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College Information and Fairs

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 2015 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 (and click here for the Spanish version)!

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.

Job Fairs

2nd Annual Youth Job Fair & Career Expo
On Friday, January 30th, from 10:00am-4:00pm, there will be a job fair and career expo at the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building, where youth ages 15-24 can take resume writing workshops, learn interviewing skills, learn about available jobs and more! For more information, click on the flyer.

Contests

The Youth Voices Network Writing Contest
If you're between the ages of 10 and 24 and enjoy writing poems, essays or short stories, enter this contest! The theme is "What is your definition of love?" Winners are honored at a ceremony and given a cash prize. The deadline for submissions is February 5th. For more information, view the flyer.

Programs & Internships                                   

EVC's Youth Documentary Workshop
The Educational Video Center is currently accepting applications for the Basic Youth Documentary workshop and the Advanced Youth Documentary workshop. These workshops are 15 weeks long, credit-bearing and teach high school students how to make documentary films. To apply, fill out either the Basic workshop application or the Advanced workshop application. Applications are due by January 30th.

GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive 2015
Are you an 8th or 9th grade girl who's interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)? If so, apply for the GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls Summer Intensive. Applications are due by March 16th. For more information, check out the flyer.

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. Year-Up is now accepting applications for classes beginning in March 2015. Click here for more information and to to fill out an online interest form.

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!

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. Check back here for registration dates for the next program.
  • 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