Monday, January 30, 2012

Brooklyn Historical Society Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy
BHS in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presents Saturday Academy for students in grades 6-12. Saturday Academy is a free, six-week program for students interested in American History, and best of all, there isn't any homework or testing! Spring 2012 registration has opened and ends February 1st. Questions?  Please contact the Saturday Academy Coordinator at or 718.222.4111 ext. 228.  For a brochure and downloadable application, please click here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012



Social & Emotional Support for Teen Girls
A Ten-Week Coaching Program

Circle Sessions held at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Clifton Corner:  An Academic Coaching Center

Mondays at 4:30-5:45 PM,
Sessions Start on February 27th - May 15th
(excluding 3/26 & 4/9)

Coaching Modules Taught by Certified Coach in Emotional Intelligence, Sandra Clifton
Former Master Trainer of Emotional Literacy at Yale University

Curriculum Inspired by The Happiness Project

Learning Themes Include:
Diversity Awareness
Conflict Transformation
Nurturing Leadership
Creative Expression

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): A Key to Children’s Success in School and Life
-Excerpts from
CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)
To succeed in school, students need to be engaged, interested, and excited to be there. They need to know how to focus their attention on their work, keep trying even when they get discouraged or face setbacks, work effectively with other students and adults, and be good communicators and problem-solvers. These skills form a foundation for young people’s success not just in school, but in their adult lives as members of the community, as productive workers, and as parents.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children and even adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically.
Sandra Clifton has served on the Yale RULER Team of Emotional Literacy to teach this curriculum of SEL to schools in Brooklyn, and is now sharing these skills of positive thinking with teens at her academic coaching center in Brooklyn.

*Early Registration:  $195 by Feb 10th*
Regular Registration: $245

Please contact Sandra, Director of the Clifton Corner for more information / #718.768.SOAR! (7627)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Museum of the City of NY Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy for Eighth to Twelfth Graders


The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presents Saturday Academy for students in grades 8–12. Saturday Academy is a free six-week program for students interested in American History or SAT preparation.  There’s no homework or testing and all course materials are provided. 

Saturday Academy was the recipient of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House, and was featured in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York 2011” issue.

Spring 2012 courses meet on Saturdays March 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, and 28.Students are expected to attend all six sessions and will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the program. Students may enroll in one or two courses a semester. Please look carefully at the times each course is offered, indicated below.

Spring 2012 Course Offerings

The Wild West and Its Many Voices: From Reputation to Reality
Instructor: Chelsea Trembly, Candidate, M.A. in Public History and Archives, New York University 
Open to students in grades 8-12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Cowboys. Bandits. Sheriffs. These are some of the characters most associated with the American frontier in the 19th Century. But other groups of people are often left out of the history of "the Wild West." This course will use primary sources to discover how women, Native Americans, African Americans, and immigrants--as well as cowboys, bandits, and sheriffs--all played a role in the formation of the American West. Students will work with maps, paintings, songs, and historical films to uncover these stories. The course will culminate with a group art project in which students create an original work portraying the history of the Western frontier in the style of a 19th-century art form.

Voices of Resistance: Photography and Poetry of the Civil Rights Movement
Instructor: Keisha Scarville, B.S. in Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology; Educator at the International Center of Photography
Open to students in grades 8-12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 - 12:00 pm 
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a landmark of grassroots protest and the struggle for racial equality. Students will explore the role photography and poetry played in capturing and communicating the ideas and dramatic events of the Civil Rights Movement. Participants will also examine how visual culture and poetry served as instruments of resistance and protest. Students will create a culminating project using photography to comment on this pivotal period in American history.

Immigrant Identities in American Theater
Instructor: Liz Parker, M.A. in Applied Theater, City University of New York; B.F.A. in Acting, New York University
Open to students in grades 8-12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 - 12:00 pm
What was it like to live in New York City tenements at the turn of the 20th century? How did new immigrant groups use theater to preserve traditions? How do today's immigrants use theater to tell their stories? These questions will be addressed as we consider theater a vital force  in the telling of American history. Using theatrical games, activities, role play, and scene creation, students will explore the relationship between performance and the immigrant experience in America. Letters, stories, and images from the Museum's archive will provide inspiration for the students' creative work.

Urban Design and New York City: From Streets to Skyscrapers
Instructor: Elizabeth Hamby, B.F.A. in Fine Art, Parsons School of Design; Andrea Renner, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow, Museum of the City of New York
Open to students in grades 8-12; 12:15 - 2:00 pm
Using the Museum of the City of New York's exhibition, The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011, as a starting point, this class will explore the role of urban design in shaping the streets, avenues, buildings, and open spaces that we encounter every day as New Yorkers. Students will discover the people and moments that shaped the way our city looks, and they will investigate how urban design reflects the city's responses to problems in public health, social and class relations, and economic development. Drawing from the Museum's exhibition, students will create an audio guide to the Museum's surrounding neighborhood that brings to light the history embedded in the streets and buildings of New York. 

Kaplan SAT Skills
Instructor: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Open to students in grades 10-12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Test prep can help students maximize their performance on standardized tests and increase their odds of college acceptance and merit-based financial aid. In this course, students will learn time-honored techniques for taking the SAT and master key Kaplan strategies. Kaplan faculty will cover critical reading, math, and writing skills. Walk into Test Day feeling confident and prepared!

Students in this class will be required to take 2 free practice SAT exams with Kaplan proctors on the first and last days of the program (Saturdays, March 17 and April 28) from 12:15 - 4:30 pm at the Museum, directly after their regular morning classes. Lunch will be served. Please save these dates and times! 

To apply for Saturday Academy:

Download and Print the Spring 2012 brochure and application.

Mail the completed application to:
Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029.
Applications submitted by fax or email will not be accepted.

Applications must be received by Friday, February 17  no later than 5:00 p.m.

Enrollment is first come first serve. There are a limited number of spaces reserved for students who live in East Harlem (10029 and 10035 zip codes) and/or attend schools in East Harlem. Please apply early-space is limited! Accepted candidates will be notified by email, mail, or telephone.

For more information or to be added to the Saturday Academy mailing list, please contact Joanna Steinberg, Saturday Academy Coordinator, at

Join City Year New York

You can change the course of these children’s lives by joining City Year New York. As a tutor and mentor, you will work in high-need neighborhoods, where you will become a powerful role model to youth and help create solutions for community problems.

Attend an upcoming Open House!

Come learn more about City Year, network with other young people who want to make a difference, complete an application and begin your journey to changing the world.
Friends and family are welcome, too!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
@6:30 PM
At the City Year New York office
20 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10010
Take the 1, F, V, N, or R trains to 23rd St.


If you are interested in attending an open house or would like more information, contact City Year New York at 646-452-3646 or email the Recruitment Department.
If you cannot attend an Open House in person, please click below to visit our Virtual Open House.

Join City Year New York

As a City Year New York corps member, you will join more than 250 other teammates in serving the children and schools of New York City.
If you are interested in joining City Year New York:
  • Visit our admissions Web site for answers to frequently asked questions and more details about the application process.
  • Attend an Open House! Speak with corps members and learn more about our program.
  • Contact us! We would be happy to answer any of your questions about the application process or provide upcoming Open House dates. Please call the NY recruitment hotline at 646.452.3643 or to email us please click here.
  • See what some of our corps members are saying about why they serve.
  • Interested in finding out what is currently going on at City Year New York? Click here to read our blog.

The Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Letters of Recommendation. Request two letters of recommendation, using the forms provided in the application, from people who know you on a professional or academic basis.
  3. Mail the completed references to the City Year New York office.
  4. Interview. Being selected to serve with City Year is a competitive process. All completed applications are reviewed for program eligibility. Once the initial review is conducted, you may be contacted by recruitment staff to schedule an interview. If you are unable to interview in person, City Year will conduct a phone interview with you.

To learn more about our application deadlines, click here

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Increase your SAT/ACT test score with MindFlow™

New 2012 Dates!!

Increase your SAT/ACT test score with MindFlow™

Speed Reading + Test Strategy + Positive Mindset = Test Success

Created by Test Prep New York / TPNY, MindFlow™ is a blend of modern speed-reading techniques, Critical Reading strategy and valuable confidence building exercises.

MindFlow™ students learn how to double, even quadruple their reading speed without sacrificing comprehension. With proven results, past students have improved their Reading Comprehension performance an average of 13%
This one-day/5-hour class is a great jump-start to one’s study–and score– and provides an extra edge for students who have been studying independently or with another SAT/ACT prep program.

Next MindFlow™ Classes: 

Sunday, January 15, 2012     
Sunday, Feb 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012

All classes taught at a convenient NYC location
Classes are from 10 am – 3 pm

For more information call 646-290-7440 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting   or go to   

Test Prep New York is offering a $25 discount for Sunday’s up-coming MindFlow™ class.  Our Saturday, January 14th class was SOLD OUT, and so there are only a few seats left. To receive the discount you must enroll directly through the TPNY office: call 646-290-7440 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Regular price is $300 * This discount can not be combined with any other offer. 

A Scholarship Workshop in Brooklyn, NY on Feb 18, 2012

A Scholarship Workshop
in Brooklyn, New York
on February 18
, 2012
Do you know students and/or parents of students who are wondering about paying for college? If so, invite them to learn the strategies of Marianne Ragins, $400,000 scholarship winner, publisher of and author of Winning Scholarships for College and College Survival & Success Skills 101, by attending a presentation of The Scholarship Workshop on February 18, 2012 at Hope Christian Center in Brooklyn, New York from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. There is no cost to attend. High school students in grades 9 thru 12, parents, youth leaders, and counselors are welcome to attend.

To register, visit For questions, contact Marie Peters via e-mail at  
All those who attend become eligible for the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship.
Download a flyer with more information about this event. 

About Marianne Ragins

As a high school senior, Ragins made headlines when she received a record-breaking $400,000 in scholarship funds. Since then, Ragins has worked as a motivational speaker and educational professional dedicated to student success for nearly twenty years. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida A & M University and also earned an MBA from George Washington University.
Ragins is the author of Winning Scholarships for College and the newly released College Survival & Success Skills 101 as well as other publications. She is the publisher, a scholarship and college information site, and sponsor of theLeading the Future II and Ragins Braswell National Scholarships.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Teens in Conservation: Careers in Aquatic Research& Education (C.A.R.E.) Program

Careers in Aquatic Research and Conservation Program

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Are you a high school student curious about career opportunities in marine biology? Maybe you are interested in learning more about ocean conservation and about what you can do to protect our local marine environment. Join us this winter for the Teens in Conservation Program's Careers in Aquatic Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) Program at the New York Aquarium!

For more information about this paid internship opportunity for teenagers ages 14–17, download the program description and application here.

The deadline for applications is Monday, January 9th, 2012.

Brooklyn Museum - Open House, LGBTQ Teens & Allies

Free Teen Night Open House: LGBTQ Teens and Allies

Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5–8 p.m.
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Planned by teens, for teens, this event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraitureand planned in partnership with We Are the Youth. Come enjoy an interactive photo booth, DJ, voguing lessons, gallery activities, live performances, and light refreshments. For more information or to RSVP, contact (718) 501-6588 or

Scholarship opportunity for graduates of public schools in the Bronx!

The Seinfeld Scholarship Program awards high school students who have achieved
academic excellence and committed themselves to community service.

Inspired to give back to the city they love, Jerry Seinfeld and his family
established The Seinfeld Scholarship Program in 2000. Since its inception, the
scholarship program has provided college scholarships to more than 190 public
school students throughout New York City.

Seinfeld Scholars receive a four-year scholarship to the college or university
of the student's choice. The Seinfeld Scholarship Program will cover up to
$10,000 of any unmet need the students have, including books, room and board,
tuition, etc. Recipients are also given personal support throughout the year, as
well as access to college prep programs, mentoring and service opportunities.

The program operates on a rotating basis. Each year, scholarships are awarded to
students who attend public schools in a specified borough of New York City.
Applicants for the 2012 program must be graduating in June 2012 from a New York
City public high school in the BRONX.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012



Click here to download the 2012 Summer Arts Institute student application.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by Friday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m.

In order to apply for Summer Arts Institute, students must meet the following criteria:
1. Entering grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the Fall of 2012
2. Currently enrolled in a New York City Department of Education public school or planning to enroll in a New York City Department of Education public school for the 2012-13 school year. Public school enrollment will be verified to determine eligibility.
The 2012 Summer Arts Institute will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, from July 9 through August 3, with the film studio extending through August 17.

Auditions will be held Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

Calling all SAI Alumni! We want to hear from you! Please click here to let us know where you are now and share some memories.
Contact us at or 212-374-6845 for further information.


The Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, intensive, four-week arts program for New York City public school students entering grades 8-12, held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria, Queens.

Students can major in dance, theater, instrumental music (band), vocal music, film, photography or visual arts. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen discipline.

Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with Department of Education arts specialists, partnering cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team of arts professionals guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college, university or conservatory.

Summer Arts Institute focuses on three areas:
- developing students' artistic skills and creativity;
- broadening students' awareness of the arts and;
- helping students recognize and explore career options in the art and arts-related industries.

This intensive summer arts experience connects students to community and cultural resources along with access to careers and lifelong learning in the arts.

The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists, both on and off-site. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their selected art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting professional arts venues and exploring potential careers. Students are given opportunities to perform in selected venues around New York City, and to show their original work in an informal, cabaret-like setting called the SAI CafĂ©. The Institute culminates with an exhibition and live performance for families and the local community showcasing the students’ work from all studios.

Students who complete the program in good standing are eligible to receive a 1/2 unit of credit that may be applied towards an elective arts credit or a Regents or local diploma-major sequence upon approval from their school.

Our cultural partners are American Ballet Theatre (Dance), Roundabout Theatre Company (Theater),Theatre for a New Audience (Theater) and Tribeca Film Institute (Film). Young Audiences New York will provide guest artists in a variety of disciplines throughout the Institute.