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College Information and Fairs

Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs at BPL
Search the online calendar for upcoming events here: http://bklynlib.org/college

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)? Watch a video tutorial at 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA 2015/2016.

View and download resources from the office of Federal Student Aid.
The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school. http://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources

Financial Aid Information
Additional resources for your Financial Aid quest!

Financial aid for non-U.S. citizens
Don't assume you can't get aid if you're not a U.S. citizen. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/non-us-citizens

Go to College Online
Affordable Colleges Online creates free, in-depth resources to help students find accredited, budget-friendly online college and university degree programs.

Guide for Parents in the College Admissions Process
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.


YCteen Essay Contest
Teens between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to submit an original, true essay of no more than 800 words on a different topic each month. Winners receive a cash prize and their stories will be published on the YCteen website and in print. See http://www.ycteenmag.org/contests/ycteen.html to enter.

Programs & Internships                                   

The Allied Health Career Pipeline Program
Hostos Community College offers a FREE enhanced career‐focused job training program for low‐income populations to gain careers in the allied health professions at their Bronx Campus. For more information and eligibility criteria, click here or call (718) 664‐2537.

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.

Body Balance
Like to chat and dance? This is the program for you! 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!

BRIC Internships
BRIC is a multi-disciplinary non-profit dedicated to presenting art and media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. Click http://bricartsmedia.org/about/internships for current internships.

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.

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

Cooper Union Outreach Program
This free, year-round program for NYC area high school students, grades 10-12 is ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing a degree in art. For upcoming dates, see:

Dida Summer Fellowship-Make Your Story
Dida Academy is calling for applicants to join our first ever summer fellowship from July 18 - July 29! We’re looking first and foremost for teens who are excited, passionate, have an idea for a project and generally vibe with our mission of self-directed learning and youth empowerment. For information, see www.didaacademy.org/#!summer-2016-fellowship/zurvg. Watch our promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61zbz73TwjA

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.

NPower's Technology Service Corps
Technology Service Corps recruits for sessions which begin in January and July each year. Receive intensive training in computer fundamentals, network administration, database administration, website development, as well as professional development skills in a 7 week technology-based paid internship with Fortune 100 companies and premier non-profit organizations in NYC. The entire program, including certifications is free. For complete information, click here.

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT)
Apply online to learn more about OBT's FREE instruction in Website Design and Coding as well as classes in Business English, Business Math, Keyboarding, Office Procedures, Computer Training, Public Speaking & Communication, and World of Work for ages 17 - 24. Participants will also receive College Access Assistance and Job Placement Assistance. See http://obtjobs.org/index.php/216 for more info.

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 meets every Thursday from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Registration is required. See the attached flyer for more information.

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.

RECYouth: REEL Education for Youth
RECYouth is a FREE multimedia extracurricular program for ages 14 -17 where you’ll learn video and audio production, photography, and graphic design while encouraging your creative expression. The RECYouth program takes place in Computer Resource Centers (CRCs), which are located within recreation centers throughout NYC. RECYouth offerings vary by CRC. Please email recyouth@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 255-3066 to request a registration package or for more information. Also apply online here: http://www.nycgovparks.org/crc/recyouth

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.

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!

Year Up Professional Training
Year Up is a free one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, corporate internships, and support  to prepare students for success in professional careers and higher education. Learn valuable IT and professional skills, and gain work experience during internships at top companies. Click here for more information and to to fill out an online interest form.

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 Literacy Program (YALP)
    See bklynlib.org/YALP to find a registration event and more information.
  • 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