Tenth Graders, Meet Me on Broadway

How Broadway Bridges® Works

What is Broadway Bridges®?

Broadway Bridges® is a program developed by The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway Industry, in partnership with the Office of Arts and Special Projects of New York City’s Department of Education. Its goal is to bring every tenth grade student in a New York City public high school to a Broadway show. By bringing students to live theatre on Broadway, the League is working to cultivate the next generation of theatregoers and professionals.

How does a school purchase Broadway Bridges® tickets?

A teacher or administrator from a New York City public high schools should fill out a simple Broadway Bridges® application; you can find it here. For our pilot season in winter 2017, The Broadway League worked closely with the NYC DOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects to invite schools with a demonstrated interest in the performing arts. Every season, Broadway Bridges® and the Arts Office will include more schools–regardless of their performing arts programs–with expanded ticket offerings until we achieve our goal of giving every tenth grader in a New York City public high school the chance to see live theatre on Broadway.

Requesting Tickets

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets cost $10 each for students and chaperones. Producers offer tickets that typically sell for anywhere from $40 to $160 each for just $20 to Broadway Bridges® participants. In doing so producers demonstrate a long-term commitment to partnering with New York City and welcoming all its residents. The Broadway League pays the balance of the $20 ticket plus $3 in fees ($13 per ticket) to ensure an accessible price for all students.

Can we purchase Broadway Bridges® tickets to any performance?

Blocks of tickets will be available for evening performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and matinees on Wednesday and Thursday. Participating schools will receive a schedule of available Broadway Bridges® performances.

Can any school buy Broadway Bridges® tickets?

Only New York City DOE high schools are eligible for Broadway Bridges® tickets. If your school is a public, non-DOE high school in New York City and you would like to participate in Broadway Bridges, please contact Robin Aronson at info@broadwaybridges.org.

Will we receive paper or electronic tickets?

Broadway Bridges® tickets are all paper. You will pick them up on the afternoon or evening of the assigned performance at the Will Call box office window in the theatre’s lobby. Plan on arriving at least a half hour before the show is scheduled to begin to make sure you have time to pick up and distribute the tickets and go through standard security.

I’m a tenth grader-can I get tickets?

Only schools can purchase Broadway Bridges® tickets. We encourage you to tell your teacher and principal about the program and ask them to enroll in it.  You might also be interested in becoming a member of Theatre Development Fund (www.tdf.org). Membership is free for students and as a member, you can purchase discounted tickets ($9-$47) to a wide range of performing arts events in New York City, including Broadway shows.

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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.

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.

4/4 Event: STARS 4th Annual Girls Leadership Summit

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Intern with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office

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11/14 deadline: 33rd Annual Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission Student Contests

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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.