Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer News @ UAG! July Edition


  • To all students who were accepted to summer internships via CTE Summer Scholars, Youth Career Connect, Urban Assembly, or our own UAG CTE Internship Program!
  • To students notified of acceptance to College Now programming this Summer or Fall, including: Derek Tineo, Gabriel Benitez, Brianna Rivera, Jack Calle, Jemal Clarke, and Danilo Sebben!
  • To all students accepted into amazing programs this summer, including All Star Code, Heckscher Scholars, SEO Scholars, Upward Bound, Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) Youth Summer Advocacy Institute, YMCA Global Teens in South Korea, Youth About Business Camp at Columbia University, the Generation Adidas Real Madrid Travel program ( Madrid!) and more!  Students - please send a pic/note of thanks to the teachers/guidance that wrote your references!  And to for posting on blog.
  • To students working hard to prepare for Summer Regents, the SAT/ACT, AP coursework, and their Summer Assignment packets for 9th Grade, 10th Grade, and 11th Grade!  Supply lists: here.  Still have time on your hands? Prep for high school academics by taking this FREE online course to better prepare for challenging math, science, tech...AND ALL courses!  Highly recommended!

Student Opportunities

Black Girls CODE New York Chapter Presents: Project Humanity All-Girls Hackathon
July 24-26

Our hackathon theme, Project Humanity, will emphasize how girls can create positive change in our world focusing on ecosystem, the earth, and social justice themes. Teams will build apps and solutions that solve problems in this space.

This hackathon is open to girls of all experience levels, ages 12-17. Previous computer camp and STEM exposure is great but if you’re new to coding and building apps, you’re welcome to attend as well!

Each student ticket will be $35 (all inclusive for 2.5 days) and include snacks, meals, t-shirt, and all other hackathon activities. Students may read more about the event and egister at:
Limited scholarships are available by submitting your request

Global Scholars: Informational Open House
RSVP Deadline: July 27th; Event Date: July 30, 2015

Please join us for an information session with Global Scholars, a project of Global Cities, Inc. to learn more about the features and benefits of the program and to consider if it might work with your program sites. Global Scholars is a free international online learning program designed to connect students in cities around the world. Through a variety of internet-based activities on a shared e-classroom, middle school students engage in dialogue with their international peers on topics of interest to all students in urban centers, develop global citizenship, and enhance critical 21st century skills. Students broaden their perspectives by discovering common experiences and exploring issues through a personal, local, and ultimately global lens. Global Scholars provides an e-based curriculum, training and technical support for programs at no cost to participating programs. This open house will take place on July 30, 2015 from 3-4:30pm at the Partnership for After School Education (PASE), located at 120 Broadway, Suite 230. To register, please email Ellen O’Connell at by no later than July 27th. 

FREE NYC SALT Photography Camp
August 17-21

We have 15 student openings for middle and high school students interested in learning photography for a week long photo camp through NYC SALT which is a photography nonprofit program in Manhattan.

Here are the details:
Camp dates: August 17-21st
Time: 9:30am to 3pm Monday - Friday
Place: The Art Directors Club
Address: 106 West 29th street

Cameras will be provided. The camp is totally free and lunch will be provided. The class will be an introductory level digital photography class. Students will learn how to “See” pictures and tell stories with their cameras. There will be a show on Friday to showcase the work students create. The camp will be taught by professional photographers. We are looking for students who would not be able to afford this experience otherwise.

You can contact Alicia Hansen at 917-992-6756 or for more information.

You can learn more about NYC SALT at

Hudson Guild Happenings
Summer 2015

Startup Box Tournaments:  August 1, 2015

Including Super Smash Bros, Halo, Mortal Kombat X, NBA2K 15 & more!
Why you should attend?
1 - Because we have let Startup Box know that UAG students will WIN these tournaments.
2 - Because StartUp Box is a social enterprise designed to increase opportunities for the South Bronx community to enter the tech talent pipeline.  During the daytime, our games testing software testing crews deliver product feedback to customers, from our South Bronx facility.  Events like this one promote community growth and involvement, and create the idea of an open door to tech.   This particular event is the second sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Blake in his Morrisania district office.  Register at

Ella Fellowship Program
Deadline: August 21, 2015

The ELLA Fellowship Program is based on Sadie Nash Leadership Project's (SNLP) central philosophy that opportunities for community leadership are integral to addressing issues affecting young women.

The ELLA (Engage, Learn, Lead, and Act) Fellowship, named for civil rights leader, Ella Baker, offers young women aged 16-22 the opportunity to develop and implement their own leadership project with specialized guidance from SNLP. The Fellowship includes a generous award and additional allowance to implement a social justice project that addresses issues in the Fellow’s community. All Fellows are required to attend monthly retreats, committing to a 9-month Fellowship cycle starting in October and culminating in June with a project showcase.

In order to be eligible, youth must:
Be a self-identified young woman between the ages of 16 and 22
Have at least 2 years of prior leadership experience
Commit to attending monthly retreats in the New York City area
Identify a mentor to support your community-based work
Be a self-motivated, passionate, and committed individual that wants to make change in your community
Have a good understanding of a social justice issue affecting a community you belong to
Desire to develop leadership skills and increase your self confidence
We are currently seeking applications for the 2015-2016 ELLA Fellowship Program. Please download the application packet HERE for further information. The application deadline is Friday, August 21, 2015!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC College Counseling

Learn About: 
College Research
Scholarship Research
College Application Process
If you are interested in conseling this summer,
contact Jordan Joseph at or call 646-688-1230

Parsons Pre-College Programs
Fall Registration  / Scholarship Application open now!

Yes, you can go to college now! This fall, develop your creative thinking and collaboration skills in a weekend class or workshop in the heart of Greenwich Village, all at Parsons School of Design, recently named the top art and design school in the country!

Pre-College Academy CoursesGrades 9 - 12
Animation Studio
Collaborative Silkscreen
Digital Design Lab
Digital Photography
Fine Arts I: Drawing
Fine Arts II: Drawing & Painting
Fashion Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Portfolio Development


Parsons Pre-College Certificate Program
The certificate program is designed for students in grades 9–12 who plan to apply to colleges of art and design. Students complete six Academy classes, one per semester, choosing from a variety of art and design disciplines. They also develop a portfolio. Students have the option to fulfill multiple certificate requirements in a single class by enrolling in the program at Parsons.


Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials
Don't just follow fashion. Define it. Earn a Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials from the fashion industry insiders at The New School's Parsons School of Design and Teen Vogue. A must-have if you're serious about working in fashion. With a curriculum that's offered 100% online, you can jump-start your life in fashion with the flexibility of your busy life. (Grades 9 and up)


Parsons Scholars Program
Parsons Scholars is a college preparatory program that offers multi-year scholarships to New York City public high school students. Tenth-grade students are recruited for this program every fall.


Music Classes for Kids and Teens at Mannes School of Music
Mannes Prep welcomes students ages 4-18 (pre-K through high school) at all levels, from absolute beginners through advanced students aspiring to professional careers. Each student's curriculum is individually tailored to include age- and level-appropriate class and ensemble assignments.
Late auditions for Mannes Prep will be taking place in August.


NYC Web Development Fellowship

Deadline: Rolling

The NYC Web Development Fellowship, a free intensive training program designed to equip New Yorkers with the skills necessary to launch careers in web development, is now accepting applications. Applicants must be residents of NYC, be at least 18 years old, have no experience as a professional web developer, earn less than $50,000 per year, and have not received a 4-year college degree. Provided by the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and the Workforce Development Corporation in partnership with the Flatiron School, the 22-week program includes fivemonth on-campus training, a 12-week paid internship, and connection to jobs in technology. All admitted fellows must commit to being on campus from 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday, from July 13 through September 11, 2015. Applications are selected on a rolling basis, so interested participants are encouraged to apply soon. Click here for more information.

Year Up New York
Rolling until full for September 2015 Class

Year Up New York is currently accepting applications for the September class. If you know of a young adult that is ready to begin their Year Up journey, have them join us at an upcoming information session.

How do you apply?
Submit an online interest form (click here for link). After submitting an online interest form, you will be asked to attend an information session.

What is Year Up?
Year Up is an intensive, one-year program that combines hands-on skill development, college credits, and internships at some of America's top companies, preparing students for success in careers in technology or business, and in higher education. 84% of our graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of graduation, and earn an average of $15 per hour, or $30,000 per year.

The program consists of 5 months of classes in technical and professional skills, followed by a 6 month internship with one of our corporate partners. Our current corporate partners include Google, American Express, Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, The Huffington Post, and many more.

Who is eligible?18-24 years old
High school graduate or GED recipient (no associate or bachelor degrees)
U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card
Available Monday-Friday for the full program year
Highly motivated to learn technical and professional skills
Interested in a professional career in technology or business

What does it cost?
Nothing. The only investment that we require is your time and commitment. In fact, Year Up participants receive a monthly stipend of $600-$1000 through the program year.

When does the program start?
Classes begin in September 2015. Since applications are considered on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early.
Deborah Roman
C: 718-869-6772
T: 718-252-3247


The NYC Community Schools Corps (NYCCSC), an Operation AmeriCorps program launched in partnership between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Education, will place more than 150 corps members (i.e. AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC) into 128 Community Schools in high-need communities to serve as mentors, reduce absenteeism, and boost parent involvement.

Community Schools support the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of students by offering a coordinated approach to increasing opportunities for young people and improving the academic performance of students through partnerships among principals, parents, teachers and community-based organizations (CBOs). Schools enter into a partnership with a local CBO to offer a “whole child, whole community” approach, looking holistically at students, families and communities to ascertain their most pressing needs and decide which services will best address those needs.


Operation AmeriCorps is now accepting applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

To contribute to the transformation of NYC schools in low-income communities into Community Schools, 128 AmeriCorps State and National (S/N) members will serve as either a "Mentoring Coordinator" or "Parent Organizer" to increase academic engagement and elevate student educational outcomes in the highest need schools. The S/N members will serve with and be supported by Community School Directors, 16 VISTA members, one NCCC team, community volunteers, as well as DOE staff.

Mentoring Coordinators will:
Coordinate a Success Mentors program
Work closely with school principals and Community School Directors to identify students who are chronically absent
Recruit and train volunteer mentors, and oversee mentor-mentee engagement
Mentor a caseload of approximately 20 chronically absent students by serving as a 'coach' and 'sounding board'
Manage communication between stakeholders

Parent Organizers will:
Conduct broad outreach to the parent body to participate in Community School planning and other school activities
Identify and recruit Parent Mentors and develop a robust Parent Mentor Corps
Help schools develop and carry out a comprehensive family engagement plan
Organize trainings and leadership development opportunities to move parents up a "Ladder of Engagement"
Manage communication between stakeholders


AmeriCorps State and National applicants must:
Be open to serving as a 1) "Mentoring Coordinator" OR 2) "Parent Organizer" NOTE: While you'll be able to rank your selection during the application process and we'll make every effort to accommodate your request, your top choice cannot be guaranteed at this time since the position will be based on the needs of the specific school.
Be U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals or lawful permanent residents
Be High School graduates, GED recipients (or working towards this goal), or college graduate (strongly preferred) before start of the program
Be subject to and pass criminal history checks
Be able to serve full-time for 10 months, accruing an AmeriCorps minimum of 1,700 service hours (qualifying corps members to receive the Segal Education Award)


NYCCSC State and National Members will begin service after attending a 3-day orientation (Late August-early September: Exact Dates TBD). Upon successful completion of orientation, members will serve September 2, 2015 - July 1, 2016).

Applicants must apply to NYCCSC State and National positions on this website.
Modest, monthly living allowance
NYCCSC S/N members: $1,253/month, $12,530/10 months
Choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5730
NYCCSC S/N orientation and ongoing professional development
Limited health care benefits
Student-loan forbearance or deferment
Non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position
Monthly educational seminars
Childcare assistance, if qualified

For general program and specific benefits information, visit the AmeriCorps State and National website.

Family Bulletin - Got Chefs?

Chef Connections, a two-week postsecondary program trains people to be line cooks. They must be not enrolled in a school, be at least 18, and ready to work after a two week training. High placement rate. Check it out!

Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy: Rites of Passage Programs


The Rites of Passage Programs are provided free of charge and only require a registration fee of $45. The Sisters in Sisterhood (SIS) Rites of Passage experience focuses on young women ages 8-19. The program ushers girls through the minefield of adolescence, preparing them as puberty rites initiates to graduate as confident and focused young women with clear goals and aspirations for their future. I Am My Brother (IAMB) program for boys and young men ages 8 – 19 years old in their transition through adolescence and successfully to adulthood. Positive role models and coaches provide a major source of support to the young brothers and help them reach a point of inner clarity and develop positive self-definition. In the mainstream culture where men of African descent are often depicted in the media as the peril of society, Ifetayo provides our students with the counter perspective in which black men are leaders, providers, scholars and contributors to their community both locally and globally.
Rites of Passage classes (Pre-Rites, Transition, Teen) meet on Fridays from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Teen Rites students will have additional class meeting times on Monday and Wednesday from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Classes are held at the Sunny Skies Day Care Center, 720 Washington Ave (Between Park Place & Prospect Place) in Brooklyn, NY 11238.
For more information please click here or to register please click here.


RecYouth summer program registration open!
The RecYouth program offers free opportunities for teens aged 14-17 to explore, develop, and create using digital media tools at ten locations citywide. RecYouth offers opportunities for teens to develop skills in video production, audio production, photography, graphic design, animation, and game design in a safe, fun, creative environment. The summer program runs at ten CRCs citywide from July 6th to August 14th, between 15 and 20 hours per week, according to location. RecYouth Summer will culminate in a screening and exhibition in Central Park showcasing digital media productions from teens across NYC.

Check through the list of programs and locations below. When you complete the online application, choose the location that is best for you! Any questions:

_Video Production: St. Mary's Rec (Bronx), McCarren Rec (Williamsburg), Brownsville Rec (Brooklyn), Hamilton Fish Rec (Manhattan), Hansborough Rec (Manhattan).
_Audio Production: St. Mary's Rec (Bronx), Hamilton Fish Rec (Manhattan), Chelsea (Manhattan), St. John's Rec (Brooklyn).
_Photography: Sunset Park Rec (Brooklyn), Hansborough Rec (Manhattan), Chelsea (Manhattan), St. Mary's Rec (Bronx), Jackie Robinson (Harlem, Manhattan).
_Graphic Design: St. John's Rec (Brooklyn), Al Oerter Rec (Queens), Hansborough Rec (Manhattan).
_Animation: Sunset Park Rec (Brooklyn), McCarren Rec (Williamsburg).
_Game Design: Al Oerter (Flushing, Queens).

STEP Programs - New York State

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) increases the number of historically underrepresented and *economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers leading to professional licensure or professions in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.

STEP Programs provides students with academic enrichment and research experience in science, mathematics and technology content areas. Programs consist of summer and academic year components including:

There are sixty (60) STEP Programs housed at institutions of higher education and/or professional schools across New York State. Admission to a STEP program is competitive and requires students to participate in an application process.

*Economic eligibility guidelines are determined by the state of New York. Students who are not underrepresented (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or American Indian) must meet these income guidelines. Please click here for an economic eligibility chart:


Columbia University S-PREP Program
Deadline: Sep 26, 2015

We are currently recruiting middle and high school studentsfrom the New York City area for the 2015- 2016 academic year session of the State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) hosted by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

S-PREP is an academic enrichment program designed for students who are who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related STEM professions. Students must be New York residents who identify as minority (e.g., Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaskan Native) or economically disadvantaged (see economic eligibility guidelines) enrolled in grades 7 – 12. The long range objective of the program is to increase the number of minority healthcare and STEM professionals. The program offers enrichment courses geared towards preparing students for success in math and science. The courses may include, but are not limited to the following: Anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, organic chemistry, physics, physiology, algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. In addition, the program offers a SAT preparation course provided by Kaplan.

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.

Students enrolled in S-PREP are selected on the basis of both character and academic merit. More specifically, students are selected based on the following criteria: (1) 80% grade average, in math and science (2) A strong interest in medicine, research or STEM professions (3) The ability to commit to the course schedule and (4) A mature personality.

S-PREP demands that students attend consistently and give their best effort. Students are allowed only two unexcused absences each semester. More than two absences from the program will result in immediate dismissal from the program. Therefore, students heavily involved in other extracurricular activities or pre-college exam preparation courses should seriously consider whether or not they can commit to the program. In addition, students are expected to maintain an 80% grade average in math and science. Students will be required to submit a copy of their report card to the program quarterly.

The application deadline is Friday, September 26, 2015. Applications received after this date will only be considered after those submitted on time. Students who are seriously interested in S-PREP are encouraged to submit all application materials by the indicated deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applications should be mailed to:

Samantha McLaughlin, M.A.

Attention: S-PREP Application

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

630 West 168 Street, 3-401

New York, NY 10032

For more information, contact (212) 305-4157 or

Double Discovery Center at Columbia College
Deadline: September 15, 2015

The Double Discovery Center at Columbia College provides academic enrichment, college preparation, financial aid, and works with low-income and first generation college bound Manhattan area youth from ages 12-27 to ensure high school graduation, college enrollment and completion and responsible adulthood. Please share with your community.

Once the students receive their last term report cards they then can apply, using the attached application……….please visit this link for more information,

The deadline is Wednesday, September 15 for the fall.



Applicants must be in grades 7 through 12 or, under the age of 27 and interested in applying to or reentering high school, college, or completing an equivalency (GED) program.

Applicants must live in, or attend school in the Borough of Manhattan.

Preference is given to students who are low-income (as determined by Federal income guidelines) and/or of the first-generation in his or her family to attend college.

NY Public Library: Junior Scholars Program
Deadline: September 30th 

Applications are currently available for the NY Public Library (NYPL) Junior Scholars Program. Over 100 youth from the New York Metropolitan area, ages 11 to 18, will be selected to participate in the 13th year of this uniquely designed pre-college black studies program at the Schomburg Center/NYPL. The Saturday session runs from 10am to 3pm and are designed with an inquiry-based and project-based approach to teaching about Black American history and the global black experience. Weekly, the Junior Scholars attend college-style lectures and presentations, engage in dialogue with adult scholars, participate in guided peer group discussions and activities, generate individual research projects and portfolios, and create collaborative media and arts projects that grow from their intensive study based on the Schomburg’s vast collections, exhibitions, and educational resources. Through this process, it is expected that Junior Scholars will increase their historical literacy, expand their knowledge of who they are as intellectual, social, cultural and artistic beings, embrace their legacy as AfricanAmerican citizens, and learn of the lands and cultures of their prolific trailblazing ancestors. The program begins on October 24, 2015 and culminates on May 14, 2016 with the annual Youth Summit. Participation in this program is free. The deadline to apply is September 30th. Click here for more information.

Let’s Get Ready: SAT Prep Course

Apply Now! 

College is a dream that is attainable for all students. Let’s Get Ready is here to help you achieve that dream. Let’s Get Ready’s specially trained Coaches are current college student volunteers who will teach you SAT strategies to do your best on the test, help you complete the college application process, and provide you with information on
various ways to obtain financial aid. General program information:
 Offered throughout the northeast in the spring, fall and summer
 Open to juniors and seniors who have qualifying financial need
 Classes meet for 9-week terms, 2 nights per week, 3 hours per night
 Classes are taught by college student Coaches who mentor and inspire
 Students are placed in small classes, with no more than five students per Coach

Each program includes:
 30 hours of intensive instruction on the math and critical reading/writing components and sills needed for the SAT
 2 diagnostic SAT tests taken for practice to gauge student progress
 15 hours of comprehensive information and guidance regarding college selection, applications, financial aid, and scholarships
 College trips

These programs will take place at various locations throughout NYC. Click here for more information, including what classes are available and how to apply.

Harlem RBI
Apply Now! 

Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. Since its founding in 1991, Harlem RBI has grown to serve more than 1,500 boys and girls annually, ages 5-22, providing them with year-round sports, educational and enrichment activities. Harlem RBI is currently seeking students to join its afterschool programs. These programs are for students to have an opportunity to play organized baseball or softball, while also receiving academic support, joining a positive community, and getting support to reach their goals on and off the field. In addition to playing on teams, youth will meet regularly with Program Coordinators, participate in team activities, and access free tutoring, college counseling, scholarships, and more. Preference will be given to students who live and/or go to school in East Harlem or the South Bronx, since students will be expected to attend afterschool programming at Harlem RBI. If you are interested in attending, you must complete an interest form. If
you have additional questions, please contact Deborah Steinberg at or at 212-722-1608.

Futures and Options: Core Internship Program
Deadline: Rolling 

The Futures and Options Core Internship Program is offered to 11th and 12th grade students from NYC high schools. Private and nonprofit businesses are welcome to join as internship partners throughout the year, and represent various employment sectors – financial, small business, technology, real estate, retail, and nonprofit. In addition to their paid internships, students will attend monthly work-readiness workshops and meet for special career development and exploration field trips. To be eligible, students must be:

 A high school students living in NYC

 16 years of age or older

 Currently in 11th or 12th grade

 Legally able to work in the U.S.

 Able to work 10-15 hours per week after school, and attend workshops and trips

Futures and Options accepts applications for the Core Internship Program on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply early before spaces are filled. Interested students must complete an online application and upload their resume. Select students will then be invited for an interview. Click here for additional information on how to apply. Click here for more information, or to access a program flyer. If you have additional questions, contact Christine Scarfuto at

TechKidsUnlimited Workshop Schedule
Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU) is a technology-based educational organization, for kids ages 7 to 18 with special needs, which empowers and inspires the next generation of digital natives to learn, create, develop and share the tools of technology. TKU teaches technology to kids who learn differently.

EHTP wishes you all the best as you begin another school year filled with exploration, learning, and fun!

We still have open spots in our University Program, and invite your students and families to apply. Our programs are offered free of charge and operate year-round, including dynamic full-day summer programs for both middle and high school students.

MNN Youth Media Classes: aspiring media makers to produce critical content in a rapidly changing media landscape. Access to editing labs, camera, and studio equipment to produce independent projects for broadcast on MNN’s Youth Channel. To apply for classes or to register for an upcoming info session click HERE.

CSTUY Hacking Sessions : a program aimed at high school students with some programming experience, preferably in Java. We'll meet every Saturday from 9:00 am to noon to learn more about programming and to build some really cool projects.   Students interested in applying should head over to for more information and to apply. Any participant showing financial need may apply for financial aid. Where appropriate awards will cover full tuition.   Questions?

New York City Urban Debate League: Summer Debate Institute

The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) coordinates the longest and largest summer debate program in the nation. From the first day of summer to the last day of summer are debate education opportunities in each borough. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Thanks to our incredible supporters, our summer debate programs are free for Title I schools that are members of the NYCUDL. If your school is not a member, the fee for each student to attend is $100. This covers the cost of meals and a camp T-shirt. Click here for more information, or reach out to Erik Fogel at

Dreamyard Art Center:  offering nationally-recognized programming across different art forms that include theatre, poetry, dance, visual arts, photography, video, music and audio production, fashion design, and engineering. See more at:

Brotherhood Sister Sol
512 W 143 St New York, NY

Smack Mellon Art Ready Program
Deadline October 15, 2015

Smack Mellon is currently accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Art Ready program. Art Ready is a mentorship program designed to give high school students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to be a professional working in a visual arts discipline. Students will meet a wide range of artists from emerging to wellknown and be mentored by professional artists. Students who complete Art Ready will be informed, educated, and prepared to make a decision about pursuing a future career in the arts. This progress is open to students in grades 10-12 and living in NYC. Participation in Art Ready is free. TheArt Ready application is now available for next year fall.   Learn more at

The deadline is October 15, 2015. Students will get advance notice this year! They can apply now, think about it over the summer, or be back in touch in September. (I’ll reach out again.)
Erin Donnelly
Programs Manager
Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
p. 718.834.8761
f. 718.834.5233

WFUNA International Model UN Conference
November 10-14, 2015

Join us at the WFUNA International Model United Nations of North America. On behalf of the entire WIMUN secretariat, we would like to invite you and your school to attend the 2015 WFUNA International Model United Nations conference! The conference will take place the 10th-14th of November in New York City.

As it stands, the WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) is the most accurate simulation of the United Nations in the world. Located at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, the World Federation of United Nations Associations has worked closely with the UN Department of Public Information to precisely simulate the United Nations in Model UN programs and provide students with the most realistic experience possible. The WIMUN conference features intensive training workshops taught by UN officials, briefings on important agenda items by UN Agencies, and conference sessions at the United Nations Headquarters.

During WIMUN 2015, participants will have the unparalleled opportunity to debate the Post 2015 Agenda while the world’s top diplomats debate the exact same issues alongside them in the UN Headquarters during the 70th Session of the General Assembly. The conference theme, “Global Transformation: The Sustainable Development Goals,” and the selected issues on the agenda challenges all participants to engage actively with the Post-2015 Agenda and the SDGs and make a strong and meaningful contribution to the ongoing dialogue.

Yet, WIMUN also challenges students to study the United Nations on a macro and a micro-level: not only are we focused on the United Nations as a whole, but we are interested in challenging delegates to be diplomatic in every day life -- which we facilitate through consensus building. At WIMUN, students will improve in the following areas: (1) interpersonal skills; (2) professionalism; and (3) global citizenship through our workshops and simulations.

More information and registration details can be found at our website :<>. Registration deadline is September 15th. It would be a privilege to have your school attend!

Please do not hesitate to contact me at<> if you have any questions!

Faces of America: Travel Abroad and AFS Study Abroad and 
scholarships available for summer study:

Since 2007, Faces of America has provided opportunities for over 1,100 students from low income and/or underrepresented communities to participate on AFS programs across the AFS network. Most recently, in 2014, the Faces of America program sent 150 students abroad to over 16 countries.

Our community partner organizations value the impact that the AFS experience has on their leadership programs’ outcomes. When students return from an AFS exchange, they are more motivated to finish school and go to college. For example, one of AFS-USA’s CBO partners, Summer Search New York City, has, over the last 7 years, helped over 250 low-income youth in NYC to go on life changing summer experiences and most importantly, to continue on to post-secondary education.

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