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

We’ve grouped them by type in order to help you find what you’re looking for!

Summer Programs – Arts-related

Summer Programs – CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Summer Programs – STEM-related

Academic and Social Engagement /Year-round programs/internships

Free resources

Youth Reporting re: Environmental Stewardship
Opportunities to report about the role of rain barrels in environmental stewardship.
Our company provides the free rain barrels that NYC distributes to local residents every year as part of their stormwater management plan.
Contact: Leah Pomerantz, MSW and
646-284-5419 direct line/cell
844-4-BARREL (844-422-7735) x700 toll free


Free Tennis Classes

The New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) is offering FREE classes for youth ages 5-18. Receive free tennis instruction from trained coaches in schools and public parks in all 51 New York City council districts year-round. For more information, contact Ingrid Ramirez or visit the official NYJTL website

Urban Word NYC

First Draft (#UWFirstDraft) is a free, non-censored, open mic series. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, urban word alumni and mentors. They seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. Feel free to email Sergio if you have any questions.

Bronx Zoo Discovery Guide positions
Discovery Guide positions at the Bronx Zoo are open to youth aged 14 to 24. As a Bronx Zoo Discovery Guide, you will join the Education Department in its mission to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates. You may do this by engaging zoo visitors in fun, educational activities throughout the park; by assisting Conservation Educators in programs like summer camp; or by advocating for wildlife and the environment through a WCS campaign. There are many exciting opportunities for you to take advantage of, and opportunities to grow within the program throughout the seasons. To apply for or learn more about the Discovery Guide Program, click here. For additional questions or assistance, email

This is the list from the Art Department section in the Weekly Bulletin: Check list here:

(Applications are now being accepted)

Founded in 1970, the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) is a highly-competitive summer arts residential program funded by the New York State Education Department and student tuition. The four week, pre-professional summer curriculum includes individual and group instruction designed to help each student explore and develop their talents in ballet, choral studies, modern dance, visual arts, media arts, orchestral studies, or theatre. Students live in a college dorm and take classes from performing and visual artists for 6-12 hours a day, six days a week in their area of concentration.

Reel Works Productions is a youth-run production company specializing in high quality, low-cost media for real clients — while training tomorrow’s storytellers. Led by award-winning young filmmakers under the guidance of professional filmmaker-mentors, Reel Works Productions has created original documentaries, educational shorts, corporate media and fundraising videos. Recent clients include American Express, Microsoft, WNET Thirteen, Time Warner, Hasbro and many NYC nonprofits.

To become a youth producer, you must be a graduate of The Lab or comparable filmmaking program and be fluent in Premier Pro and video production. Applicants may be asked to submit samples of their work and references. Youth Producers are selected for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.

Contact Reel Works Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Stephanie Williams at or call (718) 768-9000, to find out about when and how to apply to become a Reel Works Youth Producer.   Click here for more information.


The Youth Police Academy (YPA)
The Youth Police Academy (YPA) is an annual six (6) week summer program that runs Monday – Friday and is offered to city resident youth ages 10-15. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily. More information is available here:
To apply, visit the website for more information.

There is no better way for college-bound students to get a feel for the future than participating in summer pre-college programs. Students gain valuable work experience, build relationships, and boost their admissions chances through these opportunities.
Not every program in the U.S. offers sufficient financial aid for under-resourced students, but here’s a list of programs that fix that problem.
Each entry includes a link to the program’s website, as well as information on program dates, application deadlines, and eligibility requirements.
Check list here:

Dorot’s Summer Teen Internship Program 2019 – Community Service Hours!
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in December 2018 and ending on May 10, 2019. Apply early.
DOROT’s Summer Teen Internship Program offers two four-week sessions for high school students. Through a competitive process, we choose up to 20 interns for each session. Summer interns are expected to volunteer with DOROT during the academic high school year. Who is Eligible? Rising sophomores through rising seniors.

Session 1: June 24 – July 18 (exceptions made for Regents exams)
Session 2: July 22 – August 15

The internship is 4 days a week, Mondays-Thursdays,
10:30am – 5:00pm.*
*On the last day of the internship, the day ends at 6:30pm.

Community Service Hours
The internship is unpaid and designed to provide students with a minimum of 92 hours of community service.

What expenses are associated with the program?
There is no charge to intern with DOROT.
Interns are expected to cover their own travel expenses and should plan to use their metro cards 2-4 times a day. Stipends are available toward travel costs.

The Internship program covers the following:
• Student screening and interview
• Orientation and training
• Internship oversight, coaching and supervision
• Snacks and program supplies
• Letter of completion and college recommendation

Application Process:
For Summer 2018 we received over 300 applications for 55 spaces. We encourage applicants to apply early, as spots will likely fill up prior to May 10th. Interns can only participate in one session and applicants need to select their preference on the application.

What happens during the summer internship program?
Each morning interns gather together at DOROT for their daily assignments. The first day of each session will include an orientation and training. On Thursdays the interns gather for lunch, group reflection and occasional guest speakers. Teen Interns may:
• Visit seniors in their home for companionship
• Teach seniors how to use a computer, iPad, iShuffle, and other types of technology
• Celebrate seniors’ birthdays
• Deliver meals to seniors
• Send birthday cards out to seniors
• Read to visually impaired seniors
• Shop and deliver groceries to seniors
• Play chess, cards, scrabble, and other games with seniors
• Assist with office work at DOROT
• Have the opportunity to plan, run and implement an intergenerational game day or museum trip
• Visit DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program and take part in cooking a meal for the seniors who live in our transitional housing facility

Application Deadline: Rolling, but apply early for best opportunities
A growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns. Our reporting teams cover schools in seven places – Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, and New York City – and we have a national bureau covering education issues affecting schools across the country.

The 10-week paid internship from June to August 2019 will offer student journalists the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists in a dynamic, rapidly growing organization. At a critical moment for an active independent press, join us as we build an organization working to sustain journalism that matters.  Interns will work 40-hour weeks and will have the opportunity to undertake daily education news assignments, work on enterprise stories, and participate in the life of our reporting teams in every way.

Program information:

Stop the presses!
The Ditmas Examiner, a Brooklyn community paper produced by high school (and older middle school) students, needs reporters, artists, photographers, graphic designers and entrepreneurs to work on our next issue. No experience required – just energy and enthusiasm. Email with questions or if you’d like to participate. We had a great first issue and are looking to involve more teen journalists for even better things in 2019. Be there!

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Online application, available here.


The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August.

Participants work in entry-level jobs in a variety of industries including:
Arts and Recreation; Educational Services; Financial Services; Healthcare/Medical; Hospitality/Tourism; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Marketing/Public Relations; Media/Entertainment; Real Estate/Property; Retail

SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Programs are located in community-based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. Youth can apply for the program online or at a community-based organization during the application period. Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

Application Deadline:
Here’s the website for more information

The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Visit here for information and to apply.

Helping Tomorrow’s Leaders Follow their Political Passions
A new organization founded in the spring of 2018 by James Kuntz, a 10th grade student at The Dalton School. The organization’s founding mission is to make political internship and volunteer opportunities more readily available for high school students.
High School students interested in a political internship can view the website.


All Star Code 2019 Summer Intensive
This is the first year All Star Code will be implementing monthly rolling admissions!
The Summer Intensive is All Star Code’s flagship program, a six-week coding experience featuring both technical web development skills as well as soft skills.
Using our three pillars: Dare Greatly, Celebrate Failure, and Tell Your Story, we give young men the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to succeed through technology.
The Summer Intensive is a FREE 6-week crash course in coding! Food, transportation, and a laptop are provided for every student of the program.

• Must be able to attend the entire program – July 8th to August 16th, Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
• No coding experience necessary to apply
• Identify as male
• Current high school sophomores & juniors
• Boys and Young Men of Color
Apply here:

American Museum of Natural History
Attention Teens, Parents, and Teachers –
Please click below for session 4 classes, Teen SciCafe and more!
If you are interested in apply to the Science Research Mentoring Program – applications are now open:


NYU Tandon School of Engineering K-12 Student Programs
Summer and academic year programs for local students that provide unique opportunities for in-depth STEM studies. Visit here for list of programs, eligibility and deadlines.  Programs are FREE and very competitive.

High School Students: Learn, Teach, Get Paid Internships: Apply for Creativity in Engineering, Science and Technology (CrEST)



Information about summer classes and programming offered at Hunter College and other CUNY schools across the five boroughs.


BkM Teens take over the Museum and plan, promote, and host a variety of  free events for teens throughout the year! At Teen Nights you can see and make art, hear music, dance, win raffles, and meet new people. Connect online to learn more!

The New York Public Library offers an amazing variety of classes, meet-ups and programs for teens in branches all around NYC. To find out what’s going on in your area, visit the NYPL website.



Calling all junior and senior parents: As you embark on the college application (and hopefully soon, acceptance) process, you can start planning your financial options and expenses by using this college loan calculator, as published in the New York Times.

Your LaGuardia student can download a FREE copy of the latest Microsoft Office software! Click here for details.

Parents and guardians of NYC public school kids can be eligible for FREE Wi-Fi at home through The New York Public Library’s Library HotSpot program, designed for patrons without home internet.
For more information, click here.

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