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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)? 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!

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.

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.

Contests

Concrete Stories: Brooklyn Youth Media Festival
Submissions are now being accepted for the Brooklyn Youth Media Festival. If you are 21 or younger, you can submit your short films, animations and documentaries by April 1st. For guidelines or submissions, click here.

Programs & Internships                                   

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.

BCAPteen
BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project is a 6-week, full-day summer program for teens blending digital media & communications, personal & professional skills, and youth leadership through the lens of filmmaking in the heart of Brooklyn. Applications accepted until March 30, 2015: http://www.bklynlibrary.org/bcap/teen

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:
http://www.saturdayoutreach.org/outreach/calendar

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program
Applications are now being accepted for high school juniors and seniors for  this FREE program! Click https://girlswhocode.fluidreview.com/ for information about the NYC camp and application. 

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.

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.

Harlem Youth Court
The Harlem Youth Court trains 14 to 18 year olds to serve as jurors, judges and advocates, handling real-life cases involving their peers. Youth Court members participate in an informative and fun eight week summer training program where they learn about restorative justice and how the justice system in NYC works. Once trained, Youth Court members will hear actual low-level juvenile delinquency matters referred from courts, prosecutors, and schools. Members earn a stipend during their term of service. Applications due March 31, 2015. See http://bit.ly/17lRFhw for more information and online application.

New York County District Attorney’s High School Internship Program
For High School students who live or go to school in Manhattan. Every intern is assigned to a unit within the office and helps Assistant District Attorneys and other staff members with their work. Interns also attend presentations, trips and participate in a mock trial competition. Application materials are due by Friday, March 27, 2015. Click here for details and application.

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.

NYC SALT
nycsalt.org is a free, four-year digital photography program offering weekly professional photography instruction, mentorship, and college readiness coaching to under-privileged teens.  To submit an application, contact Alicia@nycsalt.org for the most current application form. Application deadline is July 31, 2015.

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.

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!

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.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
Summer jobs for young adults ages 14-24! Now accepting applications until April 10, 2015. Click here for application information.

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.

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. 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.

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 here for upcoming registration dates in March 2015 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