Friday, December 22, 2017

WCS Youth J.I.V.E (Job, Internship, and Volunteering Expo) at the Bronx Zoo!

Have you ever wanted to get involved at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)? If so, register to attend the Youth J.I.V.E (Job, Internship, and Volunteering Expo) event at the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 (11:00 am- 3:00 pm).
J.I.V.E attendees will learn about all of the paid and unpaid positions available for youth (ages 14-26) at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium. We will also offer professional development workshops at the event to help attendees develop valuable professional skills.
14 and 15 year olds can learn more about WCS's volunteer opportunities and how to use volunteer positions as a springboard into paid positions down the line. Chaperones are required for students under age 16.
16-26 year olds will have the opportunity to meet hiring managers and learn about the many jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities available at the WCS zoos and aquarium.
In order to sign up to attend, you will register for either the morning session (11am-1pm) or the afternoon session (1pm-3pm). Attendees should register for only 1 session.



Sat, February 10, 2018
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST


Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tell us about your experience with the NYC High School Choice Process!

Tell us about your experience with the NYC High School Choice Process!

Did your child recently submit his or her high school application? We are inviting 8th grade students and parents to participate in an interview study on the high school choice process in New York City. 

Who is conducting this study? We are a team of researchers based out of Princeton University who are interested in understanding how families navigate the high school choice process.  We are inviting parents and 8th grade students to participate in individual interviews so we can learn more about their experiences.

When will the interviews be conducted?  We would like to begin interviews as soon as possible.  If you are interested, please complete the google form (link below) and we will get back to you quickly with more information. 

What will participants be asked to do?
Parents and students in this study may be asked to do the following:
1.     Participate in an in-person or telephone-based individual interview at a convenient location and time. Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes.
2.     Provide a copy of your child’s high school application for discussion during the interview. 

Will data collected during the interview remain confidential?
Confidentiality will be strictly maintained by assigning all participants a fake name and using it when we write up the interviews. This means that no one other than the researchers will be able to know what participants said in the interview.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please provide your contact information here and we will follow-up with you shortly:

If you would like to learn more about the study or have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Jennings at (347) 692-8565 or

The Parents of NY Teens list-serve has moved.

The Parents of NY Teens list-serve has moved.

If you were a member of the yahoo group, your membership was transferred and the group is now located at  

Send your messages to

If you are not yet a member, all parents of teens and young adults are invited to join us at or by sending an email to 

Friday, March 17, 2017

NYC Teen Author Festival Reader's Theater and Signing

David Levithan
Author Event (Teens) 
Friday March 24, 2017 7:00 PM 

The 10th annual NYC Teen Author Festival is here with panels, readings and signings! Join us for Reader's Theater and a signing, as beloved YA authors share, celebrate and perform each other's work. Participants this year include David Levithan, David Arnold, Zoraida Cordova, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Kate Strohm, Tiffany Jackson, Bill Kongisberg, Nina LaCour, Garth Nix and Jeff Zentner!

Special Instructions
Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Books can be purchased after signing. If you have questions or concerns, email or ask a bookseller for more information.

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2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

Come to the 2017 High School Admission Round 2 Fair

Friday, March 3, 2017

NYC Teen Political Action Bootcamp

Sunday, March 5, 10 AM - 11:30 AM at 55 Prospect West
NYC Teen Political Action Bootcamp

Interested in opposing Trump’s agenda through grassroots political action? Learn how at Activist Bootcamp with Indivisible Nation BK, a subgroup of #GetOrganizedBK. Using the Indivisible Guide as our inspiration, we will teach you how lobby your elected representatives to oppose Trump and to fight for democratic values. RSVP here. 

Now accepting applications for the 2017–2018 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps!

Calling all aspiring journalists! Kids in the United States and around the world between the ages of 10 and 14 with a nose for news and a passion for writing can now apply to join the 2017–2018 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.
Learn more and download the application here:
Completed applications must be received by May 31, 2017.
The talented group of young journalists from across the country and around the world covers "news for kids, by kids." This past year, the Kid Reporters covered national and global events including Election 2016, Lunar New Year celebrations, and the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas.
Past Kid Reporters have also conducted a number of high-profile interviews with politicians, authors, musicians, and professional athletes such as President Barack Obama, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, country music star Tim McGraw, and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, among many others.
Encourage the aspiring journalists you know to apply! Follow the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps on Twitter @KidsPress and find the full collection of Kid Reporter stories and interviews on the Kid Reporters’ Notebook.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Transition Issues for High School & College Students

Transition Issues for High School & College Students with ADHD and Learning Differences

Presented by:
Robert M. Tudisco, Esq., Barger & Gaines
Samantha Feinman, New Frontiers in Learning

Do you have a child with learning differences who is transitioning to college? 
We know there are many questions about the process, and we're here to help! 

Join us for a free presentation to learn more about:
Understanding the barriers your child faces
What he/she is entitled to by law
Necessary steps & available resources for a smooth transition

February 15, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
80 Broad St., 3rd Fl. Conf. Room 
New York, NY 10004
Please RSVP – Please or

SYEP : Summer Youth Employment Program

    If you are a NYC youth between the ages of 14-24 who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, please complete the SYEP application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job.
    Apply Now:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MOVE(NYC) Summer Intensive

AUGUST 7 - 27, 2017

280 BROADWAY NY, NY 10007


MUST be a resident of New York City (including all 5 boroughs)
MUST be between the ages of 13 - 18
MUST have at least 2 years of dance training




MOVE(NYC)'s Summer Dance Intensive is an elite and rigorous training program geared towards talented and motivated New York City teenagers, ages 13 - 18, who have received at least 2 years of consistent training in dance. This 3-week program will challenge the dancers to expand on their knowledge of foundational dance techniques, while also creating a safe space for them to explore newer techniques that are relevant to today’s dance world. Through various workshops, panels and exciting performance opportunities, MOVE(NYC) strives to propel each young dancer to the next phase of their technical and artistic training.


In keeping with the demands of an ever-changing dance world, it is our inherent belief that the dancers of today must be versatile, relevant, and well-rounded artists. Our curriculum is designed to give each dancer a stronger foundation in ballet and contemporary dance techniques, but also to expand their ideas and ways of moving. Each day will include a classical ballet technique class as well as a contemporary technique class. MOVE(NYC) is also proud to offer improvisation and repertory classes to our students as well as Jazz and a multitude of master class workshops with professional working artists. To contribute to producing well-rounded artists we will also offer Career Management classes, Leadership Seminars and discussion panels with highly acclaimed dancers and choreographers who are working in the dance world today.



Thursday, January 5, 2017

WCS Youth Job, Internship, and Volunteer Expo

The Wildlife Conservation Society Youth Advisory Council will host the very first WCS Youth Job, Internship, and Volunteer Expo (J.I.V.E) on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, at the Bronx Zoo's Schiff Family Great Hall.

Youth from all over the city are invited to to come to the Bronx Zoo to learn about about the variety of paid and unpaid positions available throughout WCS this season. RSVP now!. Visit,

Representatives from Education, Human Resources, Public Affairs, Business Services, Retail, Concessions, and Animal Care will share information about upcoming positions and meet qualified young applicants from across the city.

The Expo will also provide attendees with additional skill-building workshops focused on resume building, interview tips, and careers in conservation.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

What is the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program? We welcome 35-40 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its sixteenth summer in 2017. It will take place from August 4 to August 14.
What is the program like? Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe New YorkerNew York MagazineThe Daily BeastPoliticoSports Illustrated and CNN, among other media outlets. Students tour The New York TimesNew York MagazineThe Daily Beast and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journalwhich is published on the program's last day. The program is also designed to give students a taste of what life is like at one of the best colleges in the country—students live on campus and eat in one of the university's cafeterias—and to prepare them to apply to top schools. Students meet with Princeton's top professors as well as the school's president and its dean of admissions. Students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process. SJP administers a diagnostic SAT or ACT exam provided by Kaplan Test Prep. The program's 2016 schedule can be found here. After students return home, program staff remain in contact with them, assisting them during the college application process and helping them to apply for journalism internships once they are in college.
What have our students accomplished? Approximately 350 students have graduated from our program during the past fifteen years, and many return each summer to serve as mentors to our current students. We are proud of their academic and journalistic accomplishments. Since 2008, 61 of our students have gone on to Ivy League schools—plus, four have gone to Stanford, five to Swarthmore, seven to Georgetown, three to Wesleyan, eight to Berkeley, five to Barnard, three to Bowdoin, and three to Bard.
Our students have gone on to write for college newspapers across the country, including The Daily PrincetonianThe Harvard CrimsonThe Yale Daily NewsThe Brown Daily HeraldThe Columbia SpectatorThe Cornell Daily SunThe Daily PennsylvanianThe Amherst StudentThe Wesleyan ArgusThe Middlebury CampusThe Bowdoin Orient and The Georgetown Hoya. Our alumni have also landed jobs or internships at The New York TimesThe New YorkerNew York MagazineThe Daily BeastForeign PolicyNational JournalThe Huffington PostThe New RepublicThe American ProspectNewsweekThe New York ObserverSports IllustratedHuffington PostArchitectural DigestThe Star-Ledger, NPR, MSNBC and NBC, among other outlets.
Who is eligible? This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

- You must currently be a junior in high school.

- You must live in the United States.

- You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).

- You must have an interest in journalism.

- The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds. If the combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and you still wish to apply, you may attach a statement explaining why you believe your family qualifies as financially under-resourced.)
Who runs the program? The program was founded by four Princeton alumni from the class of 2001—Richard Just, Michael Koike, Gregory Mancini and Rich Tucker—who wanted to diversify the world of journalism. Today, the program is run by Richard Just as well as by Marin Cogan, Amanda Cormier, Eliza Gray, Walter Griffin, Lyne Lucien, Tonya Riley, Amanda Rinderle, Brian Rokus, Chanakya Sethi, Tasnim Shamma, Katie Zavadski, and Simon van Zuylen-Wood. Except for two student interns who are hired annually to help coordinate the program, everyone associated with the program is a volunteer. More information about the program's directors can be found here
Who funds the program? The program is funded by Princeton University, as well as by grants from foundations and donations from Princeton alumni. In 2016, we received more than 350 applications, but, because of funding limitations, we were able to accept only 11 percent of applicants. We receive so many applications because we are, to our knowledge, the country's only high school program that seeks to propel low-income students into professional newsrooms by combining journalism education with intensive college admissions preparation—and pays all the expenses of students who attend. Every year, with guidance from the program's staff, our students apply to, and are accepted at, the country's best colleges, where they go on to write for top student papers and earn internships at the nation's most influential newspapers, magazines and television stations. We would like to increase our class size to meet the extraordinary demand among low-income students for spots in the program, and we are therefore currently seeking a donor to help us expand the program in future years. More information about how to donate to the program can be found here. If you are considering a donation and would like more information about the program, the best way to reach us is via email at

Monday, January 2, 2017

FREE Summer Arts Institute

Summer Arts Institute

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

Students currently enrolled or planning to attend a NYCDOE public school for 2017-18 are eligible to apply. Public school enrollment will be verified to determine eligibility.

2017 Summer Arts Institute

Program Dates: July 5 - July 28, 2017
Note: The film studio will have two mandatory, full-day Saturday sessions in June prior to the start of SAI, dates to be announced.

Summer Arts Institute is open to all New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in the Fall of 2017. Only students currently enrolled or planning to attend a New York City Department of Education public school for the 2017-18 school year may apply. When necessary, public school enrollment will be verified to determine eligibility.

To Apply: Click here to complete the online application.
Student Application Period:December 6, 2016 - February 3, 2017

Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Applications must be received by Friday, February 3 at 6:00pm. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School.

For more information, contact our office at or 917-521-3713.

The VSA International Young Soloists Competition

The VSA International Young Soloists Competition is open annually to young musicians with disabilities, aged 14 to 25. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles (including bands) of two to five members. In the case of an ensemble, at least one member must have a disability and all members must be within the required age range. All genres of music are accepted including, but not limited to, classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock and alternative rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. Applicants who play multiple instruments must choose only one for the competition.

The Bezos Scholars Program

The Bezos Scholars Program is an annual, yearlong leadership development program in which 30 top high school juniors and educators are selected to participate. All those accepted start off the program with an all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF), a gathering of thinkers and change agents from around the world. The goal of the AIF is to inspire all attendees to create change within their own communities.

Summer Opportunities Fair: January 12th, Chapin School.

Summer Opportunities Fair: January 12th, Chapin School.  

Tips on Trips and Camps, a FREE service representing overnight summer camps for children and programs for teens, will host a Camp/ Summer Programs Fair at Chapin (100 East End Ave) on January 12th, 4:00-6:30. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about traditional sleep away camps, creative and performing arts camps, wilderness adventures, sports camps, travel, internships, language immersion, academic enrichment and community service programs.  Meet program directors and discuss options with knowledgeable consultants. Overnight programs only 

Can’t make the fair? Call Barb Levison for a free phone consultation.
Barb Levison 646-719-1149