Sunday, June 15, 2014

School News June 16-20


  • To students who made connections at our Career Day, and to our UAG Interns who presented at the Showcase!
  • To students awarded at our Final Core Values Award Ceremony for their demonstration of Grit, Reflection, Aspiration, Collaboration, Empathy, Scholarship, especially our event organizer- the UAG Student Government!
  • To our students braving the crowd for our UAG Talent Show!! Click for photo album!  
  • To all students inducted into the National Honors Society of UAG on Monday, June 16, 5-7pm!

Take the UAG Activities Survey/GateAway Ambassador Petition (provided in English classes on Monday)

This Week at UAG

Student Opportunities

Silicon Harlem Apps Youth Leadership Program
Apply ASAP
Apps Leadership Academy is a youth entrepreneurial program that will train roughly 20 high school-aged students annually to become collaborators in the development of various multimedia elements of the Center. The Apps Leadership Academy will provide youth participants with training in: web design, hosting and maintenance; apps development and publishing; multi-media and digital production; and social media advertising strategy and implementation. Furthermore, the program will provide participants with mentorship, team building and collaborative exercises, and will offer them experience running their own seed-funded technological start-up venture. The program will ready youth for participation in the existing technological job market, while empowering them to engage and grow with the digital economy of Harlem and Upper Manhattan.  In the inaugural year of this project, launching in 2014, participants will focus on developing the augmented reality component of the Mi Querido Barrio project.  Applications in Rack outside Main Office! and


Apollo Education: How I wrote that song
June 19, 2014 FREE
The Education Program welcomes BMI™ to the Apollo Theater for a special presentation of their signature career panel, "How I Wrote That Song®". Aspiring songwriters and composers will hear about the craft of songwriting from some of the industry’s most talented Latin music creators.
Moderated by On-Air Radio Personality, Jaylah Sandoval.

Alcover & Xtassy, Latin GRAMMY® winners, known for their smash hit Danza Kuduro.

Bachata duo Mickey Then & Joell Jaquez of 24 Horas.

Latin GRAMMY® nominee Pedro sP Polanco, producer of Leslie Grace’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

Free and open to the public.  Register here:

Jerri Reid’s 2-Week Fashion Intensive
July 21-30, 2014 

Attention future fashion designers, buyers, stylists, and fashion industry insiders: get your elite start here! This course is for all fashion-savvy teens wanting to get into the world of fashion. Learn various sewing techniques and how to do fashion illustration, and get the insides on constructing garments. This program is for youth ages 13-19 and will help you put together a portfolio, understand what it takes to start a fashion line, and building your brand of business. This program will operate from July 21-30, 2014 and consists of 6 classes (2.5 hours each). The cost of joining this class is $250; an early-bird special price of $225 is available to those who register by July 5th. To register, you must complete the online registration process at and submit your deposit. For more inform, click here or visit

Teen Cooking Classes
August 25-28
For 4 fun-filled days your teens will have a unique opportunity to explore the world of culinary possibilities with like-minded peers under the guidance of Chef Olivia. In this interactive, hands-on and supportive environment, teens will be immersed in preparing global, healthful recipes, each day focusing on a different ethnic cuisine - Italian, Mexican, Asian, and American. They will learn the basic fundamentals of the kitchen such as knife skills, kitchen safety, essential cooking techniques, how to read and understand a recipe, and how to plan and balance a menu. This fun, cool, and social experience is sure to provide the foundation for establishing your teen's culinary independence for a lifetime of good eating. Students will eat everything they make in class, take home all recipes and a chef's hat to start them on their way to creating great meals they can be proud of.  Call for additional details, scholarship info.

Deadline: June 20This will be an intensive three-week program, focusing on discovery and the unity between Science and Art. Mr. Richard Hyman (recently retired as music director of Francis Lewis HS; who built Francis Lewis HS’s concert choir into the 5th best youth chorus in the tri-state area), will be the program’s music director.

Students who wish to join us this summer must fill out the application/permission form in main office (page 3 of the program description) along with with signature from a parent or guardian for students under the age of 18. Please fax it to me at: 917-591-7399‎. The application deadline is June 20th. A portion of the $75 program fee have been sponsored, so that something can be worked out for any serious student who wish to participate in the summer program but have financial difficulties. I can also arrange for the applications to be picked up from you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR FOUNDATION, Go to: email: call: 203.441.7488 

Cooper Union Saturday Program (Fall 2014)
Application Available!
The Cooper Union's FREE Saturday programs are open to applications for the fall. If you haven't heard of The Cooper Union, please note that it is consideed one of the finest colleges for the arts, architechture and engineering in the U.S.  The Saturday programs that they offer are wonderful opportunities for young people in NYC to enjoy.
Students should download, complete and mail the application in NOW. However, they will not begin to review any applications until September 23rd. In addition to the application, there is a link on the right side of the page that will take you to a list of some of the other arts programs offered in NYC. 
Apply Now!
Glimpse Labs is a photo sharing app, led by Elissa Shevinsky - a serial entrepreneur well known for her journalism about women in tech. Glimpse is offering the #Ladyboss Mentorship Program this summer for young women interested in getting experience in tech. The first program will take place from Monday, July 7th - Thursday July 31st and the second program will take place from Monday, Aug. 4th - Thursday Aug. 28th.

Mentees will have the opportunity to learn marketing, product development, user testing, design and programming. The only requirement is that mentees have an iphone or an ipad to run the Glimpse app. Students can be based anywhere within the city and can participate if they have a summer job or internship--it’s a commitment of approximately 10 hours per week and hours are flexible. During the program, mentees will work closely with Elissa, Raine Dalton, and with senior executives and technologists from startups as well as larger companies like Google and Facebook.

At the end of the program, Elissa, Raine, and the program’s mentors will guide mentees through the next steps in their career - whether that's a recommendation for college applications or a conversation about career options at tech startups with awesome work environments.

Apply here: 
(Deadline is on a rolling basis but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible)
Questions? Contact: or call (516) 659-5470

NY Writers Coalition: Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Program & Literary Festival 
Apply Now!
Come write with NY Writers Coalition in Fort Greene Park on summer Saturdays! The Literary Festival consists of a six-week series of free Saturday creative writing workshops for young people and an end-of-summer reading on August 23, 2014. The workshops serve groups of 6-12 year olds and 13-17 year olds in separate, dynamic and innovative workshops designed to create a safe space for young writers to find their voices and explore all genres of creative writing. The culminating reading presents established writers, reading alongside the young writers from the workshops. The Lit Fest provides a means for self-expression and creativity for area young people while increasing the accessibility of the arts and literature for all. The 2014 Workshop Dates are July 12th, 19th & 26th;
August 2nd, 9th & 16th; 10:30am-12:00pm. Registration opens on June 2, 2014. To register, visit and complete the online registration form. You can also register by calling Rose Gorman at 718-398-2883 x.301. Space is limited. Advance registration and parental consent is required. Click here for a program flyer.

Muscular Dystrophy Association - Summer Camp Volunteers
Apply now!
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteers, 18 and older, to help at their week long summer camp from July 19th – July 25th at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck (Long Island, NY). Many of the kids have different progressive neuromuscular diseases, but they all want to feel like a regular kid at this camp which provides a week of fun with indoor and outdoor activities specially adapted just for them (swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, and sports). Interested in helping? Contact: Sophie Rivera: or Connie 212-682-5272.

Columbia University S-Prep Program
Deadline: July 22
S-PREP is currently recruiting high school students from the New York City area for the 2014- 2015 academic year session of the State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. S-PREP is a rigorous academic year program designed for students who are who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related health professions. Students must be a New York residents who are minority (e.g., Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaskan Native) or economically disadvantaged (see economic eligibility guidelines) enrolled in high school grades 9 – 12. The long range objective of the program is to increase the number of minority physicians and health care professionals. The program offers a schedule of basic and medical science courses. The courses may include, but are not limited to the following: Anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, calculus, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, organic chemistry, physics, physiology, and pre-calculus. In addition, the program offers a SAT preparation course provided by Kaplan. Classes start in October of the academic year and are held on Saturdays, in morning and afternoon sessions. Medical, dental, and graduate students serve as course preceptors. In addition to the rigorous academic schedule, the program offers mandatory college preparation and career development workshops, college counseling services, field trips and college tours. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. For more info:

Free Summer One-to-One Tutoring Program in the Wilson Reading Method
Everyone Reading will offer FREE, daily, one-to-one tutoring in foundational reading skills. Students who participate in the program will make significant gains in decoding and spelling. Everyone Reading’s tutoring program offers a great opportunity for children to get extra help from an experienced teacher in a small group setting. Each selected student will have 50 minutes of one-to-one tutoring daily, using Wilson Language Program Level I materials and methodology. The Wilson Reading Program ( is a multisensory teaching system based on the Orton Gillingham method that is frequently used in many classrooms. Enrolling in the Everyone Reading Summer Program does require a major commitment on the part of each student and the student’s parent or guardian. The classes meet 5 days a week (Mondays - Fridays) for 50 minutes per day from July 8 through August 1, 2014 and the student MUST attend ALL 20 sessions. Sessions will be held at the Everyone Reading offices at 71 West 23rd street, suite 1527, New York, NY 10010. No transportation will be provided. To be sure that this program is the most appropriate one for each student, they will screen applicants in May and select those who will benefit most. To qualify for the program, students must: Be entering grades 2-12, Have poor decoding skills and Have significantly higher listening comprehension compared to independent reading comprehension. For more information, Lavinia Mancuso, 212 691-1930 x 11

The Youth Financial Education Training Institute + (NEW) WEB DEVELOPMENT COURSEWorld of Money is offering a 40 hr. a 6-week online website development course for ages 13 - 18 and in-class Coding for ages 7 – 12. Go to:>

The Animation Project (TAP)
TAP is a non-profit organization that engages court-involved youth through 3D Computer Animation Therapy. TAP uses digital art technology as a tool to change the lives of young people. Learn to enhance interpersonal skills through collaborative animation production. Also develop job readiness through instruction in industry standard technologies. Visit

YMCA Summer Jobs
Apply Now!
The YMCA of NYC is hiring staff for summer positions. Posted positions include lifeguard positing, day camp counselors, coordinators, and more. Click here (  for the complete list of summer job opportunities.

Randall’s Island Park Alliance: Summer Sports Programs
Apply Now! 
Since 1992, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) has sponsored a range of free youth programs at Randall’s Island Park, which has given thousands of community children the opportunity to go outside and play in the great outdoors right in the middle of NYC. Each summer, RIPA hosts a number of free summer camps for children from neighboring communities. Click here for more information, including a listing of all free summer camp opportunities offered by RIPA, as well as registration information for these camps.

New York Public Library 
Apply Now! 
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is expanding two of its new pilot programs for this year into summer programs:
Innovation Labs (IL) and Literacy Leaders (LL). Both programs will offer credit-bearing opportunities over the summer for rising 10th and 11th grade students who might be in need of credit recovery, but won’t require attending summer school for a Regents or core academic course. IL will take place at one of 3 NYPL locations:
 Columbus Branch (742 10th Avenue, Manhattan)
 Bronx Library Center (310 E. Kingsbridge Road)
 St. George Library (5 Central Avenue, Staten Island)
LL will take place at 2 NYPL locations:
 115th Street Branch (203 W. 115th Street, Manhattan)
 Hamilton Fish Park (415 E. Houston Street, Manhattan)

IL is an interdisciplinary program that uses blogging, podcasting, video game design, and other media to teach students to observe, investigate, and assess issues pertaining to the spaces and situations with which they interact every day. LL enhances students’ literacy skills by engaging them in critical inquiry, personal reflection, and rigorous training. The curriculum for both programs are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards. Both incorporate project-based learning, and are heavy in addressing students’ ELA and tech skills. The programs will run from July 14-August 22, 2014. If you are interested in learning more, contact Bridget McCormick of NYPL at

Apollo Theater Academy Internship Program 
Deadline: June 16th
The Apollo Theater Academy Internship Program provides high school students preparing to enter their senior year with opportunities for professional and personal development as they explore administrative, managerial and production careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries. Apollo Theater Academy Interns learn about non-performance careers and what takes place behind-the-scenes at the Apollo Theater. Interns work under the guidance of Apollo Theater staff in various departments such as Production, Programming, Marketing & Public Relations, Community Outreach, and Events Management. This internship will not teach you how to be a performer. You should apply to the summer internship program if you:
 Have a serious interest in learning about careers behind-the-scenes in the performing arts and
entertainment industries.
 Will be entering the 12th grade in September 2014.
 Enjoy working on projects as part of a team.
 Will be available to attend the entire program, Monday – Friday, July 1 through August 15, 2014.

Rising high school seniors who will be entering the 12th grade in September 2014 are qualified to apply and must have a:
 Valid school ID card with a photograph.
 Recent school schedule and most recent report card or transcript.
 A valid New York State Employment Certificate (working papers) and a valid Social Security Card. (These must be submitted prior to the start of the program.)
Interns receive a bi -weekly stipend and are responsible for their own meals and transportation. Interns work Monday through Friday, early July through mid-August. Each workday consists of 6 hours; 3 hours on Fridays. If selected, interns must commit to attending the entire program and orientation sessions. The application process is highly competitive; therefore, not everyone who applies will be selected to participate. Relatives of Apollo Theater Foundation employees are not eligible to apply. For an application, click here. 

Deadline: June 27th 

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. The workshops will take place on August 2nd, 3rd and 16th. The deadline to apply is June 27th. Click here for a program flyer. For more information, visit or email Tess Shapiro at

9/11 Memorial Museum: Museum Ambassador Program 
Deadline: June 29th
The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Museum Ambassador Program is a unique semester-long afterschool program for students entering grades 10 through 12.  Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the 9/11 Memorial Museum, students will examine our collection and the ongoing themes and issues raised by 9/11.  With this foundation, students will create, plan, and lead a tour of the museum for members of their own community.  In addition, Ambassadors will gain professional experience by leading hands-on workshops for intergenerational audiences during six Saturday programs.  Ambassadors who complete the program will earn a $1,000 stipend.  Transportation costs will be covered for all participants.  The registration deadline is June 29th.  Click here to apply.  For more information, contact Noaa Stoler at

Lower East Side Ecology Center: Summer Street Tree Internship
Deadline: June 30th 

The Lower East Side Ecology Center seeks Summer Street Tree Interns to help water, care for, and teach the community about the newly planted street trees on Avenues C and D. We are looking for 10th through 12th graders who can commit to work two afternoons and one morning a week for 7 weeks during the summer. The program starts on July 14, 2014. One day per week will be training and group work, while the other days will be independent or small group work taking care of street tress in the neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to protect the environment in your neighborhood and add green job skills to your resume. The training will include classroom urban ecology lessons and hands-on experience in the field. We will visit neighborhood environmental sites, meet environmental professionals, learn how street trees and other green infrastructure help protect our air and water, and learn how to teach others to be tree stewards. Upon completion of the program, participants will be
eligible for a small stipend of $200. If interested, please send an email to Dan Tainow, Education Director at the Lower East Side Ecology Center, at In your email, please write 2-3 paragraphs about why you think street trees are important in this neighborhood and why you are interested in this internship.  If you have additional questions, please contact Dan Tainow at

Japan Foundation Summer Teen Intensive Courses
Deadline: June 30
The Japan Foundation, New York, in cooperation with The Nippon Club, is pleased to offer Summer Intensive Japanese Language Course again this year. This course is designed for middle and high school students in NY metropolitan area. Please find attached our flyer and more detailed information below.

Summer Intensive Course for Teens (Grade 7 – 12)
We are proud to offer summer intensive course to provide more opportunities for young people who are interested in Japanese culture, such as anime/manga, j-pop, fashion, etc. and in learning Japanese language to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and/or improve their existing language skills.

A1-1 Introductory JapaneseMon – Fri, July 14 – July 2510:00 – 11:30 am (10 sessions)
This class is for complete beginners! Learn useful expressions and basic phrases in everyday contexts such as talking briefly about yourself, your family, home, favorite foods, etc. Develop four basic skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, including learning how to read and write Japanese syllabaries – hiragana and katakana.

A1-2 Introductory JapaneseMon – Fri, July 28 – August 810:00 – 11:30 am (10 sessions)
This class is for those who have completed JF A1-1 Introductory Japanese or equivalent, and can read and write hiragana and katakana. Learn useful expressions and basic phrases in everyday contexts such as talking about your plan, hobbies, future and past events, holidays, transportation, shopping, etc.

A2-1 Elementary JapaneseMon – Fri, July 14 – July 251:30 – 3:00 pm (10 sessions)
This class is for those who have completed JF A1 Introductory Japanese courses or equivalent, and can read and write simple words and sentences using hiragana and katakana. Learn to interact in simple Japanese used in everyday situations such as communicating about your pastimes, family, town you live in, seasons, weather, language and culture of your own and others’.

A2-2 Elementary JapaneseMon – Fri, July 28 – August 8, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (10 sessions)
This class is for those who have completed JF A2-1 Elementary Japanese or equivalent, and can read and write simple words and sentences using hiraganakatakana and basic kanji. Learn to interact in simple Japanese used in everyday situations such as going out with friends, planning a picnic, introducing your school, etc.

*For more details, please see the attached flyer or visit our website at

Tuition:                $250/10-session class
Eligibility:            Students in grades 7 through 12 as of fall 2014
Location:              The Nippon Club (145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019)
Deadline:              Register by Monday, June 30, 2014.

*Registration starts Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Early registration is highly recommended as classes fill up quickly or may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Late registration may be accepted based on space availability. Registration form will also be available to download at our website (

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or (212) 489-0299 x154.

Fitness Challenge 2014 and NYC Parks Recreation Center Memberships Ongoing
NYC Parks offers free Recreation Center memberships for students age 17 and under and low-cost annual memberships for adults and seniors. This year, schools are invited to participate in the 2014 Fitness Challenge. Participating schools will have an opportunity to host a free 12-week fitness class if they sign up 100 youth and 10 adults for Recreation Center memberships. In order for your school to receive credit, you must sign up with your school’s representative. Families are also welcome to enroll directly with their local Recreation Center if their school is not participating in the Fitness Challenge. To learn more about the Fitness Challenge 2014, view this flyer, call 212-360-3366 or email For more information about NYC Parks Recreation Centers, visit

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

SUN IT Internships 
*Times of Availability: We are considering student interns on an ongoing basis. Your duration of participation is based upon your interest, skill level and schedule and can begin immediately or in the Spring/Summer 2014. *

*Internship description*: Excellent opportunity to be trained by our IT expert and work with on the ongoing implementation, maintenance and operation of a unique technology-based program, the Schools Unite Network, [1], developed to help reduce juvenile crime and prevent delinquency. Your work product will receive exposure to over a thousand NYC public and private school parents, school administrators, governmental and non-governmental agencies (including the NYPD, Parks Department, and DA's Office), and you will receive a recommendation upon completion of your assignment from the CEO and IT expert.

*Duties will include:*

* Ongoing maintenance and support of the SUN website
* Performing daily operation and tasks on the SUN website
* Implementation of new features and enhancements to improve functionality
of SUN website
* Representing the Schools Unite Network program and performing outreach at
events, conferences, fairs, and the possibility of assisting in SUN’s
social media

*Skills to have/will learn:*

* JavaScript
* Graphic Design
* Drupal

*Qualifications*: Knowledge of social media and graphic design a plus. /Must be reliable, sign participation and confidentiality agreement (with parental consent, if under 18 years old) and pass a background check./

*Characterization of Organization: *

*The Schools Unite Network is a program of the Police Liaison Group (PLG)*

The PLG is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1993. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and safety of New York City. The PLG develops and implements initiatives with community members, schools, the NYPD, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and other public and private agencies, businesses and elected officials to foster closer relationships for this purpose. It is responsible for administering the Schools Unite Network and is a participant in the Coutner-Terrorism Division's NYPD Shield Program.

*Send resume, references and queries to: ***

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!

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.

Piano School of NYC: Piano Outreach of New York 
Apply Now! 
Piano Outreach of New York (PONY) is the scholarship fund of the Piano School of NYC that provides scholarships to young people based on economic need. This program puts 5-6 students in a group piano lesson. The primary audience is middle school students, but the program can be tailored to high school students. PONY supplies the equipment; an interested school should provide a designated contact person, as well as a classroom designated or the lessons to take place in the school. The program costs $160 per student per semester (semesters run for 10 weeks each in the Fall, Winter or Spring), as well as $50 per student for a Spring recital. Click here for a program flyer. If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Vera Barskaya Anselmo, Founder
and Director of PONY, at For more information, visit or

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.

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

Center for Court Innovation: Youth Justice Board
Priority Deadline: June 20th; Final Deadline: July 11th

The Center for Court Innovation‘s Youth Justice Board is now accepting applications from young people ages 14-18 who want to make a difference in the lives of New York City teens. The 10-month program allows young people to learn first-hand how important decisions are made at the city level, providing them with tools and resources to influence local policy and practice. Participants also enhance their writing, research, teamwork, and public speaking skills as they perform meaningful work with real-life impact. The 2014-15 Youth Justice Board will look at how to reduce the number of young people in the justice system by examining options police officers have at the moment of arrest. Members receive a stipend for their participation in the program. The priority application deadline is June 20th, and the final deadline is July 11th.   Click here for more information.

The Raise Up Project 
Deadline: June 30th
The Raise Up Project begins with you. If you are 15-22 years old, we invite you to speak to why so many young people are leaving high school before graduation. Raise Up features an online hip hop and spoken word competition. Five individual winners will each receive a $5,000 educational scholarship* and a trip to Washington DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28 as part of the Raise Up Project culminating event. One group piece will also be selected to receive a $2,500 award. Winners will be selected through a three-round process in which the American public and guest judges vote for the pieces that have the most resonance to them (Final Judges include Rosario Dawson and Russell Simmons). After the event at the Kennedy Center, the participants in The Raise Up Project have the opportunity to be featured in a series on National Public Radio that will air in late 2014. The competition is open for submissions until June 30, 2014. The voting period will be the 
entire month of July. To enter the contest, please submit your entry here. For writing tips checkout these writing prompts. For any other information on the contest and how to get involved, please see the website.

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

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

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. 

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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