Monday, January 6, 2014

School News Jan 6-10

Mr. Makris & Alumni from 12/19 Panel


  • To all of our amazing Ice Skaters on Wed Dec 18, and to Mrs. Cooper (Ms. Banschick's mom!) for providing hot chocolate to all!
  • To participants in the Recent Alumni panel with Mr. Makris on Thurs, Dec 19 - inspiration, advice, and camaraderie to all future college-goers!
  • To the young women of UAG participating in the AT&T Women in Tech visit with AT&T New York President Marissa Shorenstein and Director of AT&T AdWorks David Polinchock

  • To winners of our UAG Election for Student Government!  First meeting is next Wed, Jan 8 at Lunch in Room 749! 
  • UAG Student Government 2014

    9th Grade
    President Joshua Pacheco
    Vice President Leslie Valerio
    Treasurer Ricardo Viera
    Secretary Leonardo Gutierrez

    10th Grade
    President Marc Faal
    Vice President Dante Valentin
    Treasurer Thomas Lin
    Secretary Dante Quinones

    11th Grade
    President Desiree Jeanmichel
    Vice President Venitia Boyce
    Treasurer Malik Shaw
    Secretary Aurore Obou

This Week at UAG

Club Schedule

Gamer Haven:721

Men of Strength: 744

Mouse Squad : 736

Stoked: 710 (New!)

Drama Club (Library, 3:45 start)

Mouse Squad: 736

Stoked: 710 (New!)

Gamer Haven: 721

Mouse Squad: 736

Stoked: 710 (New!)
Drama Club 
(Library, 3:45 Start) 

Drawing Club: 746

Gamer Haven: 721

Mouse Squad: 736

Stoked: 710 (New!)

UAG StorySlam: 720

Flag Football Tournament (Yard)



Our Campus is getting a Girls' Flag Football team in the Spring!!!  Please email Ms. Reynolds ( in order to sign up for the team.  

CAMPUS SPIRIT WEEK is coming up the week of Jan 17 - there will be a pep rally and homecoming game on 1/17!


On Friday, Jan 10, all UAG girls invited to participate in the Technovation Challenge Kickoff with partner Iridescent Learning at Google NY Offices, Friday, Jan 10, 6-8pm!  Sign up with Ms. Hogarty - permission slips in Main Office.

On Saturday, Jan 11, 1-4pm CoderDojo hosts their next mentor-staffed programming how-to at the Brooklyn Public Library!  Sign up here:

On Thurs, Jan 16, a limited number of students will be able to attend an exclusive TOUR of the Intrepid next door, and the Power of One Speaker Series! Sign up with Mr. Rigney today.

College Tour to Parsons/New School of Design on Wed, Jan 22, 2:10 to 4:30pm!
Return permission slip to Mr. Makris!

Student Opportunities

World of Money Financial Education Institute 2014
Open for Registration at

Hudson Guild Financial Aid Workshops
  • Financial Aid Night 1- Paying for College- January 8th, 6-7:30 pm 
                *We will be having Barry Fischer from Fashion Institute of Technology        
                 presenting and dinner will be served.
  • Financial Aid Night 2- Financial Aid Applications 1 on 1 Assistance - January 15th, 4-6:30 pm 
Both events will be held at the High School of Fashion Industries at 225 West 24th Street.  Questions? Email

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.

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!

2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Deadline: January 8th The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation's largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. In the last five years alone, students submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the Awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners. Pleaseclick here to register. 

Museum of the City of New York: Digital Photography Class
Deadline: January 8th 
The Museum of the City of New York is offering students a rare opportunity to practice photography and collaborate with Museum professionals to create an exhibition of their work. Drawing inspiration from the Museum’s renowned photography collection and working under the direction of a professional photographer, each student will photograph the major elements of the city, including its buildings, parks, landmarks and people. Each session will incorporate a viewing of important photographic works from the collection, lively discussions, critiques, review of out-of-class assignments, and portfolio building. The course costs $600, and includes the price of the materials. Students will have the use of a professional camera throughout the 7-week program. For an application and further information, please see this flyer in Main Office Rack or email Maggie Bordonaro at The deadline to apply to this program is January 8th.

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.


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

International Center of Photography (ICP) Winter Opportunities 
Deadline: January 13th
ICP is proud to offer foundation building classes: Photography I in Black-and-White: Camera and Darkroom and Photography I in Color: Color Film and Darkroom. In our more intermediate classes, such as Photography II in Black-and-White: Lighting for Portraiture and Photography II in Black-and-White: Exploring Self-Portraiture, students can practice and further develop the techniques learned in their Photography I course. Full class descriptions can be found here and scholarships are due Monday January 13 at 5pm. Our classes are very popular so we encourage students to submit their scholarship applications early. We would be happy to visit your school and speak directly to prospective students during the school day. If there is any way we can come visit during a student opportunity fair, student orientation, or homeroom, please let me know. You can contact me at 212.857.0061 or

Groundswell: Portfolio Development
Deadline: January 13th
Groundswell’s Portfolio Program provides intensive portfolio development for youth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, focused on preparing young people for art college admission and scholarship.
For acceptance into art colleges and universities, you need to present a portfolio, a collection of artwork
organized to demonstrate your drawing skills, personal artistic exploration, and your creative potential. The program will help you prepare your portfolio and applications for admission to art colleges around the nation. The Portfolio Program meets once a week, Mondays, 4pm-7pm, February 3rd, 2014 through May 12th, 2014. Accepted young artists will receive a considerable materials and travel stipend. Students can download application and instructions online in PDF format. Additional information about the organization and program details can be found on their website. 

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:  

Wishbone Scholarship Opportunity for After School or Summer Program Interests

Application Deadline: Jan 15
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
 Application Deadline: January 15th
Search programs and apply at

Hudson Guild Free SAT Prep Program
Deadline 1/17/14
Expanded Horizons College Prep program is currently recruiting juniors for our last FREE Spring SAT Prep Program of the school year instructed by Revolution Prep. Our SAT Prep Program begins February 6, 2014 through May 15, 2014.  Classes are set forThursday from 4:15-6:15pm here at 301 Henry Street. Juniors who participate in the program will be prepping for the June 2014 SAT.

The Eligibility Criteria for HSS SAT Prep includes current 11th graders to have a CUMULATIVE GPA of 78% or above and attend High School or live in Community District 3(CD3) which includes the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the East Village (see map attached). Students that are not from Community District 3 may still apply but priority will be given to students who live in or go to school in CD3.

In order to participate in the program students must:

  • Submit an application by Friday, January 17, 2014. Applications MUST be submitted in person or via US Mail to 301 Henry Street, NY, NY 10002. SCANNED APPLICATIONS OR FAXES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!
  • Submit documentation for income verificationFamily income verification is MANDATORY. It must be attached to your application. Acceptable documentation for income verification are: 2012 Tax Return, 1040, Free or Reduced lunch letter from high school, or letter from employer indicating pay rate.
  • Submit a Transcript. (This is MANDATORY.)
  • Attend a mandatory Parent Meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2014at 6 pm and provide a reimbursable deposit of $75 that will be collected at the meeting 1/17/2014.
  • Must be aware that joining the SAT Prep program means you will be linked to obtaining at least one of the following services: tutoring services, college counseling, opportunities to attend FREE Overnight college trips, or participation in the Henry Street University 2014 Summer Program etc.

The application DEADLINE is 3pm on Friday, January 17, 2014. Please be advised that submitting your application does not guarantee a seat in the class. Spaces are given on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact via email or at 212-254-3100 ext. 203 for more information.

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

 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).

2014 NYC Parks Millennium Basketball Winter League
Get a jump on that jump shot!  The 2014 NYC Parks Millennium Basketball Winter League is welcoming boys and girls ages 8-17 in all five boroughs of New York City for competitive play.
The League, part of the Junior Knicks League and presented by Sprite and Chase, kicks off on Saturday, January 25 and finishes with a citywide championship game on Saturday, April 19.
Registration is open from Monday, December 9 to Friday, January 10.  Space is limited, so it is best to express interest early.
To register, call or email your borough’s sports coordinator:
Bronx: Christopher Suarez, (718) 367-3657
Brooklyn: Tyrone Fosmire, (718) 965-8942
Manhattan: Anthony Traverso, (212) 408-0243
Queens: Lyle Johnson, (718) 520-5916
Staten Island: Richard Costello, (718) 816-6172

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

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

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

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.

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

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:

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

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:

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

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:

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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