Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sustainable Societies Academy™

Hello Parents,

My name is Brian Filiatraut, a teacher and the Director of Sustainability at Poly Prep Country Day School. Poly Prep cordially invites highly motivated rising high school students to join us this summer for Sustainable Societies Academy™ (SSA), an intensive 5-day session from August 15-19, led by faculty and leading professionals from UPenn, Harvard, CUNY, and other universities. Students will learn the basic concepts and principles of sustainability through college-level presentations, small group discussion, interactive workshops, and site visits. By the end of the program, SSA students will be equipped to integrate their interests and concerns to develop solutions to social, economic, and environmental sustainability challenges in their own communities.

To apply:
  • Complete an online application; and
  • Ask a teacher/mentor to submit a brief recommendation.
Applications are due by Thursday, June 23.

Click here for more information.
Please circulate this email and/or the attached flyer to other parents and students who would be interested and greatly benefit from such a program. If you'd like to speak with me further or direct student questions to me, then please contact me via email ( or phone (718-836-9800 x3120).

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you and interested students.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Brooklyn Game Lab is hiring!

Brooklyn Game Lab is hiring! We are looking for summer Counselors in Training to play, analyze, and design games with children ages 6 1/2 to 13. Applicants must be 16 or older and able to work at least 15 total days over the course of the summer. Please contact Lena Chandhok ( for further details.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

DYCD Designed Decisions: Pathways to Education

6/4 - DYCD Designed Decisions: Pathways to Education – (Saturday)
What are the public school options for my child in NYC? How do I learn about and navigate the process all along my child’s path from elementary to high school?
Join others parents for an informative day with sessions on: 
  •  Middle School and High School options and application process
  •  Specialized Schools including P-Tech
  •  Charter School application process
  •  School options for youth with special needs.
Hear from experts and practitioners on inside tips to be an informed advocate for your children and their school options. Informed Parents = Informed Decisions for your Children
This event is free and open to all parents/guardians that support DYCD-funded programs.
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Place: NYC College of Technology, 300 Jay St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Subways: 2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall, A/C/F/R to Jay St. – MetroTech

Have questions about 6/4 - DYCD Designed Decisions: Pathways to Education?Contact Partnership for After School Education, Inc.

Friday, May 13, 2016

PRATT YOUNG SCHOLARS Scholarship Program


Three-year Art and Design Scholarship Program
Fall 2016 Sophomores apply by June 1

Dear parents,
We are now accepting applications for the next class of Pratt Young Scholars!

This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about art and design, meet other students with similar interests, and prepare for college in a creative environment! To apply, students must be entering the 10th grade this fall.
Pratt Young Scholars is a need-based, three-year scholarship providing instruction in art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. This Scholarship, valued at $6300, covers three years of studio instruction, all art materials for courses taken, college access program, SAT prep course in July, and guidance through the college application process.

Classes meet: Wednesdays, 5 - 7pm, and on Saturdays, 10am – 1:30pm, from October 1 – April 22nd. Summer Schedule: 2-4 week session in July
Students entering 10th grade in the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to apply if they:
  • Demonstrate an interest in art and design
  • Display academic merit (above a C average)
  • Commit to attending classes on Wednesdays after school and Saturdays for three years (no exceptions), as well as July summer programs
  • Attend a New York City public school
  • Meet the income eligibility guidelines

APPLY ONLINE by June 1, 2016.

For additional information and application instructions, visit Please don’t hesitate contact us with any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Posse Foundation Scholarship Interest Meeting

Know a rising senior attending a NYC public or private school who should be nominated for this four-year full tuition scholarship?  

Posse is looking for its next group of talented Scholars: motivated, dynamic, actively engaged students who believe they belong at the nation's best colleges and universities.  I have the pleasure of nominating students for this program on behalf of Brooklyn, Jack and Jill.

Interest Meeting: Monday, May 23rd @ 6PM (RSVP to for location details)

*Posse started because of one student who said, "I never would have dropped out of college if I had my Posse with me."  That simple idea, of sending a group (posse or 'squad' in today's parlance) of students together to college so they could back each other up," became the impetus for a program that today has sent thousands of students to top colleges and universities throughout the United States.

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