3/30 deadline: Summer Youth Employment Program

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February-May deadlines: DYCD Spotlight on Grants, Scholarships, and an Essay Contest

Grow to Learn Mini Grant
Receive up to $2,000 for your school garden! When you register your school garden with Grow to Learn you become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb, and can also apply for a Grow to Learn Mini Grant of between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand your school garden. Grow to Learn has two funding cycles each year: Fall and Spring. The Fall Request for Proposals is typically open for applications from September to November, and the Spring Request for Proposals is open from January to February. Please submit your application by February 23, 2018.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two US $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. To view the scholarship requirements and to apply for a BAM Scholarship, visit their website.

2018 National High School Essay Contest

The 2018 National High School Essay Contest has begun, and you have until March 15, 2018 to enter. This is the 20th year of this prestigious contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America’s best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service. This year, in a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases, one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions:

What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring to the table? What peacebuilding tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or did not work in each case?
How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?
What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy more broadly?

For additional information, contact Perri Green at (202) 719-9700 or essaycontest@afsa.org.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Big things come in small packages and now, those simple gifts can really pay off in Unigo’s Sweet and Simple Scholarship! Think back to a time when you received a special gift that seemed so unassuming yet made such a strong impact in your life. Was it a present you could open in a box or a humble gesture from a stranger? Your gift will forever be priceless, but their Sweet and Simple Scholarship can help sweeten that present with a $1,500 award towards your college education.

Superpower Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where you’d go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world—to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money. Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you’ve always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day. While Unigo can’t give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, their Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Grant

The YouthBridge-NY youth-led grant committee is accepting applications from organizations working in Women’s Issues, Sexual Health, and/or After School Programming for grants up to $2000. Click here to view the request for proposals or apply. Deadline for applications is April 5.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

This scholarship from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded annually, renewable for three additional years. The award amount is based on the financial need of the recipient. Applicants must be a high school junior or senior, any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Applicants are also required to be a current resident of Connecticut or New York City or enrolled or planning to enroll in a Connecticut or a New York City institution. Visit the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to apply for the scholarship by May 1, 2018.

Become a Mentor or Recommend One for the Young Men’s Initiative

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The Lafayette Gardens Community Center, operated by Grand Street Settlement, needs your assistance in acquiring mentors for their Young Men’s Initiative in the Lafayette Gardens community.

Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is a mentoring program geared toward young men in high school. The mission of the YMI Cornerstone Mentoring Program is to support high school students during the transitions from high school into college and career, by cultivating positive personal relationships and community involvement. Throughout the year mentees and mentors will take part in workshops developing leadership abilities among our youth that will strengthen their advocacy and work readiness skills. In addition to service-learning projects, mentors will provide youth with guidance on the college application process, employment, attend trips and visit colleges.

If you know of any candidates that would be an asset to this program please feel free to contact Monique Smalls at MSmalls@grandsettlement.org or at 347-384-8880.

Deadline Extended (10/20) for of Work, Learn, Grow Youth Employment Applications

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has extended its deadline for online applications to this year’s iteration of Work, Learn, Grow (WLG), the Council’s year-round youth employment initiative. Youth applications are now due by Friday, October 20, 2017, and we encourage all Council Members to reach out to eligible constituents. As a reminder, eligible applicants must:

  • Be 2017 participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP);
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 21; and
  • Currently be enrolled in school.

Applications are available on DYCD’s website at https://worklearngrow.yepsonline.org/default.aspx.

7/11 Event: JR Liberty Girls Basketball Summer League

JR Liberty Girls Basketball.pngFree Girls Basketball League Powered by Department of Youth & Community Development.

As the summer draws near, we invite you to submit a girls’ team roster for this year’s Junior Liberty League Powered by DYCD! This basketball opportunity is available for girls ages 13-18 from all DYCD-funded programs. See the attached flier for additional details.

Opportunities include:

  • Game Play
  • Skills Clinics
  • All-Star Game Experience at Liberty Training Facility
  • Attend a New York Liberty Game at Madison Square Garden
  • Meet & Greets with Liberty Players and Alumni
  • Community Service Projects

Visit http://bit.ly/jrlibertydycd to apply for the league now! Applications are due by June 30th, and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please share this information with your network and feel free to reach out with any questions to Natalie Leary at nleary@dycd.nyc.gov.

Opportunities for Youth – Upcoming Deadlines

Youth Police Academy Summer Camp Program

The New York City Police Department seeks to provide innovative and effective programs for the City’s young people. The Community Affairs Bureau, Youth Police Academy, is such a program. It is designed to establish a positive relationship between the Police Department and the City’s youth.

The goals of the academy are:

  • To enhance responsible citizenship.
  • To provide positive interaction with police officers and to educate young people about the challenges and responsibility of police work.
  • To encourage young people to take part in other youth programs offered by the Police Department such as: the Law Enforcement Explorers, Police Cadet Corps and the Police Athletic League.

Details

New York City residents, attending school, between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts. The Youth Police Academy is a six (6) week program that will hold sessions five (5) days a week. The Academy will open at 8:30 am in the morning and dismissal will be 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Field trips to a Police Department facility or a City park are also part of the curriculum. Transportation to and from the field trips will be provided. Each site is accessible by public transportation.  The program will be held at:Boys and Girls HS.  Please call 718-834-8824 for an application.


NYC Department of Design and Construction High School Internship Program – Due April 15, 2016

New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (NYC DYCD), is offering a summer internship program for forty talented NYC high school students to work full-time, in-house, at DDC. The High School Summer Internship Program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology. Students work for six weeks, five days a week, in a program that combines hands-on work and educational programming. Online application is due April 15, 2016


New York National College Fair –Sunday, April 24, 2016

If your child has not decided which college to attend, come to New York National College Fair:

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

11:00AM – 4:00PM

Register Today: www.gotomyncf.com    

Link: http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/Pages/Default.aspx  

Please post and share the attached flyers with families in your school community.


Summer Youth Employment Program – Application Due April 29, 2016

The 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) application is now available online. SYEP provides New York City youth ages 14 – 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs including: government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, non-profits, small businesses, museums, sports enterprises, and retail organizations. The program also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth. Deadline to submit applications has been extended to April 29, 2016.


37th Annual Summer Writing Workshop at Youth Communication – Application Due by May 20, 2016

Youth Communication is hosting its 37th annual intensive summer writing workshop. Participants receive one-on-one mentoring from a professional editor, write and revise personal stories about their lives, go on field trips, and make friends with other writers. The program helps teens explore their personal stories and how their experiences fit into the larger world. Their stories will be published in the award-winning YCteen andRepresent magazines which are read by tens of thousands of people each year. No prior experience is required, but participants must be able to attend for all six weeks, from July 5 – August 11. Applications must be received by May 20, 2016.


Free Access to Microsoft Software for New York City Students and Families

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced an innovative collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to provide New York City students and families with free access to Microsoft software. Office 365 Education for Students includes Office 365 ProPlus, which allows students to install up to 5 copies of the latest Microsoft Office suite for their PCs and Macs and up to five copies for their iOS or Android devices. Visit the Speaker’s website for full details on the initiative.


Tech Kids Unlimited Summer Program

Tech Kids Unlimited is a not-for-profit technology-based educational organization for kids ages 7-19 with special needs. Its work-based learning program empowers and inspires the next generation of digital natives to learn, create, develop and share the tools of technology in a supporting and nurturing environment. Running from June 27 – August 19, the program includes 8 weeks of 3D printing, game design, and more! Registration is per week. Limited financial aid is available. Please contactcristina@techkidsunlimited.org for more information.


Girls Inc.

Girls Inc is hosting a free summer camp for rising 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade girls. The camp will take place at Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women in Brooklyn from July 5 – July 20, 2016. Programming includes financial literacy, media literacy, self-defense, sexual health, visual arts, dance, weekly field trips, and more. Application deadline is June 1, 2016. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Contact Kree Cason, Program Director for an applicationkree@girlsincnyc.org or (718) 260-2300 ext 30421.Girls Inc. NYC Free Summer Camp – Application Deadline June 1, 2016