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ELOs September 2019



The ACE Mentor Program is open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction — from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping.


Already, thousands of students have enjoyed the exciting projects, informative field trips and other engaging activities that make up the ACE experience.



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 Participants engage in curriculum, learn from coaches, and drive their own projects–such as designing and programming a robot and 3D printing an Android chess set. After months of learning, students become creators of technology that they can share with their community. They also gain access to Google mentors, tech experts, and the latest in technologies, from laptops to virtual and augmented reality.
Code Next is completely in-person. At the moment, we have three labs, located in 1) Oakland, California, 2) Chelsea, New York, and 3) Harlem, New York. The Oakland and Chelsea labs are run and managed by Google. The Harlem lab is based at the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, run and managed in partnership with the New York Urban League and Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering (ELiTE).

 CLARIFY (City Limits Accountability Reporting Initiative for Youth) is a paid, 10-week vocational training program for New York City high school students that teaches the essentials of writing and reporting the news, with an emphasis on covering public civic meetings. Interns work closely with City Limits staff to write about issues affecting their communities and have the chance to earn a byline and see their stories published on the site. Click here to read some of our previous interns’ work. 


The introductory reporting program is open to students of all learning levels, with no previous journalism experience necessary. To be eligible, applicants must be in high school and reside within New York City. They should have an interest in writing and current events and should be curious about the world around them.


Interns will be expected to complete up to six hours of work per week, including attending mandatory group sessions at City Limits’ offices in Harlem on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants who perform successfully in the program will be paid a $750 stipend.


Start date: Sept. 28
Meets: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 10 weeks
Deadline to apply: Sept. 12 at midnight

To apply, please complete and submit an online application form.


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Law -- High School Law Institute


 The New York University High School Law Institute (“HSLI”) is a student-run organization that serves talented and motivated high school students throughout New York City. Alongside our sister program at Columbia Law School, we offer free, yearlong academic programming in constitutional law, criminal law, mock trial, and moot court on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM.


Ideal HSLI students are those who recognize the impact of the legal system, wish to learn more about how it concretely impacts society, and are preparing themselves to serve and advocate for others. While there is no expectation that our students apply to law school or pursue a legal career, we do expect that they apply themselves diligently to their studies in high school and beyond.


Courses are taught by teams of current NYU Law and undergraduate students. Teachers receive thorough training prior to class and receive ongoing support throughout the year. They are also provided with detailed curricula created by veteran HSLI instructors and board members that are scaffolded to support high school student understanding. Each lesson contains discussion questions, background information, classroom activities, and homework assignments that can be tailored to fit each student’s interests.


High School Law Institute Webpage


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 The Possibility Project’s model program integrates training in the performing arts disciplines—acting, improvisation, dance, movement, voice, singing, and playwriting—into a creative process that allows youth to explore their experiences and identities in relation to the social forces shaping their lives.


Through our programs, youth participants discover their personal narrative at the center of these buffeting forces and use the “safe space” of the rehearsal room to mediate conflicts and learn to work together to achieve a common goal and shared vision. They develop their “voice” on important personal and social issues and gain critical communication skills, bringing a new perspective to their families, friends, and communities and working to effect positive change. And, they build a critically important community together to address their challenges and support their aspirations.


To achieve these outcomes, participants in each program work together to achieve two shared goals: 1) write, produce, and perform an original musical theater production about their lives and ideas for change, and 2) design and execute a community action project that makes an impact on an issue of concern to them in their communities.

Each program is led by a team of young people, called the Production Team, working in collaboration with each program’s Artistic Director and professional artists. All four programs follow a model timeline of activities with adaptations made by Production Teams according to the needs of the youth they are leading.


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There will be an audition at Fannie Lou on Wednesday September 19th.

Science and Outdoor Adventure -- Rocking the Boat

 Participants enter as freshmen and sophomores and choose from one of three programs: Boatbuilding, Environmental Science, or Sailing. They move from being students to paid apprentices to alumni once they graduate high school, at which point they are eligible to work part-time for Rocking the Boat as Program Assistants.

All participants receive wrap-around social services provided by three licensed social workers. Together they offer participants comprehensive social and emotional support and help them graduate from high school, apply to college or trade school, overcome obstacles to attaining a college degree or professional certification, and map out a path for reaching their long-term goals.
Participants may arrive at Rocking the Boat not knowing how to read a ruler and having never used tools, but they work together to build full size traditional wooden rowing and sailing boats from scratch. Boatbuilding students and apprentices study the plans and create and assemble all of the components from stem to stern, fasten the planks and frames, paint, and then launch their boat into the Bronx River.
Young people go from never having been on a boat before to sailing solo and becoming certified U.S. Sailing Level 1 small boat instructors. Novice sailors learn theory, practice navigation techniques, and gain experience on Rocking the Boat’s fleet of traditional wooden sailboats, modern fiberglass and plastic training dinghies.

Photography -- Bronx Documentary Center

 The Bronx Documentary Center's free afterschool and summer photojournalism programs teach middle and high school Bronx students to use photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues, preparing them for college and future careers.
The program includes visits with internationally-renowned photographers, field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets, and opportunities for life-changing international travel. Students and families participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours.


October 8, 2019 - June 11, 2020
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30PM

Open to all students who will be in the 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2019.

Apply online or download the application. Applications due Sept 20, 2019


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Career Exploration -- Futures and Options


 Students in the Career Essentials program attend one orientation and thirteen weekly two-hour workshops, each held in an office in the Financial District.  Participants in the program learn how to professionally interview, present information to a group, behave in a professional environment, manage their time, and create an effective resume. Each student also participates in two career exploration field trips that give them a chance to learn about different industries and network with professionals who are willing to share career advice and insights from their own lives.


Career Essentials affords students an opportunity to learn and form relationships with other students from all five boroughs. Students will receive a small stipend upon successfully completing the program.


Accepted students will attend the program from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays this spring from late October to January. The program is open to all high school students in There are 100 total placements available for this fall.


Applications for Career Essentials are due September 27th


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Filmmaking -- Educational Video Center



 Through this rigorous afterschool program, 60 students from schools throughout New York City annually earn academic credit, or receive stipends, and meet the Common Core Standards as they learn to produce a documentary on a subject of personal interest and community relevance. They devote 3 hours a day, 3-4 afternoons per week for 15 weeks during the semester, or 6 weeks during the summers, to the research, planning, shooting and editing of their social issue documentary.


They develop real-world 21st century skills as they collaboratively learn to ask hard questions, examine evidence, search for solutions, and make their voices heard through fact-based arguments and artful storytelling. All youth participants present their final work and answer audience questions at a premiere public screening in professional venues and present evidence of their learning based on EVC rubrics to a panel of teachers, media professionals, and family members in portfolio roundtable.


Students new to EVC attend the Basic Workshop and more experienced and returning students attend the Advanced Workshop where mentors help them with college applications, internship and job opportunities. We are proud that EVC graduates have gone on to work at a range of media companies including the ABC, New York Times, PBS’s POV series, Hispanic International TV Network, Bloomberg News, BET, History Channel, CNBC, Nickelodeon and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.


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Community Organizing and Social Justice -- YA-YA Network

 The YA-YA Network has three programs for youth.

EMPOWER FELLOWSHIP -- weekly 2 hour commitment (4:30-6:30)

Empower focuses on self awareness, identity development, and leadership training as a foundation for social justice and advocacy. Empower operates off of the notion that we, ourselves, must take an active role in our own growth. Through Empower, young people will go through a variety of hands-on activities, a lab component, self-reflection, and life planning skills. This program requires a weekly 2-hour commitment once a week (most likely Tuesdays). For any questions reach out to To apply and for more information, click here


Facilitation Bootcamp is a training that will support youth in strengthening their facilitation skills. After completing the training youth will graduate into the role of a YA-YA Facilitator. YA-YA Facilitators will be offered opportunities to facilitate around the city in schools and community based organizations that request YA-YA Network workshops as well as a monthly YA-YA opportunity called People's Playlist! For more information please email To apply, click here.  



Youth will get the opportunity to strategize, resist, collaborate, and #MakeSomeNoise as we launch our campaign together. Come support our presence with the Dignity in Schools coalition! If you are hoping to do some real hands-on political action and community organizing, look no further! For any questions reach out to To apply, click here.


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