Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Parents of Addicted Teens/Young Adults Group

More teens are addicted to opiates than at any other time in our history.  Marijuana is 28 times stronger now than when we were in high school.  And if you are a parent of an addicted teen or young adult, you are suffering.  It is time to take action.  And a group is forming that is so much more than just a support group.  It is:

A Course of Action for Parents and others Affected by Another’s Addiction
(A Process & Support Group Combined with Concrete Guidance and Psycho-Education)

The group’s purpose is to actively assist those impacted by another’s addiction, most notably, parents of teens and young adults.  

This group sets itself apart from all others because it includes psycho-education, feedback, and processing of events and feelings, in addition to offering confidential,
non-judgemental support. 

 Member participation is a key component, as are the contributions of the co-facilitators, a Columbia-educated therapist, and a Parent/Family & Recovery Coach
and Interventionist who is in recovery herself.  They each lend a different, complementary perspective to the process.

Topics include:  
The family disease of addiction
 Navigating the crowded, confusing array of treatment providers and modalities
 The new normal:  Modern/nontraditional treatment for your loved one - and YOU
 and so much more.

The co-facilitators are:  Alana Carvalho, LMFT, LMHC, CASACT and Sydney (Syd) Weiss, BA, CASACT, NCRC (Nationally Cert. Recovery Coach & Interventionist)

This is a 16 week group (it will not meet during holiday weeks) and a maximum of 12 participants will be accepted.  It is a closed group, meaning you intend to attend each meeting, and also 
meaning that no new members will be joining the group once it starts.  In this way, it is more like a “course” or class than a group.  It also sets itself apart in other ways (see above, or write to for more info.)

The group may be reimbursable by insurance if you have Out of network behavioral health/substance abuse benefits.  This is different for each individual and their exact health insurance plan.
Therefore we make no guarantees that insurance will cover you, but we will assist you in trying to get reimbursed if you choose to join the group, and we will answer any questions regarding this
beforehand, by email.  We will not use group time to discuss this.

For more information/to join, write to and send a brief email with your name and “please send info re group"

Monday, October 20, 2014

Specialized High Schools Admission Test

Students applying to high school for the 2015-2016 school year can register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) through Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at noonEighth graders or first-time 9th graders who are residents of New York City can register for the SHSAT through their guidance counselor or with an Enrollment counselor at a Borough Enrollment Office. Students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs) may be eligible to receive testing accommodations on the SHSAT. 

here are nine Specialized High Schools in New York City. For eight of these schools, admission is based solely on the score attained on the SHSAT. For LaGuardia High School, admission is based upon auditions and a review of student academic performance. 
You can find more information on Specialized High Schools here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dancing Through College and Beyond 2014

Dancing Through College and Beyond 2014 features two panels for students and parents alike! The Audition and Application Tips Panel will give students and their parents the opportunity to hear from different dance programs about what it takes to apply to their respective schools. Some of the panelists include Larry Geddes from Juilliard School, Stephen Pier from The Hartt School, Lauren Gaul from Pace University and Neil Greenberg from The New School. 
In the Financial Aid Panel, experts such as Jim Rogers from Marymount Manhattan College, Paul Dennis from University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and Fiona Johnson, a financial aid consultant, will guide parents through ways to reduce costs and apply for discounted tuition for higher college education.

*NEW THIS YEAR: College Showcase Performance featuring 7 different college dance programs! Reserve your ticket for only $10 ($15 at the door) when you RSVP! 
Space is limited.
So please RSVP NOW!

Questions? Email us at
Learn more about the event here!
To learn more, call us at 718-522-4696.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Catholic High School Fair & Open House Dates

Open House Dates

Students, parents and teachers are invited to visit the High Schools to view the facilities and to evaluate the programs offered. This can be done by attending the various Open Houses which most of the schools schedule prior to the TACHS Examination. Administrators and faculty members are available during each Open House to answer any questions. If any school does not have an Open House schedule or if you are unable to visit a school on the date of its Open House, you are invited to contact the school and set up an appointment to visit the school.
Please click on the link(s) below to see the list of 2014 open house dates and website addresses to participating Catholic high schools.
Archdiocese of New YorkDiocese of Brooklyn/Queens
Note: High schools that do not have a TACHS code specified on the open house list do not participate in the TACHS program. Therefore you must contact the school directly to apply.

High School Information Fairs

As an alternative or in addition to attending an open house, students and their parents will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with Admissions Personnel and students from Catholic high schools at the Fall 2014 information fairs. Please click on the link below to see the list of fair locations and dates.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Student Photography Contest

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H and B Digital, a camera store in Midtown, is hosting a photography contest this summer called “The City Through Your Eyes,” open to New York City students 14-21 years of age.  The contest has been created as an opportunity for students to capture their surroundings and communicate just what living in New York City is all about.The contest starts now and runs through the end of September.  Students are asked to submit one photograph to H and B Digital by September 30th.
All submissions must be in the form of an 8×10-inch print, and must have been taken with a camera.  Photographs taken with a cell phone will not be considered.  Submissions should be mailed or hand delivered to the following address:
H and B Digital / Photo Contest
29 West 46th Street
The contest will be judged by a panel of professional photographers who live and work in New York City. There will be 10 winners of the contest.  One Grand Prize Winner will receive a Canon Rebel T5i kit with an 18-55mm lens (retail value $849).  One Second Place and one Third Place winner will each receive a Canon Rebel T5 kit with an 18-55mm lens (retail value $549).  Seven runners-up will each receive a Canon PowerShot Elph camera.  All winners will also receive a certificate of excellence for participating in the contest. H and B Digital  is also scheduling a photographic show at the end of the competition to display many of the photographs which will be open to the public so we can all see “The City Through Your Eyes.” The brainchild of Hershel and Benjamin, two brothers who own H and B Digital, the contest endeavors to reveal the best student photographers in New York City today.  Through its stringent submission guidelines, “The City Through Your Eyes” seeks to elevate the most passionate and dedicated youth photographers, and to nurture their talents.