Get Out and Vote: Participatory Budgeting Vote Week Ends  Sunday, April 15! 

The end of Participatory Budgeting Vote Week is almost here. The response so far has been great and there’s still a chance to vote.
You can see where to vote and which projects are on the ballot by clicking here: https://on.nyc.gov/2G3qnPs
You can make sure you live in my district by clicking here: https://on.nyc.gov/2u5MCAS, and typing in your address.
If you can’t make it to a poll site, you can vote on line by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ICH4lC.
Any resident of district 35 age 11 (or in the 6th grade) and older can vote – even if you’re not a registered voter.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be among the legion of residents who want to have a say in making our community better.
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4/1 deadline: Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Scholarship Awards for Graduating Seniors

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is the premier African-American family organization founded in 1938 to provide children with educational and cultural opportunities needed to enrich and strengthen their character and personal commitment toward the betterment of their communities. One of the objectives of the Brooklyn Chapter is to assist youth in the Brooklyn/Staten Island community through chapter programs aimed at increasing academic success and educational opportunities. You may visit our website at: http://brooklyn.jackandjillonline.org.

The Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is offering two $5,000 awards ($1,250 annual award over four years) to African-American students. The Gwendolyn Bourne Scholarship will be awarded to high scholastic students and the Karen Marshe Scholarship will be awarded to high achieving or talented students. The applicant must:
• Be a graduating high school senior who attends a Brooklyn or Staten Island high school
• Reside in Brooklyn or Staten Island
• Have applied for college admission
• Have demonstrated exemplary achievement in the areas of leadership and service in the community
• Maintain good academic standing (B/3.0 average or better) while attending a four-year
college full-time

Students wishing to apply for the Brooklyn Chapter’s scholarship awards must complete the enclosed (Scholarship Application Web Package), which is to be accompanied by (1) a counselor recommendation, (2) an official transcript, (3) a typed personal statement, and (4) proof of community service hours, if applicable. This material must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 and mailed to:

Mrs. Chrystal Stokes Williams
Brooklyn Chapter, Jack and Jill of America
1367 Union Street
Brooklyn, New York 11213

Awardees and his/her College Advisor will be notified upon selection. Your cooperation in nominating candidates for this locally based award is very much appreciated. Please email JandJBrooklynScholarship2018@gmail.com or call 917-586-7591 with any questions.

3/30 deadline: Apply for Pre-K

The deadline to submit your pre-K application is quickly approaching! Make sure you apply to free, full-day, high-quality pre-K by March 30, 2018! All NYC children born in 2014 who apply by the deadline are guaranteed a pre-K offer.

All you need for the application is your child’s name and date of birth, your contact information, and your list of up to 12 pre-K programs. Use Pre-K Finder or the Pre-K Directory to choose programs and rank them in your true order of preference on the application.

Apply by the March 30 deadline one of three ways:

Remember, the application is not first come, first served, but the deadline is coming up fast! If you already submitted your application, you’re all set—but you can still make changes to it before the deadline, if you’d like. Call us at 718-935-2009 or visit Pre-K Admissions if you have any questions.

3/20 Event: CEC13 & CEC15 for a Meeting on State Testing

state.PNGPlease join Community Education Councils 13 and 15 for a meeting to discuss State Testing. The meeting will include a discussion of the history behind the standardized test, why they remain a part of the elementary school process, and how the data from the tests are used. There will also be a discussion on the alternatives to the test.

3/20 Event: Middle School Open House in Bedford-Stuyvesant

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4/27 deadline: Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Is Accepting Applications For High School Summer Interns

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Monday the launch of the application process for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in participating in the summer internship program.  The five-week paid internship is open to students who live and /or attend high school in Brooklyn, and are interested in learning about the different careers and responsibilities within the criminal justice system. The internship runs from July 9 to August 10, 2018.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “We are thrilled to once again open our doors to high school students eager to learn about the criminal justice system. This type of exposure can help a student shape their goals, and imagine themselves pursuing a career in law. This internship is a great opportunity to observe how all the parts of our criminal justice system work together.”

Selected students will be assigned to one of the many specialized units within the DA’s office, while also getting an overview of the criminal justice system. They can expect to assist with legal research and analysis; assist prosecutors preparing for trial; work on discovery; file maintenance and organizing court documents; participate in trial zone workshops; participate in judicial, legal and law enforcement-related field trips; and observe criminal proceedings including trials, guilty pleas and sentencings.

Interns will receive a MetroCard to cover their transportation needs which are being provided by the United Federation of Teachers.

During the five-week paid internship participants will receive a $150 stipend per week, and a weekly MetroCard. Internship hours will be: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. Applicants are required to provide their most recent school transcript, a one-page resume, one letter of recommendation, and must submit a 300-word typed essay (12 pt. font and double-spaced) on why they are interested in interning with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and what impact they think it will have on their future career goals and aspirations.

To apply, please visit: http://apply.brooklynda.org  beginning March 13, 2018, to upload transcript, essay and resume. Only the recommendation letter should be emailed as an attachment to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office at hsinternships@brooklynda.org, with the subject line: Recommendation Letter (Applicant’s First and Last Name). All application materials must be received no later than Friday, April 27, 2018. For questions or assistance, please contact the High School Internship and Youth Initiatives Program Coordinator at (718) 250-4873.