cooking and nutrition classes, sports, arts, College Prep, and discussion groups. The College Prep program includes SAT classes, college advisement, financial aid / scholarship support, college application support, college visits, essay writing guidance, and an early college awareness program for 9th and 10th grade students. The arts programs include visual art, singing, hip hop, spoken word, dance, beats music production, drama, and more! The Edgies Teen Center is open Monday through Friday from 3-7pm. You can also contact Amarilis Perez, Program Director, at or by phone at 646-395-4295. 

UpBeat NYC
Apply Now! 

UpBeat NYC uses the pursuit of musical excellence and ensemble performance to bring about positive change in the lives of children in the South Bronx. UpBeat offers an orchestra program for children 8 through 21 years of age. Students enrolled in the orchestra program receive instruction on a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument three or more days per week. Classes include private lessons, group lessons, and ensemble rehearsals. Eligible students will reside in the South Bronx, typically in the Mott Haven section, and will be able to make a commitment to attending at least 3 days of classes per week after school. Instruments are provided on loan free of charge, and there is no cost to participate in the program. There is currently a waiting list for acceptance into this program, so interested students should apply now! To apply, parents or students should call UpBeat NYC at 718-766-5291 and leave a message, including the student’s name, age, phone number, instrument(s) they are interested in, and their after school hours of availability. Students should also indicate they attend an Urban Assembly school. UpBeat NYC will follow up with students to let them know about available schedules and wait-list times. Available instruments include the violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet/saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Visit for more information.

New York Public Library: Innovation Labs Apply Now!
Innovation Labs (IL), a new program of the New York Public Library (NYPL), is an interdisciplinary program about critical engagement with the world around us. Using blogging, podcasti0ng, and video game design, participants will observe, investigate, and assess issues pertaining to the spaces and situations with which they interact every day. Participants will hone their research, analysis, and presentation skills as they refine the critical thinking that is essential to the Common Core Standards. They will become producers of informational media rather than consumers, and be able to express their opinions about and solutions to issues that matter to them.

Program Details:
 Located at 3 sites: Columbus Library (10th Ave. and 50th Street); St. George Library (by the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Staten Island); Bronx Library Center (Fordham Section of the Bronx)
 Each site will host two cohorts of up to 25 students. One cohort will attend the program on Mondays and Wednesdays; the other on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Fridays are open days for trips, special projects, and guest speakers
 Enrollment is open to students in grades 7 through 10
 Enrollment is ongoing until the 25 slots per cohort are filled
 Each program meeting lasts from 3:30-6:00pm
 Program sessions will include time for students to complete their school homework, as well as completion of IL work

Platforms Used by Students:

 WordPress
 Wix
 Soundation
 PodOmatic
 Scratch (MIT Media Labs)
 Design Software, including 3D modeling
 Mozilla Backpack, for tracking technology skill development and acquisition

We will be assessing student mastery of our learning technologies and communication platforms through a series of digital badges, which are awarded after successful completion of a task or assignment. Think of digital badging as similar to acquiring a Girl Scout or Boy Scout badge, except they exist in the digital realm. Mozilla Backpack is the platform that we will use to track badging. Badges will be awarded for skills like writing a coherent blog post and sharing it with three other individuals (hard skills) but also for being able to collaborate i0n a group, provide constructive feedback on another’s work, overall attendance and participation, and other “soft” skills. For more

information about this program and to see how your students can get involved, please contact Bridget McCormick, Education Coordinator at the NYPL, at 212-340-0916 x.50916, or by email at

TWA is a retail internship opportunity with the Gap / Old Navy stores.
In order to apply participants must:

·        Attend a NYC GED, High School or College

·        Be 16-21 years of age (Must be 16 by April 16, 2014)

·        Have proper documentation (SS Card, Proof of Age, Authorization to Work, and Proof in school)

·        Willing to make a 9 month COMMITMENT to the TWA Program

During the 4 months of Career Exploration and Job Readiness training (February to May) Gap Inc. Old Navy and Gap managers teach customer service and retail supplements to the program participants.  The top 55 participants will attend a 1 month of TWA Retail Boot Camp (June) and in the final 4 months of the program (July to October) work in Gap and Old Navy stores making $8.75 an hour all throughout New York City!  TWA starts February 2014.  For more information about The Door’s This Way Ahead program please view our website:

Info Sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays for 1 hour between 4-6pm or Thursdays for 1 hour between 4-7pm.Feel free to contact Matthew Hayward (<>), Erodita Agard (<>) or myself directly should you have any questions regarding This Way Ahead.

Ventures Scholars Program Apply Now!
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers. The Ventures Scholars Program targets high achieving underrepresented students and first-generation college-bound students and invites them to join the Ventures Scholars Program. As Ventures Scholars, they are provided with the academic recognition, information, and resources needed to successfully reach their career goals. This is accomplished, in part, through the collaborative relationship formed by the Ventures Scholars Program with a nationwide consortium of undergraduate colleges and universities, professional schools, graduate schools, professional associations, and organizations. Member institutions and associations are provided with opportunities to recruit, enroll, and prepare participating Ventures Scholars for undergraduate and graduate studies, and ultimately careers in these professions. Ventures Scholars are also provided with a variety of informative resources to help them learn about the college and career planning process. Ventures Scholars are invited to utilize the Ventures Scholars Program services at the high school and undergraduate levels. To learn more, visit High school students, parents, educators are welcome to contact us - 212-566-2522. Students can register free here:

New York City Science and Engineering Fair
Deadline: December 13th 
The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is the city’s largest research competition for high school students. This is an exceptional opportunity for students to engage in the research process, share their research with peers and scientists from around the city, and compete for a variety of prizes, including an all-expense paid trip to represent NYC at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May. Competitive science projects require students to develop essential literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, and communication skills – skills highlighted throughout the Common Core State Standards. The deadline to apply for this competition is December 13th. Participating students must complete the online registration, as well as mail in a hard copy (all details are in “Rules & Guidelines”). For more information about NYCSEF, please visit this site:  If you have additional questions, contact or call 718-254-7252.

The Cooper Union School of Art: Outreach Program, On-Site Interview

December 14, 2013

The Outreach Pre-College Program accepts high school students who live in New York City and surrounding areas, in grades 10-12, and who are enrolled in either a public or private high school. Each seasonal program is designed for a specific grade level. Please refer to the calendar for complete portfolio review dates and grade eligibility for each session. In order to apply, students must come to campus to be interviewed in person. If you are unable to come to the portfolio review at the scheduled time, please contact the office before the review date to set up an individual appointment. (The office IS open Monday- Wednesday, 9-5pm. The office is NOT open Thursday or Friday.) Each season has a separate application and portfolio review date. Please refer to the schedule and eligibility requirements to make sure that you are applying for the correct session. 


 The Portfolio Review is held at 41 Cooper Square, 1st Floor (7th Street @ 3rd Avenue). 

 The reviews run from 10am to approximately 2pm. 

 Arrive according to your last name: 

o A-M: 10am-12pm 

o N-Z: 12pm-2pm. 

 Your portfolio should include 10-20 original artworks (you may include proper documentation for artworks too big or unable to be brought in person)...As well as any sketchbooks, to include drawing from observation. 

 Artwork for the portfolio does NOT need to be matted. 

You can download the application at home or call 212-353-4202 to request that an application be mailed to your home address. Applications will also be available on-site, the day of the Portfolio Review. Bring the completed application with your portfolio to the review on the specified date, (see calendar). Please call 212-353-4202 with any questions, or write to

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
Open to: 11th and 12th grade high school students of all Hispanic descent
Deadline: December 20, 2013
Applications for the 2014 Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLY) program are now available online . *The institute begins in January and is open to juniors and seniors of any Hispanic background. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly; it culminates in a weekend trip to Albany. Students also learn resume writing, debating, and leadership skills. Please urge all eligible students to participate in this exceptional program. Applicants must submit a 400-word essay on a historic example of bullying and how they, as Hispanic/Latino leaders, can take active roles in ending bullying in their schools and communities. For more information contact Miguel Cordero at

C-Span's StudentCam Deadline: January 20th
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. The 2014 theme is “A Message to the U.S. Congress: What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?” The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12, divided into middle school and high school categories. The grand prize is a $5,000 award for the student(s) and $750 for the school to spend on digital video equipment. Runners up will receive lesser prizes. The deadline to apply is January 20th. Click here for more information about this competition, including competition requirements and application and documentary upload instructions:

Emma L. Bowen Foundation
Deadline: January 31st
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their senior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the four-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees. Students can earn hourly salary and matching scholarship funds for college expenses. Academic excellence is a key component of the program – students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing. The Foundation staff works closely with corporate partners to monitor each student’s academic work and progress. An annual summer conference, a mentoring program, and a technical program are also provided to further enhance the student’s knowledge and experience.
Eligibility Requirements: Any minority student (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American) who is a graduating high school senior or college freshman, has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, is interested in pursuing a career in the media industry, and plans to attend a four-year accredited college or university is eligible to apply to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation work/study program. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents of the United States, and speak and write English fluently to be considered. Your grade transcript, at least two educational references from teachers and/or advisors, and a 500-to-1,000 word essay must accompany the application form.
The application deadline is January 31st. Click here for more information about this program and to access the application:

New York City Housing Authority Digital Vans Ongoing
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) offers Digital Vans – free computer labs on wheels for NYCHA residents and other community members to link up to the Internet, search for job opportunities, or touch up resumes. The vans travel around the city, stopping in areas that have limited or no access to broadband high-speed internet service. Its eight laptop computers have wireless Internet access and connect to printers. WiFi also allows people with their own laptops to be outside the van and access the Internet for free. To find out which developments the NYCHA Digital Van is scheduled to visit, call 212-306-8090, email, or visit the NYCHA website at

New York Botanical Garden: Explainers Program
Deadline: February 8, 2013
Want to have an exciting internship and get paid for it? The Explainers Program offered by the New York Botanical Garden offers a unique experience to high school students ages 14 – 17. Explainers facilitate experiences with nature and plant science for children and families. Using seasonal lessons and explorations of the garden, Explainers prepare children to use their senses as tools for exploring the garden. Explainers rotate through activity stations that are located both outside in the garden and inside the Discovery Center. They commit to a minimum of 125 training and volunteer hours. Students must apply by February 8th online per the following link:  They are also invited to attend an on-site open house offered on the day of the application deadline. Those accepted will work as volunteer educators in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and engage in the opportunity to become to share in a sense of community, forge new friendships, and spend time outdoors exploring nature. For more information, please click here:

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