Sunday, January 26, 2014

School News Jan 27-31

Regents Week Schedule (No Classes)

Mon, Jan 27, 9am: Living Environment

Tuesday, Jan 28, 9am: Global History
Tuesday, Jan 28, 1pm: Algebra2/Trig

Thursday, Jan 30, 9am: Integrated Algebra


New! Student Opportunities

Futures and Options: Career Essentials Program 
Deadline: February 7th 
Students in the Futures and Options Career Essentials Program participate in 12 supervised workshops that focus on communication, presentation and workplace etiquette skills. Workshops are held in the Futures and Options office in the financial district (120 Broadway, Suite 1019) once a week after-school for two hours during a 12 week span. Participants in the program learn interviewing skills, presentation skills, workplace etiquette, time management and resume writing. Two career exploration field trips are included to offer students exposure to different career options. Students also have the opportunity to network and learn with fellow peers from different boroughs and high schools. We will offer the program on Wednesdays and Thursdays this spring, and have 50 open spots available. This program is open to students in 9th through 11th grade, but preference is giving to those
students in 9th and 10th grade, since we feel they are not yet as ready or prepared for the world of work. The deadline to apply is February 7th. Students can apply via paper application or online. Click here for a program flyer.
For more information, contact Janay Daniel, Futures and Options Program Coordinator, at

ArtsConnection: Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program Deadline: February 14th
Recognized in 2011 & 2012 as a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist, the Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC Participants spend 10 weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC's subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; AND so much

 Who is eligible to apply?
TRaC is open to any high school student (9th-12th grades) in NY and NJ who can commit to attending
weekly workshops and additional events.

 And when does TRaC happen?
Spring 2014 TRaC will take place from March 5 - May 2. Each "TRaC" meets once a week for workshop.
And there are 5 additional events (performances, shows, museum or gallery visits, etc.) that may take
place immediately following workshop or on a different day.

 What in the world is a "TRaC?"
Applicants are invited to choose between 6 different TRaC sections depending on their interests and

• FILM TRaC meets WEDNESDAY afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm. **PLEASE NOTE FILM TRaC HAS 3 FRIDAY SCREENINGS.
• THEATER TRaC meets WEDNESDAY afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm.
• DANCE TRaC meets FRIDAY afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm.
• MULTI ARTS TRaC meets FRIDAY afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm.
• MUSIC TRaC meets FRIDAY afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm.
• TEENS CURATE TEENS meets FRIDAY afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm. **The return of one of our newest TRaC programs that gives students the opportunity to curate an exhibition of teen art!

 Sounds awesome! What do I need to participate in TRaC?
TRaC is a FREE program. All you need is a metrocard to get home (no less than 3 fares on days when
events take place immediately after workshop) and internet access (at school or at home) to keep up with schedule updates. APPLY ONLINE by February 14th. For more information, please visit the program website or call 212-453-9485 and ask for Diane Exavier, Program Manager. You are also invited to attend an informational session that will take place @ ArtsConnection, 520 8th Avenue, 3rd floor, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 5-7pm. You must register for this session via email ( with TRaC OPEN HOUSE in the subject line or by phone at the number previously stated.

Opportunity Network Fellows Program Deadline: February 21st

The Opportunity Network Fellows Program (OppNet Fellows) is a unique six-year career development program for motivated, high-performing high school students looki0ng to get exposure to more career tracks, make personal connections with executives and professionals, apply to competitive colleges, build their resumes through paid internships or enrichment programs, and develop a lifelong network.

Target Students:

 Currently be enrolled in 10th grade

 Pursuing their hobbies and interests with passion and energy

 Excelling in the classroom (in most cases, this mean a 90 or above average)

 Do not already have access to the kinds of opportunities the program offers

To Apply: Students should be nominated by their schools. It is recommended that schools set up a recruitment presentation for nominated/interested students. The application can be accessed online by clicking here. The deadline to apply is February 21st. For more information, contact Megan Nestor at

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program Deadline: February 21st
The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program welcomes about 25 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its thirteenth summer in 2014. Eligible Students: this program is intended for low-income students will excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

 You must currently be a junior in high school

 You must live in the continental United States

 You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0)

 You must have an interest in journalism

 The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds. If the combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and you still wish to apply, you may attach a statement explaining why you believe your family qualifies as financially under-resourced.)

This program will run from August 1-11, 2014. The deadline to apply is February 21st. Click here for more information.

New York State Summer School of the Arts
Multiple Deadlines
Many of our auditions will occur in the NYC region prior to Feb. 14th. Visit our website at: for audition information. Online applications are available.

Feb 8th-NYC School of Ballet Auditions
Feb 9th- NYC School of Dance Auditions
Feb 9th- School of Choral Studies Auditions
Feb 9th- School of Orchestral Studies Auditions
March 9th- School of Theatre Audition
Beginning February 3rd Portfolios for Visual Arts will be accepted at Lubin House (visit our website for details)
March 13th- Media Arts Youth Art Show (visit our website for details)

Check out our website:

New York State Education Department, Office of Cultural Education
Cultural Education Center
Room 10D79
Albany, NY 12230

Syracuse University-NYC Summer Program for HS Students Deadline: February 28th

Syracuse offers a six-week credit-bearing summer program in Media Literacy, Popular Culture & Democracy to juniors in NYC Public High Schools with funding from the Price Family Foundation, Syracuse University School of Education, and the office of Summer College. During the six-week program students explore college-level courses that provide insight into the higher education experience. Students enroll in two 3-credit courses. Students learn about issues of youth, schooling, media literacy, popular culture, democracy, and writing at the college level. Emphasis on improving literacy and developing college-level learning skills. Tuition, room & board, program fees,
books & supplies, and transportation to and from Syracuse University will be provided by the scholarship. Upon completion of the classes, a Syracuse University transcript documents the coursework and grades/credits earned.

Note: Syracuse University offers a more extensive Summer College program for high school students in other subject areas as well. This description is intended for current high school juniors attending public high schools in New York City who wish to be considered for the full scholarship program in Media Literacy, Popular Culture, & Democracy. All other Summer College applicants must use the application for admission found on the Summer College website.

Target students:

 High-performing juniors from NYC public schools

 Applicants must be in good academic standing (average of 85% or higher)

 Be mature, disciplined, and ready for college-level work

To apply:

Eligible students should contact their high school guidance counselor or principal, or the Syracuse University Summer College office at or 315-443-5000. Guidance counselors/educators can recommend up to 5 students from each school. Students must complete an online application by February 28th. Select students will be invited for interviews in late March. Click here to view the slide show that was presented at the information session. For additional information, contact Binh Huynh, Director of Summer College, at or at 315-443-1988.

West Point Summer Leaders Experience
Deadline: April 11th

The United States Military Academy at West Point Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) gives high school juniors a week to experience life as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics conducted during the month of June each year. There will be two week-long SLE sessions this upcoming June. Session 1 will take place from June 7-13, 2014, and Session 2 will take place from June 14,-20, 2014. SLE is highly competitive – there are normally 6,000 applicants and 1,000 attendees. The cost to attend SLE is $400. The deadline to apply is April 11th. An informational brochure is available. Click here for more information. You can also contact CPT David E. White,
Outreach Officer, at 845-938-8226.

The Sadie Nash Leadership Project Rolling until April 25th

Sadie Nash is excited to release Summer Institute 2014 applications! The Sadie Nash Leadership Project promotes leadership, service, and activism among youth. Our unique programs provide a dynamic and intensive learning experience that centers on the achievements of women, the use of role models, service-based learning and independent social justice projects. Our programs are designed to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their lives and in the world. During our Summer Institute, we bring together dynamic young women leaders like you to share ideas, reflect on experiences, meet amazing role models, and to help transform your community through direct action. We are currently recruiting a strong group of self identified women (inclusive of trans youth*) leaders to join the Sadie Nash Leadership Project for the 2014 Summer Institute. SNLP is a unique educational leadership program that is made up of young women ages 14-21 from all 5 boroughs in New York City! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from now until April 25, 2014. All young people will be invited to a group interview with us and final selections will be made in early May. Sadie Nash is committed to serving young women of color, low-income young people, and young people who may not be a part of other leadership programs. Apply online at If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact Michelina Ferrara, Program Coordinator, 212-391-8664

Futures and Options: Core Internship Program
Deadline: Rolling until May 1st

Students in the Futures and Options Core Internship Program participate in paid internships at New York City businesses, non-profits, and government organizations. The interns work 12-15 hours per week after school or up to 40 hours per week during the summer. Additionally, interns receive ongoing support from Futures and Options staff and attend monthly work-readiness workshops and career exploration field trips. The program is open to students in 11th and 12th grade. The Core Internship Program operates on a rolling basis, and students can apply now to be considered for both spring and summer opportunities. The final deadline to be considered for the summer is May 1st, but applying earlier increases the likelihood of getting an internship. Interested students can apply online. For more information, contact Janay Daniel, Futures and Options Program Coordinator, at

The Point CDC: College Preparation/Writing Workshops

THE POINT partners with Urban Word NYC to deliver weekly literary arts education through poetry and spoken word. Founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves, Urban Word NYC™ (UW) has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999.

The purpose of this workshop series is to prepare high school students for not only college courses, but for college life itself. Students will be challenged to take their writing skills to the next level while establishing a deep connection to the power of their own voice. As a group, we will dissect the works of visionary writers who have inspired social change while writing our own stories into existence. We will also discuss the ins and outs of everyday college life. Students will receive knowledge from lessons that often take many their entire college career to learn. These workshops are ongoing and take place every Thursday from 6:45 - 8:45pm. Please contact Danny R. Peralta via phone (718-542-4139, x. 138) or email (

Sing for Hope Youth Chorus
The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus strives to ignite a love of singing, foster a safe community for self-expression, and encourage chorus members to reach their full potential for artistic and personal excellence.

New York City high school students from all five boroughs are encouraged to audition. No prior music experience is necessary, and membership is free. Those accepted to participate in the Sing for Hope Youth Chorus receive vocal training while developing performance and sight-singing skills. Chorus members have the opportunity to learn from talented members of Sing for Hope’s Volunteer Artist Roster and perform throughout New York City. Rehearsals are held in Midtown Manhattan twice a week, after school.

Audition Procedures

Students will perform simple pitch-matching exercises and sing a song of their choice a cappella. Auditions take place throughout the year by appointment . See website for application and additional information. For further information, contact Sing for Hope by phone at (212) 966-5955 or by e-mail at

Bezos Scholars Program
Deadline: Feb 18
The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute seeks students who are independent thinkers, demonstrated leaders, and engaged community members. Participants meet one another and engage in seminars and informal meetings with the international leaders, acclaimed thinkers, and creative artists who participate in the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Following attendance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the student/educator scholar teams will return home and create Local Ideas Festivals in their schools. Maximum award: participation in the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 26 - July 2, 2014. Eligibility: applicants' schools must be public high schools (including charter and magnet schools) where at least 25 percent of students are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program. Potential scholars must be legal U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents in their junior year with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be 
taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes. Scholar applicants should demonstrate leadership in school and the community and have scored exceptionally well on PSAT/SAT/or ACT. For more information, click here. 

Student Opportunities, Continued

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

Iridescent Technovation Challenge Deadline: January 31st
Since 2010, the Iridescent Technovation Challenge has engaged over 2,000 middle and high school girls from 19 countries. Technovation is a 3-month technology entrepreneurship online curriculum that guides teams of 1-5 high school girls – most with zero prior coding experience – to research, design, code and pitch real mobile phone applications that seek to solve world problems.

Teachers work in partnership with a female tech professional to guide their students through the curriculum towards submitting apps, a business plan and five minute pitch video. Teams will also be supported by an online forum, where they can ask any question about the Technovation topics or curriculum and have their questions answered within 24 hours.

New York will hold a regional pitch night where all teams are invited to present their apps. The winning team from the New York region will be flown to California, where they have a chance to present their app to tech companies and compete for funding to continue preparing their app for the market.

Schools and teachers interested in learning more about the time commitment and necessary resources to participate in this competition should view the starter kit. The deadline to register a team is January 31st. The program runs from February 3rd until April 26th. Click here for more information, including access to the registration page. If you have additional questions, contact Devin Dillon at 785-424-0985, or by email at

Bronx Loaf Writers’ Conference Deadline: February 3rd
Bronx Loaf is a writers’ conference for teen writers that takes place over three days this coming spring, from April 11-13, 2014. It is held at the UA Bronx Academy of Letters (339 Morris Avenue), hence the ―Bronx‖ part of Bronx Loaf. The idea and model for Bronx Loaf was inspired by Bread Loaf, the oldest writers’ conference in the country (hence the ―Loaf‖ part of Bronx Loaf).

Our goal is for Bronx Loaf to introduce teen writers to what it feels like to participate in a professional-style creative writing workshop, which means students will share their creative writing with other teen writers from around New York City and beyond. Each workshop will be led by a published author. This year we have an amazing roster of workshop leaders, including Gabrielle Hamilton and Andrea Cremer. The aim is for every participant to create a publishable piece of writing.

Over the course of the Bronx Loaf Writers’ Conference, teen writers will:
 Participate in thoughtful, rigorous workshops led by professional writers, who will also conduct one-on-one tutorials
 Enjoy several opportunities to read their own work in front of a live audience AND to publish in Breaking Bread, the Bronx Loaf anthology of student pieces
 Attend multiple public readings, featuring our workshop leaders
 Have ample time to break bread, enjoy fellowship, and make connections with writers from public and private schools
Follow the instructions here to participate:
All submissions should be uploaded by February 3rd.

Urban Word: Winter Word Workshops February 4th-March 19th 
This winter the Urban Word is offering unique word workshops focused on monologue development, music and poetry. The two being offered are People on the Train & Lyrical Melodies. People on the Train is offered by Katie Issel Pitre on Tuesdays February 4th- March 18th from 4:30pm-6:30pm. The course focuses on character voice and how it works on stage and in your writing. Through developing dramatic monologues, ―People on the Train‖ will workshop aspects of writing and performance centered around presence, narrative and ―voice‖. A great workshop that will help develop presence, and narrative for page and stage. Lyrical Melodies is a combination of Spoken Word & Music and is offered by Shanelle Gabriel on Wednesday from February 5th – March 19th at 4:30-6:30pm. Here you will learn the finesse in order to effectively blend genres (song, rap and poetry) and. It focuses on developing techniques to improve both vocal and written abilities then learning how to find the best ways to merge them within new bodies of work. Teens aged 13-19 are eligible and encouraged to apply! To sign-up for the workshops please fill out the online form.

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:

Interning this Spring?  The NYC Tech Talent Draft is one amazing place to look.
Deadline: 2/12/14
The NYC Tech Draft brings NYC-based startups to colleges to educate and recruit top science and engineering students. Startup Co-Founders, CEOs and CTOs share their experiences living and working in NYC and provide job advice to students seeking tech career opportunities.  Check out company profiles and reach out if you see something interesting!

CCC YouthAction Leadership Course
Due 2/12/14
CCC is a multi-issue child advocacy organization that seeks to ensure that every child is healthy, housed, educated, and safe. YouthAction NYC engages New York City youth from diverse backgrounds in civic participation and advocacy. Students who participate in the YCLC will:
Gain the skills to advocate on behalf of themselves, their schools, and their 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 their communication and public speaking skills.
Make lifelong friends with the diverse group of peers in the program!

The Spring 2014 YCLC will begin on Monday, March 3rd. Because space is limited, I urge you to disseminate the attached information to students and families as soon as possible. Attached you will find a) a flyer to hang and distribute; b) a letter with more information for school and/or community leaders; c) a separate letter for guardians; d) a permission slip and; e) an application for the students to fill out and return to me no later than Wednesday, February 12th. More specific instructions on applying and returning paperwork can be found within these documents.

Students may also access the application forms and other information about the YCLC at the Citizens’ Committee for Children website:

Harlem Youth Court Paid Internship
Deadline: Mar 15
The Harlem Youth Court is actively recruiting members for our upcoming 2014-2015 cohort. This program is a wonderful paid internship that will allow young people to contribute back to their community, help their peers, become college ready, and become exposed to the criminal justice system.

Youth court members:
Hear real-life cases for youths who have committed minor offenses
Serve their communities by helping other teens
Learn about the justice system, public speaking skills and how to be a leader
Build their resumes and college applications
Can earn community service hours for their participation
Can earn a stipend for active participation

In addition to serving on the youth court, Harlem Youth Court members participate in a wide range of group activities, such as field trips to local courthouses, fund-raising events, community service projects and social activities like bowling. Our youth court members are youth between the ages of 14-19 who live in New York City and have a deep passion for improving their communities. This year, our members represent four boroughs, but most of them come from the Harlem area. Our latest group was chosen from over 180 applicants. Amongst our current group of members we have talented writers, singers, dancers, aspiring lawyers, judges, and future leaders.

All Harlem Youth Court members first go through a two-month training program in which they learn about the justice system, how youth court works, and how to serve as judge, advocate, bailiff and jury. Most important, they learn how to work together as a team. Every youth who successfully completes the training program can become a full member of the Harlem Youth Court.
To apply, you must be 14-18 years old by September 1, 2014 and still in high school. If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent or guardians permission to join. Trainings and youth court sessions are held at 170 E 121st Street, New York, NY 10035. The next training will take place during the summer. The dates have not yet been finalized.

Click here to download the 2014-2015 Harlem Youth Court application. You can mail your completed application to the address above or fax it to (212) 828-7416; Attn: Harlem Youth Court.

Online: Click here to complete the application online

By Email: Email to request an application by email.

Want to learn about our internship? Come observe a hearing on a Monday or Thursday. Email us to let us know.

The Point CDC: International Center for Photography Apply Now!
A collaborative program with the International Center of Photography, ICP at THE POINT teaches youth students the fundamentals of black-and-white photography. ICP at THE POINT was a 2005 President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Coming Up Taller Award-winner. Register for Winter Classes, January 21 - April 3, 2014 See the Winter 2014 Application & Flyer for more details about the program. Application can be filled out online. Students will learn the following:
 Photography Education
Students as young as nine take part in weekly after school and summer classes.
 Business & Management Training
ICP at the POINT offers an integrated business management curriculum for select advanced students.
 Vantage Point Gallery
THE POINT's onsite gallery exhibits student work throughout the year in addition to visiting artists.
Please note that the program is free, however, for equipment loaning a deposit is required. Classes will fill-up quickly so apply now! See website for more information:

United States Naval Academy Summer Programs 
Multiple Dates 
Did you know that the United States Naval Academy invites over 3,000 students per year to participate in our summer programs? These programs offer your students a chance to visit Annapolis and experience the Naval Academy first-hand. Our Summer STEM program is designed for rising 8th-11th graders who are interested in pursuing education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. During the STEM program, students will be exposed to world-class lab facilities and have the opportunity to learn from some of the best college professors in the country. In addition, they will meet fellow students from all over the country that share a similar passion for learning. The Summer STEM session dates are as follows: 
 Rising 8th and 9th graders: June 2-7, 2014 
 Rising 10th graders: June 9-14, 2014 
 Rising 11th graders: June 16-20, 2014 
Tuition for the Summer STEM Program is $350. The deadline to apply is April 15th. 
The Summer Seminar Program, designed for rising 12th graders, gives students the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be midshipmen. The program allows students to experience the rigorous academics, physical challenges and student life at the Naval Academy. Summer Seminar is perfect for students who have no prior exposure to a service academy as well as those who are trying to decide if a service academy is right for them. The Summer Seminar Program dates are as follows: 
 Session 1: May 31-June 5, 2014 
 Session 2: June 7-June 12, 2014 
 Session 3: June 14-June 19, 2014 
Tuition for the Summer Seminar Program is $400. The deadline to apply is March 31st
Click here for more information, including application instructions. If you have additional questions, please contact Donald Montgomery at 

World of Money Financial Education Institute 2014
Open for Registration at

The Summer Arts Institute Application Period: December 16th - February 14th 
The Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, intensive, arts program for New York City public school students entering grades 8-12, held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria, Queens. Program runs from July 7 - August 1, 2014. Do not miss out on this great opportunity! Sign-up for notification of when the application becomes available here. Students can major in dance, theater, instrumental music (band), vocal music, film, photography or visual arts. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with Department of Education arts specialists, partnering cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team of arts professionals guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college, university or conservatory. Three major focus areas are: - developing students' artistic skills and creativity; - broadening students' awareness of the arts and; - helping students recognize and explore career options in the art and arts-related industries.

This intensive summer arts experience connects students to community and cultural resources along with access to careers and lifelong learning in the arts.

The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists, both on and off-site. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their selected art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting professional arts venues and exploring potential careers. Students are given opportunities to perform in selected venues around New York City, and to show their original work in an informal, cabaret-like setting called the SAI CafĂ©. The Institute culminates with an exhibition and live performance for families and the local community showcasing the students’ work from all studios. Students who complete the program in good standing are eligible to receive a 1/2 unit of credit that may be applied towards an elective arts credit or a Regents or local diploma-major sequence upon approval from their school. Our cultural partners are American Ballet Theatre (Dance), Roundabout Theatre Company (Theater), Theatre for a New Audience (Theater) and Tribeca Film Institute (Film). Young Audiences New York will provide guest artists in a variety of disciplines throughout the Institute. Please see website for more information:

City Parks Foundation: Green Teens

The Green Teen Program is a New York City Parks & Recreation anti-litter initiative to engage young people to become stewards of their parklands and recreation centers. The program enrolls Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants, Recreation Center youth members, and teen volunteers through the NYC Service website. Through the program, the teens learn how they can make a ―green‖ positive impact in their local neighborhood parks and recreation centers by removing litter, collecting recyclables, watering trees, attending sustainability workshops and most importantly encouraging the public not to litter. Program takes place throughout the year and basic application and photo release are linked. Please see website for more information and an informational video

 White House Film Festival, Call for Student Entries
The White House has announced the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. The finalists’ videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.  The White House is looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools. The videos should show how students currently use technology in the classroom or how technology will be used in education in the future. To learn more about the contest rules and how to submit video entries, download the entry guide (PDF version, get Adobe reader).

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

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.

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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 or call (212) 255-3066 for a current RECYouth class schedule and to request an application. See website for more information 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
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“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

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 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
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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

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 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

24th Annual Latino College Expo on March 15, 2014
NYU Kimmel Center in New York, NY. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors affiliated with program agencies, high schools, and community-based organizations are invited to participate in this day-long event.

Our Keynote Speaker at the Leadership Summit will be Lissette Nieves - -

Many exciting workshops will be offered to students and parents during the morning Leadership Summit from 9:00am(8:00am Registration starts) to 12:00 noon prior to the Latino College Expo that will run from 12:00noon to 3:00pm.

Students will need to log on to to register for the morning workshops - (Please note registration for the Expo is not necessary)

(Students should arrive between 8:00am and 8:45am to receive their workshop list card)

You can view the flyer here:

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