Monday, November 16, 2015

School News November 16-20, 2015


  • Posse Finalists Hendrix Kiflom and Deandre King! On to the next round for a highly competitive full scholarship
  • Youth CareerConnect (YCC) Students attending Career Days on Friday (Microsoft) and Saturday (Alliance Bernstein)
  • CSAW @ NYU Poly Cybersecurity Day participants from the UAG Gatekeepers Team, placing in top third internationally in this competition  
  • Lehman / Manhattan College Tour participants, and UAG alumni tour guides!
  • TribecaGames Craft and Creative of League of Legends participants on Friday with Mr. Tran!
  • Students participating in National Portfolio Day on Sunday!


Partnership for Student Advancement (All Grades Eligible)

This organization offers specialized counseling, assessments, and career exploration opportunities - requires a once/month time commitment and an openness to exploring different career opportunities in relation to your strengths.

Wishbone (All Grades Eligible)

This crowdfunding site helps dedicated student fundraise their dream programs - with a tremendous success rate to get you to a summer program of your choice.  Also learn valuable skills in how you present your goals to others interested in helping you.

AFS Travel Abroad Scholarships and AFS Study Abroad (All Grades Eligible)
Attend Application Workshop Lunch Tue 11/10 in Library! 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.
Quick links to FULL SCHOLARSHIPS with their deadlines are here:
YES – December 1st
CBYX – January 7th

This Week at UAG


Please check the school calendar at to connect our calendar to yours for important events coming soon, including:

*Monday, Nov 23, 6-7:30pm, Final Admissions Open House 

*Tuesday, Nov 24, 5-8pm, UAG Annual ThankCake Celebration - Auditorium

*Wed, Dec 2, UAG Student Government Elections

*Friday, Dec 4, 6-9pm, Red White and Black Ball 

Student Opportunities

Congressional App Challenge is On!

The second annual CAC is set to launch on Nov 9, 2015, and to run through January 15, 2016. During that period, U.S. high school students in participating Congressional districts will create and submit “apps” that will be judged by panels of local judges. The Judging Period will last from January 15 to February 15, 2016, after which the winners will be announced and honored by their Member of Congress. The winners’ apps will also be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building.
Contact: Rhianon Anderson, (202) 638-4370,

Mentoring @ UAG (Grades 9-10)
Applications still being accepted!  
The Governor's Committee on Scholastic Achievement (GCSA) matches 9th & 10th Grade students with mentors at businesses in NYC. Mentors introduce students to the professional world and different career paths to help students prepare for college and their futures. Mentors are also fun and caring, and support students throughout high school.

GCSA is a weekly program that will meet on the same day every week. Every other week, you will travel with fellow students to your mentor's workplace to meet with them. On alternate weeks, you will attend school-based after school enrichment to work on exciting projects, learn new skills, and explore opportunities in NYC. You can also anticipate opportunities to participate in trips, college visits, special events and, upon attainment of goals as the years progress, paid internships.

We will be pleased to consider you for this opportunity upon completion of this application and an interview. 10th Grade Returning Students do not need to re-do application, but do need to confirm their participation this year by emailing Ms. Hogarty at

NY Exploring Programs

Fall 2015 

Also, we are happy to announce the launch of our revamped website! This new format should make it even easier to stay in the loop and register for programs. Please let me know if you would like a member of the Exploring team to come and present our opportunities to your students. Thank you for all you do for the students of NYC and I look forward to working with you throughout the semester!  Please note that YCC/UAG students do not pay the fee for these programs. Speak to Ms. Hogarty with questions.

Gibney Dance (Dance and Choreography) – Monday, November 16th
LaGuardia Airport (Aviation) – Thursday, November 19th
Dewberry (Construction) – Tuesday, December 1st 

Games for Change Contest
Deadline: Jan 30 with Workshops on Nov 16, Dec 3

Invite your students to make digital games about real-world issues for citywide challenge. Games for Change invites NYC middle and high school students to make digital games about five social issues: Animal Welfare, Smart Cities, Civic Journalism, Literacy, and Youth Justice. Tell your students about this awesome opportunity, especially if they're coding already! Provide time for students to make games, or integrate the Challenge into your classes. Games are due byJanuary 30. 2016. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in March 2016.

The Challenge is hosted by Games for Change with NYC Department of Education initiatives iZone and Digital Ready, Globaloria, Institute of Play and the Museum of the Moving Image. The New York Times, Mayor’s Office, Global Literacy XPRIZE, ACLU and A Kinder World Foundation are sponsoring the game themes.

G4C is hosting free hands-on civic learning meet-ups about the five local themes students are invited to make games about, and facilitated by NYC experts and activists. The meet-ups will give students get a deeper dive into their chosen issue, to inform their game making and connect them with their community.

Registration is free (and first-come, first-served): (If students are under 18, they can bring a parent/guardian). 

Full schedule:
1. CIVIC JOURNALISM – Nov 10 (6-8pm) – meet New York Times journalists and learn about local reporting at the NY Times Building
2. YOUTH JUSTICE – Nov 16 (6-8pm) – workshop on the criminal justice system at Community Connections for Youth in the South Bronx
3. SMART CITIES – Dec 3 (5-7pm) – facilitated by the Mayor's Office of Tech & Innovation at the Museum of the Moving Image
4. LITERACY (date tbd) – led by the Global Literacy XPRIZE at the NY Public Library

For more info, visit or email

Inside Schools: Free Programs

New York City offers children and teens a wide range of after-school and summer activities – from paid museum internships to free science research programs. Inside Schools provides a listing of free and low-cost programs that provide great ways for young people to explore new interests, get extra support, and supplement what is being taught during the school day. Click here for more information.

Deadline November 16! Learn more here:

Free SAT | ACT Diagnostic Test by Queens Public Library/Princeton Review

Find out how you would score with a full-length practice test. You'll receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses so you’ll know what to focus on as you prep!

*The same version of the test is administered on all dates. Scores are not submitted to colleges.
Our exams features:

 Full-length tests designed to match the official exam

 Professional proctors and a realistic test setting

 A detailed, comprehensive score report

 An optional 30-minute phone conference to discuss your score

Free Redesigned SAT Tests at the Queens Public Library
 Hillcrest Branch Saturday Nov 21st 12:00 – 4:00pm Event #275734
 Hollis Branch Saturday Dec 5th 12:00 – 4:00pm Event #275727
 Windsor Park Branch Saturday Dec 12th 10:00 – 2:00pm Event #275731
 Bellerose Branch Monday Dec 28th 12:30 – 4:30pm Event #275711
 Glen Oaks Branch Wednesday Dec 30th
 Cambria Heights Branch Wednesday Dec 30th
 Queens Central Branch Saturday Jan 9th 11:00 – 3:00pm Event #275738
 Woodhaven Branch Saturday Jan 9th
 Bayside Branch Saturday Jan 16th
 Fresh Meadows Branch Saturday Jan 16th 12:00 – 4:00pm Event #275723

Free ACT Tests at the Queens Public Library
 Queens Central Branch Saturday Jan 30th 11:00 – 3:00pm Event #275843
 Fresh Meadows Branch Saturday Jan 30th 12:00 – 4:00pm Event #276469

This event is free, but registration is required. Please visit or 
call our NYC office at (646) 362-0628 to enroll!

SAT/College Prep Resources!

Current SAT Student Resources (fall/winter 2015):
Redesigned SAT Student Resources (spring 2016):
Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 Resources: Here
College Planning Resources:

SUNY Discover Information Sessions in NYC. 
Click here to register for information session. Please note: each program is open to prospective students and their families, as well as school and community-based organization counselors.
Contact: Jennifer Specter, Associate Director of Recruitment Programs. Contact:

Career Maps

The New York City Department of Education and NYC College Line have developed Career Maps, an online tool that demonstrates how career opportunities and jobs are organized and identifies the questions and choices students will need to think about along the way. The interactive career guide features over 200 careers and 11 different industries. By answering four simple questions via the free career quiz, Career Maps allows students to explore careers, job requirements, yearly salary, and college majors. Click here to access this online tool.

Building Works Program

A free pre-apprenticeship union construction trades training program

How to Become an Apprentice Carpenter, Floor Coverer, Cabinet Maker, Dock Builder or Timbermen
Application periods when approved by the New York State Department of Labor will be announced online at:, and

Minimum Apprenticeship Standards
High School Diploma, TASC, or G.E.D. (original or stamped) at time of application
Proof of United States Citizenship or have the legal right to work in the United States at time of application
Social Security Card (original)
Be a minimum of 17 years of age at time of application

Individuals, who can show that they meet the conditions listed above after completing an application for apprenticeship, will be afforded an oral interview. Once an applicant is interviewed and receives a passing grade on the evaluation procedures, the applicant shall remain active in the apprenticeship application record book, subject to selection, for a period of up to two (2) years from the date of the interview.

All applicants for apprenticeship are required to report to a collection site designated by the organization for a substance abuse screening.

All applicants who wish to receive consideration for military training must submit form DD-214 to verify military experience.

Applicants must present a photo I.D. for the substance abuse screening and upon acceptance into the apprenticeship program.

Startup Box Salt Mines Tournament 2
November 29

Welcome to the second edition to our series of The Salt Mines. We are going to start doing a random game every month so everyone can have more fun with the event. We also went back to $5 per game. Come join us on the 29th this November after you have enjoyed this Thanksgiving.

This is a B.Y.O.C event (Bring Your Own Controller)

Venue fee: $5

Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Xbox 360)- $5
Mortal Kombat X (PS4)- $5
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Xbox 360)-$5
Smash for WiiU Singles(WiiU)- $5
Injustice (Xbox 360)- $5

The rules for the games will be 2/3 sets. 
Winners/Losers?frand finals will be 3/5 sets.
The bracket will be double elimination bracket

Please follow us on
Sbx_games on Instagram

Wishbone Scholarship Opportunity for High School Students

Deadline: December 18th

Wishbone is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students pursue their independent passions by funding cost prohibitive after school and summer programs. Wishbone seeks students who demonstrate a strong and independent passion that can best be pursued in an out-ofschool time program. Students’ passions should be clear and specific, and they should choose an out-of-school time program that will expand on their skill set and increase confidence. Wishbone has an extensive database of available programs for students to choose from. The deadline to apply for a Wishbone scholarship is December 18th. For more information, including application instructions, click here. If you have additional questions,  please contact Alfredo Rodriguez at

YMCA Global Teens Program: South Korea
Deadline: December 31, 2015, 4pm

YMCA Global Teens is a leadership development and service learning program that engages teenagers (ages 14-18 for overseas and ages 12-14 for domestic programs) in a year-long empowering international experience culminating with a 10 day to 2 1/2 week service abroad experience during July/August. The program includes deep personal growth and discovery, cultural travel, meaningful service, home stay experiences, and interaction with teens from around the globe.  Learn more at

FREE College Admission Essay Resources for all NYC students

Story2 helps seniors complete selective college admissions and scholarship essays through storytelling. Please encourage your students to visit free online EssayBuilder™ tool where they will find: 7 Steps to Ace the 2015-2016 Common App, a detailed Guide to the Common Application, resources for completing the Common Application personal essays and more!

Anthony Quinn Foundation: Arts Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 3rd 

The Anthony Quinn Foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Arts Scholarship Program, an annual program that aims to perpetuate the legendary actor/artist’s vision for an art-conscious society. Through its scholarship program, the foundation supports high school students’ extracurricular study of the visual arts and design, performing arts, media arts, and the literary arts. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000. Scholarships may be used for a recognized pre-college, summer, or afterschool arts education program, but may not be used for either secondary school or college tuition. To be eligible, applicants must be a young adult in high school who demonstrates exceptional talent, dedication, and a strong commitment to personal artistic growth and who will benefit from financial support. Applications must be submitted by January 3rd . Click here for more information and to apply.

Student Scholarships and Programs
(Listed by Deadline)

FREE or VERY LOW COST Multicultural Campus Visit Programs:

Oct 27: NACAC Performing and Visual Arts Fair@ Jacob Javits Center, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Nov 6: Campus Pride College Fair @ LGBT Community Center - 208 West 13th Street, New York NY 10011, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Nov 21: CICU's 8th Annual Latino College Fair @ Fordham University- Rose Hill Campus, 12:00am-3:45pm
Nov 14: NY Urban League HSBU Fair @ Riverbank State Park, 10:00am-3:30pm

2/1: Hometeam Scholarship- for students interested in nursing and/or home care. Scholarship program provides $2,000 in support to outstanding students. Eligible applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a nursing school or home care certification program. Click here for application. 
2/15: TheDream.US Scholarship- provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Scholarships will help cover your tuition and fees for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at any CUNY college. Click here for more information.

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 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

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:


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 email for more information and to apply. Any participant showing financial need may apply for financial aid. Where appropriate awards will cover full tuition.   

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:

The Door

Opportunities Ongoing

We’ve spent the summer renovating our space, and we can’t wait to share it with you all! The dust is settling, and we have emerged with a beautiful new entrance, brand new classrooms and art rooms, and a magnificent new performance space, cafeteria, and kitchen.

The DOOR offers amazing free programs and services available in our new space for young people ages 12-21, including:

· Health care
· Mental health counseling
· Legal services
· Crisis intervention and services for runaway and homeless youth
· Performing and visual arts
· Recreational activities
· LGBTQ programming
· Meals
· Educational services (HSE, tutoring, college advising, etc.)
· Career training and placement
· Supportive Housing
· Broome Street Academy Charter School
· …and much more!

The Door is located at 555 Broome Street in Soho. Our brand new entrance is on the corner of Broome Street and 6th Avenue (the Avenue of the Americas). 

We are accessible via the 1, A, C, and E trains at Canal Street or the C and E train at Spring Street.

Brotherhood Sister Sol
512 W 143 St New York, NY

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