Monday, May 5, 2014

School News May 5-9


  • To the Technovation Challenge Team (“The Real McKoys”) led by Ms. Morales who worked hard all week to submit their video, app, business plan for and more for “UAG TAP”on Friday!  
  • To all participants in May 1 Girls’ Self Defense Workshop!
  • To all students and staff participating in the Fox 5 News Profile of our school! Click here to view!
  • To UAG for being selected as a DIIT Summer Internship Program School Participant! Talk to your Tech Teacher for details.  Learn more here.

This Week at UAG


Congratulations to the Boys Volleyball team on their victory against A.P. Randolph and Frederick Douglass!!! and to the Boys Handball team on their victory against Walton Campus with a score of 5 - 0.

Doctor on Campus May 8, 2014: Sign up with Nurse in Room 625, and obtain consent form to sign!

On the Horizon

Register your team for the May 30 Amazing Race!  Celebrate with a Picnic at the End with Prizes!

The UAG Talent Show is
coming June 13, 2014
Mon-Tue, May 19-20 at Lunch (Library)
Wed, May 21 Afterschool (Library)
Questions? Ask your Student Govt Rep

Visit Manhattan College!
 on Thurs, May 22, 1-4pm
1 train to Van Cortlandt Park-242 St
Liberal Arts, Business, Education and Health, Engineering and Science Undergrad Schools! 19 Division I Sports Teams!

UAG is attending SLUT : The Play on Saturday, May 10th for a 6pm pre-show high school students, and the show itself at 7pm.  Limited sponsored tickets available - see Ms. McHugh if interested!

Saturday, May 18, 2014 York
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The First Annual UAG Cultural Potluck

NEW! Student Opportunities

DIIT Summer Internship Program
Deadline: May 14
The DIIT Internship Program was established as a partnership between the Work-Based Learning Resource Center and the NYC Department of Education's Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT).
The program takes Junior and Senior high school students from selected CTE schools and places them in part-time, paid internships with various teams in the DIIT. The interns also participate in bimonthly seminars and showcase what they learned in a final project that is presented to supervisors and representatives from their school.

Code Now NYC
Deadline: May 20
CodeNow is looking for high school students interested in looking under the hood of technology for our next workshop in New York City. Through hands-on learning, we will introduce students to the world of computer programming. Students who have never written a single line of code will learn how to build interactive games and apps using the programming language Ruby. Software engineers teach students foundational coding skills and expose them to what the tech industry is really like. By the end of our workshop, students will have an idea if computer programming is for them.
 Apply Now!. The workshop will take place May 30th, June 1st, andJune 22nd in Manhattan. You must be available to attend all the days. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 20th. We strongly suggest you apply early!

Super Saturday STEM Expo—May 17
Super Saturday a one day expo in NYC, designed for youth and families, featuring 100+ hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits led by organizations and public school students. From solar power to the science of nutrition, to educational video games, children and adults will participate in a wide array of activities showcasing the diversity of the STEM fields and their infinite applications to the real world. The 2014 expo takes place on Saturday, May 17 at the Harlem Armory. The 2014 expo is produced by Manhattan’s Community School District 5, with support from Harlem Children’s Zone and Abyssinian Development Corporation. Visit for updates on this year's event.

Bronx Community Health Fair - May 16
Families are invited to attend events during Bronx Week 2014, including the Community Health Fair on May 16th. For a schedule of events and a list of ongoing activities and attractions in the Bronx, visit

2014 Summer Youth Police Academy
June 27 ( Application Deadline)
The 2014 Youth Police Academy is six (6) week program that will hold sessions five (5) days a week from 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Program dates are July 7-August 15. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Field trips are also part of the curriculum. Transportation to and from the field trips will be provided. Each site is accessible by public transportation. New York City residents, attending school, between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts. APPLICATIONS MAY BE DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING HERE.

Participate in June and July: STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program—July 1-30
Through the STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program, middle and high school students interested in learning Hindi will undergo an intensive language program, in addition to attending field trips and cultural shows, and visiting various museums and temples. The program will be held at Thomas A. Edison High School (165-65 84th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432). Registration is ongoing. Placement and orientation will be on Friday, June 27 and Monday, June 30, from 9:00a.m.–1:00p.m. Classes will be held from Tuesday, July 1 to Thursday, July 31 from 8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m.Students will have an opportunity to receive high school foreign language credit as well as earn college credit from NYU. For information, please visit the STARTALK website or email Sushma Malhotra.

Hive NYC Learning Network 
Youth from ages 8-18 will find excellent summer programs offered by Hive NYC Learning Network members and our partners across the city. So whether you’re looking to level up leadership skills, build out an art portfolio, connect with and learn from industry professionals in design and gaming, or just meet new people, check out the list below. Many of these opportunities are free (except where noted) and in most cases you can apply or register online.

Click the links to find out more including dates and registration details:

Forward Thinking: 3D Printing at Brooklyn Museum – A hands-on 3D printing art class.

Documentary Filmmaking at The Babel Project – Exploring New York City through documentary filmmaking!

DIY: Makerspace Wednesdays Tech Edition and Teen Tech Time at Brooklyn Public Library – Gaming, blogging and more fun tech activities.

Musical Exchange at Carnegie Hall – A global online community for young musicians.

CoLab at CultureHub – A series of intensive workshops focusing on a variety of art forms and creative technologies in Lower Manhattan.

PRO-TV Summer Media Intensive (SMI) at DCTV – A six-week, intense filmmaking experience.

NYC Haunts @ Exposure Camp with Global Kids, The Point + Brooklyn Museum – Creating geolocative games based on local issues.

Summer Leadership Institute at Groundswell – A summer jobs program where youth artists create monumental murals across NYC.

In the Making at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – Free Hands-On Art Classes for NYC Teens!

RECyouth Summer Institute with NYC Parks and Recreation – A free multimedia training program for youth age 14-17.

Middle School Computer Camp at NYC Parks and Recreation Computer Resource Centers – A free, six-week program offering digital imaging, game design, web design, app design or robotics.

Green Teen Program at NYC Parks and Recreation – Youth learn how to make a “green” positive impact in their local community.

The Academy at Urban Arts Partnership – An advanced art and leadership program for high school students.

Girls Rock! Camp at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls – A music and mentoring camp for girls.

Trail Blazers Camp
Deadline: Rolling until spots filled; Scholarship Deadline: May 30th

Trail Blazers is a unique residential 2-week camp providing exciting and challenging summer adventures for youth aged 7-16. Campers come from the tri-state region to Trail Blazers nurturing, caring and diverse community where each young person is someone special. Trail Blazers is a safe place where young people can find fun, friends, and memories to last a lifetime. The supportive environment encourages campers to become stronger and more independent learners, to set new goals, to develop self-confidence, responsibility and leadership and to grow into environmental stewards, and step out of their comfort zone all while having the summer of a lifetime. Trail Blazer‘s experiential education curriculum focuses on environmental stewardship and literacy through hands-on learning in
a rustic outdoor setting. Trail Blazers is able to serve individual student needs since students are in small groups of 8-9 campers with 2-3 counselors. For more information about this great organization please visit their website at For further information please reach out to Molly McCue, Trail Blazers Director of Programs, via email at
Target students:
  Low income students from New Jersey and New York City
 Ages 7-16
 Students with IEPs and learning challenges as well as ELL students are encouraged to apply (Trail Blazers can work with a school to target activities and services to meet students‘ needs)
To Apply:
Applications can be started individually on-line. However, Trail Blazers would like to schedule a time to come to schools to meet with interested/nominated students and families to complete the major elements of the application in person.
1. On-line registration to supply basic name and contact information. See link to complete application.
2. On-line process to complete application, usually done in person with Trail Blazer‘s staff during information session at school. (Can also be completed with school staff member.)
3. Once enrolled, students and families must supply additional health history and information on-line. This can be completed with school staff member‘s support or in individual meeting with Trail Blazer staff at school or at their mid-town office.

Application Deadline: Rolling, but sessions fill up. Scholarship Deadline: May 30th
2014 Program Dates:
 Session 1: June 27 - July 8
 Session 2: July 11 - July 24
 Session 3: July 26 - August 8
 Session 4: August 11 - August 22
Program Cost:
In the UA‘s special arrangement with Trailblazers, we are asked to contribute only $500 per student. The UA has a limited number of scholarships available to SPLIT the cost of this program with the sponsoring UA school. UA will match a school‘s/family‘s $250 contribution with our $250 contribution.
The cost per student breaks down as follows:
 The Urban Assembly: $250
 UA School or student/family: $250
 Trailblazers‘ scholarship: $1000
We strongly encourage UA schools to cover what they can of the $250 for their students, and ask families to pay only what they can afford on a sliding scale. We hope that the required fee will not be a barrier, especially for high needs students, and therefore we ask that schools contribute. If neither the school nor the family can afford the $250 fee, please discuss this with Jen Sainsbury at Urban Assembly so that we can find additional scholarship money for your student.
Please reach out to Jen Sainsbury via email

Hudson River Community Sailing: City Sail Summer Leadership Program 
Deadline: May 30th, then rolling
The Urban Assembly has partnered with Hudson River Community Sailing to offer a unique opportunity: one week of sailing and leadership skill development on the Hudson River, taught by engaging and experienced guides.
Students learn to drive the boat and trim the sails while enhancing their communication, teamwork and other important leadership skills. Students also learn about the math and science of sailing and the Hudson River environment. Students spend the majority of their day sailing a small sailboat in mixed age groups of 4-5 youth with an instructor. The week culminates with a sailing trip to either the Statue of Liberty or the Palisades/GWB. No prior sailing, boating, or swimming experience is required. Students are never in the water.  To learn more about the program, visit the website at Check out a promotional video about the program here:
Students can also earn PE credit for successful completion of City Sail. The student must simply request credit from his/her school, which can then get the appropriate documentation from HRCS.
Students also have the option of registering for multiple weeks of City Sail, which students have done in the past. Subsequent weeks of City Sail are more challenging and different from the previous. No two weeks are the same!  Target Students: Each session serves 12-16 students; approximately 90 scholarship spots are available to Urban Assembly students this summer.
 Any student in grades 6-12
 Any ability welcome
 No prior sailing or leadership experience is necessary
 Students must be interested in spending a week outdoors on the water in hands-on activitiesTo Apply:
Please click here to access the application. Please note that the applications have been updated and require specific information from parents. You can submit applications to Greg Lew at The Urban Assembly ( or via mail at The Urban Assembly, Attn: Greg Lew, 90 Broad Street, 21st Floor, New York NY 10004). You can also mail the applications directly to Hudson River Community Sailing at:
Hudson River Community Sailing
Attn: Alex Baum
P.O. Box 20677
New York, NY 10011
Priority Deadline: For priority (first choice of program week and guaranteed scholarship in amount of need), students must submit applications to their program/enrichment coordinator who will then turn applications in to The Urban Assembly or Hudson River Community Sailing by no later than 5pm on May 30th. Hudson River community Sailing will mail out decisions and requests for payments within 2 weeks.
Rolling Deadline: As long as space is available, students may continue to register and apply for financial aid by submitting application packets directly to Hudson River Community Sailing up until the Wednesday prior to each program session beginning.
Cost: As little as $25 per week. Students and families pay on a sliding scale from $25-$475, depending on need. In order to receive financial aid, a parent must complete all parts of the HRCS application. HRCS is prepared to provide at least 50% of its students with scholarships (every one of which can go to UA students).
Program Dates: There will be 10 sessions of City Sail between June 23, 2014 and August 29, 2014. Students should note preferred week(s) on their applications. Students can sign up for multiple weeks of the program and will be admitted to multiple sessions. Program runs Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available.
For more information, please contact Greg Lew at or Alex Baum at

Boys & Girls Harbor Summer Camp Apply Now!
The Boys & Girls Harbor ( is now accepting applications for its 2014 Summer Camps. The Harbor TEEN summer camp is a free program for youth ages 12-18. The camp offers academic enrichment, fine arts, college tours, a technology lab, 2 weekly field trips, and meals. A performing arts track is also available for an additional fee. The camp runs daily for 7 weeks (July 7-August 22, 2014) from 8:00am-5:00pm. The camp is located at 1 E. 104th Street (at 5th Avenue, across from Central Park). For more information, contact Lourdes Berrios at 212-427-2244 x.145 or by email at Please see the following links for access to a program flyer ( and camp
application form:

New York City Urban Debate League: Summer Debate Camps 
Apply Now! 
The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) is hosting NYC Summer Debate Camps for students of all ages.  Our debate camps are for all levels and for all ages.  Debate is the best sport for the mind.  You will learn skills including public speaking, rhetoric, reading, writing, researching, listening note taking, refutation, and more.  You will learn every content area from public policy to philosophy to economics.  Debate is one of the best ways to prepare for success in high school, college, career, community, and leadership.  But most of all, debate is fun!  NYCUDL hosts Summer Debate Camps in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.  Tuition is free for all member schools and students of the NYCUDL.  If you are not a member, please contact to learn how you can become a member.  Apply now!  For more information, click here at or contact Erik Fogel at, or by phone at 917-455-1079.

The Brooklyn Public Library: College Readiness Counseling: A Drop-In Lab For 
Thursdays from April 3rd– May 24th
Brooklyn Public Library is partnering with Pallus, which provides customized education planning, college counseling, and mentoring to urban high school students, to host free college readiness counseling workshops. Teens in grades 9-12 can drop in and receive one-on-one support while navigating the often-frustrating process of applying to college. The workshops take place at the Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Room 216, on Thursdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm from April 3, 2014-May 24, 2014. Some dates in June may be added in a few weeks. The Brooklyn Public Library is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza and first session is being held in the Central part of the library (Room 216). See session details online or visit their website for more information:

Center for Anti-Violence Education: 3rd Annual Punch-a-Thon T-Shirt Contest 
Deadline: May 12th

The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization, is holding a t-shirt design competition for this year's Punch-a-Thon.  This event is CAE‘s version of a walkathon: participants of all ages learn martial arts punching and basic self-defense techniques from trained instructors, then come together to complete 1,000 punches representi0ng our communal strength and solidarity.  All proceeds from the event support violence prevention programs for at-risk youth and adult survivors.  This event will take place at Prospect Park on June 1, 2014 at 11:00am.  The T-Shirt Contest will consist of two rounds:
1. An independent jury will choose the designs that best fit the mission statement of CAE and the Punch-aThon event – themes surrounding community, strength, and ending violence.  Those designs selected will be posted on our website for public voting by Tuesday, May 13th.  Contestants and participants are encouraged to help publicize the voting to the larger public.
2. The design that receives the most votes by 8pm on May 16, 2014 will win the competition!  The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $300 and have their design printed on all t-shirts for CAE‘s 2014 Punch-a-Thon event.
Students interested in submitting a design for this contest should email their design  to with the subject line ―T-Shirt Design‖ by no later than 12pm on May 12th. Click here for more information at

New York Civil Liberties Union: Freedom of Expression Contest 
Deadline: May 14th
More than 50 years ago, the civil rights movement reached its peak in the fight for racial justice and equality for all.  From sit-ins to speak outs, marches to mass demonstrations, Americans expressed their outrage about current conditions, and their dreams for a more equal society.  Tell us what civil rights issues impact you, your school, community or country the most.  Choose a topic – racial justice, LGBT rights, women‘s equality, immigrants‘ rights, equal access to education, freedom of speech or something else.  Then make some noise.  Let NYC hear your voice and tell us what civil rights issues impact your generation the most.  The deadline to submit an entry in this contest is May 14th.  Selected winners will receive cash prizes!  Click here for more information :

National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program 
Early Decision Deadline: May 19th; Final Deadline: June 19th
 Do you have a passion for community service?  Have you worked hard to solve a local problem, and now want to do more?  Apply for the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Youth Ambassador Program, a year-long program that helps young leaders (ages 16-22) create change around critical issues facing youth today.  The NCAM  Youth Ambassadors Program will kick off this September during National Child Awareness Month.  With funding, training, and ongoing project-planning guidance from YSA and Festival of Children Foundation, the NCAM Youth Ambassadors will serve as community leaders, raising public awareness and affecting change around their issue area.  51 NCAM Youth Ambassadors will be selected –one per state and the District of Columbia – creating a powerful national network of young people who raise their collective voice in service to other youth.  Program benefits include:
All-expense paid, three-day leadership training on Capitol Hill
 A $1,000 grant from Festival of Children Foundation to support the development of a youth-focused
service initiative
 Ongoing networking opportunities with other NCAM Youth Ambassadors across the country
 Ongoing training and mobilization resources
 A platform to grow your service initiative
Program Eligibility requirements include:
 Between the ages of 16-22, residing in the United States
 Attendance at training and networking event in Washington, D.C.; September 16-18, 2014.  Expenses are covered.
 Participation in Global Youth Service Day (April 17-19, 2015)
 Collaboration with a sponsoring organization or school
The Early Decision Deadline for this program is May 19th.  The Final Deadline is June 19th.  Click here ( for more information, or here for the online application at  For questions about this program or help with your application, contact YSA Grants Manager Sarah Barrie at

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance: Aqua 101 Summer Youth Program 
Deadline: June 13th

Aqua 101 summer youth program is for local youth ages 11-14 and meets every Monday,  Wednesday & Friday 10Am to 4PM  July 7th to August 15th. The program builds on arts and environmental stewardship to engage young people over the summer season. Students take part in field trips, environmental arts projects with local artists/designers, urban gardening, beach clean ups, biking and kayaking to the islands of Jamaica Bay as well as swimming, kayaking and surfing directly off the Rockaway shoreline. See online flyer. The program is free to all local youth. Interested students should fill-out the online application and return it to or mail to:
RWA, PO Box 90064, Far Rockaway, NY 11690.  All Application materials are due in June 13, 2014. See website for more information.

IPO Education Foundation: 2014 IP Video Contest Deadline: July 1st
The IPO Education Foundation is launching the 2014 IP Video Contest. Students interested in entering the contest should create and submit a video that shows why they think the patent system is important. Students should select one of the following questions to answer:
 How has a recent patented invention improved the quality of your life?
 Has anyone in your family or community built a business on a patented invention? If so, how has it
affected you?
 How has a patented invention created new jobs and new industries in your community?
 How has a patented invention saved or improved the quality of someone‘s life, enhanced their education, improved their connectivity, etc.?
Teens ages 13 to 18 are asked to submit an original video. Two winners will be selected from the 13-15 year old category; winners in this category will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Two winners will also be selected from the 16-18 year old category; winners in this category will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The IPO Education Foundation encourages teachers to promote IP education by sharing this contest with their students. If a winning student mentions the name of their teacher as a referral source on the application, that teacher will receive a $1,500 prize for their classroom. The deadline to submit a video for this contest is July 1st. Click here for a program flyer. For more information on the contest, the patent system, as well as tips to make a successful video, please visit the website at 

Operation HOPE: Banking on Our Future Rolling
Operation HOPE is an international not-for-profit that is a ―provider of financial literacy empowerment for youth, financial capability for communities, and ultimately, financial dignity for all.‖ Operation HOPE‘s Banking on Our Future (BOOF) classroom program is a free educational program taught by HOPE Corps Volunteers (professionals from the community) who are trained to break down their knowledge of banking into terms that youth can understand and utilize immediately. The BOOF program educates youth ages 9-18 at no cost to schools, school districts and community-based organizations, with a focus on urban, underserved communities. The program consists of four modules that have been designed for use across the U.S. The modules have been aligned with the
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics compiled by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The program is organized by the Program Manager and delivered by Operation HOPE‘s volunteer HOPE Corps who not only provide information that is critical in establishing a strong financial foundation, but expose our students to a wealth of opportunities and professional avenues. Operation HOPE will work with schools to determine how to best integrate the program into the curriculum. Click here for more information and a program flyer. If you areinterested in being connected to the team at Operation HOPE to explore running the BOOF program in your school,
please contact your SOT liaison, or contact Jen Sainsbury at

Summer Opportunities, Continued

We invite you to apply to an amazing summer opportunity!  Made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the NYU Courant Institute is organizing its second year of the Girls’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Summer Program (GSTEM)

NYU GSTEM ( is a six-week program patterned after a similar program at MIT.  Students will live at home and commute to internship sites for 4.5 weeks. They will work on a small project alongside researchers in the mathematical and physical sciences, produce a brief paper about their work, and deliver a short oral presentation to their peers.

The program will start with a week of lectures and workshops. One day in each of the other weeks will be a 'campus day', when students will be brought together for lectures, workshops, and field trips.  NYU GSTEM also has tutors to support participants by helping them adjust to laboratory work and prepare their final talk and paper, and by providing other intellectual and emotional supports.

Here is a short calendar of events:
Monday, July 7-Friday, July 11: Orientation Week
Lectures, workshops, and information sessions on campus to help you prepare for the program.

Monday, July 14-Tuesday, August 12: Internship Weeks
Internship research four days per week and one campus day each week.

Wednesday August 13-Friday, August 15: Final Convocation
Program completion with final lectures, papers, and student project presentations.

The Sloan Foundation grant pays for all of the cost of this program except for tuition of $2750 for each student.  Scholarships are available.

You can find our application online at  Applicants also need to submit an official transcript and one teacher recommendation.

Exploring Programs:  Short-term Career Exploration Afterschool
Multiple Deadlines

Spring SAT Registration for June 7th
Deadline: May 9

Juniors who did not take the SAT in May have one last chance to do so this spring by taking it on June 7th. The deadline to register for this exam is May 9th.

Students can register for the SAT through the website below. Taking this exam this spring is a critical step for any college bound high school student. Students must remember to enter our high school CEEB code (333814) when registering.

You can read more about the SAT here:

Juniors who are interested in receiving a fee waiver for these exams should bring proof of income to Mr. Makris asap. Proof of income consists of the parents' 2012 or 2013 federal tax return (form 1040) or proof that the family receives public assistance, or that the student is in legal guardianship or foster care. Contact Mr. Makris at or 212 246 1041 x7071.

Spring ACT Registration for June 14th
Deadline: May 9
Students can register for the ACT through the website below. Taking this exam this spring is a critical step for any college bound high school student. Students must remember to enter our high school CEEB code (333814) when registering.

Students who are interested in receiving a fee waiver for these exams should bring proof of income to Mr. Makris asap. Proof of income consists of the parents' 2012 or 2013 federal tax return (form 1040) or proof that the family receives public assistance, or that the student is in legal guardianship or foster care. Contact, 212 246 1041 x7071 for info or visit in Rm 707.

Tech Kids Unlimited
- Week-long Workshops, 10am to 4pm, Monday-Friday, Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan & UWS
- July 7 to August 8, Ages 9-17; No Tech Experience Necessary!
- Create amazing things with technology by being exposed to software and programming—and learn 21st century tech skills. Each week consists of 15 students with a high 2:1 instructor ratio. Workshops include: experienced tech and teachers, guest lecturers by people in the tech field, free time to experiment with technology, field trips, socialization and more! A social worker is also on staff to assist students with social and emotional skills strategies. Sign up for one week or all!
- Cost: $495 per week. There are a limited number of financial scholarships. For more about the program and to register, please email

Henry Street University (HSU)
Deadline: May 9
Expanded Horizons College Prep is currently recruiting for Henry Street University (HSU) our six-week summer experience for rising seniors which runs from July 7 - August 14, 2013. It is designed to prepare the Class of 2015 for the college application process! The full program details are below.

During the summer students will:

· Participate in a mandatory 6 week college readiness program (classes meet Mondays)

· Attend SAT or ACT prep class (classes will meet on Tuesdays and exams will be held on select Wednesdays)

· Attend 5 college tours (fees may apply) and admissions roundtable

· Create a well-rounded and comprehensive college list with assistance from a college counselor

· Review the application process for CUNY, SUNY, private and out-of-state colleges

· Write and fine-tune a personal statement/college essay that will set you apart from the crowd

· Explore the financial aid process, including the FAFSA, TAP, and scholarship opportunities

The Eligibility Criteria for HSU includes:

*Student must be a rising senior in summer 2015 (graduating June 2015)-thus current juniors

*Students must have a CUMULATIVE GPA of 78% or above.

*Priority given attend High School or live in Community District 3 which includes the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the East Village (see map attached).

*Priority given to students receiving free or reduced lunch

* Students must submit prior SAT scores (if they have taken the SAT exam).

Students must HAND-DELIVER all application information (see Makris for forms) including:

ð HSU.Application.2014


ð ATTAIN Lab Form

ð SAT Score

ð Free/reduced lunch form from school OR proof of income

The application DEADLINE is 5pm on Friday, May 9. Students must include a copy of your most recent high school transcript, SAT scores (if available) with the 3 forms attached. There is also mandatory parent meeting for all parents of accepted students on June 12, 2014 from 5:45- 7pm.

Application must be HAND-DELIVERED to:

Judith Belliard

301 Henry Street, Rm 409

New York, NY 10002.

If you have any questions please contact Judith Belliard at 212-254-3100 ext 203.

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 Go Green Expo, Eileen Fisher, Bonwick Capital Partners, Pratt Center for Community Development, and the NYC Department of Small Business

Services. The program includes a pre-internship component, in which students participate in seminars in June as preparation for the interview, matching and internship phase of the program. Not all students accepted for the preinternship component will be guaranteed a summer internship.

Target Students:

 Ideal for students who have NO prior internship experience and are eager to expand their career

knowledge and professional skills.

 Approximately 20 positions will be made available specifically for UA students (approximately 10 additional spots will go to students from other NYC public schools)

 Current 9th -11th graders (rising 10th-12th graders) with priority given to 11th graders who have no prior internship experience.

 Mature and responsible students

 On track academically and not at risk for summer school


 4 week internship at a progressive business or non-profit that is committed to sustainability and/or social entrepreneurship

 $550 Stipend (+ opportunity for additional incentives)

 Metrocards for the duration of the internship

 Valuable work experience and on-the-job mentorship

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 13th

2014 Tentative Program Dates:

 Pre-Internship (approximately 40 students in total [including both UA and non-UA students] will be

accepted- does not guarantee match with an internship or stipend)

 Seminar: Wednesday June 4th, 4:30-7:30pm

 Interviews with host sites: Wednesday June 11th, 4:30-7:00pm

 Seminar and internship assignments: Wednesday June 18th, 4:30- 6:30pm

Internship (for approximately 25-30 selected students matched with an internship site)

 Orientation: Thursday June 26th and Friday June 27th, time to be determined. Lunch will be provided.

 Internship: weekdays Monday June 30th- Wednesday July 30th; 9:00am-5:00pm (approximate schedule)

 Weekly seminars: Wednesdays July 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 3:00-5:00 pm

 Culminating Celebration for interns, school staff, supervisors and families: Wednesday July 30th from 6:00-8:30 pm

Applications are due to Greg Lew, UA Student Opportunities Manager, by May 13th. The application can be found by clicking here. For more information, contact Greg Lew at

Flatiron School Programmer Camps
Deadline: May 16

We are excited to announce a partnership with ScriptED, a non-profit organization that aims to increase access to careers in technology by offering computer-programming classes in low performing and under resourced high schools. ScriptED will select 5 students to attend Flatiron School's 2014 high school camps offered throughout the summer.
High school students will learn to:
  • Think like a digital maker
  • Design & code your first website
  • Use the hacker secrets that built Facebook & Twitter
  • Know just enough to be dangerously skilled 
And we still have some seats available! If you are a 13-18 year old who wants to write real code, build real apps, and have real fun, encourage them to join us for Flatiron summer camp.
-The Flatiron Team,

CSTUY - Summer Hackers Immersion Program 
Deadline: 5/31
CSTUY (Computer Science & Tech for Urban Youth) is currently recruiting 9th to 11th grade students for a 4-week summer computer science program taking place this July. The program was developed by the same teachers that developed Stuyvesant High School's CS program and the same team that created and ran Google's CAPE NYC program - and will involve both classroom education and immersive experiences in NY's technology scene.
We're looking for smart, driven students with a wide range of computer science backgrounds, both those with CS experience as well as students who might not have been interested in CS before. 
Find more information about the program here:

And interested students can apply here:

BricArts Media: Dance Classes with Ronald K. Brown 
In the summer of 2013, the incredible Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, began a three-year residency at BRIC House. In addition to their annual fall performances, Ronald K. Brown and members of his company will be teaching a series of free dance community classes. These classes, which are accessible for all ages and skill levels, are rooted in the company’s fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography. Below is the schedule and location of the classes:
 Monday, March 24, 2014 @ the Ingersoll Community Center; 6:00-6:30pm
 Monday, April 7, 2014 @ BRIC House; 6:00-7:30pm
 Monday, April 21, 2014 @ Ingersoll Community Center; 6:00-7:30pm
 Monday, May 5, 2014 @ BRIC House; 6:00-7:30pm
 Monday, May 19, 2014 @ BRIC House; 6:00-7:30pm
The Ingersoll Community Center is located at 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

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.

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. 

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

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. 

Reel Works: Summer Lab
Deadline: June 10th  

The Summer Lab is a free, four-week writing and filmmaking intensive workshop for teens aged 13-20. Summer LabStudents work with a writing mentor to create original spoken-word poetry and then turn their poems into original short films. During the course of four intense, exciting weeks, you will have the opportunity to explore the worlds of poetry/spoken word, video production and editing. Combining these elements, the final product will be unique to your own voice and vision – this is your chance to experiment and think outside the box! No filmmaking experience is required. Classes will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-4pm, for four weeks starting July 8th, 2014. Apply online by June 10th to be considered for this great opporutnity. See website for additional information or contact Reel Works directly via phone (718) 768-9000 or email   Reel Works is located at 540 President Street, Suite 2F, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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

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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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

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.

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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