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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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. To apply, click here.


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 DOROT is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to alleviate social isolation and provide concrete services to older adults. For more than four decades, DOROT has been an innovative leader in the fields of aging services and volunteerism. DOROT’s diverse set of programs, as well as our focus on providing intergenerational connections to seniors, has ensured that DOROT’s clients have access to the resources they need to age with dignity, independence, and grace.
School Year Internships: Teen interns commit one afternoon a week to visit seniors in their homes, provide tech help, deliver meals, celebrate birthdays, and much more. Volunteer with a diverse group of socially-conscious high school students to connect with older New Yorkers.
Intergenerational Chess: Mondays at 4:00 PM are a chance to share experiences and provide companionship to seniors across a chessboard. Learn and teach with the help of a chess master while creating relationships with older New Yorkers.
 Read Alliance provides students with the building blocks to academic success. While early literacy remains at the core of our mission, our unique model also employs teens to tutor their younger peers.
READ students receive the one-to-one support in foundational reading skills they require to catch up to their peers, and gain the confidence to thrive academically in their classrooms.
READ Teen Leaders gain meaningful after school and summer employment, become economically empowered, gain college focus, learn important professional skills, and serve as role models for their younger counterparts.

 Teen Programming at THE POINT CDC promotes active healing. THE POINT programs are mission-driven, transformative, asset-based, leadership bound, safe and caring. Young adults from 13-21 years old can register for one or multiple free workshops throughout the year leading towards college and professional careers in the arts, activism, education and more.


For more info on THE POINT's Teen Programs and how to sign up to be a part of the fun, email Freddy Sanchez at [email protected] or call (718) 542-4139 X.129.







Black & White Photography
A collaborative program with the International Center of Photography, ICP at THE POINT teaches youth students the fundamentals of black-and-white photography. Students have access to THE POINT’s onsite black-and-white darkroom and Vantage Point Gallery. Registration ongoing. 10-week course, four times a year.
Pre-Teen,(ages 9-13) Mondays or Tuesdays 4:00-7:00 pm
Teen,(ages 14-18) Wednesdays or Thursdays 4:00-7:00 pm
Open Lab, Fridays 3:00-6:30 pm (For teen students only enroll in the program)

Contact: Tiffany Williams or Abigail Montes  718-542-4149
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


THE POINT’s Social Circus workshops offer young people 13 years and up an opportunity to learn a variety of circus disciplines including aerial, juggling, acrobatics, tumbling, clowning and more, all while building valuable life skills! As a part of THE POINT’s Cirque du Vie troop.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Teens 13+


THE POINT’s Blank Plate program introduces teens to Culinary Arts. Blank Plate is the creative culinary program that’s changing a neighborhood, one plate at a time. Young chefs learn food safety & handling, preparation techniques, plating, new recipes and how to prepare a large community meal and design a Hunts Point event for No Beef Thursdays!
Starting day TBA
4:45 – 7:30 pm.
Teens 13+


With the guidance of our Teaching Artists in Residence, Teens and Young Adults will have an opportunity for mentorship and professional development from a working artist. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to develop new artistic techniques, create and present new work and be ready for High School and College Portfolio review. Participants will learn artistic techniques such as illustration, sculpture, printmaking, painting, composition and more!
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Teens 13+

(Audition required and ongoing) This is an exciting, professional, not-for-profit theater ensemble based company for adults and children serving Hunts Point and The Bronx.
Contact: Luis Cardenas or Sarah Rosenberg at 718-542-4139 X.175 or [email protected]


Voice Workshop

Learn how to sing with confidence and with proper technique while learning to read music from all kinds of genres including pop, musical theater, and classical, in a fun and engaging environment where you will develop a love for singing.
6:30PM-8:40 PM slots
All ages


All-Styles-Performance Class. A choreography based class for the beginner to an experienced teen or young adult dancer designed to prepare for a Latin Performance.  The choreography in Salsa, Bachata, Folk, Reggaeton and more!
Wednesdays 630-730PM
Teens 13+
Adults ($10, or bundle of 5 for $48):
Absolute beginner Latin Workshop - A workshop based class that is geared for the absolute beginner of Latin Dance to embrace the most basic movements.

Zumba® fitness, Zumba®Step, aqua-Zumba®, Zumba®kids, Zumba-gold® and -Toning® -  Latin based fitness classes that incorporate easy to follow moves with hidden cardio and resistance interval training.  So much fun no one feels like its a workout!


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 YLC members create solutions for:

  • Advocating for mental health support and resources
  • Preventing gun violence in communities
  • Influencing citywide environmental sustainability awareness initiatives
  • Encouraging nutritious diets and healthy lifestyles
  • Connecting youth to digital resources for research and advocacy
  • Using art as a tool for social action
  • And more!



For a full list of active YLCs and the issues they’re working on, visit the YLC Application.


Reasons why others have joined YLCs:

  • To learn how to influence their neighborhood and city
  • To gain insight into college and career opportunities
  • To get community service hours for school or their resume
  • To develop professional and life skills
  • To gain more confidence in communicating ideas
  • To meet similar people from different neighborhoods across NYC
  • To receive a certificate signed by the mayor to include in their resume


 Creative Lab offers teens an introduction to the many facets of the creative industry. Youth and mentor pairs meet monthly, to visit artists’ studios/museums, participate in professional development workshops, and build visual literacy. Teens work to build communication, networking, resume writing, interview and digital literacy skills. Over school breaks, teens visit top creative companies, meet employees, learn about their jobs and the paths they took to get there.





2019 companies include:

  • BFA
  • Catbird
  • Draper James
  • Penguin Random House
  • Phillips Auction House
  • Uniqlo
  • Verizon
  • Viacom/Velocity
  • Warby Parker
What to expect:
  • Monthly workshops to develop career readiness and visual literacy skills.
  • Mentoring from a professional that cares about your growth.
  • Exclusive access to artists and creative companies.
Time commitment:
  • One group visit per month on Saturdays (October through June)
  • One individual mentor meeting per month
  • Meetings during February break.
  • Meetings during Spring break
Do you want to make an impact? Are you interested in social justice? Want to learn about podcasts and the radio industry? Safe Space Radio is looking to hire high school students to be part of an exciting new podcast production.
 The Bronx Community Action Team is a community of youth advocates who take a leadership role in setting and accomplishing goals that will lead to positive community change for youth throughout the Bronx and beyond. The youth-led movement seeks to promote social justice by engaging in policy advocacy, community improvement projects, community organizing, and civic engagement.
In joining BCAT youth have the opportunity to further develop as a leaders, drive systemic change their communities, network with community leaders, gain professional experience, and have access to many opportunities with the support of Phipps Neighborhoods. The program currently consists of a Leadership Council of 20 youth who receive a monthly stipend for their participation.
 ROAR starts on November 6, 2019 and meets on Wednesdays. 
$250 stipend upon completion.
Food and metro cards will e provided at each session.
Custom designed t-shirt created by you.
We will design a final event where you can invite all your friends and family and community to participate. This will take place on January 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and is mandatory for all interns.

 In 2009, NYTW created Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop as a way to foster meaningful dialogue among artists and audiences of diverse backgrounds and generations. Mind the Gap workshops are held twice per season at NYTW, as well as in residence at multiple community partner locations around New York City.


Mind the Gap is a free workshop in which half of the participants are elders ages 60 and up and half are teenagers ages 14-19. Over the course of 10 sessions, participants work in pairs to interview each other and write plays inspired by their partner’s personal stories. Each workshop culminates with an invited presentation in which participants’ work is read aloud by professional actors. NYTW holds sessions of Mind the Gap in the Summer (July-August) and Fall (October-December).

 The Schomburg Teen Curators Program is a unique after school art history and curatorial program that enrolls up to 30 high school students each year. The year-long tuition-free program uses art education to increase the historical and cultural literacy of teenagers and promotes their intellectual and professional development through curatorial projects and aesthetic engagements with the Schomburg and other cultural institutions.


Each year the program culminates with a student-curated exhibition featuring their artwork alongside archival materials researched during the year within the Schomburg Center's five divisions. Through these processes students are exposed to behind-the-scenes work of museums and libraries (eg. collecting, preserving, archiving, and interpreting) and the pathways to professional careers in field.  


CLICK HERE  for the 2019-2020 Teen Curators Online Application
DEADLINE: Friday, September 27, 2019


From October 2019 through June 2020, the Schomburg Teen Curators will be immersed in aesthetic and academic experiences with the Schomburg’s collections through intensive art object study, art historical research and writing, archival presentations, living artist interviews, community programs, docent tour-giving, and hands-on curatorial and exhibition work. The Schomburg’s program allows teens to integrate their scholarly research into artistic endeavors by incorporating manuscripts, sheet music, letters, and other paper and audiovisual media into teens’ artistic and curatorial projects and by encouraging Teen Curators to produce and present multimedia exhibitions at the Schomburg Center, in the community, and in their schools. 


Teen Curators meet for a minimum of 5 hours each week — two afternoons each week and occasional Saturdays. At the conclusion of the program year in June, Teen Curators host their own exhibition opening unveiling their work and engaging the public in discussions about their personal development progress and professional aspirations.

Discovery Days: Tuesdays, 3:30–6:00PM
Discovery Days are designed for whole-group instruction and activities. Discovery days will primarily take place at the Schomburg Center, but field trips to museums and galleries may also be organized on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Curator’s Studio: Thursdays, 3:30–6PM
Curator’s Studio time is envisioned as a required supervised study period for Teen Curators, who will make a commitment to attend Thursday Studios each week to advance their study, planning, and group work. Alternatively, Thursday sessions are also used as additional Discovery Days for group instruction.

Saturdays: 10–1:30PM or 1–4:30PM
Teen Curators will occasionally take field trips to local museums and galleries to advance their art studies.