Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Summer Update Sep 1-4 2015


  • To all students attending our Fifth Annual GateAway in Rhinebeck, NY
  • To students completing their summer internships and programs, including exciting innovations from Silicon Harlem with augmented reality technology,  CTE Summer Scholars with their new InternsinAction.com website, and All Star Code with an incredible new app in progress!

Important Announcements

  • Final Uniform Pickup Days: Sep 2-3, 2015, 10am-2pm, 7th Floor
  • PSAL Events:
    • Girls Soccer 8/31-9/4, 2:30-4:30pm
    • Boys Soccer Practice 9/2, 5:30pm at Van Courtland Park (242 St, 1 train) 
    • Girls Volleyball Clinics 9/9, 9/10 3-4:30pm, and Tryouts on Friday  9/11, 3-4:30pm

In order to tryout for PSAL, you must have:
1. Signed parent consent form
2. PSAL physical

Student Opportunities

Teen Tuesdays @ the NYPL Columbus Branch
Multiple Tuesdays, at 4pm, 742 10th Avenue (b/w 50th and 51st St)

September 1st- Pencil Cases
September 8th- Collage
September 15th- Paracord Keychains
September 22nd- Book Club: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
September 29th- Movie: Duff

Who can join?
Any Teen in grades 6-12 is welcome to join Teen Tuesdays!
Snacks will be provided
Saturday, October 17
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Take a free SAT Practice Test - preregistration required.  See Mr. Rigney with questions! Recommended for ages 15 to 18 years old. 
Get the latest events for kids and teens by email: www.nypl.org/NYPLFamilyPrograms.

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: http://www.stepforleaders.org/step/about/eligibilityrequirements2013.pdf

STEP PROGRAMS New York City: http://stepforleaders.org/step/stepprograms.asp

American Museum of Natural History: Saltz Internship Program
Deadline: September 11th 

What would it be like to dissect a telescope? How do snakes see in the dark? What ocean creatures provide 50% of the oxygen that we breathe? Have you ever held a creature that could kill 30 people? Come explore these topics and more at interactive carts in the American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) most popular Halls. If you have an interest in science and want to inspire Museum visitors, this is the program for you! Consider becoming a Saltz Intern and learn to use equipment and technologies to guide visitors of all ages in investigations of artifacts, specimens and the laws of physics. Use pieces of a telescope to explore how scientists view astronomical bodies in the Hall of the Universe, or discover how a snake’s vision is similar to Infrared cameras. In the Hall of Ocean Life, dive into the tiny but powerful work of plankton, or pass around some poisonous sea creatures and their victims. Participating in the Saltz Internship Program is an opportunity for you to meet Museum personnel, explore scientific content, learn valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages, and have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors. The Saltz Internship Program is an intensive learning and work experience intended to build upon the Museum’s After School Program (ASP). Preference will be given to youth who have completed two ASP courses. Applicants must live or attend high school in NYC and be 16- 18 years old. The deadline to apply is September 11th. Click here for more information. Click here to apply.

American Museum of Natural History: Brown Scholars Program
Deadline: September 11th 

The American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) Brown Scholars Program is a new intensive focused on the intersection of computer science and science. It is tuition-free thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust. The Brown Scholars Program is for girls who are entering 9th or 10th grade in September 2015 and who like science and are interested in learning how to code. The program will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30pm, from October 5, 2015 through June 8, 2016. Girls must commit to the entire year to participate. The deadline to apply is September 11th. Click here for more information. Click here to apply. If you have additional questions, email bridgeup@amnh.org.

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, https://ddc.college.columbia.edu/admissions/application.

The deadline is Wednesday, September 15 for the fall.

Phone: (212) 854-3897
Email: ddc@columbia.edu<mailto:ddc@columbia.edu>
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.

ESA Loft Video Game Innovation Fellowship
Deadline: September 15th

The ESA Loft Video Game Innovation Fellowship is aimed to motivate and award minority youth for their interest in STEM by engaging them on their terms, through video games, to make a social impact. It is critical that minority youth are encouraged to create, not just consume and we have done this by tapping into youths natural passion for playing and making video games. This fellowship is open to underrepresented youth between the ages of 15 and 25. The deadline to apply is September 15th. Click here for more information, including game guidelines, application instructions, and more.

Volunteers Wanted! Walk to End Alzheimers
Multiple Dates

Each year, thousands of volunteers across the country help us bring Walk to End Alzheimer’s to over 650 local communities in the United States. We could not do it without dedicated and passionate volunteers!
2015 Walk (s) to End Alzheimer’s:

September 20, 2015 in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens.

September 27, 2015 in South Beach, Staten Island.

October 4, 2015 in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

October 18, 2015 Riverside Park, Manhattan.

Interested in volunteering? There are many ways you can help on the day of the Walk. We need volunteers for set-up, clean-up, registration, water stops, promise garden, the T-shirt tent, table staffing and more.

Please contact me at asookhoo@alznyc.org or visit our website http://act.alz.org/site/PageNavigator/nyc_chapter_walk_page.html.

Siemens Competition
Deadline: September 22, 2015

The Siemens Competition encourages students from all backgrounds to explore STEM through individual and team research projects. Students compete for a chance to win scholarships up to $100,000. Individual and Team Projects accepted.  Checklist for participation here.

Submit their research project TODAY! https://siemensapp.discoveryeducation.com/auth/login

Deadline for entry is September 22, 2015, 11:59pm E/T

• Regional Finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship

• Regional Winners receive $3,000 (individual) or $6,000 (team) scholarships

• National Finalists are awarded $10,000 to $100,000 scholarships

Check out the video and photos of the 2014 winners.

About Siemens Competition
The Siemens Competition fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Learn more about Siemens Foundation at www.siemens-foundation.org.

Questions? Contact us at siemenscompetition@discoveryeducation.com.

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 sprep.ps@cumc.columbia.edu.

Comfort Zone Camp
September 26, 2015 

Comfort Zone Camp and New York Life Foundation announce a free one-day program for children and teens, ages 5-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or guardian. Comfort Zone offers activities designed to break the isolation bereaved kids often feel, provides a community of peers who can personally relate to their experience, and shares healthy coping skills for managing grief in their daily lives. In addition to a variety of traditional camp activities, campers and their mentors participate in age-based support groups designed to give each camper the opportunity to talk about their experiences and receive support and validation from their peers. The event takes place on September 26, 2015. Participation is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information.

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.

Latino College Expo
October 3, 2015 

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, come and participate in this important event sponsored by the Latino College Expo, which has set the standards in “elevating the educational aspirations of the Latino community” since 1990! This expo will include workshops for students and parents, and will include topics such as Financial Aid, Understanding Grants & Scholarships, Understanding the Application Process, and more! The Latino College Expo will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am-1pm at Hostos Community College, located at 500 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Click here for a program flyer, or visit www.latinocollege-expo.org for more information. For additional information and to register, contact 347-871-8068 or email LCE25more@gmail.com.

El Barrio Youth Media Center
Various Dates for Training and Internship Programs

Interested in taking FREE classes in field and studio production? Apply to our internships or trainings here. AND, check out our most recent Productions on YouTube!

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 dsteinberg@harlemrbi.org 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 cscarfuto@futuresandoptions.org.

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 http://programs.cstuy.org for more information and to apply. Any participant showing financial need may apply for financial aid. Where appropriate awards will cover full tuition.   Questions?  zamansky@cstuy.org

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: www.dreamyard.com

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 www.smackmellon.org.

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 : www.wfuna.org/wimun<http://www.wfuna.org/wimun>. Registration deadline is September 15th. It would be a privilege to have your school attend!

Please do not hesitate to contact me at northamerica.wimun@gmail.com<mailto:northamerica.wimun@gmail.com> if you have any questions!

Faces of America: Travel Abroad and AFS Study Abroad

http://www.afsusa.org/faces-of-america/ and 
scholarships available for summer study: http://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/summer-abroad/

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.

Make School
Postsecondary Technology Program

Make School is:
* A relevant education: We designed our curriculum by consulting with tech companies and asking them what they wished computer science undergraduates had learned by the time they graduated. Prominent tech companies including LinkedIn, Lyft, Edmodo, Teespring, Hipmunk, and Tilt have reviewed our curriculum and committed to recruiting out of our program.

* A quality education: Offered in the heart of San Francisco, full-time, with a 1-10 instructor-student ratio, Make School is perfect for gifted students who benefit from individualized attention and would thrive in the heart of the technology industry.

* An affordable education: Make School does not charge tuition up front, instead we take a percent of students' salaries. Students never pay us a dollar they don't earn and everyone graduates debt-free.

You can read more about the program and success stories in Fast Company, Bloomberg and TechCrunch: techcrunch.com/2015/07/21/make-university/.

If you know of students for whom Make School would be a good fit, please nominate them on this form -or- share the link with them: http://make.sc/2year.

We would be more than happy to answer any questions you have over email, or on the phone. Please don't hesitate to reach out! :) You can e-mail our founder, Ashu Desai, at ashu@makeschool.com.

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