Dear Friend,
 
Winter was mild this year.  As we look forward into the summer and spring there are many opportunities for our youth.  This includes scholarships, jobs, summer camps and more.  I put together this newsletter to keep you informed of these upcoming items.  If we missed an item, let me know and I will share it in the next issue. 

Also, be aware that the State of Maryland offers tax deductible  College Savings Plans.  If you would like to get more information about this resource, click  here  to register for their webinar.  
 
As always, feel free to reach out to me and our District 3 team if we can help you in any way.  
 
Together  Strengthening  Our Community, 

 
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The Prince George's County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) provides summer employment opportunities and job readiness training for County youth.  Follow the previous links for more information.  
Want Scholarships?
Prince George's Community College (PGCC) provides a list of scholarships funded by individuals and organizations (corporate & non-profit).  If you are interested in going to PGCC, but require assistance paying for school, click here for a list of many scholarships available.
First Generation College Bound (FGCB) is a nonprofit organization purposed to help youth realize the dream of a College degree.  FGCB offers a College Access Program for seniors.  Participants students will receive encouragement, advocacy, and help with financing options.  Students will receive this service through their senior year and the summer after/before college. FGCB has been in operation for more than 24 years and has helped over 500 young people in our area.  For more information follow this link.       
Your Maryland Senators and Delegates have Scholarship funds available to individuals bound for and currently attending a college or university. Deadlines run through spring but differ per office.  See below for a list of representatives and office links.

Legislative 21 (College Park)
Legislative 22 (Berwyn Heights, University Park, Riverdale Park, Riverdale area, Woodlawn, New Carrollton, Lanham)
Legislative 24 (Glenn Dale, Seabrook, Glenwood Park, Glenn Estates)

Legislative 47 (Landover Hills, Bellmead, West Lanham Hills, West Lanham Estates, Finns Lane, Frenchman's Creek)

If you are not a District 3 Resident and you are interested in applying for scholarships in your area, follow these links to find your Senator & Delegates.
The U.S. Department of Education's Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem daunting.  This video was created to help parents and students in need of direction.  Please note, every school has their own deadline for when the FAFSA is due - so it's best to get it done sooner rather than later, to be on the safe side.  There is even more help  available  to make this process  simpler .  Stay  diligent!   



With such a plethora of things to do at the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) residents and youth are encouraged to stay connected.  Click here to take a look at their summer camp brochure. 

The Latin America Youth Center's (LAYC) mission is to "empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood."  LAYC's Summer Youth Employment Program offers a way for students to gain work experience during the summer. They also provide free summer activities to current LAYC participants.  Spend time outdoors, or try college life, or learn to row, leadership skills and much more.  Click here to join LAYC.      

Elizabeth Setan is an all girls high school in Bladensburg.  They offer summer camps to girls as young as second grade and as old as high school.  This summer, camps include general sports, volleyball, basketball, photography and band.  Click here for more information.

Ancestral Knowledge teaches philosophies that support a sustainable lifestyle.  Their summer camps are 100% outdoors and include forest exploration, games and hands-on projects for ages 7 & older.  Click here for more information or to apply.  Financial aid is available.

Bowie State University provides a number of summer programs including computer camp, girls in computer science, basketball camp for boy & girls (separate) and many more.  Click here for more information.
Prince George's Community College's Summer Youth Program runs for four weeks in July. It is for students completing grades two through eight. Each program day includes courses that are academically focused and interest based. Students may select from either or both tracts. The program begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:30. A wind down sessions is available until 6pm.  Register opens the first week in February.  Call for more information (301) 546-0159.
NASA provides summer, spring, fall and yearlong  locally in Washington , D.C. and Greenbelt.  These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities.  Follow the link above for more information or to register.  
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is hosting workshops for young artists beginning on March 27th.  Workshop will include hands-on arts activities that teach skills in art materials, core principles of art, and insights into world cultures.  Application deadline is coming up.  Click here for more information. 
The City of Greenbelt and Hyattsville are both offering a wide range of summer camps including swimming, basketball and gymnastics.  To register or for more information please follow the links above.  Camps are open to non-residents.  
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI) is a nonprofit established in 1978 by a small group of Hispanic Congressional members to develop the next generation of Latino leaders and those thereafter.  CHCI provides a week summer camp for high school students from 9th to 11th grade.  Students will be brought to the District of Columbia to learn how the Federal Government works, meet key leaders, visit Hispanic sites and learn how they can make a positive affect on their communities.  Deadline for application is fast approaching.  Camp will be held from July 23rd to 28th.  This program is FREE but space is very limited.  C lick here to apply. 
Artworks Works Now   is dedicated to create a stronger community through the arts.  They have several summer programs available to families looking to expose their children to the joys of art.  Follow this link for a list of programs and prices.      
Located in Mount Rainier, Joe's Movement Emporium offers programs in education, production art services, performance space, event rentals and classes year-round.  They have several youth camps and programs being held throughout this year.  Follow this link for more information.      
Established in October of 2013, J oyful Motion Dance - Greenbelt (JMDG) is the sister studio to Joy Motion, continuing their legacy devoted to progressing the art form of dance. JMDG is offering several summer camps and programs for youth of all ages.  Click here for more information.  
                            UMD SUMMER CAMPS

Gymkana is a UMD based program that provides safe gymnastics and acrobatics training for all ages and levels.  Click here for details.  Terp Quest is a summer camp for elementary school children.  Click here for details.        




There are many STEM related summer programs including  Women in Engineering (WIE) open to students entering 9th through 12th grades, Discovering Engineering open to students entering 11th and 12th grades, Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering (S.P.I.C.E.) Camp for 9th and 10th graders and more.  Click here for a full list of camps.     
Friends Community School (FCS) participants will explore science, language, art and life skills through hands-on experiences.  Popular sessions include robotics and film-making, game theory and design, theater and poetry, Harry Potter's world, sports, song-writing and instrument-making, architecture-and-art, Chinese, Spanish, and more.  Click here for more information.       
Impulse City provides summer fun and creative play to youth in Prince George's County age 3 to 12.  They have a hearty list of programs this summer.  Click here to take a look.       
Job Training & Youth Employment
The Youth@Work, Summer Enrichment Program is a life skills and job training program delivered by the Prince George's Community College (PGCC). This program is open to students ages 15 -19.  Click here to register or for more information.  Deadline is fast approaching!  
Are you know a student that may be interested in becoming a theater technician?  Joe's Movement Emporium is offering a Theater Tech Program (TTP) to youth ages 16-21.  This is a workforce development initiative that provides at-risk students with instruction in theater tech operations and digital media. Paired with critical supports, including tutoring, college exploration, life skills coaching, and real work experiences, participants gain life and  employ-ability  skills toward a successful future.  Click here for details.  

Joe's is also holding summer camps for youth of many ages.  Please click here for their current list.      
College Savings Plans
College Savings Plans of Maryland was establish to provide a tax deductible means to save for College.  If you would like to get more information about this recourse, click here to register fro their webinar.  The first webinar is scheduled for March 9th. 
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Chief of Staff:

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