Monday, February 8, 2016

Screen Time Social: A day of maker activities and talks on raising kids in the digital age Feb. 28

Screen Time Social
Sunday, Feb. 28, 11a-3p
Museum of Jewish Heritage
$15 + adults, kids free

The sight of a kid glued to an iPad or buried in their phone is so common that it’s easy to forget that childhood and adolescence didn’t always involve a device. The fact is, keeping tabs on your child's media habits and keeping up with the latest in tech has become an essential part of modern parenting.

Screen Time Social, a family-friendly event on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, will help parents figure out the best approach to screen time, and bring them up to speed on the brightest tech toys and games.

From 11am to 3pm, we’ll have maker and media literacy workshops for preschoolers through teens hosted by the Beam CenterBK BotsLaunch Math and Science CentersThe Lamp and 3D Roundhouse, plus smart toys to play with from Geek Forest. It’ll be a ton more fun than a winter weekend stuck inside, and offer hands-on time with STEM activities like Lego Mindstorms and Minecraft.

In between battling bots and learning how to 3D print a toy, Brooklyn Based Kids has curated expert talks that children are welcome to attend. Schedule highlights include:
  • A short presentation and Q&A with Kristelle Lavallee from the Center on Media and Child Health on how screen time affects early childhood development
  • Expert advice from Jessica Millstone, Director of Engagement for the educational technology company BrainPOP, on finding the best educational apps for your child
  • A discussion with Tali Orad, founder of Screen, about how her new tool can help families strike a healthy balance with their electronic devices
  • A panel on how teens are spending their time online, with speakers including Nancy Jo Sales, author of the forthcoming book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers 
Join in for a great day of talks and activities that will help your family make the most of the digital age.

Admission for adults starts at $15 in advance and children 18 and under are free. Purchase tickets here, and learn more about the schedule and the excellent prizes we're raffling away. (Then RSVP on Facebook for an extra raffle entry!)

Workshop Lotteries from Superhero Supply Store! (826NYC)

Park Slope Workshops
Does your student have a flair for the dramatic? In our One Act Plays workshop, students will learn the basics of writing a play, craft their own, and then perform it live!Sign up today for this workshop to take place on four Thursdays,
 April 7, 14, 21 & May 5 (skip April 28) from 6-8pm. For students ages 10-13.

High schoolers can sign up now for The Power of Words: Writing as a Tool for Societal Change workshop to learn how writing can effect social change. This workshop will take place on four Sundays, April 10 & 17, May 1 & 8 (skip April 24) from 12-2pm. For students ages 14-18.
On Wednesday, February 24th from 6-8pm, 10-13 year olds can join us for a special one-time littleBits Monsters workshop. They'll create their own monsters and learn technical writing while they're at it! Sign up today.
Workshop lotteries will be drawn on February 19th. Students must be able to attend all workshop dates in order to participate.

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Ladders for Leaders Program

2016 Ladders for Leaders Program Application
Ladders for Leaders.
Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
Ladders for Leaders: Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:
✔ Pre-employment Training:Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.
✔ Paid Summer Internships:Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests.
✔ Opportunity to join our growing Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open only to past participants of the program.
Who is Eligible? 
✔ Youth between the ages of 16-22 who are enrolled in high school or college
✔ A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00
✔ Resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
✔ Anyone with prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
✔ Legally allowed to work in New York City
Please keep in mind that any NYC Ladders for Leaders applicant who is also interested in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) will need to apply for SYEP separately when the application becomes available in March.

The What-If Writing Workshop

Calling all writers, dreamers, doodlers, thinkers, and people who love the words "what if...?"!
As part of the Park Slope Parents and Park Slope Library BookFest on February 6, writer Abby Sher is leading a writing workshop for kids aged 11-18. It's called "The What-If Writing Workshop." No writing experience needed, just real paper and pens!
To sign up, use the link below. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Facing FAFSA in the Fall: Will the New Application Process Help or Hurt NYC Students?

Facing FAFSA in the Fall: 
Will the New Application Process Help or Hurt NYC Students?  

Monday, February 8, 2016
9:00am - 11:00am
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

The federal government’s notoriously complicated financial aid process may become simpler for students beginning this fall with a new rule allowing families to use tax information they have in hand from the “prior, prior” year’s returns.  The hope is that the government’s FAFSA form will be easier to fill out on-line using existing tax data from the IRS. And students can apply for aid as early as October, allowing colleges to speed up financial aid offers. 

But many are worried about what this change will bring in New York. Students may have to apply for financial aid at the same time they are applying for colleges, doubling the college application work that must be done in the fall. And New York State hasn’t moved to bring its financial aid process in line with the feds, potentially leaving students to face a dizzying array of conflicting aid application rules.

Please join us for a discussion of what the new financial aid rules will bring—and what else we can be doing to make the process easier on low-income families and first-generation college students.

Opening Remarks:
Greg Darnieder, senior advisor to the secretary on the College Access Initiative, U.S. Department of Education

Greg will join in a panel discussion with:
Kristen Harris, director of college readiness supports, NYC Department of Education
Susan Mead, director of financial aid, Dutchess Community College, SUNY
Allison Palmer, director, College Access Center, New Settlement Apartments
Kevin Stump, northeast regional director, Young Invincibles

This event will be moderated by Kim Nauer, research director at the Center for New York City Affairs and author of FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them).

Sponsored by the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. Presented with support from Capital One Bank

Please join the conversation online @centernyc #PPYFAFSA

 Admission is free but RSVP is required.