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College Information and Fairs

College Application Check-In at Museum of Arts & Design
Are you a current high school senior applying to colleges of art and design? On Saturday, January 10th, from 10:00am-1:00pm, you can meet one-on-one with a representative who will look over your college applications, portfolios and financial aid information! Registration is required. For more information, and to learn what to bring, see the attached flyer.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA Step-by-Step
Are you worried about filling out the FAFSA (also known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? See How to Fill Out the FAFSA Step-by-Step for free advice.

FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them)
Check out this guide for the answers to the most commonly-asked questions about the FAFSA!

Financial Aid Information
Additional resources for your Financial Aid quest!

Countdown to College: Tips for Parents
Helpful advice to get teens prepared for college.

Finding Money for College
Advice from BPL's Business and Career Library on how to find money for college.

Scholarships and Money for College
Links and resources for scholarships and free money!

Applying for College
This page will give you everything you need to know when applying for college, submitting your application and applying for financial aid!

Internet Resources for Colleges and Schools
The ultimate referral list for colleges and schools!

NYC College Line
Do you have questions about college? Look to NYC College Line for application and admissions procedures, how to pay for college, and how to succeed!

I want to go to college, but I don't know where to start!
Check out "Your Children Can Go to College. Yes They Can!". It's a handbook for immigrant parents, students, and educators to find different resources on higher education. Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali and Haitian Creole.


The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Video Contest
Do you enjoy making short films and reading books? If so, make a video about a Newbery Award-winning book and submit it for The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival video contest! More information, including tips and tricks, rules for the contest and previous winners, can be found by clicking here. The deadline for video submissions is December 20th, 2014.

Programs & Internships                                   

Emoti-con Design Fellows Program
Are you interested in event planning and technology? The Emoti-Con Design Fellows are the youth who make Emoti-Con happen. Design Fellows work on graphic design projects, post on social media, and help teens get prepared to participate. They also help plan the day! Applications are now being accepted through January 9th. For more information, check out the flyer.

YouthBridge IT Prep
Do you love all things tech and want to make it your career? Apply for the YouthBridge IT Prep program! It's a free, 5-week long program that gives a hands-on introduction to the IT field. You must be between 18 and 25 years old and have a high school degree or HSE. Applications are now being accepted for the January 12th start date.

Pride Don't Hide Discussion Group
Are you between the ages of 14-20 and interested in joining a fun and informative discussion group for Brooklyn LGBTQ youth? The Brooklyn Community Pride Center Youth Support Group will begin meeting on every Thursday from 4:30pm-6:00pm starting on January 15th. Registration is required. See the attached flyer for more information.

Body Balance
Like to chat and dance? This is the program for you! Starting January 7th, YouthPRIDE Workout Wednesdays brings you Body Balance! All LGBTQ youth and allies between ages 14 and 24 are welcome to come to this program at 4 MetroTech. Check out the flyer for more info!

MoMA Teens In the Making
Interested in taking a free, hands-on art class at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)? No experience is necessary, and MoMA provides all of the materials needed for these 10-week courses! For a full list of the Spring 2015 courses and the application, visit their website. Applications are due on Thursday, January 8th. 

American History High School Scholars Program
Calling all high school juniors! If you're interested in American History and being a part of the New-York Historical Society, consider applying for the American History High School Scholars Program, where you will work with renowned scholars! The program runs from February through April 2015, and teens who attend every session will receive a stipend and a voucher for a free SAT prep course. The application deadline is December 22nd, 2014. For more information, and to fill out the application, visit the Hertog Foundation website.

SONYC - School's Out NYC
Middle school can be a challenging time for students, parents and teachers, and SONYC helps students develop new skills and interests, prepare for high school and college, and pursue their passions, while keeping safe and making new friends.  Programs are available at no cost to families. Click http://www.nyc.gov/afterschool to complete and email an online application form.

Technology Service Corps
Technology Service Corps provides young adults intensive training in computer fundamentals, network administration, database administration, website development, as well as professional development skills in a 7 week technology based internship with some of the premier corporations and non-profit organizations in NYC. We have recently partnered with the Cisco Networking Academy to provide their IT Essentials Curriculum to our students. Students completing the course are prepared to take their A+ certification. The entire program, including certifications is free. For complete information, click here.

New York State Summer School of the Arts
Pre-professional summer training programs for NY State high school students interested in arts and entertainment! Programs include ballet, theatre, visual arts and more. See the flyer for more information. To apply, visit this webpage. Application deadlines vary for each program.

Global Kids Internships
Gain experience at an educational nonprofit in fundraising, communications, program development or administrative assistance. NYC students interested in participating in a program at a school or one of their citywide locations can contact Global Kids at (212) 226-0130 or email info@globalkids.org . Click here for more information.

Brooklyn Green Teens
If you're between the ages of 13 and 17 and interested in earning community service credits while helping the environment, consider joining Brooklyn Green Teens! For registration and more information, click on the flyer for this ongoing program.

Rubin Museum of Art Teen Programs
The Rubin Museum of Art offers many fun, unique teen programs throughout the year. To learn more, visit their webpage!

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
Check out the current list of programming at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls! Visit their webpage to find out more information and sign up to rock out!

Youth Programs at Cooper-Hewitt
Applications are now available for the youth programs at Cooper-Hewitt. Learn more about the programs here.

American Museum of Natural History After School Programs
Are you interested in the sciences? If so, consider applying for the American Museum of Natural History after school program! Applications and additional information can be found here.

The Ranger Conservation Corps
Calling all teens interested in nature and the environment! The Ranger Conservation Corps (RCC) allows you to earn community service hours during either the spring or fall. Click here for application information, or call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) and ask for the Urban Park Rangers.

High School Information

NYC High School Application Process
Gearing up toward applying for high school? This link has information to help you navigate the process.

High School Admissions
Do you have questions about the admissions process for NYC high schools? If so, check out the NYC Department of Education's choices and enrollment high school page! For more information, you can call 718-935-2399 or email HS_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov .

New York City has public high schools with every imaginable theme, a dizzying array of application requirements, and charter schools galore. Choosing from one of NYC's over 400 public high schools can be a real task. How do you decide where you go to school? A group of NYC public high school students, the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP), and teaching artist Douglas Paulson investigated the high school application process and made a website to help break it down to middle school students, parents, and guidance counselors.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Help

  • BPL's Pre-HSE Young Adult Preparation
    The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is a full-time literacy and job-readiness program for young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 who are preparing to take the new HSE exam known as the TASC and are seeking work. Registration is ongoing now until Saturday, January 10th. See the flyer for details.
  • Y Roads Literacy Centers in Williamsburgh and East New York provide 15 hours per week of literacy and math instruction with the goal of increasing youth’s skills to enroll in a High School Equivalency exam preparation program. For information, see: http://www.ymcanyc.org/association/pages/y-roads-literacy-centers