For Students

ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS!

CONGRATS TO THE 55% OF SENIORS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!

COLLEGE APPLICATION WALK-IN WORKSHOP!
Ongoing thru Thursday, December 19th:
All day until 5:00 PM, Room 235 – come in during lunch!
Whether you need the answer to one question or need someone to sit with you and help you work your way through Naviance, the Common App, or other college applications, the Walk-In Workshop is designed for students to sit at a computer and complete the desired tasks.

PARENT & TEACHER RAVE SHEETS
If you have a Senior Student, remind them to get the Parent Rave Sheet from their guidance counselor and also ask a couple of teachers to write a Teacher Rave for them.

HELP WITH FINANCIAL AID & COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING
Devin McCray from College Confident is working with students at LaGuardia to assist with financial aid and college financial planning, scholarships, CUNY applications and college questions in Room 235 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please encourage your student to stop by to schedule a meeting with Devin!

COLLEGE NIGHTS & FAIRS

FOR SENIORS, JUNIORS (& SOPHOMORES TOO!)

SUNY INFORMATION SESSIONS
Final Session: Wednesday, December 18th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
SUNY Welcome Center – 33 W. 42nd Street, 18th floor
You and your family are invited to join staff from the SUNY Welcome Center in NYC for a group information session. You will have the opportunity to explore The State University of New York — the campuses, academic programs, application and admissions process, financial assistance, the Excelsior Scholarship and more!
Additional information and registration available here.

ACADEMIC FORUM MEETING FOLLOW-UP!

Please read on for additional information from our AF this week “How to Pay for College, Negotiating Your Financial Package.”

If you missed the last meeting, Michael Terry will be back at our February General PA Meeting on Tuesday, February 4th!

Please see The Savvy College Handout from our speaker Michael Terry and the FAFSA guide.

Sign up for Michael Terry’s Newsletter on Planning for College.

Big Future from the College Board – A search engine for colleges and their costs.
COLLEGE CREDIT IN ADVANCE!

FOR SENIORS, JUNIORS (& SOPHOMORES TOO!)

HUNTER COLLEGE NOW
Application Deadline: December 6th
Hunter College Now’s Spring 2020 program offers HS sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to take credit courses at Hunter College for FREE! You will get a Hunter ID and have access to all the great facilities that Hunter has to offer. These days a college class costs around $1,000, and guess what? We’re paying that for you to be able to earn some college credits before you graduate high school!!!
Available classes include Computer Science, Music Theory, Dance, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, and more. Please click on the link to find out more information and to apply. For more information and to register...

STEM RESEARCH ACADEMY AT NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Application Deadline: December 20th
The College Now STEM Research Academy at City Tech is a two-part program designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to develop strong college level research skills by engaging in authentic science inquiry and research activities. Selected students will be enrolled into a free Spring 2020 pre-college research course. Upon successful completion of the spring course, students will have the opportunity to apply for the 2020 STEM Summer Research Internship. The Summer Program is FREE to students. College Now covers the cost of tuition, books, and supplies. Students who participate will also receive a City Tech College ID card, free lunch, metro card, and stipend upon completion of the summer internship program. For more information and to apply!

VISITING COLLEGES

PRIMARILY FOR JUNIORS (& SOPHOMORES TOO!)
If your student is not taking a make-up exam during Regents Week (January 21-24th) it can be a great time to see colleges and BFA programs when they are in session. There is nothing better than seeing a college WITH STUDENTS and you can only tour BFA programs during the week, so January Regents Week is the perfect time to go and airfares are cheap! The next window of opportunity is typically in February break and then April break, both very popular times!

COLLEGE APPLICATION, ESSAY RESOURCES & MORE...

National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Opt Out Letter
Deadline: January 10, 2020
The NSC has data on where students go to college and what types of degrees they receive from more than 3,600 colleges and universities. The NSC uses directory information from the NYC DOE to identify former NYC DOE students and to give information to the NYC DOE about where these students went to college, when they went to college, their graduation dates, and what types of degrees they received. The NYC DOE uses this information from the National Student Clearinghouse to help understand and improve students’ college readiness and success.
Opt-out form

FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.
Go to: fafsa.ed.gov and cssprofile.collegeboard.org

THE FAFSA HOW-TO GUIDE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
What you need to know to fill out the FAFSA – read online!

COMMON APP COLLEGE
For families with current Juniors (and procrastinating Seniors), click here to view the Common Application 2019-2020 Essay Prompts.

COLLEGE ESSAYS
Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.

This is a great NY Times article about writing your college essay.
How to Write a Good College Application Essay

FINDING YOUR COLLEGE!
Lists & Surveys

It’s important to find the right mix of colleges to which to apply – these lists may help – but as with everything, we recommend using multiple sources to build your student’s list.

Georgetown University – Center on Education & the Workforce
Using data from the expanded College Scorecard, this report ranks 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment. A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges finds that bachelor’s degrees from private colleges, on average, have higher ROI than degrees from public colleges 40 years after enrollment. Community colleges and many certificate programs have the highest returns in the short term, 10 years after enrollment, though returns from bachelor’s degrees eventually overtake those of most two-year credentials. Read more!

The Washington Post, November 14, 2019
Is college worth it? A Georgetown study measures return on investment – with some surprising results.

The Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2019
For Sale: SAT-Takers’ Names. Colleges Buy Student Data and Boost Exclusivity

Today.com
The Princeton Review released “The Best 385 Colleges,” entirely based on students’ feedback

Today.com
These are the best colleges in the US

 

NETWORKING | MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES!

We are building a list of alumni who are interested in providing informal guidance or mentoring to current LaGuardia students.
This is a great opportunity to connect with people who are in your area of interest or talent. Many thanks to alumna Tali Natter (’19) for initiating this amazing resource!

Students or Alumni parents who are interested in making connections, please email lagmentors@gmail.com with your:
* Major (or Area of Expertise)
* Graduation year
* Best contact information to reach you

We will be using the list to help make the introductions, starting this academic year.

Read on for opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours, snag scholarships and gain valuable high school experience.

The All City SLAM team is an out-of-school performing arts project. High school students from all over New York City meet to practice and perform Moth stories every Saturday for 8 weeks. The program ends with a performance for friends, family and fans.

For eligibility & information on how to apply, please visit The Moth website

UNUSUAL OPPORTUNITIES!

All City Slam:

The All City SLAM team is an out-of-school performing arts project. High school students from all over New York City meet to practice and perform Moth stories every Saturday for 8 weeks. The program ends with a performance for friends, family and fans.

For eligibility & information on how to apply, please visit The Moth website

NYPL Grow Up – Dress Up Lending Library
If you are looking to get dressed up for a job interview, wedding, audition, graduation, prom, or other formal event, the  Riverside Library can help.  With our NYPL Grow Up work accessories collection, you can now borrow neckties & bowties, briefcases & handbags!  More information available here. You can also learn more about the program in this English flyer or Spanish flyer!
Tech Commons @ New-York Historical
New-York Historical Society’s Tech Commons is a state-of-the-art digital media and STEM maker space where teens can work with mentors, meet friends, and create. Whether you’re looking to do some research on our tablets, record a podcast or song, 3D print an artifact, design and code a website, or just hang out and explore, the Tech Commons is the place for you.  This dynamic new space is loaded with a full array of digital equipment — from fun to professional — to help tomorrow’s leaders explore their imaginations and curiosities. Check out their website!

Parents of NY Teens & Young Adults
https://ponytya.groups.io/g/main
This is a place for parents of teens and young adults located in all five boroughs to come together and openly discuss the trials and tribulations of raising teens in this crazy city… where else can a teen travel as far as from Coney Island to the Bronx for only $2.75!
Homework, high schools, college, leaving the nest and more! … discuss it all here! I encourage an open and honest discussion with no flaming or attitude! Note that the group is lightly moderated

Check out the blog with lots of school & tutor reviews at http://parentsofnyteens.blogspot.com. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parentsofnyteens

Torus
Use Torus to find the perfect program for your student. Explore your interests, build your community outside of school and get ahead with after school and summer programs in your area.
For more information visit the Torus website.

Joan Mitchell Foundation: NYC Youth Art Program Directory
Browse this comprehensive directory for a wide-variety of programs in the arts – if it’s in one of the five boroughs, most likely you’ll find it here!

SUMMER PROGRAMS | JOBS | INTERESTING OPPORTUNITIES!
Every week during the school year we add to our list of amazing opportunities for your students – arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities – summer, year-round – there’s truly something for everyone! We’ll highlight the new ones here and then migrate them to the full list on our website.

LIFEGUARDS WANTED – SUMMER 2020!
Tryouts: December 7, 2019 thru mid-January 2020

Try out now to become an NYC lifeguard for Summer 2020! NYC Parks is starting the search for new candidates with strong swimming skills to participate in our free lifeguard training program for the upcoming summer season. Testing locations can be found throughout the five boroughs. Find a qualifying test location near you. Please check back periodically as additional dates may be added.

For those who qualify, training begins in January. First-year lifeguards earn a minimum of $15.00 an hour. Most lifeguards work 48 hours each week, for a weekly salary of up to $800. New York City’s 8 beaches are open from Memorial Day weekend through the week after Labor Day, and the 53 outdoor pools are open from late June through the week after Labor Day. There is no need for an appointment; just be sure to bring a bathing suit, towel and lock for a locker. If you have any questions, please visit our Lifeguard Information page , or email us at lifeguard@parks.nyc.gov.

DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION CENTER
MEDIA FELLOWSHIPS
Application Deadline: January 3, 2020

Media Fellows:
Create films that inspire community change
Receive hands-on media production training
Network with professional filmmakers
Earn school/community service credit
For more information and to apply!

Brooklyn Historical Society  Teen Council Museum Internship
Application Deadline: Open
Event Date: Begins February 4th, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Teen Council members meet after school in the spring semester to curate history and art exhibitions. Teens collaborate with peers and mentors, practice new skills, and receive stipends for their participation, C redit/volunteer hours toward graduation, r ecommendation letters for college and scholarships and more… For more information and to apply!

KIDS FILM IT FESTIVAL
Film Submission Deadline: December 31, 2019

The 4th Kids Film It Festival will be held February 21, 2020 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. T he festival affords kids and young people with the opportunity to showcase their work, and all proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit Parkinson’s Research. For more information and to submit your film!

MANHATTAN COMMUNITY BOARD STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Application Deadline: January 21, 2020
Apply for Manhattan Community Board Student Representative! One of the projects the Manhattan Borough President’s Office is currently working on is expanding youth involvement in local politics, or more specifically, the borough of Manhattan’s community boards. Anyone over the age of 16 is able to apply and join, however, most community boards have not a single youth representative. Have you considered becoming a youth representative? For more information and to apply!

TISCH SPRING FUTURE ARTISTS PROGRAM
Classes: Saturdays – February thru mid-May
Deadline: Registration currently open
The Spring Future Artists Programs are free of charge and for groups traditionally underrepresented in the media industry. They are designed for students who may not have access to other programs and who would qualify for financial aid at NYU. High school students applying to the Spring Future Artists Programs must submit an NYU Financial Information Form (please review the Spring Future Artists Admissions Requirements for details). These programs require a 14-week commitment on Saturdays from early February through mid-May and are taught by faculty from the undergraduate departments. This is a commuter program, not a residency program. To be eligible for this program, you must be a junior in high school or younger and attend a high school in one of the five boroughs of New York City, or (but not limited to) Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey, parts of Philadelphia and Connecticut. For more information and to apply

INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Deadline: Registration currently open
Classes begin: January 18th
Since 2001, ICP’s Teen Academy program has supported thousands of New York City high school students in using cameras as tools to tell their own stories, build community, and contribute to social change. They are accepting applications for their teen program (HS kids) and have scholarships available. Here’s the link to the application

rFUTURE
Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019
A sustainability songwriting workshop and performance.
Are you a student musician who is passionate about sustainability, climate change, and/or environmental justice? The DOE Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Clean Green Music Machine, is providing a unique opportunity for DOE music teachers and their students to work with a professional artist to write a song that inspires change.

This experience will culminate in performing live alongside your Music Mentor at Lincoln Center on Earth Day 2020. Learn more and apply.
Contact: Nichelle Hudlin: 718-349-5487

Beyond the Beat: Technology’s Impact on Music Production by Apollo Theater Education Program
Event Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Apollo Theater Soundstage, 253 West 125th Street
For more information and to register
Calling all beat makers, future music producers, sound engineers, and music lovers. Ever wonder how the latest technology impacts the music industry? As music and musicians evolve with emerging tech, producers are advancing their skills and navigating uncharted territory to propel the industry into the future. Join us as we explore this new landscape and talk with some industry insiders! **Doors will open at 6:00 pm. Seating is first come, first seated. ** Registration does not guarantee entry. Latecomers are admitted at the discretion of the Management. Join in on the discussion! Tweet us at @ApolloEdHarlem using #ApolloCareerPanel

THE ANGELO DEL TORO PUERTO RICAN/HISPANIC YOUTH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Application Deadline: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Event date: January 18 – March 9, 2020
The institute is open to students of Hispanic heritage in grades 10 through 12. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly, develop writing skills, learn the art of debating, and build leadership skills. The institute begins on January 18, 2020 and culminates in a weekend trip to Albany for students in grades 11 and 12 March 7-9, 2020. To apply, students must submit a 525-750 word essay online. For more information, please email Lisa Pineda

THE BROOKLYN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE INTERNSHIPS
Application Deadline: December 22, 2019
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office offers high school internships throughout the year. These highly competitive internships offer students a unique opportunity to be part of a district attorney’s office. Currently accepting applications for t he Mid-winter and Spring Break Internship Program. The internship is open to students who live and/or attend high school in Brooklyn and are interested in learning about the different careers and responsibilities within the criminal justice system. More information and application information is available here.

THE NEW GROUP – SCENE 1
Deadline: January 2, 2020
Event: January 30 – May 28, 2020
Scene 1 is The New Group’s innovative theater education program serving NYC public high school students. Prioritizing ensemble building and character development, students learn advanced acting, playwriting, and movement skills with seasoned professionals, including Master Classes with New Group artists. The goals of Scene 1 are to develop students’ voices as emerging artists through the creation of original work that connects to their lives, to provide students with courses in acting and writing, and to create an ensemble of young artists who understand what it means to be part of a community. The program meets on Thursdays from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Interested students and families can learn more and reach out to education@thenewgroup.org with questions or read more online. Contact: Jamie Lazan/347-569-4799

A WESTSIDE EXPERIMENT | YOUNG ACTORS LABORATORY
Dates: July 6-10, 13-18, 2020, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
As the parent of a theatrically inclined adolescent, IRT’s Westside Ex
periment summer theater program was everything I could have hoped for. The program’s adult staff never underestimated the creative abilities of the youth, and provided them with the support and skills necessary to imagine, design and perform a remarkably sophisticated multi-media theatrical experience. My daughter made many friends over the 2 weeks of the program and was able to stretch her theatrical muscles in ways she never imagined, and thoroughly enjoyed.
For Ages 13-17
For more information, contact IRT: 212-206-6875 or we@irttheater.org
http://irttheater.org/programs/westside-experiment/

SUMMER STUDY SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF LAGUARDIA
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
The Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia’s Summer Study Scholarship application is ready and we’d love as many families as possible to know about our wonderful program. We give out numerous scholarships to Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen with financial need who wish to do artistic study during the summer, related to their major. Additional information: https://alumniandfriends.org/summer-study/

YALE YOUNG GLOBAL SCHOLARS
Regular Decision Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM
The YYGS application is now open, and actively recruiting interested students in grades 10 or 11 (or international equivalent) from all around the world. Join us at Yale this summer! Experience life as a university student at Yale’s Old Campus while attending an academic session of your choosing. We offer sessions in the humanities, social sciences, STEM, and a new cross-disciplinary track that incorporates all of the above. Here’s what you need to know:
Meet peers from over 125 countries around the world (including all 50 U.S. states), and join discussions where students offer global perspectives.
Over $3.4 million USD in need-based financial aid equally to both domestic and international students, offered as discounts covering up to 100% of tuition costs.
For more information and to apply

SHIRLEY ELLMAN VANN AWARD FOR FEMALE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is pleased to announce an amazing scholarship opportunity for junior architecture students who identify as female. The Alumni & Friends Shirley Ellman Vann Award is for a student in her junior or senior year, who is interested in pursuing a career in architecture. The award provides up to $3,000 to students with financial need, to support summer or supplemental study and/or supplies. For more information & application

USDA/1890 NATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP
Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
For more information and to apply
Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree. To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:
Be a U.S. citizen
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.
Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
Demonstrate leadership and community service
Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official’s signature
Submit a signed application (original signature only)
Who Should Apply
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

CITY YEAR AMERICORPS
3,100+ City Year AmeriCorps members (ages 18-25) serve in 29 cities nationwide. They spend 11 months working full-time in more than 300 schools to give students the extra support they need to graduate, college and career ready.

Complete the form to learn how you can become a mentor and tutor for students with City Year.

TEENS IN POLITICS
Teens in Politics was founded with the goal of helping motivated teenagers obtain political internships. There are very few resources that are available for teenagers to learn about politics, or to assist offices in filling political internship positions. We offer the opportunity for students and young adults to experience the world of politics and get a head start on their political career. We display the latest internship positions for high school students in the New York area and are expanding for the 2020 Election. Learn more!

YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCILS
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Applications for the 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) program year are now open for students 14 – 21 years old. YLCs
are the place where youth can make change happen in their neighborhood, school, or borough. Councils across the City need high school students to share their stories, passions, and ideas-if you know of any youth who want to make a difference, we need them on a Youth Leadership Council. Youth will have the opportunity to team up with peers from their neighborhood or school and develop the tools and skills to put their ideas into action.
Apply today: nyc.gov/youthvoice

GENERAL COMMUNITY INFORMATION

In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.

Vaping article:
Politico, Mystery youth vaping disease reveals gaping holes in regulation

Speaking with your Sons:
Moms of Tweens & Teens, “16 Things Your Teen Son Won’t Tell You”

 

STUDENT VAN SERVICE TO & FROM STATEN ISLAND
The parent of an incoming freshman student has organized a new Van service through Rocblvd from Staten Island and Brooklyn to LaGuardia. The vans are all insured and licensed with seatbelts and are air conditioned. You can also track your student’s location in the van service via apps so that you know when the driver arrives at the destination. The van service comes highly recommended from other parents.

Round trip daily service is $19.00 including gas, tolls and tunnels. Children’s traveling time will be cut in almost half.

To learn more about the service, please email Ann Lopa at dreambelievesold@aol.com

The PA Executive Board is not affiliated with, nor in any way endorses the service.

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