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ELOs -- March 2019

Futures and Options Career Development

The Futures and Options Internship Program provides paid, mentored internships and career readiness workshops to high school juniors and seniors. Interns acquire hands-on work experience and gain entry to small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and multinational corporations.

Intern duties might include:

  • Answering phones
  • PowerPoint preparation
  • Meeting preparation
  • Filing
  • Creating social media content
  • Spreadsheet maintenance

See a brochure for more information.

Link to application. Application is due Friday, March 29th.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor.


Introduction to Community Innovation at Bronx Innovation Factory

Learn how to make (almost) anything using the tools of advanced manufacturing!

In this free after school STEM program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of digital fabrication and electronics—including 3D modeling and printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, and Arduino—as well as economic democracy and innovation.


This is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience with the equipment that will be driving innovation and manufacturing in the future, and to learn how to apply those tools to solving community challenges and strengthening the Bronx.


The program also includes a visit to MIT (expenses covered) during spring break and talks from local entrepreneurs who are using advanced manufacturing to build a better Bronx. After successfully completing the program, you’ll also be eligible to apply for paid summer internships with the Bronx Innovation Factory.


Get more information here.

Link to application. Application is due this Friday March 22nd.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor. Summer Shakespeare is a five-week summer intensive that is free for qualifying students. Twenty-two students are selected to train five days a week in voice, movement, ensemble work and scene study (50 hours of classes total). The program culminates in a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play. Summer Shakespeare is an intensive program that requires the quick understanding and execution of new skills.

Summer Shakespeare runs July 8th to August 10th, 2019. Classes meet Mondays through Fridays. Final performances are on Friday, August 9th and Saturday, August 10th.


Call the Studio at 212-689-0087 to request an interview for “Outreach Summer Shakespeare.” You can also reach out to Program Director Jason Gray at [email protected].

Check out a video of the program here.

Look at a flyer for the program.

Learn more at the program’s website.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor.


The Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship (PBYF) builds the leadership skills of young New Yorkers who are committed to lifting up youth voices and leading change.

The program offers high school students intensive leadership training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support to promote greater youth involvement in New York City’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) process, in which City Council members dedicate at least $1 million for local residents as young as eleven to decide how it is spent.

Youth Fellows serve as ambassadors and advocates, working to promote PB and engage other youth and underrepresented groups throughout the process. By preparing a growing cadre of young civic change leaders, PBYF aims to make a lasting impact in communities throughout New York City.

Check out a video of the program here.

Learn more at the program’s website.

Link to application. Application is due ASAP.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor.


EXCEL at NYU Academy (Opportunity for 10th Graders)
Spend a summer at NYU preparing for the transition from high school to college and learning to become a dynamic leader in your community.

The Children's Aid EXCEL @ NYU Academy is a two-year program supports 30 juniors from Fannie Lou to transition from high school to college and challenges students to become dynamic leaders in their community and beyond. Participants will be immersed within NYU’s college environment, engage with NYU professors and students in course and campus activities. By engaging with intensive critical literacy, a college preparation curriculum, field trips, guest speakers, and lectures students develop skills in writing, reading, public speaking, and networking.



Check out a photo gallery of student work from the EXCEL @ NYU Academy


Check out a flyer of information about the program.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor. Application is due March 25th.


Children's Aid Sports Management Program
The Children's Aid Sports Management Program is an exciting way to get involved in sports and learn about various careers related to athletics.
The Sports Management Program meet once a week and is open to interested students. It will instruct you how to manage a sporting event, equipment, maintain statistics, game-scores and capture the adventure of the game in writing/journalism and other avenues of the industry. Through this program, you will get hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience in operating sporting and recreation events!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor.
Children's Aid JAM Peer Education Program
Children’s Aid JAM Peer Education Program is an excellent way to engage with matters of community health, support fellow young people, and earn a summer job.
The JAM (Just Ask Me) Peer Education Program is hiring mature, responsible, and creative youth who will be in the 9th to 11th grades to talk to their peers about Sex, Pregnancy, STI/HIV, and Relationships.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor.
Harlem Youth Court
With the Harlem Youth Court young people will serve as jurors, judges and attorneys, handling real-life cases involving their peers. Members work together to create community service projects and to help improve the lives of youth in the community.

At Harlem’s youth court, teenagers from the neighborhood are trained to handle real-life cases involving their peers, offering a restorative response to minor misbehavior. The Harlem Justice Corps offers justice-involved 18- to 24-year-olds intensive career and life development training and the opportunity to contribute constructively to their community.




Check out a video of the Harlem Youth Court in action.


Check out a link with information about the Harlem Community Justice Center


Link to application for Harlem Youth Court


If you are interested in this program please reach out to Nathan ([email protected]), Yaribel ([email protected]), or your advisor.


Wave Hill Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship
Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship is a 14-month program offering students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the principles of ecology, focusing particularly on ecological restoration in New York City, and to participate in important field research with working scientists.
The Wave Hill Woodland Ecology Mentorship begins with two intensive summer courses—Mapping NYC's Urban Environment: An Intro to GIS and Restoration of NYC Natural Areas—through the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Each combines formal instruction with hands-on work in the field and in a computer lab. The summer also includes data collection in Wave Hill's woodlands, guest speakers, field trips and review sessions. By the end of this first summer, students have been exposed to the principles of forest and restoration ecology, standard methods for data collection and the use of GIS as a tool for scientific inquiry and analysis.
Beat the Odds College Scholarship Program (Opportunity for 10th graders)
Beat the Odds is looking for 10th graders to apply to a college preparation program that provides SAT support, college scholarships, and college application guidance.

The Children’s Defence Fund - NY Beat the Odds Program recognizes current high school students for their tremendous resiliency. We work with students who have overcome hardships and still serve as leaders in their schools, homes, and/or communities. Every year, we encourage current high school sophomores to apply. The program provides: SAT preparation; one-on-one college advising; college tours; life skills & leadership development training and workshops; Up to $10,000 in scholarship funds to put towards their college expenses; Support services throughout their college career and beyond including internship placements, career guidance and invitation to the CDF-NY Beat the Odds Mentoring Program.

Check out a video profiling recent Beat the Odds Ambassadors

Check out a link with more information about the program.

Link to application for Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds Program

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor. Application is due March 31st.


Job Opportunity at Bronx Zoo
The Wildlife Conservation Society is currently hiring for late spring and summer work at the Bronx Zoo.

The Wildlife Conservation  (WCS) is hiring for Seasonal Jobs in Admissions, Food & Beverage, and Retail Sales  at the Bronx Zoo. You must be 16 years or older. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year as there is turnover. It is highly recommended that Fannie Lou students apply ASAP for increased success.

A representative from WCS will be at school on Tuesday at 10:45 in the Student Union (fka Library). She will help you complete your applications and answer any questions you might have. It is preferable to have a resume.

Check out a video WCS uses to manage its brand.

Check out the step by step instructions for applying to for a job.

Link to job application.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan [email protected] Yaribel [email protected] or your advisor.


Center for Excellence in Youth Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Students join the real-world classroom of the Mount Sinai Health System, with activities and interactions led by Mt. Sinai faculty and staff.
Through CEYE, there are a variety of different programs available to support students in exploring careers in the medical field. This summer there will be programs in: Fruit Fly Genetics and Genomics, Internship placement, Veterinary Sciences, and Neuroscience). Students may apply to more than one program.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan ([email protected]), Mike [email protected] or your advisor.
Bridges from School to Work
Bridges from School to Work helps students with disabilities with career development and job placement.

Bridges from School to Work Bridges is a no-cost program, which helps young adults find good jobs with good employers. Finding a job is one thing—Bridges will also help you develop the work skills to keep those jobs and start building a career path.


Bridges is recruiting students who:

  • Want to work
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Are between 17 and 22 years of age
  • Have a documented disability
  • Are willing to follow an employer’s rules and instructions
  • Are motivated to do well


Bridges will support students to:

  • Set short- and long-term career goals
  • Create a strong resume
  • Go through the application and interview process
  • Understand what it takes to be a good employee
  • Be successful on the job
  • Start to build a career path

Check out a video testimonials from former Bridges from School to Work Participants

Learn more on the Bridges from School to Work Website.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan ([email protected]), Mike [email protected] or your advisor.


Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program
The Summer Immersion Program is a free introductory computer science program for girls going into their junior or senior hear of high school who want to learn about computer science principles through real-world projects.
Summer​ ​Immersion​ ​Program (SIP)​ ​classrooms​ ​are​ ​hosted​ ​at major​ ​tech​ ​companies​ ​across​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States,​ ​so​ ​girls​ ​get​ ​a​ ​firsthand​ ​look​ ​at what​ ​it's​ ​like​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​computing ​and​ ​are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​envision​ ​their​ ​own​ ​futures in​ this field.​ Each week, girls​ are introduced to ​computer​ ​science​ principles ​through​ ​real-world​ ​projects in​ ​art​ ​and​ ​storytelling,​ ​robotics,​ ​game​ ​development,​ ​web​ ​development,​ ​and more. ​Languages​ ​used​ ​include​ ​Scratch,​ ​Python,​ ​Arduino​ ​C,​ ​HTML,​ ​CSS,​ ​and JavaScript.​ Students hear from guest speakers, participate in workshops, connect with female engineers and entrepreneurs, and go on field trips to other tech companies.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan ([email protected]), Mike [email protected] or your advisor.
Hk Maker Lab at Columbia University
The Hk Maker Lab provides meaningful and engaging design experiences for NYC high school students. 
The Hk Maker Lab summer program brings together 24 students from around the city for six weeks of hands-on learning at Columbia’s department of Biomedical Engineering. Students work in teams to identify a health problem, develop and test a functional prototype, and develop a business plan around their device. The program culminates in a pitch event, where student teams present their work to distinguished members of the biotech community. Particularly successful projects may even be incubated at the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan ([email protected]), Mike [email protected] or your advisor.

DREAM!'s Peer Mediation Program is open to ALL Fannie Lou students. Peer Mediators are an important part of how we help to solve conflicts and improve our school community, and we are looking for more students of all ages and grades to join our team. Peer Mediators who go through this training will develop their skills in leadership, communication, problem-solving, and creating positive solutions for the future.

The training will be twice a week after school, and will focus on hands-on learning, discussion, role plays, and community-building activities. After successfully completing the training, you will receive a certificate that designates you as a trained peer mediator, and will have the opportunity to help mediate real conflicts.

If you are interested in becoming a peer mediator or would like to know more about the program, please talk to or email Julie ([email protected]).

This Way Ahead provides hands-on training for retail work at the Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic. Earn up to $200 for training and get a paid internship making $15/hr. Must be 16-24 years old to apply.


Over several weeks in April-May, participants are offered job readiness training and career exploration guidance to help them find a job and keep a job. Throughout the job readiness and internship phase of the program, youth are matched with a coach who helps them to set short-term goals and to effectively use this work experience as a stepping stone towards those goals.

This opportunity is unique in that there is an expectation that more than half of the interns that successfully complete the internship will be offered ongoing employment at the end of the 10-week internship. Previous interns that were successful in receiving employment offers after the summer remain connected to the program by offering mentorship to new interns arriving in the stores each year.

This Way Ahead will begin recruiting for their next cycle in the beginning of April. An afterschool trip to an orientation event will be scheduled. If you would like to be included on the list for that trip, please email Nathan ([email protected]) and you will receive updates about when the trip is scheduled and what you will need to do.


Hostos College Now has designed and established an integrated academic program with comprehensive support services for high school students.  All students participate for free.

This summer Hostos College Now has three options:

1). Bronx Civic Scholars for rising 12th graders with a 75 on the ELA Regents and a GPA of 80.

2). Summer Intensive English Learning Program for rising 11th or 12th graders.

3). Pre-Health Intensive Summer Help for rising 11th or 12th graders.

To cultivate the college experience, we hold class on our campus. Students who enroll in a Hostos College Now course are given a Hostos Community College ID card and a Blackboard and Webmail account. Students have access to many of the facilities at the college including the library, computer labs, tutoring center, and dining hall. We frame the college experience with formal orientations and support services specially designed for the high school level.

College Now courses and workshops are taught by college faculty.  College Now courses are exclusively for NYC public high school students. Enrollment in a college course is a serious commitment. All college courses become a part of the CUNY transcript. If a student attends Hostos Community College as an undergraduate, the grade earned in a Hostos Community College Now course will be included in the college GPA.

All accepted students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation and maintain satisfactory participation and academic performance.

If you are interested in this program, please contact me ([email protected]), Emily ([email protected]), your advisor, or a member of the Student Success Center.