Monday, March 24, 2014

School News March 24-28


  • To students participating in Class of 2018 Welcome Reception Tue Mar 18 as Panelists! 
  • To Student Government organizers of our first UAG Rave Dance - a success! Thanks to the UAG PA for donating pizza!
  • To staff and students participating as players and supporters at the UAG Staff-Student Basketball Game - the Staff remain ... undefeated!
UAG Rave: March 21, 2014

This Week at UAG

Clubs This Week

Gamer Haven: 721

Tech Squad: 736

Stoked: 710

Tech Squad: 706

Stoked: 710

Drama (Opening Act): Library, 6th Fl @ 3:45pm

Amex BBBS Mentor visit to UAG! 4-6pm

Gamer Haven: 721

Tech Squad: 706

Stoked: 710

Technovation Challenge: 736

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

Girls Forum: 740

Drawing Club: 746

Gamer Haven: 721

Tech Squad : 706

Stoked: 710

Gay Straight Alliance: 707 @ Lunch


Congratulations to the JV Boys Basketball team on their entry to the first ever JV playoffs and entering the 2nd round!  They defeated Bayard Rustin HS 63 - 56 in the first round, but lost to Martin Van Buren HS in the 2nd round.  Their final league record was 12 - 0, and their playoff record is 1-1.  Great season!!!

Sports at our campus:

How you can join:
You need to get two things signed: A Parent Consent Form and a Medical Form (from doctor)
Pick up forms in your school: outside of Room 240A (HSGCA), outside of Room 443A (HSGCA), Room 543 (BOSS), Room 716 (UAG)

You can get a free physical/medical from Free Physical Adolescent Health Clinic located on East 94th between 1st and 2nd avenues from 8am to 4:30pm.  Call them at (212) 423-3000 to make an appointment.

Meeting and Information:
1.  We need Boys and Girls Handball players immediately!!!  Please see Mr. Gaffney on Monday to start playing this week.

2.  The doctor will be in on Tuesday, March 25 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Please see the nurse starting today in Room 625 to make an appointment.  This is the last date for Spring Sports!!!

On the Horizon

The Citywide Software Engineering Schools Hackathon is happening at UAG!  Sat April 26 2014, 10am-6pm.  Sign up with Mr. Bijesse /Ms. Hogarty- limited spaces!

NY Cares Day!
Saturday, August 12
Register today with Guidance/Hogarty

The NYC Summer Youth Employment (SYEP)
 Application is open!  Please complete online application for summer employment now.

Saturday, May 18, 2014 York
Search TEAM UAG & Join!

Spatial Reasoning Workshop 
Girls Only! 
March 28, 12:30-3:30pm, Library 
(early dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences) 
a Citywide Workshop building critical math skills for STEM careers (science, tech, engineering & math) 
Sign up with Ms. Hogarty

Student Opportunities

Groundswell: Summer Leadership Institute 
Apply Now! 
Groundswell‟s flagship program, The Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), is a summer job training program for up to 100 youth. Seven teams of youth spend seven weeks working with professional artists and community-based organizations, learning job skills and creating public art for their neighborhoods. Additionally, participants are led, through the process of learning mural history, developing a design and painting a mural. 
Teens & young adult ages 14-24 living in NYC. No artistic experience is necessary, but applicants should be interested in learning art skills & working as a team. Work activities include group discussions, art workshops and research. Much of the work is outdoors, physical, and messy! Students are expected to commit to entire seven week program. Students who have summer school or other commitments that prevent them from doing the required work hours are not eligible. 
Program Term 
Interviews Start March 24th, 2014. 
Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4pm 
Start Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014 
Program runs 6 weeks to August 15th, 2014 
To apply: 
Call or email Jules at 718.254.9782 or to set up a time to visit our studio for a short interview and to fill out the SYEP application. You must come to our studio to apply! Our address is 540 President Street, Suite 1A, Brooklyn, NY 11215. 5 - SYEP applications become available mid-March and must be submitted by late April. 
SYEP is a program of the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. Selection into SYEP is based on a lottery. Submission of an application does not guarantee that you will be offered a job. 
Information you MUST HAVE to fill out the SYEP application: 
• Email address 
• Social Security Number 
• Household Income from 2013 
• Whether your household is receiving public assistance, and, if so, what kind 
• Whether you or household member is covered by public or private health insurance, and, if so, what kind. 
For additional information please see online flyer. Additionally view Groundswell website and SYEP application online. 

Introduction to CS and Cyber Security Summer Program for High School Women 
Apply ASAP!
Sponsored by the National Security Agency and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

This two-week, $300 stipend supported program provides a unique opportunity for young women from the NY metropolitan area. Qualified students will engage in an educational program covering the fundamental concepts of computer science and cybersecurity, leading to participation in the nationwide CSAW High School Cyber Forensics Challenge hosted annually by the NYU School of Engineering.

Twenty-two qualified young women from local high schools will be selected to engage in two weeks of day trips for lectures and hands-on training in New York City. The program will include significant hands-on lab exercises and students will be provided access to an online-accessible Virtual Lab (VITAL) to facilitate extracurricular and self-learning activity to prepare students to compete in CSAW. Students will also gain access to a mentor network of NYU alumni and affiliates for career and professional resources.

Participants will Receive as a Grant
$300 stipend
Daily lunches
Weekly field trips

When and Where
Monday, July 7th - Friday, July 18th
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
Six MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Why Your Students Should Apply
Reinforce computer science and math concepts
Introduce cybersecurity concepts
Learn to compete in CSAW competition
College resume builder
Network with other like-minded students and faculty

How to Apply

Your students can visit to apply online for this year's session. They will be notified of the committee's decision in early May.

Big Brothers of Big Sisters of NYC: Mentoring Children of Promise Program Apply Now!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS) has been changing the lives of New York City‟s at-risk youth through the power of mentoring since 1904. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity in NYC with strong and enduring, professional supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with adults that change their lives for the better. The Mentoring Children of Promise Program aims to help families by matching youth that have an incarcerated parent or family member with a fully screened and trained, volunteer mentor. Through this mentoring relationship youth are afforded the opportunity to learn resilience in the face of adversity, the importance of healthy relationships, as well as gain the support to grow to be successful young adults. This program will match youth of incarcerated parents/family members with a mentor, connect youth and their families with additional community

resources, and improve youths‟ behavior, academic performance, relationships, and self-confidence. Each young person will be expected to make a one-year commitment to participate in two weekend outings per month (3-4 hours each). Program eligibility requirements include:

 Youth must have a parent, sibling or family member currently incarcerated in a State or Federal Prison in the United States. If the incarcerated person is anyone other than the child‟s mother or father, he/she had to have been living in the same home as the child at the time of his/her arrest.

 If the incarcerated person is at Riker‟s Island or any other city jail, or has been deported, the youth is not eligible.

 All youth must be aware of his/her parent/family member's incarceration.

 Youth must be able to commit to actively participate in a mentoring relationship by meeting with his/her mentor on weekends for 3-4 hours, twice per month for one full year

For more information or to refer a child, contact Lissette Hernandez at or at 212-686-2042 x162.

Exploring Program
Multiple Deadlines
We have a ton of opportunities for you to explore future careers this spring! The programs listed below offer your students unique and hands on insight into an industry of their interest. Have interested students email the appropriate Executive to reserve their spot. Also, please note the Exploring Membership fee has increased to 24.00 per student per year. This allows a student to participate in as many programs as they like for a year. Many schools have elected to pay for their student’s membership fee.

Heckscher Foundation for Children Summer Scholars Program 
Deadline: March 28th
The Heckscher Foundation for Children Summer Scholars Program is a multi-year and multi-layered program geared toward academic and professional skill building to position students for college success.  In the first year, students receive intensive tutoring and college guidance by participating in a 5-week summer academic program and skill building in Math, English, foreign language, and career development.  Academic enrichment and college guidance continues through their graduation from high school, with additional support services available in college.
In the second summer, students will be placed in an internship or pre-college program.
Target Students:
 Ideal not only for students who are a school’s top academic performers, but also for those who are highly motivated and on the cusp of high achievement (B/B+ GPA).  Because academic tutoring is the foundation of the program, Heckscher is not looking to serve students who are bound to “get into top colleges and succeed anyway.”  They will select good students with whom they can work to “unlock their hidden potential.”
 Current 10th graders (rising 11th graders) ONLY
 Able and dedicated to making a 2-year commitment (junior and senior year) to the program (summers and 1 weekend day/evening each week during the academic year)
 Heckscher will admit 12 Urban Assembly students this year
To Apply: Students must be nominated by their schools and complete a written application.  Applications can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting Greg Lew at  Click here for a program flyer.
Schools must also include the most recent transcript and PSAT scores if available and send applications directly to
The Heckscher Foundation to arrive before the posted deadline:
Attn: Geoffrey Howarth
The Heckscher Foundation for Children
123 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
 Selected students will be contacted for interviews.  Students must attend the interview to be selected for
the program.
 It is advised that Partnership Coordinators, school counselors, teachers or other school staff contact
Geoffrey Howarth ( if they believe they can provide a compelling
reason why particular students should be selected to the Heckscher Scholars program.
 Stipend of $1,000 for successful completion of 2014 summer academic program, monthly stipends of
$100 for successful completion of academic year programming, and stipend of $1,000 for successful
completion of 2015 summer program
 Daily lunch and travel stipend
 Potential for summer internship (Summer 2015) at a large non-profit agency or placement in and tuition assistance for a summer pre-college program.  Past placements include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Harlem RBI, and New York Women’s Foundation, and the Foundation has helped pay for student programs in Europe in select cases.
Application Deadline: The deadline to apply is Friday, March 28, 2014.
For more information, please contact Geoffrey Howarth by email at or by phone at 917-664-9876.

Annual Citywide Graphics Arts Competition
First Submission Deadline: 3/28
The Graphics Industry Advisory Commission today announced the launch of the thirteenth Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition that runs from now until the Finals on May 23. Graphic communications students in every borough will be submitting their entries in a Qualifying Round in March hoping to get into the citywide contest at CUNY’s CityTech in Brooklyn.

Six categories of graphic design and production highlight the students’ achievement: Desktop Publishing & Design, Digital Video Production, Web Site Design, Digital Photography, Package Design and Student Filmmaking. Finalists in each category will have four hours to produce new work in the CityTech labs on the day of the competition. Judged by college professors and industry practitioners, the winners will get trophies, prizes, software, equipment and other graphics-related materials provided by leading industry firms.

NYU Science and Technology Entry Program 

Deadline: March 28th
The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at New York University (NYU) is an innovative pre-college enrichment program for talented middle and high school students in New York City. Our goal is to encourage and increase the presence of historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM careers) and licensed professions. To be eligible for STEP, you must:
 Be a high school or middle school student in grades 7-12
 Have an 80 average in Math, Science and English
 Have an 80 cumulative average
 Be a resident of New York State
 Identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Alaskan American, or meet state-determined economic criteria.
The deadline to apply for the summer program is March 28th. (The deadline for continuing students is March 14th.)
Participation in the STEP program at NYU is $350. Click here for more information. Interested students should complete the online application. Please direct all admissions questions to Anna Ortega Chavolla at

Hi-ARTS: Learn 2 Burn 

Deadline: March 28th
The Hi-ARTS Black Book Master Class is being offered for the spring 2014. Teaching Artist Alice Mizrachi with Master Artist Enrique “PART ONE” Torres will lead the course. Come develop your artistic skills and learn how to burn like the best. During this FREE nine-week class students will learn various graffiti techniques including lettering styles, color-theory and blending, while studying under the world renowned Style Master Enrique PART ONE Torres. In addition, students will receive their own personal black book, pencil and marker-sets. This course will also feature several guest appearances of creative professionals who will impart insight into the creative industries & other tricks of the trade. At the conclusion of the course, Hi-ARTS will present an exhibition of the students work at its space in East Harlem/El Barrio.

PART ONE is a veteran of the golden years of New York City subway painting and considered a style master in the graffiti world. His specialty is his own unique brand of lettering, which he began to develop in 1974. From 1974 – 1985, he was one of the most accomplished artists on the New York City subway trains. His art has been featured in the classic film Style Wars, as well as critically acclaimed books such as, Martha Cooper‟s Hip Hop Files and the ON THE RUN‟s PART ONE TDS. In order to be eligible, applicants must be a:

• Resident of New York City.
• High School student in NYC (grades 10 -12)
• Full-time student or enrolled in a GED program

Key facts about the application timeline and program are as follows:

 APPLICATIONS DUE March 28, 2014
 INTERVIEWS March 29 & 30
 CLASS DATES April 3,10,24 | May 1,8,15, 22 | June 5, 12
 CLASS TIMES 4:30pm-6:00pm on Thursdays
 COST FREE upon being accepted into the course
 LOCATION Hi-ARTS, 304 E. 100TH St. @ 2nd Ave.
 (6 train to 96th or 103RD St.)
To request an application please email or call 718.497.4282. Additionally see online flyer for more information.

Bronx River Art Center: Teen Project Studio 

Deadline: March 31st
Teen Project Studio is an intensive, interdisciplinary art and design program that provides motivated youth the tools they need to become leaders in the 21st century. Teens (ages 14-19) selected for this program will gain first-hand experience with sophisticated digital design processes while problem-solving challenging environmental and social issues. Working in teams, participants will focus on their immediate surroundings to develop concrete solutions to everyday problems while developing an eco-friendly worldview.

Each 10-week semester focuses on a specific design problem and carries it through from conception to model, to finished prototype, as well as to new marketing strategies. The program includes workshops with artists, designers and professionals from associated fields as well as field trips to museums, galleries, design studios and related sites of interest. The program meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4 – 6 PM and requires availability for field trips on some weekends. The duration of the program is from March 31stto June 21st.

To apply, students should fill-out the online application prior to the start of the program. Acceptance will be determined through timely completion of application and interview process. Applications will be accepted until program fills.

Brownsville Youth Court 
Deadline: March 30th
The Brownsville Youth Court is recruiting new members for its next cohort. The Brownsville Youth Court trains teenagers ages 14-18 to serve as advocates, jurors and judges. Members hear real-life cases of other teens that have committed low-level offenses. The goal of Youth Court does not assess guilt or innocence; but through use of positive peer pressure, helps ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. The application to be a member of the Brownsville Youth Court is due on March 30th. If you would like a member of the Youth Court staff to speak to a group of young people who are or may be interested in joining Youth Court, please contact Sharese Crouther at 347-404-9582, or by email at

Harlem Youth Court Paid Internship
Deadline: Mar 31
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.

Julliard Music Advancement Program 

Deadline: April 1st

Julliard‟s Music Advancement Program (MAP) is a Saturday instrument instruction program for highly talented children from backgrounds underrepresented in American performing arts. For the past 20 years, MAP has served as an essential bridge to higher levels of musicianship, cultural participation, and personal growth for hundreds of young students. Eligible students must be between the ages of 8 and 14, reside in the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT), and have played their instrument for at least two years. African-American, Native American, and Latino students are especially encouraged to apply, as well as students who play the following instruments: Oboe, Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Viola, Double Bass. Significant financial aid is available to those who qualify. Click here for more information, including program details and an online application. If you have questions, contact Rebecca Reuter at

Beam Camp 

Deadline: April 1st

Beam Camp is a 3.5-week summer program in New Hampshire where kids learn to make their ideas happen through fine and manual arts, technology and collaboration. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design, and the creative process. They build, swim, hike, play games, and enjoy 750 acres of mountain, forests and lakes. The camp is offering a limited number of full scholarships for girls ages 7-17 to its August session, which runs from July 30-August 24, 2014. The full cost of the session is $5,200. Tuition assistance available.

**Interested participants must register for the camp and submit Scholarship & Tuition Assistance application as soon as possible, but no later than April 1st. Please contact Brian Cohen at 917-620-0491 with any questions. 

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program Teen Media Leadership Project

Deadline: April 1st
The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is pleased to announce this exciting new program for Brooklyn teens: The Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program Teen Media Leadership Project (BCAPteen).  BCAPteen is a 6-week, full-day program for teens ages 13-17.  Teens will become experts on the six BCAP partner institutions, while learning skills in new media, communications, and leadership.  Our home base is BPL Central Library’s beautiful new Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons learning lab.  This is a competitive program – only 20 spots are available.
Who should apply?  Teens ages 13-17 with an interest in:
 Learning about topics like photo, film, journalism, and new media
 Exploring 6 awesome cultural institutions in the heart of Brooklyn
 Being a leader for kids, peers, and the community
 Setting goals for your future and achieving them
 Being creative, having fun, and meeting teens from across the city
 Committing to doing this for 6 weeks, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm
 Earning a stipend (for teens 14 and up)
Students 14 and up will receive a stipend of $300, contingent on excellent attendance.  Participants age 13 may participate at no cost, but are not eligible to receive the stipend.  This program runs from June 30-August 8, 2014 and includes an orientation on June 14, 2014 and a reunion/video release party on November 15, 2014. Interested students must submit an application by no later than April 1st
.  For more information, visit the BCAPteen website.

All Star Code
Deadline: April 3rd 
All Star Code is a non-profit initiative that prepares qualified minority boys for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science.  We are dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech industry.  We are seeking young men of color interested in technology and startups for its 2014 Summer Intensive.  The All Star Code Summer Intensive is a free, game changing six-week summer intensive that teachers computer science principles and interpersonal business skills.  Students will have an opportunity to:
·         Discover mobile apps, robotics, and game design
·         Master programming and computer science concepts
·         Practice communication, confidence, and collaboration
·         Network with professionals and peers
·         Play to your strengths and have fun
·         Plus, exciting field trips, special guest speakers, and mentorship from top tech professionals
This summer intensive will take place from July through August 15, 2014.  Current 10th and 11th grade young men of color are eligible to apply.  The deadline to apply is April 3rd.  Students interested in applying should visit  For more information, contact  Click here for a program flyer.

GenTech Spring Break Game Jam, April 12-13, 9am-8pm
Priority Deadline: April 4, 2014
Participate in the upcoming GenTech Spring Break Game Jam, put on by NYCEDC and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in partnership with TreSensa!

The event is a great opportunity for students to learn about professional game development and to build related technical skills and receive mentorship from industry insiders over the course of a single weekend.

With the support of volunteer mentors, each student team will create a mobile game that runs on the TreSensa Game Engine and a 3-min pitch presentation to showcase their work. At the end of the event, students will demo their games to judges from the tech community, and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. We encourage all NYC high school students interested in learning about creating mobile games to attend - no prior experience necessary! We are looking for students with and without a coding background as well as students with experience in image editing.  Also, students who attend the game jam will have priority access to this summer's GenTech program, (Priority deadline: April 4th; Regular deadline: May 2nd).  

Logistical info about the event can be found below:
  • What: GenTech Spring Break Game Jam
  • Where: Microsoft, 11 Times Square, New York, NY
  • When:
    • 9:00AM-8:00PM, Saturday, April 12 and
    • 9:00AM-8:00PM, Sunday, April 13*
  • RSVP:
*Students are required to attend 9:00AM-8:00PM on both Saturday and Sunday.

Learning Curve Business Incubator for Teens!
Deadline: April 7

Are you a teen with a great idea? Do you dream of making the next Snapchat , Facebook, or Grand Theft Auto? Do you build and invent? Do you design your own clothes, or make your own music and beats? Are you working on a film? Are you eager and ready to learn how to turn your ideas, inventions, crafts and art into a business.

If this is you, we encourage you to APPLY to Learning Curve, the first and only S.T.E.A.M.D (Science Tech Engineering Art Math + Design) business incubator for teens in New York City. Learning Curve is a summer program that teaches teens how to launch a Start-up in 30 days.

Program Design:

1. Tech Skills -- Coding, Game Development, Engineering

2. Business Skills -- Customer Development, Strategy, Financing Your Business

3. Design Skills -- Product Design & Development


1. Personalized business cards

2. Shared Office space in Midtown

3. Access to industry mentors

4. Access to digital software and publication subscriptions

5. An opportunity to compete for prizes and cash to go towards launching your business

Participant Requirements

1. Must be a high school student.

2. Must be able to commit to the 4 week schedule July 7- August 8, 2014, Monday - Friday 10-4 pm daily

3. Must commit to completing all assignments and building a prototype within the prescribed 30 day period

Application Information

Apply Online at:

Deadline: April 7, 2014

Second Round Applicants will receive Interview Notifications by: April 15, 2014

Interviews will be Conducted: April 14-25, 2014

Acceptance Letters: May 1, 2014

Smithsonian Latino Center: 2014 Young Ambassadors Program 
Deadline: April 7th
The Smithsonian Latino Center is the division of the Smithsonian Institution which ensures that Latino contributions to art, science, and the humanities are highlighted, understood, and advanced. It does that through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections, and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian and its affiliated organizations. The center is now accepting applications for its 2014 Young Ambassadors Program, which aims to foster the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities.  Graduating high school seniors selected to participate in the program, which runs from June 22 through August 1, 2014 will travel to Washington, D.C. for a weeklong seminar at the Smithsonian. The week consists of visits to the Smithsonian‟s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields. Following the week in Washington, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and cultural institutions in 17 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. Student selection is based on demonstrated interest, commitment, and excellence in the arts, sciences, and humanities, as well as academic record, leadership experience, and dedication to education and community service. The program includes meals and accommodations for the duration of the one-week training seminar, round-trip travel to Washington D.C., and a program stipend following the four-week internship. The deadline to apply is April 7th.   Click here for more information, including program guidelines and application instructions.

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.

PlayTech 2014: Sat, April 12, 1-3pm
Calling all youth ages 10-18!
Play Games. Eat Pizza. Have Fun. OMG!
 Saturday, April 12, 2014
6 East 16th Street, 12th Floor
 TIME: 1 - 3 p.m. (Pizza served at 1 p.m.)
 INFO: Contact Parsons SPACE at 212.229.8933
 Join us for our spring PlayTech event at Parsons The New School for Design located in downtown New York City. Come play and engage with new games and interactive multimedia projects from students, faculty and our like-minded friends in the industry. Hosted by Parsons SPACE and the School of Art, Media and Technology.

Women’s Debate Institute 
Deadline: April 15th
The Women’s Debate Institute (WDI) is a tuition-free camp that provides young women the opportunity to be a part of a strong community of women who love debate. At the WDI, high school girls have the opportunity to learn policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate skills from some of the top female debaters in the country. Working one-on-one with former NDT and CEDA winners gives girls the competitive edge they need to be successful debaters. The WDI also teaches students what it means to be a woman in debate and exposes girls to the rich community of women in this activity. Furthermore, our “College Seminar” gives each student the opportunity to learn how to make higher education a reality, regardless of their current situation. The deadline to apply for this program is April 15th. Click here for more information.

High School Student Essay Contest on Democracy and Citizenship 

Deadline: April 16th
High school students have the opportunity to intern for one week with a Justice of the Supreme Court and earn a $100 gift card. Interested 10th, 11th and 12th grade students should write a 500-word essay on the law theme for 2014 “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” and discuss the importance of a citizen‟s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. One essay will be published in the New York Law Journal. Schools are encouraged to evaluate essays. Up to five entries will be accepted from each school. Participating high schools should mail essays by April 16th, along with a completed cover sheet, to: Hon. Robert J. Miller, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial Department, 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For questions, visit this
website or contact Debra Lesser at

Bella Abzug Leadership Institute: Summer Leadership and Debate Program 
Multiple Deadlines
Our free 12-day leadership and debate training program includes workshops in debate techniques, public speaking, critical thinking, policy research, writing speeches, articles, and developing the skills to analyze contemporary public policy issues. Highly accomplished female professionals, who work in the top echelons of corporate, business, government, and not for profit sectors as well as women business owners, elected officials and diplomats, come as guest lecturers and also conduct workshops. The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) has developed a closer partnership with the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL), the organization that represents competitive debate teams from public high schools throughout NYC. Together with the coaches of the NYCUDL, our students take a four-hour lab on policy and public forum debate which results in actual debate competitions at the end of each week of the 12-Day Leadership and Debate Training. There are multiple deadlines 
by which to apply: April 30th and June 30th. Students who apply by April 30th should save the day of May 10th for a potential interview. Students who apply by June 30th should save the date of July 2nd and 3rd for a potential interview. Click here for more information. 

2014 Summer Internship Program : Legal Bound
Deadline: April 18
The New York County District Attorney’s Legal Bound High School Summer Internship Program is a rigorous six-week internship that provides students with an insider’s view of the criminal justice system and law enforcement in New York County. This internship is open to rising juniors and seniors in high school who reside in Manhattan. Our interns attend a variety of public, private and parochial schools representing the diverse communities of the borough.

Interns are assigned to various units within the office and assist attorneys and support staff with projects and other responsibilities. They also attend many law-related presentations and trips and prepare for a mock trial throughout the program. For more information about our office, please

Applicants must reside in Manhattan
Must be a rising junior or senior in high school
Must commit to attend entirety of program from July 7, 2014 - August 15, 2014, Mondays - Fridays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Application Guidelines

Applicants must postmark the following application materials by Friday, April 18, 2014:
A current résumé
An essay, no longer than 2 pages, explaining their interest in the law
A letter of recommendation from current school
A second letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or another individual the applicant has worked with

Please submit application materials to:

New York County District Attorney’s Office

Community Affairs Unit

Attention: Ms. Carol Ragsdale

One Hogan Place, Room 843

New York, New York 10013

Telephone: (212) 335-9082


Contact the Program Supervisors:

Jennifer Cariño, 212-335-9064

Denise Liriano, 212-335-3055

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Interviews will be scheduled on weekdays during after school hours throughout April and May. The application process is competitive—not everyone who applies will be invited to participate in the program.

New York Historical Society: Student Historian Internship Program 
Deadline: April 23rd
The New York Historical Society is now accepting applications for the Student Historian Internship Program. This internship program is designed for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the tri-state area. The Student Historian Internship Program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that provides students with vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object- and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world. The program runs from July 8-August 14, 2014, Tuesdays-Thursdays from 10am-4pm. Please note that applicants must be available and commit to attending every day of the program. This program is open to students who meet ALL of the following qualifications:
 You are currently enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12 in a high school in the tri-state area
 You have the consent of your parent/guardian to apply for this program
 You have (or can obtain by the start of the program) valid working papers
Please note that paid internships may be offered to interns who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity. Please be sure to specify on your application if you are eligible for free or reduced lunch at your school. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit. Students offered paid internships must have all documents necessary to be employed in the United States for the duration of the internship. The deadline to apply is April 23rd. If you have questions about this program, email Click here for more information, including a more detailed overview of what the program includes, qualification requirements, and detailed application instructions. 

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

Google Science Fair

Deadline: May 12th
The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to youth ages 13 to 18. Entrants must come up with a question to investigate and carry out an experiment, or test out a solution to a problem. Projects are judged on the criteria of inspirational entry or idea, capacity to make an impact, passion for science or engineering, excellence of method, and communication skills. The grand prize includes a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, an experience at the Virgin Galactic Spaceport, and $50,000 in scholarship funding. The submission deadline is May 12th. Click here for more information.


Deadline: May 13
The Urban Assembly-Triskeles Sustainable Directions Summer Internship Program provides internships in a variety of progressive businesses and non-profit organizations that are committed to sustainability and social entrepreneurship. We screen students to determine their areas of interest, professional aspiration and preferred work location. We train them and prepare them for interviews and the internship experiences and then match them with the perfect opportunity. Participants also have group orientation, weekly seminars, and a culminating group project that aim to develop students’ leadership, understanding of sustainability and social entrepreneurship, transferable job skills, and career knowledge. Past placement sites have included Eileen Fisher, Bonwick Capital Partners, Cookie Fairy Sweets, Pratt Center for Community Development, NYC Department of Small Business Services, Solar 1, and more. Applications outside Main Office in Rack.

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

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.

Bella Abzug Leadership Institute: Summer Leadership and Debate Program

Multiple Deadlines -4/30 or 6/30

Our free 12-day leadership and debate training program includes workshops in debate techniques, public speaking, critical thinking, policy research, writing speeches, articles, and developing the skills to analyze contemporary public policy issues. Highly accomplished female professionals, who work in the top echelons of corporate, business, government, and not for profit sectors as well as women business owners, elected officials and diplomats, come as guest lecturers and also conduct workshops. The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) has developed a closer partnership with the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL), the organization that represents competitive debate teams from public high schools throughout NYC. Together with the coaches of the NYCUDL, our students take a four-hour lab on policy and public forum debate which results in actual debate competitions at the end of each week of the 12-Day Leadership and Debate Training. There are multiple deadlines by which to apply: April 30th and June 30th. Students who apply by April 30th should save the day of May 10th for a potential interview. Students who apply by June 30th should save the date of July 2nd and 3rd for a potential interview. Click here for more information.

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting: Summer Shakespeare 
Deadline: Apply: May 19th to May 23rd
Summer Shakespeare is a five-week summer intensive (July 7 – August 8, 2014) . Twenty-four students are selected to train five days a week in voice, movement and scene study (50 hours of classes total). The program culminates with a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play. Summer Shakespeare is an intensive program that requires the quick understanding and execution of new skills. Eligibility criteria include the following:

 Applicants must be enrolled in a New York City high school

 Applicants must demonstrate financial need (priority consideration for students who receive free lunch or reduced lunch)

 Applicants must demonstrate a need for arts exposure (priority consideration for students who do not have access to arts programming)

 Applicants must follow application instructions (in particular, bringing a monologue from a published play keeps a student qualified; bringing a monologue from the internet or YouTube disqualifies students)

Please note that this program adheres to a strict attendance policy and professional standards. All students must be on time and ready to participate in all classes. Those who are unprepared or late will be excused from the program. To apply, students must contact the Stella Adler Studio at 212-689-0087 to schedule an interview appointment for the “Outreach Summer Shakespeare Program.” Interviews will be held at the Stella Adler Studio from May 19 through May 23, 2014. Select students will be invited for a callback on one of the following days: May 27, 28 or 29, 2014 from 4:00-7:00pm. Students will only need to attend one callback session. For more
information please call the Studio at (212)-689-0087 or email The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is located at 31 West 27th Street Third Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy: Green Jobs for Youth 
Deadline: May 30th

The Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy‟s Green Jobs for Youth program is a 7-week program that offers youth a chance to work outdoors with park experts.  Students will earn free college credit and an hourly wage.  CUNY Lehman College‟s Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) offers lectures and lab activities from its esteemed Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences Department.  Students will also have the opportunity to work as apprentices with the Conservancy‟s horticulturists and forest restoration staff, and complete labs, fieldwork and 
field studies.  The program runs from July 1 through August 15, 2014, every Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 3pm.  To be eligible, students must reside in the Bronx, must have completed at least the 10thgrade and two Regents level science courses with a “B” or better average, must have an 80 or above academic average, and must meet STEP eligibility guidelines.   The deadline to apply for this program is May 30th.  Click here for more information about the program, including information on how students can be paid an hourly wage and receive college credit, eligibility requirements, application instructions, and access to the application.  If you have additional questions, contact Paulina Mohamed, Green Jobs for Youth Program Director, at 718-430-4687 or by email at 

The Noguchi Museum: Making Your Mark 
Deadline: June 2nd

Come explore, experiment, create and share during the Making Your Mark (MYM) program held at the The Noguchi Museum.  MYM is a free summer program that introduces teens (10th
to 12thgraders) to the art and vision of sculptor Isamu Noguchi and provides a supportive environment where participants can identify and pursue their own creative interests.  The core activities of MYM include looking at and discussing art at The Noguchi Museum; 
learning about techniques including carving and casting and how to work with non-traditional sculptural materials such as found objects; and spending substantial time making your own art.  Experiences in the Museum's galleries and studio space are deepened through group reflection and trips to other museums and galleries. The program culminates in an end-of-summer exhibition and reception to which families and friends are invited.  Applications are due June 2nd and include a mandatory letter of recommendation from a teacher, advisor or mentor. 
Applications can be found online. See website for more details about program. For additional questions please email inquiries to or call 718-204-7088 x203.

Children's Museum of Manhattan: Summer Junior Staff Internship 
Deadline: June 2nd
High school students from all over New York City work together alongside museum staff to explore community, technology and education at the Children‟s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM).  Through experiences that increase their confidence and independence, Junior Staff Interns grow into valued members of the CMOM team.  Interns begin with broad interests in technology, the arts or working with children. Each intern develops their interests into real work experience and skill sets that prepare them for college and careers. Students start off as volunteers, and 
as they gain more experience, they earn an ascending stipend.  The Summer Session runs on selected weekdays from 10am- 3pm and Fridays from 11am-4 pm. 
Qualifications and Important Information: 
As a high school intern you will be an active part of our education team, assisting tours and camp groups, learning life skills, building new experiences and developing leadership skills. 
 You must be able to commit to all days and times of the program session. 
 Summer Session runs throughout July and August. 
 You must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior; or an equivalent grade level. 
 You must submit a completed application and send it via e-mail to 
 You must also have a recommendation letter sent by email or hard copy to CMOM. This can be an educational or professional recommendation. 
 Please note that we will only notify those applicants we are interested in interviewing.
For more information on the program, please visit the website. Application can be found online as well. If you have any other questions, call 212-721-1223 or email at

A Young Mother‟s D.R.E.A.M. 
A Young Mother‟s D.R.E.A.M. is a year-long mentoring program that supports young mothers, ages 16-23, in completing their education. These young mothers are matched with mentors who themselves had a child before age 23 and before finishing higher education, and who have since completed a 4-year degree. The pairs meet monthly for workshops that promote healthy choices, goal setting, and education among the mentees. The program welcomes both mentor and mentee applications on a rolling basis. 

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

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

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
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.

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

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

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