Monday, March 21, 2016

Teen Producers Academy

Teen Producers Academy

JULY 6 –  AUGUST 15, 2016

Students at work - Teen Producers Academy, Summer 2012
The Teen Producers Academy is a year-round after school and summer intensive film program where high school students work in small teams to make a short documentary. We are looking for youth who have a story to tell, and want to make moving and honest films about subjects important to you and your communities.
You will learn how to produce a short documentary film while working within a small production team. This includes telling a powerful story from a simple concept, how to use an HD camera and professional audio recording equipment, and the art of cinematography and film editing. You will learn how to interview people and engage them in sophisticated conversation. You will also learn how to edit on professional editing software, Final Cut Pro.
We are looking for people who love film and have a genuine interest in learning how to produce a documentary film. We are looking for young people who are artistic, want to tell a good story and are motivated to work behind the camera in telling that story. In addition, we would like to work with young people who are mature, sophisticated and willing to work in groups. Everyone must complete the application by the deadline date.  Select applicants will be asked to interview with institute staff. Based on the quality of your written responses and interview, we will make a decision on who will be selected. Selected students are expected to commit to all dates of the program and work collaboratively with other aspiring filmmakers. No prior experience or equipment is needed – just a positive attitude and your genuine creativity.
For other questions, please contact


Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, July 6 – Monday August 15, 2016
Duration: 6 weeks
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: 343 Malcolm X Blvd/ Lenox Avenue, between 127th & 128th Streets
Cost: FREE
Age Requirement: Must be a current sophomore, junior, or senior in high school
TO APPLY: Please email your responses to the following questions to:
NAME:                                                                        AGE:
ADDRESS:                                                                 EMAIL:
SCHOOL/ GRADE:                                                    PHONE:

  1. What are three words to describe you?
  2. Why are you interested in making films?
  3. If given the opportunity, what type of documentary would you make?
  4. How would you describe your community?
  5. Have you ever worked on a film/video project before?  If yes, please explain the project and your involvement.
  6. How would you rate your computer skills?
  7. Have you ever operated a camera?  If yes, do you recall the type?
  8. What is your favorite film and why?
  9. How did you hear about the Maysles Teen Producers Academy?


AG Foundation
Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, Inc.
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts
The Office of City Councilmember Inez Dickens
The Office of City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito
Joseph Wemple
William Kistler Charitable Foundation
and many generous individuals like you.
© 2015 Maysles Documentary Center

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Please complete the High School Survey!

Are you the parent of a High Schooler?
Please take a moment and Click Here

Parents of kids currently in HIGH school and those who have graduated in June of 2015 can participate.
Your responses will be posted anonymously to the Parents of NY Teens blog  AND shared with  (with your permission)  and will help many parents & teens with the difficult decision of what schools to consider.

Please begin the survey when you have a few extra minutes to jot down your review of you and your child's experience at the school.

Please repost the link to the survey far and wide

You can share it with any friends who send their kids to HIGH schools in the five boroughs.

Thanks for your participation!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Steam Summer Internship Program

During the summer of 2016, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (NYC DYCD), will offer a summer internship program for forty talented NYC high school students to work full-time, in-house, at DDC.

The High School Summer Internship Program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology. The program is structured to enable students to gain exposure to the many careers in the built environment and to learn about what it takes to build New York City. It is a unique opportunity to prepare students for the growing demands of the job market.

Assignments may include AutoCAD (computer-aided design) drafting for students interested in architecture or engineering, Internet research, word processing, spreadsheet creation, and other clerical work. Students work for six weeks, five days a week, in a program that combines hands-on work and educational programming.

To download a PDF with more detailed information on the program, click here.


You are required to submit the following as part of your completed application: 
  • DDC High School Summer Internship application 
  • Letter of recommendation 
  • Current resume 
  • School transcript (SYEP Applicants Only) 
  • DYCD Ladders for Leaders and/or Summer Youth Employment Program Application 

STEP 1: 
Submit your completed DDC High School Summer Internship Program application online by April 15, 2016. Please choose one of the following options to submit your application. If you encounter any difficulties, please call us at (718) 391-2888 for assistance. 

  1. Fill out and submit your information using our Google form
  2. All supporting documents should be emailed to with the subject heading: “2016 HSSIP – [FIRST NAME LAST NAME]” 
  1. Right click and save our PDF application. Open the PDF using Adobe Reader. Fill in your information electronically and submit the application by clicking on the 'Submit Form' button on the upper right hand corner.
  2. Completed PDF applications and all supporting documents should be emailed with the subject heading: “2016 HSSIP – FIRST NAME LAST NAME”

Based upon your grade average, please complete the appropriate DYCD application: 
  • If your grade average is 80 and above, please complete the NYC DYCD Ladders for Leaders application (due April 4, 2016).
  • If your grade average is below 80, please complete the NYC DYCD Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) application (due April 4, 2016). This year our partnering community provider is HANAC Community located at 23-16 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102. Please select them as a provider if you are interested in this internship opportunity. 

After March 1st, all applicants must fill out both SYEP and Ladders for Leaders applications, regardless of grade average. 

If selected, you will receive notification for an interview by Wednesday April 20th, 2016 via email. Interviews will take place during the week of April 25th, 2016 unless your application is selected via the SYEP Lottery system. If your application is selected via the SYEP lottery system, interviews will be on a rolling basis. 

Incomplete packages will not be considered, both NYC Department of Design and Construction and Department of Youth and Community Development applications must be completed. 


STEAM Hotline: 718.391.2888 
STEAM email: 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Jewish Teen Fellowship in Europe Summer 2016


COST OF TRIP: $3,100
Flights to & from Europe*, hotels, ground transportation, meals, admission to museums/monuments/events included. Participants are only required to cover the cost of souvenirs and/or spending money. 
*Flights to & from New York City.
Are you interested in getting an up-close look at Jewish history in Europe while touring Europe’s most famous cities? Do you want to explore the rich Jewish-European culture of yesteryear? You can experience all this side-by-side with your new friends from Germany, Israel and the United States!
GOING GLOBAL is a two-week-long fellowship for teens ages 16-18. You’ll be joining teens from Germany and Israel as the three groups explore Europe together. The trip runs from August 21st through September 1st, allowing you just the right amount of time to take a dip in Munich’s mile-long lazy river, make you mark on the John Lennon Wall in Prague, ride a gondola in Venice and see the regal opera house in Vienna!
This summer, join our Jewish Teen Fellowship – Going Global and delve into the riches of Jewish culture throughout Central Europe. We’re going to have Jewish teens from three different countries, teens that share a culture but have never shared an experience – until now. This journey involves more than learning about European cities and their history. It’s about meeting young Jewish people living in today’s Europe, participating in activities you can find only in Europe and experiencing what it’s like to be part of the international Jewish Peoplehood.
The cost of the program includes bus travel, hotel stay, meals and admission to museums/monuments/events.
Airfare to & from Munich is an additional fee for the fellows from the United States.
Register for Summer Camp NYC

Friday, March 4, 2016

SHSAT Results by Race, 2015 & 2016

Frank Bruni on College Admissions

Frank Bruni on College Admissions

Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Central Library, Dweck Center
Frank Bruni, BPL Program
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no.
That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants.

RSVP here.

Age Group: Adults


10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Fully accessible
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