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.
Cultivating Creativity Student Essay Contest
Chipotle Mexican Grill is hosting an essay contest for 13 - 18 year olds! Submit a short, original essay about a time when food created a memory. Impress them with your creativity and you could win a $20k college scholarship and see your story on Chipotle cups and bags! Deadline is May 31, 2015. Find out the details here: http://cultivatingthought.com/essaycontest/
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.
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 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Click here for more information.
NPower's Technology Service Corps
Technology Service Corps is recruiting for the next session which begins July 20th. 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.
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.
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT)
Attend an upcoming Open House session in May 2015 to learn 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.
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 Robotics Lab 2015
Apply to a FREE robotics summer program for middle and high school students on 8 Saturdays in downtown Brooklyn with The Lab for Robotics Education. Applications due by May 24, 2015, but may close earlier if slots fill up. Click here for the flyer.
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
- 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