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Summer Youth Employment Program
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.
Participants have the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help in developing their social, civic and leadership skills.
By participating in structured project and work-based opportunities, NYC youth are better prepared for careers of the future.
Deadline to submit an application is 4/26/2019.
Rising STARS Academy(RSA) is a free 4-week summer program for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school girls. During their summer intensive, participants will try out all kinds of sports, develop life skills for success, and engage in healthy-living learning to help them in their transition into high school. During the school year, participants will have an opportunity to participate in fun and exciting workshops offered through our partnership with Nike, Google, Athleta, and etc!
Our application deadline is Sunday, April 28th, 2019.
The SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA) is a free leadership program for high school young women in NYC. We're looking to accept students that will be entering 9th to 12th grade in the Fall of 2019. The Academy kicks off with a 5-week intensive summer session where girls participate in a variety of sports, develop workplace and life skills, and learn about the college process. Participants prepare for college and the workforce through a girl-centered approach focused on sports/physical fitness, college access, and career/life skills development. During the school year, girls gain access to activities to build their life and leadership skills and will have opportunities to earn stipends through our peer mentor coaching program. In addition to the workshops, program participants will gain access to fun and interactive workshops with partners like Nike, Google, Wells Fargo, and etc.
Our application deadline is Monday, April 15th, 2019.
Department of Environmental Conservation - Camp DeBruce
Campership program provides Full Tuition for eligible families.
A week at DeBruce promises fun and adventure in the beautiful Catskills. Lesson groups at camp cover a range of topics led by camp counselors with backgrounds in science, education, or recreation. Lessons might include examining insects and flowers in a nearby field or meadow, using nets to study macroinvertebrates and aquatic systems, or venturing into the forest to learn about diversity and forestry. Throughout the week campers engage in activities that emphasize basic ecological concepts about habitats, species identification, and how organisms and habitats adapt to changes. They also consider environmental solutions through activities and scenarios that encourage campers to make decisions that mitigate their impacts on the environment around them.
Campership program available for the following weeks: Students who are ages 11-13 : Week 7 – August 11-16 Students who are ages 14-17 : Week 4 – July 21-26
Fill out this form to apply for the campership program. Limited spots available.
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute
Deadline to Apply: March 22, 2019
BALI curricula is created to benefit young women and girls enrolled in middle school, high school and colleges throughout New York City and around the country. BALI is founded on the principles and vision of Bella Abzug, a leading feminist and the first Jewish Congresswoman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. BALI provides the very best skills based leadership and policy and public forum debate training, which would be otherwise unavailable to our trainees if we did not provide it free of any tuition cost.
Dorot Summer Teen Internship Program
For Rising Sophomores through Seniors
This internship inspires high school students to develop leadership skills and give back to the community. Interns volunteer with a diverse group of socially-conscious teens to connect with older adults and provide assistance.
The internship is unpaid and designed to provide students with a minimum of 92 hours of community service.
Girls Rise Up - A STEM-based Dance Camp
Deadline to Apply: Sunday May 5, 2019
JULY 8 - 26, 2019
Join a community of ambitious girls for an inspiring summer experience unlike any other camp in the world. For girls ages 12 to 18
Scholarship applications are available for students who indicate need.
Overview: Spend three weeks falling in love with code and dance – and the magic that happens when you bring the two together. Over the course of the program, you will be introduced to software and electrical engineering principles, as well as choreography principles, in order to create a dance routine that integrates the two. You will collaborate with inspiring instructors and fellow participants to explore the incredible world of code and dance with hands-on learning. You will leave Girls Rise Up knowing how to write code, construct circuits, create movement, think creatively, and collaborate with peers.
Kode With Klossy
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2019
Spend two weeks falling in love with code while building real apps. Over the course of two weeks, scholars are introduced to software engineering principles and learn the same programming languages behind apps like Twitter and The New York Times. You work together in teams, collaborating with inspiring instructors and fellow participants, to explore the incredible world of code.
For girls ages 13-18
Live within metro area of selected city
No previous experience necessary
Be on campus Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Two sessions in NYC: July 22 to Aug 2 and Aug 5 to Aug 16
Science of Smart Cities
Deadline to Apply: April 24 at 5 PM
Over four weeks, middle school students will be on our campus engineering smart cities through experimental and hands-on learning. NYU Tandon undergraduate and graduate student instructors teach, mentor and coach their younger peers as they explore STEM content integrated across civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science.
Our typical classroom consists of 18 middle school students, two NYU Engineering instructors and a trained high school intern. Authentic STEM materials, like microcontrollers, motors, sensors and electronic components feature prominently in the program’s lessons and activities.
Demonstrated interest in STEM as shown in the required (short) application essays
Available for the entirety of the program
Entering 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade in September 2019
Important Additional Information:
SoSC is free to attend
Transportation, MetroCards, etc. are not provided–families must be drop off/pickup students
Lunch, snacks are not provided. Students must bring their own food or have money
Please watch your email around the notification date (students and parents/guardians)–if you are accepted to the program a prompt reply will be required
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Solar Productions - Summer Camp for Young Filmmakers
Special Deal for ICE Students!! 50% off if 2 students sign up together!
Enjoy an exciting week of interactive filmmaking experience in a fun-filled, textbook-free environment. This unique summer camp challenges your child to work creatively as individuals as well as in teams.
In one amazing action-packed week, our campers, ages 13-18, will learn to handle professional equipment including lighting, video camera, computer editing program and go through all stages of film production: creative screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, and acting.
Guided by industry professionals each step of the way, participants will learn the fundamental skills in filmmaking.
CAMP NEURO AND CAMP CARDIAC
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro, run by local medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, serve as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine. With a focus on both education and real 2 world experience, Camp Cardiac provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field.
Full and partial Scholarship are available. Scholarship application deadline is April 15.
CHRISTODORA SUMMER ECOLOGY PROGRAM
July 8th-23rd 2019
They are committed to meeting everyone’s financial needs.
Christodora’s Summer Ecology Program (SEP) provides an opportunity for specially selected urban high school students to explore forest ecosystems and conduct original field research. Students who experience SEP cultivate a respect for the natural world and a love for the scientific process. SEP is based at the Yale School of Forestry within the Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, CT. Must be 16 years old by July 2019.