Monday, November 29, 2010

NYC Ladders for Leaders

NYC Ladders for Leaders

NYC Ladders for Leaders is an innovative program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in summer internships with some of the most dynamic corporations and businesses in New York City. Participants receive pre-employment training before starting their seven-week summer internships, and also attend regular workshops throughout the summer that focus on work readiness, college orientation, health, and leadership development. NYC Ladders for Leaders is a partnership between DYCD and the Commission on Women's Issues.
Program Information:
For additional information, please email us

hat is NYC Ladders for Leaders?
NYC Ladders for Leaders is a college and career readiness program offering New York City high school and college students professional paid summer internships, college scholarship opportunities, free college preparatory and SAT courses, career guidance, and leadership development workshops.
Launched by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, NYC Ladders for Leaders is a joint program of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues (CWI).
Who can apply?
Anyone with prior work experience (paid or volunteer) who is:
  • A permanent resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • 16 to 21 years of age
  • A current high school junior, high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore
  • Legally allowed to work in New York
Please Note: Alumni of the NYC Ladders for Leaders program (or its parent programs NYC GirlsREACH and BoysREACH and CAPITAL) are not eligible to apply for the 2011 program.
What is the application process?
There are three phases to the application process.
1. Application
2. Pre-Employment workshops and mock-interviews
3. Interviews with Potential Employers
Participants selected into the program must complete each of the three phases. Failure to complete or attend mandatory program events will result in dismissal from the program.
How do I apply?
Applicants must:
1. Complete all sections of the online application form. This includes:
  • Responding to each mandatory essay question in the corresponding text box;
  • Providing your resume in the appropriate text box. Resume should include any of your previous and current jobs, internships, leadership roles, volunteer commitments, extracurricular activities, and club involvement;
  • Agreeing to the NYC Ladders for Leaders guidelines (if under 18, must be agreed to and signed by a parent or guardian as well);
  • Listing your official scores from any college entrance exams you have taken (such as PSAT, SAT, SAT subject tests, or ACT);
  • Listing a valid email address that you check frequently. If you do not have an email address, you can create a free email account at various web hosts including but not limited to;;;; etc. (Note – all program communication, including invitations to mandatory program events, will be sent by email only); and
  • If you attend Boarding School or College/University located outside of NYC, providing a copy of your School Calendar (including winter and spring breaks, last day of classes and last day of final exams).
2. Mail a copy of your most recent semester report card or college transcript. If you are a college freshman, please mail your last high school report card along with proof of college enrollment (i.e. class schedule) to below address.
3. Complete and mail required applicant recommendation form (must be completed by a referring community based organization, teacher, guidance counselor, past or present employer) to the address below.Click PDF link for Applicant Recommendation Form.
*If you are unable to complete the online application, you may obtain a paper version of the application by emailing or calling (800) 246-4646. Return your completed application to the address below.
When is the deadline to submit my application? 
Applicants must submit copies of report cards or college transcripts, proof of college enrollment (if applicable), and recommendation form to the address noted below, along with their completed applications online or postmarked NO LATER THAN 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, December 6th, 2010 to:
NYC Ladders for Leaders 2011
c/o Ms. Julia Breitman
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
156 William Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10038
What happens after I submit my application?
All applications will be reviewed for eligibility. Those accepted into the program will be contacted by email to attend the pre-employment program. YOU MUST attend all pre-employment events in order to be referred to a partnering company for an interview for a possible internship. Please keep in mind that submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the NYC Ladders for Leaders program or placement in a summer internship position.
For more information about NYC Ladders for Leaders, please visit us If you have questions about completing the application, please contact your referring organization or DYCD

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NYC High School Admissions Details

High School Admissions

Deadline to Submit Applications to Counselors 

High School Applications are due back to counselors
Friday, December 3, 2010.
For more information about completing the application,
please find our Application Checklist below 

  • Review your application to make sure the information printed on it is accurate and complete.
  • Meet with your counselor to review your choices.
  • Make a copy of your application before you hand it in.
  • Hand in your application, with all necessary signatures included.
  • Get an application receipt from your counselor.
  • Review all information on the application receipt.
  • If you need to make adjustments, inform your counselor immediately.
For information about other upcoming fairs and events, please visit our calendar 

Helpful Resources and Information 
High school publications, including the Specialized High Schools Handbook and the online searchable high school directory, are available on ourPublications page , in English and translated versions.

Be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) , read about your choices and how the admissions process works , and review our Guide for Students Receiving Special Education Services 

      Tuesday, November 16, 2010

      SURVEY -- Holiday Tips & Bonuses (for Brooklyn Residents only)

      How much are people paying their service providers,  teachers, and Nannies?  TELL US so we can tell you!

      PLEASE take 3-5 minutes to complete this
      --Survey is ANONYMOUS!
      --Covers supers, parking garage attendants, dog walkers, doormen, housecleaners
      --Covers Nannies, preschool/daycare teachers, and K-12 teachers, therapists and other related service providers
      --We'll post the data in a few weeks-- in time for the Holidays!
      -- You don't need to be a parent to answer the service providers section of the questionnaire!

      PLEASE FORWARD the survey link above to
      --Other Email Groups
      --Your building
      --Your block association
      --Bulletin Boards you belong to
      --Anyone who you think could answer the survey!

      Please reply to this survey only one time.

      Thanks in advance for your help!

      Thursday, November 11, 2010

      PHOTOGRAPHY EN ROUTE - Photography Contest for Teens

      The Whitney Museum of American Art is thrilled to announce…

      An Online Teen Photography Contest Inspired by Lee Friedlander: America By Car 
      Master American photographer Lee Friedlander spent a decade exploring the United States in ordinary rental cars, capturing the unique American landscape in a fascinating series of photographs on view at the Whitney in the exhibition America By Car . Now, Youth Insights Leaders invite you to share your own photographs of America, taken from any form of transportation—car, subway, bus, boat, bicycle, you name it! The Photography En Route contest is open to teens ages 13-19 anywhere in the United States. 

      Submit your best shot by November 27, 2010 to be eligible to win a brand new Nikon Coolpix L110 digital camera and to have your photograph featured on the Whitney’s website.

      TO ENTER

      Email submissions to Photographs should be in jpg format with a maximum file size of 2MB. In the body of your email, please include your full name, age, school, home address, email, phone, and the form of transportation in photograph.


      This contest is open to any teen between the ages of 13 and 19 in the United States. Entries must be received by November 27, 2010.


      All entries will be reviewed by a panel of teens in the Youth Insights Leaders program and Whitney curatorial staff for the exhibition, Lee Friedlander: America By Car. A selection of winning entries will be published in an online gallery One grand prize winner will receive a Nikon Coolpix L110 12.1 MP digital camera. 


      By participating in this contest, you consent to the possible publication of your photograph on, the Whitney’s Facebook account, and in printed publications. Last names and email addresses of contestants will not be published or shared with any third parties.


      Email or call (212) 570-7752.
      Whitney Museum of American Art945 Madison Ave., Manhattan
      4, 6 to 77th St. & Lex. Ave.Hours of Operation

      Wednesday, November 10, 2010

      MAD Museum Teen Events!

      MAD Museum Teen Events!

      Teen Night at the MAD Museum
      The Museum of Arts and Design celebrates FREE access for teens and the opening of our their new exhibition, The Global Africa Projectwith a special Teen Open House on Fri., Nov. 19, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. 

      The Global Africa Project is an unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and craft worldwide. Teens will have the opportunity to speak with featured artists about their work, concepts, materials and processes. Come one, come all, no registration required!
      Visit for more about this FREE event!

      Teen Portfolio Review at the MAD Museum
      Just in time for college portfolio submissions! Come, meet, and discuss your art work with New York-based artistMickalene Thomas, featured in The Global Africa Project, known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics. Come, meet and discuss your portfolio on Thurs., Nov. 18, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. with Mickalene Thomas in this special workshop just for high school students. 
      This is a free event, but registration is required! Email Molly McFadden with the subject line "REGISTRATION" to reserve your spot.
      MAD Museum
      2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan
      A, C, 1, B, D to 59th Street-Columbus Circle
      Hours of Operation

      Thursday, November 4, 2010

      NYC High School Admissions Update

      Fall Workshops
      There’s still time to attend a fall workshop to learn more about high school admissions and how to complete the high school application. Sessions begin at 6:30pm and conclude at 8:00pm. To find a workshop near you click here.
      High School Applications Due on December 3
      Guidance counselors distributed high school applications to all 8th grade students last month. If you didn’t receive an application yet, contact your counselor. The deadline to submit completed applications to counselors is Friday, December 3.
      Application Checklist
      Review the checklist below – be sure to complete each step before December 3:
      • Review your application to make sure the information printed on it is accurate and complete.
      • Meet with your counselor to review your choices.
      • Make a copy of your application before you hand it in.
      • Hand in your application, with all necessary signatures included.
      • Get an application receipt from your counselor.
      • Review all information on the application receipt.
      • If you need to make adjustments, inform your counselor immediately.
      If you have questions about high school admissions, visit the High School Admissions webpage or call (718) 935-2399.

      Wednesday, November 3, 2010

      Rubin Museum of Art - Teen Programs

      Teen Programs

      RMA has a variety of innovative year round and seasonal programs for teens.
       Teen Art Workshop with Chitra Ganesh

      November 4, 2010 4-6 pm
      Contemporary artist Chitra Ganesh draws from a broad range of material, including the iconography of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, 19th century fairytales, song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual culture such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books.  Join Ganesh for a discussion of her digital collages, inspired by images from Indian comic books presenting religious and cultural narratives based in Hindu mythology and South Asian history to a popular audience.  Afterwards, make your own mini comic in this hands-on workshop.
      Seating is extremely limited, so you must RSVP to attend this FREE event!
      To RSVP, contact Pauline Noyes at or 212-620-5000 x 337. 
      Teen Yoga Workshop
      December 2, 2010 4-6 pm
      Join the buddhas and de-stress yourself at this "only in New York" event in which the Rubin Museum of Art opens its doors late to host FREE yoga for teens.  Yoga mats provided!  Namaste! 
      Space is limited, so you must RSVP to attend this FREE event!
      To RSVP, contact Pauline Noyes at or 212-620-5000 x 337. 
      RMA Teens
      RMA Teens is a free after-school program for high school students with a strong interest in art or careers in the arts. Participants get a behind the scenes look at how a museum operates, explore career paths in the arts, gain valuable public speaking and leadership skills, and gain access to one of the best collections of Himalayan art in the world.  Students are invited to make the museum a place of their own while having exciting opportunities to:
      • Explore the art and culture of Tibet, India, Nepal, China, and beyond
      • Be creative with art-making workshops that explore silk-screening, Himalayan painting, and more
      • Create a zine for teens that will be distributed at the museum
      • Get career guidance from top level museum curators, artists, and arts professionals
      • Visit museums throughout New York City
      RMA Teens meet on Thursday afternoons during the school year from 4-6 pm.  Students who participate in RMA Teens for one year are eligible to give tours of the museum to visitors and get paid doing it! 
      Apply Now!
      Program begins September 30, 2010

      RMA Teen Guide Council

      Keep Growing!

      RMA Teen Guides expand on and share their knowledge of Himalayan art by joining museum staff as members of the Teen Guide Council.  RMA Teen Guide Council members:
      • Continue to deepen their knowledge of Himalayan Art and Culture with mentorship from arts professionals, special trips and art-sessions
      • Contribute by designing and giving gallery tours, and developing teen guides to the museum
      • Communicate with other teens in an international exchange to discuss a social issue and design a product to raise funds to support a selected cause
      • Collaborate with arts professionals and artists to design FREE events for teens
      Teens who have participated in the program have gone on to participate in careers at the Rubin Museum of Art and other arts institutions.   For more information, contact Pauline Noyes at (212) 620-5000 x337. 

      Participation in RMA Teens for one year is a prerequisite to participating in the RMA Teen Guide program.

      Art Studio for Teens

      Make Art!

      Art Studio for Teens currently offers an intenseive art making experience for students in grades 8-12. Spring and summer 2011 classes and dates coming soon.