Friday, December 5, 2014

American History High School Scholars Program

American History High School Scholars Program

A new program supported by the Hertog Foundation


Addressing the challenges facing our country will require talented young people with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to make sound choices about complex public problems. To that end, the New-York Historical Society is offering a new program designed to inspire young Americans to become informed and engaged citizens with a critical appreciation of the values, ideas, and history of our nation through direct engagement with renowned scholars.
The American History High School Scholars program will offer up to 20 outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to study with preeminent American historians and policy experts in a seminar setting. Those accepted into the program will attend Sunday morning classes at the Historical Society for nine sessions from February 8–April 12, 2015
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIRMENTS. Applicant must be a high school junior attending a New York City Public School and have a record of academic achievement and leadership qualities.
The program will run from February 8–April 12, 2015, with seminars convening Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Scholars are expected to attend all sessions. Lunch will be provided.
PROGRAM REWARDS. Upon completion and full participation in the program, Scholars will receive a stipend of $600 and a voucher to attend an SAT-prep course to help further their chances of academic success.
LOCATION. The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024.
APPLICATION. The application form, and more information, can be found here
Those eligible must submit the following materials by Monday, December 22, 2014:
1. Application form
2. A 500-word autobiographical essay, describing your interest in American history and academic and career goals
3. A high school transcript
4. One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor (see form)

QUESTIONS? Please contact Cheryl Miller at

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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gotham Girls Roller Derby -- Junior Derby!

Who can join?

The GGRD Junior Derby league is the place for any girls and young women between the ages of 8 and 17 yearsinterested in learning the sport of roller derby and working on skating and derby skills. We welcome all skill levels, but ask that you are able to comfortably stand in your skates and make it around the track without holding on to walls or people.
How is it structured?
All new skaters will start in one of our ten-week Basic & Beginners sessions. These classes will start by covering basic skating form, stops, starts, and safe falls. Skaters will then start learning to skate in partnerships and in packs and will eventually work their way up to light contact (positional blocking, lean-outs, hitting form). After each ten-week session, there will be an opportunity for a Skills Assessment to determine scrimmage-readiness. Once skaters have passed their skills assessments, they will be eligible to take advanced classes and start scrimmaging.
Basics & Beginners,10-week session
Thursdays from 5-7pm, starting September 5, 2013:

Superhero Supply Store -- Workshops & Internships

It's back-to-school and that means our fall workshops are about to begin. Registration is now open for the following writing-based classes:
  • The Young Superheroes Guide to NYC, for ages 9-12
  • Draw Comics like a Superhero, for ages 10-12
  • Super Novel Writers, for ages 13-18
Due to a high volume of interest in our workshops program, students are admitted on a lottery basis. This fall, the lottery will be drawn on September 15. All workshops are free, but require a $25 refundable deposit upon acceptance to the program. Visit here to view workshop descriptions and dates, and to register today!
We're still looking for talented, driven, and creative candidates to join our 826NYC intern team this fall. Apply today for the following open positions:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Coney Island Talent Show -

Coney Island Talent Show is looking for people to perform this year. Applications available online at

The event is July 26th and applications are due, July 11!

Coney Island Talent Show: A Spectacle of Sunshine and Lollipops on the Boardwalk

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls - Volunteers Needed


Volunteer Training: June 14 - 15

Rock Camp Jumpstart: Sun, July 7 - Fri, July 11

Girls Rock! Camp Session 1: Sun, July 13 - Sat, July 19

Girls Rock! Camp Session 2: Sun, July 27 - Sat, Aug 2

+ Musicians & non-musicians needed
+ Flexible schedule - full & part time positions
+ Limited stipends available
+ Food provided, childcare available

Visit for job descriptions & applications
Please forward widely!

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music & mentoring program for girls & women. The summer camp features instrument instruction, workshops, songwriting, band practice, and a showcase concert.

Kids in grades 5-12 : video contest is a video contest presented by the Citizens’ Climate Education Corp [+] that invites young people in Grades 5-12 to create compelling videos that educate peers, family and community about real solutions to climate change.
Please note these important dates:
The contest opens May 1st
The deadline for entering the contest is May 30th
The deadline for uploading videos is June 7th, 2014
Winners will be announced June 11th
Plan and create an informative video which includes one or both of the following messages:

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The world’s top climate scientists confirm that we can restore the climate of the 1980s by 2070. It won’t require a miracle or big sacrifices, just the will and policies to do it. Hope videos should tell us why YOU believe that we CAN solve the climate change issue.
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America’s history shows we are capable of coming together and achieving remarkable things when faced with great threats and challenges. Action videos should educate your peers, family and community about what America can do to restore the climate of the 1980s by 2070.
Prizes can be awarded to individuals, groups, classrooms or schools.
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The 1st Place Winner will be awarded a trip for one youth (+1 guardian) to Washington, D.C. in June to join their state’s delegation for the 5th Annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby Conference. Alternatively, the 1st place winner may accept a $1,500 grant to be spent on climate education and/or action projects in their school or community.
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The 1st Place Winner will also receive an iON AIR PRO action camera valued at $229
The 2nd place winner will be awarded a $500 grant to be spent on climate education and/or action projects in their school or community.
The 2nd Place Winner will also receive a Livescribe Echo smartpen valued at $179
The 3rd place winner will be awarded a $250 grant to be spent on climate education and/or action projects in their school or community.
AGES: The contest is open to U.S. residents who are ages 10 to 17 on or before June 1, 2014. Videos must be created and produced by individuals who meet these criteria.
COPPA: If you are under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 requires that in order to enter your video in the contest, we’ll need your parent or guardian to send in a parental consent form (PDF) along with your video.
Groups: This video contest would make an excellent immersive learning project for your middle or high school class. If you are a teacher wishing to upload a video on behalf of your students, you must first obtain and submit parental consent forms (PDF) for all students whose names or images appear in the video.
Winners will be announced to the public on this website on or around June 11th, 2014. The First Prize Winner will be notified by 5:00 PM (ET) on June 9th, 2014. Winners will be notified via email.
Videos must be 60-240 seconds long and meet contest technical guidelines.
All videos will be judged by a panel based on:
  1. Creativity & originality (Don’t forget to have fun!)
  2. Content accuracy (Need help? See our resources page)
  3. Following contest rules & theme
  4. Video quality
  5. Overall presentation
*Note about class prizes: Winning videos submitted as part of a school project are encouraged! In the event that a classroom or school is awarded 1st prize, the sponsoring classroom or educator is asked to select one student who would represent the group in Washington.
**Prizes are selected and purchased by individual donors and supporters of the International Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
General inquiries:
For inquiries specifically related to this contest, parents and caregivers can contact Ian Bryan, Contest Coordinator, via email at

Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring Fling and Camp Panic - Tomorrow, May 3

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Washington Park
5th ave btw 3rd and 4th (right by MS 51)
Spring Fling and Camp Panic are taking over 4th Street at 5th Avenue to support the Old Stone House Saturday, May 3 from 10am-5pm.  And, there are tons of FREE activities perfect for older kids. 
Hate to wait in line?  Want to do the activity at the same time as a friend?  Reserve your space today – more details at
Pick a favorite, or start early, stay late and do them all!
Rock Climbing with Brooklyn Boulders – yes, their installing their wall on 4thStreet
Skateboarding with Homage NY Skate Academy
Full Moon Chess with Brooklyn Game Lab
Build Flying Critters and Fly them in a Wind Tunnel with Brooklyn Robot Factory
Weaving with Textile Arts Center
Guitar Lessons with Ezra Guitar
GaGa Pit (fast moving dodge ball) with Park Slope Day Camp
Hula Hoop Freeze Dance with Brooklyn Music Factory
Solve Critical Thinking Puzzles with FasTrack Kids
Bow & Arrow Practice with Coyote Tracks COTEF
Dance and Circus with Cumbe and Brooklyn Beanstalk