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.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The YA-YA Network is seeking youth leaders!

The YA-YA Network is looking for passionate and motivated young people interested in activism and social justice. We are seeking youth (15-19 years old) that want to learn how to take on a leadership position in a variety of social justice movements by building skills needed to make change happen.

About Us: The Ya-Ya Network is a youth-driven social justice organization focusing on providing youth with alternatives to joining the military. We are committed to supporting young people, especially from marginalized communities, to become leaders in the movements for social, economic and racial justice. We are actively anti-racist, feminist, and allies to the LGBTQIA* community. Find out more about us at   or visit our Facebook   page. 

Program Description: We begin with political education and anti-oppression workshops. We will examine root causes of the problems in our communities and the ways people have organized to make change happen. You will get the chance to work with your peers to build your communication, organization, and activist skills. You will be able to share lessons learned and work together to build a more just world. Other opportunities include: outreach, tabling, speaking on panels and events, and facilitating workshops for other groups.

Program Hours: The program meets throughout the school year, meeting after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 7 PM (Days may be subject to change). Additional activities, like meetings, films, conferences, rallies, & protests, will occasionally be scheduled outside of program hours.

Upon completing all requirements of the program, including regular attendance, you will receive a stipend. Train passes and lunch will be provided during summer hours. Please be advised, this youth internship opportunity is for the entire year, not just the spring/summer terms. 

Application deadline is January 16, 2016!

Location: Workshops are given at our space, located centrally in Manhattan, accessible by most train lines. We are located at 224 W 29 ST, 14th floor. 
Think YA-YA is the space to cultivate strengths and drive one's passion for social justice? Apply or forward to someone you may see fit for just this! You can apply online   !

This application is our way to get to know you. Share about yourself! After processing your responses, we’ll ask you to come in for an in-person interview. You can e-mail us at if you have any questions!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Teen Programming at The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Met is the place to be for teens. Check out classes, workshops, and special events designed especially for teens to develop their skills, and connect with art, ideas, and other young people! Program times and topics vary.

Art Explore (Ages 11–14)

Talk with other teens about works of art from around the world while traveling through the galleries. Attend one or all of the monthly sessions.

Teen Studio (Ages 15–18)

Unleash your creativity and experiment with materials in unexpected ways during these art-making workshops in the galleries and studios.

Saturday Sketching (Ages 11–18)

Sketch in the galleries from works of art with the guidance of an artist-instructor. Attend one or all of the monthly sessions.

Career Labs (Ages 15–18)

Thinking about life beyond high school? Explore careers in the arts, hear from Museum professionals and experts, and build your skills in special workshops.

Summer Programs (Ages 11–18)

Join us for in-depth special summer programs that tap into your talents and invite you to explore the Met's collection.

High School Internships

Learn about paid internships for high school juniors and seniors in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tristate area.

Past Teen Events

Find out about selected past events for teens at the Met. Don't miss out—join us for regularly scheduled, free interactive events that could only happen here!

Upcoming MetTeens Events