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Issue #20
January 27, 2020
Anyone who buys 2 or more RISING STARS tickets 
between January 2nd and Monday, January 27th 
will be immediately entered to WIN 2 VIP tickets 
to LaGuardia's  Annual  Benefit Concert   
on June 15th celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Fame the Movie!

The LaGuardia Talent Show!
Thursday, January 30th, 7:00 PM
Friday, January 31st, 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 1st, 2:00 & 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 2nd, 2:00 PM

NO FOMO (Fear of Missing Out!)
Get your tickets today, whether your student is in the show or not!
Do you really want to miss out   on this LaGuardia tradition? 
The kids are amazing and it's a wonderful way to support our school!

Still not convinced? How about a Sneak Peek - take a look at this video!

RISING STARS - We need Rising Stars Volunteers
Wednesday, January 29th (dress rehearsal)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 30th thru February 2nd
If you already have a ticket to a show, just come an hour earlier, help out at intermission and enjoy the excitement both on and off the stage!
We would really appreciate your time and you'll be a part of the excitement!

We need volunteers to sell merchandise, sell concessions and supervise in the basement during the shows and w e especially need monitors at the dress rehearsal Wednesday the 29th.
Congratulations to everyone who took the Regents Exams! Bravo to the Music Studio Seniors & Juniors  on completion of Part I of your Music Juries and to  Drama students on their  City Comprehensive Exams!

Gong Hei Fat Choy 
( Congratulations and be prosperous)  

Xian Nian Kuai Le
(Happy New Year)

are clever, quick thinkers, successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life. If you were born in one of these years, you are a RAT!  1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.


Senior Art Show #1 - Friday, January 31, 4:15 - 7:00 PM
The Art Studio has more great opportunities for you to see what our talented students are up to!  Each Senior Art Show showcases a curated selection of pieces from around 20 artists. Works will be on display in the lobby, the 2nd floor gallery, and 7th floor showcases. These shows highlight how our student artists have evolved and matured during their time at LaGuardia. 

Rising Stars Art Show - Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2 
This carefully curated selection of pieces ties into this year's theme: My Vision 2020. It will be on display in the back lobby during all Rising Stars performances.

Senior Dues Information
In an effort to reduce the cost per person for Senior Dues, the school is working with its vendors to discuss ways to provide a similar experience at a less expensive price. Until this process is complete, we do not have a cost for Senior Dues. The payment deadline has been postponed and will be announced once the amount is finalized. We are aware that families may need time to secure the monies, which is why it may be helpful to know the prices will be around $225. (The price per person for prom, which is not covered by Senior Dues, is estimated to be between $225 - $250.)
American Mathematics Competition (AMC) Seeking Mathletes!
January 30th, 4:15 - 6:00 PM in Room 441
The Mathematical Association of America's American Mathematics  AMC 10 is for 9th and 10th graders, and the AMC 12 is for 11th and 12th graders. Registration is free. Students wishing to represent should sign up for our team. For more information, please see Ms. Pflaum.

We are looking for  VOLUNTEERS  to help with our Drama and Technical Theater Spring Drama Festival. Specifically, we are looking for someone who is able to work with  Special Effects make-up  for our first SDF in late March (Let the Right One In) as well as someone who has experience with hair and make-up and can work on either or both of the other two shows in late April and late May (Emilia and The Seagull).  We are also looking for a professional who works with wigs and could help with the March and April shows.  We can give more specifics if anyone is interested in more information. Please contact Debra Teitelbaum for more information -
If you're reading this, then you're a reader of SNN and possibly a candidate for the job! Editing the PA's Sunday Night News requires sleuthing, compiling, organizing and writing the plethora of information that we bring to you every week! It's an amazing opportunity to have your finger on the pulse of "everything LaGuardia!" Our current SNN Editor has been in the role for a year and a half and wants to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months as she passes the torch! A direct quote - "Editing SNN is truly one of the most rewarding volunteer activities I have ever had the pleasure of working on." For more information about what the job entails, please email

* Tomorrow, January 28th is the first day of the Spring Semester. *
* The Wednesday, February 5th AP Fair is currently postponed! * 
* Stay tuned for an update on the*
Wednesday, January 29th, Academic Forum Meeting! *

If you haven't gotten your Rising Stars Tickets don't wait another moment!
Also, each Studio sends regular emails to their families. If you are not receiving studio-specific emails , please email as follows - 

Please check out our Help Wanted Section -
       We really need participation in the Auction & Gala!  
We look forward to continuing our warm relationship with the school administration and want to ensure we reflect what's on your mind. 
Please send us your ideas and comments -

With Gratitude - 
Elisabeth Rucell
Melissa Scott

Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.
  • Tuesday January 28th: First Day of the Spring Semester
  • Wednesday, January 29th : Academic Forum, 6:00 PM, Room 457 - TBA
  • Thursday, January 30th : Rising Stars, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Thursday, January 30th: Rising Stars Art Exhibit, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, CH Lobby
  • Friday, January 31st: Rising Stars, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Friday, January 31st: Senior Art Show #1, 4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery Room 253 
  • Saturday, February 1st: Rising Stars, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, CH
  • Saturday, February 1st: Chinese New Year Celebration, 2:30 - 5, Front Lobby
  • Sunday, February 2nd: Rising Stars, 2:00 PM, CH
  • Monday, February 3rd: Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, February 4th: 6:00 PM Studio Meeting | 7:00 PM General PA Meeting
  • Thursday, February 6thJunior Family College Night, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, CH
  • Friday, February 7th: Senior Art Show #2, 4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery Room 253
  • Tuesday, February 11th: PFLAG Meeting, 5:00 PM, Library
  • Wednesday, February 12th: Academic Forum, 6:00 PM, Room 457
  • Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21st: Midwinter Recess - No School
  • Monday, February 24th : Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, February 25th: SLT Meeting, 4:15 PM, CR
  •  Monday, March 2ndConference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, March 3rd6:00 PM General PA Meeting | 7:00 PM Studio Meeting
  • Wednesday, March 4thSAT Given to All Juniors; PSAT 10 to All Sophomores (other grades do not attend school)
  • Friday, March 6th: Senior Art Show #3, 4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery Room 253
  • Monday, June 15th, 2020Save the Date - LaG PA Gala!!! 
LaGuardia Location Guide
* CH = Concert Hall
* LFT = Little Flower Theater
* CO = Room 235 - College Office
* CR = Room 205 - Conference Room
* Art Gallery = Room 253


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The LaGuardia Parents Association is only as good as the people who are involved.
Please join us - we'd love to have you aboard and if you're not sure how to help, please complete the volunteer form and we'll find a role that matches your skills and availability.  

Annual Gala Volunteers Needed! 
We need people with experience in MARKETING and also CORPORATE GIVING to help with the Gala. Please contact Wendy Reimer at

Auction Committee Volunteers Needed!
Our Spring Auction is one of the school's biggest fund-raisers.  We need volunteers to lead the drive to solicit items/experiences for donations, organize the items for sale and spearhead the publicity and outreach to all families for contacts they may have for donations such as restaurants, Broadway shows, local retail, vacations homes/trips, spas, signed memorabilia, tutoring services and your other creative ideas!!! Please email us!

Pickup & Shipping (in the USA) options available at check-out!


$434,896 has benefited LaGuardia students so far! 

While the LaGuardia Community has made most of these contributions, many have been made by corporate donors, foundations (via matching grants) and unaffiliated individuals inspired by our teachers. When a project is almost fully-funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project!

Exploring Identity in White Teeth!
Be the first to donate - $1,229 needed to fund this project!
Help  Ms. Mehter give her students the contemporary British novel, White Teeth by Zadie Smith! Donate now!

Swim Cap Brains for AP Psychology!
$574 to go!!! Join the 4 donors who have already contributed!
Help Mrs. McGoey give her students swim caps in order to draw diagrams of the brain and then wear to teach and inspire! Donate now!

Make Fitness a Lifestyle
$619 to go!!! Join the 39 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Mr. Antao  give his students sports equipment including the Senston 2 player badminton set, Spalding Replica NBA Basketball, Adidas sala Soccer Balls, Champion Sports Rhino hockey stick and Cramer Junior Floor Hockey sets.  Donate now !

Think Pad Would Be an Amazing Resource to Us!
$1,322 to go!!! Join the 14 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Mr. Fransowie  give his students  a multipurpose laptop that can be utilized in a group setting by students of all different skill levels and learning styles. Donate now!

Help Our Science Students to Learn Through Technology! 
$6,098 to go!!!  Join the 11 donors who have already contributed!
Help Ms. Sheikh give her students iPads to access electronic assignments, analyze data from science labs, and stay organized to become successful in their challenging academic classes.

DonorsChoose is a nonprofit organization that allows private individuals to donate to public school classroom projects. LaGuardia teachers post many project requests on DonorsChoose throughout the school year for one simple reason: the NYC Department of Education does not provide many of the materials, technology and other essentials that make LaGuardia great.
DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs.

College Nights & Fairs | SAT/ACT Courses
College Applications & Essay Resources

Naviance is the online system we use to provide students with college planning and career assessment tools. LaGuardia Administration has advised of a new Naviance Security Feature - If a student/parent has a valid email address in Naviance, they will be able to reset their own password. Students/ parents will receive an email with their temporary password to use to log in, and then will be required to reset their password to the new requirements. 


Congratulation to all - what an amazing feeling that must be!

Scott Loitherstein,  Social Studies Teacher at LaGuardia!)
  • Be sure to check if you have a February 1 application deadline
  • You will have to see your counselor if you need to add or delete schools.
  • Check the school's website or call the admissions office if you have any questions about which admission type is offered there.
  • Remember, the Naviance does NOT inform LaGuardia staff about when you finish a new application to a school.  You must ALWAYS update your recommendation writers when you finish a new application AFTER they have sent their recommendation letter, because your school will NOT GET your recommendation letter if your writers are not informed that you have completed a new application.  For questions, see your guidance counselor.
  •  YOU are responsible for sending your ACT and SAT scores.
  •  SEND your applications as they are complete. Do NOT wait for your supporting documents (official transcripts, school profile, current courses, etc.) to be sent.
  •  MAIL SCHOOLS are indicated on Naviance with a picture of a postage stamp. This is how supporting documents are sent from LaGuardia and not how you are applying. Please fill out envelopes with the schools' addresses as well as your name, and drop them off to your guidance counselor. You will have to fill out envelopes for teacher recommenders as well.
  •  If a school is on Common App, please go through Common App and Naviance. Do NOT go through the school's website or any other site unless you have spoken with your counselor. Make sure schools are on your Common App and Naviance. Matching schools does not automatically do this for you, please check!
ESPECIALLY FOR JUNIORS  (Thanks to Mr.  Scott Loitherstein, 
Social Studies Teacher at LaGuardia!)
  • Transcript Grades - Juniors, please remember your grades this year will be the first grades (and most important, but not the only grades) Colleges and Conservatories will see when you apply to them.
  • Remember, you should be finishing your Naviance personal profile on your own, and now is a great time to get it done before the second semester begins.  You will start meeting with your guidance counselors this Feb/March to plan for the college application process and post-LaGuardia life.
  • Here's a link to Science Honors Program at Columbia University for next school year:
  • Some basic info on college and life from NYC DOE: College and Career Planning

On March 4th the SAT will be given to all Juniors and the PSAT 10 to all Sophomores. The NYCDOE pays for the test and the school will automatically register the students; the test is administered during the school day at LaGuardia. Please note that students will only be attending school if they are taking either the PSAT 10 or the SAT.  There will be no classes on this day.

Guidance is working with Juniors to begin the college application process. An important element is the "All About Me" section on Naviance, which Guidance uses to become more familiar with each student. If your student has not yet completed the "All About Me" section, please encourage them to log in to Naviance and answer the questions.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Guidance Department will be presenting valuable information about the college search & application process to families of the  Class  of 2021 ! Join us in the Concert Hall!


Hope you had some time to check out colleges - the next window of opportunity is Presidents Week, February 17th thru 21st when most colleges are in session, but our students have the week off.

Wednesday, February 5th, 6:30 PM
Grand Central Library, 135 E. 46th Street


The NYPD Community Center is offering a * FREE*, 8-week, SAT Prep Class for students in grades 10 & 11. The program will run on Saturdays from February 8th through March 29th at 127 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207.  Students who would like to sign up should reach out to Randy Millard, Assistant Program Director at (917) 617-3621 or
These tests fill up quickly, so register soon for the test or tests of your choice:  For students who can't make it to one of these exams, email us at  and we can send tests to administer at home and return to us for grading.


Ascend Educational Fund
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020
Ascend Educational Fund is a nonprofit that provides scholarships to high school seniors of immigrant backgrounds in New York City regardless of national origin, ethnicity and immigration status.  AEF will provide two-year or four-year college scholarships in the range of $2,500-$20,000 to promising immigrant students in New York City, who were either born outside the US or have two parents born outside the U.S. Eligible students will  graduate from a high school in New York City Spring 2020 and plan to  enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2020-2021. Additional information and online application form.
Finalists selected for an interview will be notified: April 15, 2020
Interviews held: May 2 - 3, 2020, each finalist must attend in person for consideration.
The following colleges have shared their information with LaGuardia - You should reach out to a university to inquire about their pre-college offerings. To ensure you're considered for summer programs apply by the deadline and inform your recommender(s) that you will need a recommendation!

Pratt Pre-College  -  Arts program during the school year on Saturdays
SummerFuel -  Pre college campuses:  Oxford University, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, Tufts, Stanford University, Columbia University, Esade Barcelona. Language study in: Barcelona & Andalusia. MIT Design Lab
The Oxbow School (Arts) -  Financial Aid Priority Deadline: February 1st 2020
California College of the Arts -  Earn 3 college credits |  Priority Deadline: March 30th
Oxbridge Academic Programs -  Study abroad offered


FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.  Go to: and
If you haven't completed it yet - get started - money goes to the early birds!

The Broadway League and NYC & Company invite you to experience Broadway Week in New York City! Many Broadway shows are offering 2-for-1 ticket deals for selected performances January 21st - February 9th.  Visit the Broadway Week page at   for ticket sales, important details and restrictions.


Check out the  full sports calendar  to root on our players!

No games during the school vacation - our students are practicing for their upcoming games!
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.

Application Deadline: February 3, 2020

Rooftop's seeking  Festival Programming Interns for the current spring semester to work closely with members of our programming team, assisting in the pre-screening and rating of film submissions!  A great opportunity for students studying film, media and/or mass communications: learn how a nonprofit film festival works and see hundreds of great movies.  Internships are not paid, but Rooftop Films' staff will work with your school for internship credit. Applicants are encouraged to check their school's internship or field work credit requirements before applying. ( Please note: our offices are on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus, near the R, F and G trains in Brooklyn.)

For more information and to apply, visit

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Program Dates: July 19-31, 2020 - Princeton University

Join us for the 2020 At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy. The two-week boarding summer enrichment program located on the campus of Princeton University is geared towards current tenth- and eleventh-grade minority female students. We are now accepting applications for our stellar program that is designed to create great leaders. 

Features include: * Leadership development sessions * Phenomenal speakers * Two weeks boarding at Princeton University * Critical reading and writing classes * Interactive workshops * Field trips * Tutoring 

Limited and need-based financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For Academy highlights, watch the 2019 AT THE WELL VIDEO. To apply, go to For information, contact us at 646-592-1488

Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Program Dates: October to April, Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 PM and Saturdays, 10 AM-1:30 PM
Summer: Two weeks in July, Monday to Friday, 10 AM-4 PM

Three-year Art and Design Scholarship Program Current High School Freshmen. We are now accepting applications for the next class of Pratt Young Scholars!  Pratt Young Scholars is a need-based, three-year scholarship providing instruction in art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. This Scholarship covers three years of studio instruction, all art materials for courses taken, Summer Scholars courses in July, a year-round college access program including SAT preparation, and one-on-one guidance throughout the college application and financial aid processes. 

This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about art and design, meet other students with similar interests, and prepare for college in a creative environment! For additional information and application instructions, visit

Program Dates: June 29th thru August 14th
Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Students from Long Island and New York City are invited to apply for the Uniquely U scholarships in 
creative writing, instrumental and vocal music, dance, visual art, theater, and -- for the first time this year, 
nature & sustainability. They can submit an application along with a video telling us what makes them unique. 
At least five full scholarships will be awarded for students to attend Usdan from June 29th through August 14th. Partial scholarships will be awarded to select applicants as well.  Additionally, the school/institution yielding the most "Uniquely U" applications will receive the School Scholarship, giving them the opportunity to choose a student to attend Usdan for seven weeks this summer -- full tuition paid.
For more information, visit

Program Dates: Spring Break
Application Deadline: February 10, 2020

Explore your passions and uncover new interests at the NYC Department of Education's Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics; the Bronx Zoo; Central Park Zoo; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Museum of the City of New York; New York Aquarium; New York Botanical Garden; New-York Historical Society; Prospect Park Zoo; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; Solar One; Staten Island MakerSpace; Staten Island Zoo; and Wave Hill. Meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real-world learning experiences. Contact

Audition Date: Saturday, February 1st, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Know a vocalist between the ages of 12 and 18 ready to take their singing to the next level? Brooklyn Harmonics Teens--the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music's dynamic teen vocal ensemble--is holding auditions for Spring semester on February 1! Directed by celebrated Broadway composer Jeff Klitz, Brooklyn Harmonics is a top-notch, close-harmony vocal group performing pop, rock, jazz and world music. Students develop skills like repertoire interpretation, balanced section singing, and soloing... while making new friends and connections along the way! 
To audition, prepare a short piece and bring sheet music with piano accompaniment; a pianist will be provided. To set up an audition time, email with subject header "Brooklyn Harmonics Teens Auditions." Rehearsals begin Saturday, February 8. Tuition assistance is available.    More info about the ensemble here!


Audition Dates:  Saturday, February 22 at Ripley Grier Studios in NY and  Sunday, February 23 in Montclair NJ

Vanguard Theater Company is holding auditions for our 5th Annual Broadway Buddy Mentorship Program and Summerstock!  

BROADWAY BUDDY  is Vanguard's premiere program for young adults, ages 12-24, with serious ambition to perform on the Broadway stage.  Students (mentees) are paired individually with a Broadway Artist who mentors them about the business, performance and all aspects of being a Broadway performer.  The pairs of mentees and mentors will perform together in a cabaret style concert at the 450 seat Sharp Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.  Only 30 mentees are selected for this program.  

SUMMERSTOCK SLEEPAWAY   is a 16 day immersion and intense Summerstock sleepaway experience for the serious musical theater performer.  Summerstock is held at Camp Vacamas in West Milford, NJ. The production staff for all shows is comprised of theater professionals.  The dates for camp are August 1-16. We are auditioning for 3 shows, rights permitting:  "Bare," "Godspell," and "Once On This Island"

Wildlife Conservation Society ANNUAL JIVE -- 
Job, Internship, and Volunteering Expo
Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10460

This event is an interactive opportunity for youth (ages 14 - 26) to learn about
paid and  unpaid positions at New York City zoos and aquarium, connect directly to hiring managers, and attend additional optional workshops. Representatives from a variety of WCS departments will be available to share information about upcoming positions and meet qualified young applicants. J.I.V.E will also provide attendees with additional skill-building workshops.

16-26 year olds will have the opportunity to meet hiring managers and learn about the many jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities available at the WCS zoos and aquarium.  14-15 year olds can learn more about WCS's Discovery Guide volunteer program and how to use volunteer positions as a springboard into paid positions down the line.  Chaperones are required for students under age 16.   RSVP is required for the J.I.V.E event. 

36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Effective immediately, all  New York City public school students 12 and over will be able to receive free tickets  to the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
for them to visit the Museum with up to three family members. Students can show their student ID, report card, or other form of proof of enrollment at a New York City public school at the Museum to receive admission free of charge. Tickets will be available to students and their families through August 30, 2020 and will provide access to all parts of the Museum. Previously, all public school students were eligible for free admission - now, that opportunity is being opened up to their families as well. Visit the museum's website .

Program Dates: May through August 2020
Application Deadline: January 30, 2020

Gowanus Canal Conservancy is hiring a part-time Senior Apprentice to help lead Gowanus Green Team, our 3-month environmental stewardship program for high school students, from May through August 2020. Ideal candidates are alumni of the Green Team program; however, consideration will be given to other qualified candidates that are current high school students, college students or recent graduates.  

Applicants must be passionate about working and learning in urban green spaces and be a strong leader. Tasks will include working in outdoor urban green spaces, including a native plant nursery, street trees, rain gardens, and partner urban farms.  This position is an opportunity to gain skills in leadership, facilitation, interpersonal communication, community visioning, time management, and horticulture. The Senior Apprentice will work under the direction of the Green Team Supervisor.  More information and full job description.  If you have questions before applying please contact Joanne Zhao:

Saturday, February 8, 2020
New York Public Library, 476 5th Avenue, New York


The Korea Society is offering evening and Saturday Korean classes taught by experienced and enthusiastic native-Korean instructors. Classes are intended to accommodate beginner to advanced students of Korean. The classes take place at 350 Madison Ave. For more information, please sign up online or call 212.490.7106 or email

The Academic Forum is pleased to share its list of  Summer Arts and Academic Opportunities curated from their most recent meeting

Application Deadline: January 23, 2020
Program Dates July 6 - August 16

The Wingspan Arts Summer Conservatory is a tuition-free, audition-based program for high school students. Offering a true conservatory experience, this program combines both classwork and an in-depth rehearsal process culminating in full-scale theatrical productions.

The Wingspan Ensemble is for incoming 9th-12th grade students invested in broadening their theatrical skillset. Students take a wide variety of specialized classes, focusing on both skills building and exposure to the professional arts world. In production, Wingspan Ensemble students are cast in either a musical or a play. Show selections feature smaller casts, more challenging material, and offer more opportunity for student involvement in the creative process. In past years, the Ensemble has performed shows such as Merrily We Roll Along, Ragtime, Twelfth Night, The Heidi Chronicles and The Laramie Project.  For more information and to apply !

Application Deadline: January 24, 2020

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.

Ladders for Leaders gives students the unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through: 
  • Pre-Employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interview skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.
  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities in a variety of industries that match students' interests. Gain experience with well-known companies like Boston Consulting Group, Bank of America, Amalgamated Bank, Medidata, Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, Xandr , and Tishman Speyer.
  • Opportunities to Join our Growing Alumni Network: Our broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities, and networking events are open only to past participants of the program.
Who is Eligible?  To apply for Ladders for Leaders, you must:
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 21, and currently enrolled in high school or college
  • Have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 
  • Be a current resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Have some form of prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
To apply,  visit  to apply to NYC Ladders for Leaders or call 1.800.246.4646 to learn more.

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.

Application Deadline: Open & Ongoing
Program Dates Vary by discipline

The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a tuition-free, month-long summer arts intensive program, serving NYC public school students entering grades 8 through 12. This public-private partnership, hosted by Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with the support of key arts leaders, including Tony Bennett, was designed to increase access to advanced arts training to prepare students for college and career success in the arts. Now in its 18th year, SAI continues to provide approximately 400 students the opportunity to study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film.   For more information about the program and how to audition.

Application Deadline: Open & Ongoing
Program Dates Vary by discipline

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.     For more information about the programs and available scholarships

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020
Program Dates: July 25 - August 8

Since 2010, ArtsBridge Summer has given high school performing artists the tools to perfect their craft and audition approach, guided by  top college arts faculty  and industry professionals. ArtsBridge Summer programs are designed to hone the skills of students who pursue acting, musical theater, and classical music at the college level and beyond.  ArtsBridge Summer is a two-week program held at the Baldwin Wallace University.  Need-based scholarships are available.  For more information and to apply !

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Department of Education, in partnership with the Stonewall Inn and the New York Yankees, is again offering the Yankee-Stonewall Scholarship. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to five students, one from each borough. A student is eligible for this scholarship if they: are a current high school senior, are planning to attend a two-year or four-year college, are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or an ally who has contributed significantly to the LGBTQ+ community, and have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Program Dates: June 29 - August 14, 2020

ARISE is a free 7-week summer research program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.   Selected students will:
  • Conduct authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in one of 30+ active labs
  • Investigate a range of questions in engineering, data science and life science and make practical, substantive contributions to the lab's objectives
  • Get an introduction to essential principles that prepare students for college and in-demand careers as well as in areas like scientific ethics, contemporary issues in scientific inquiry, data collection and analysis, research practices, and lab safety
  • Receive training in speaking and presentation skills, and guidance on preparing for the college application process
  • New York City residents completing 10th or 11th grade in June 2020
  • STEM-passionate, academically engaged, motivated students. Successful applicants do not need to be the "best" students or have the highest grades
  • Students who will attend the entire program June 29-August 14, 2020
  • Responsible students who fulfill commitments and demonstrate timeliness and persistence.

Application Deadline:  March 23, 2020
Program Dates: 5 days/week, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM for six weeks, July through August

This program is an introduction to programming and is intended for high school girls who have had limited access to coding classes/resources. It is tuition-free thanks to a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Revocable Trust. For more information and to apply.

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. 
Dates: July 6-10, 13-18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Since 2007, IRT Theater has served the downtown theater community by providing space, support and community for independent artists through its 3B Development Series. An offshoot of IRT's 3B Development Series, the Westside Experiment offers students the skills to create original devised theater in collaboration with a working theater company in residence at IRT.
The progressive Young Actors Laboratory program still covers all the theater essentials, like physical-acting technique, improvisation & script writing, but with a decidedly downtown twist. This years unique summer experience will include a fusion of sign language, spoken word, mime, storytelling, dance and music. This is a great choice for students, hearing, deaf, and hard-of hearing, who are interested in theater but eager to try something more offbeat than, say, Oklahoma.  No prior acting experience necessary. Artists of all disciplines encouraged to apply. Bring an open mind and have it blown away!  For more information, contact IRT:  212.206.6875 or
Application Deadline:  Ongoing
Applications for the 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) program year are now open for students 14 - 21 years old. 
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.

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.

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.

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!

Parents of NY Teens & Young Adults  
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

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In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.
NY Times Opinion - January 9, 2020
Lessons in the art of listening, from a C.I.A. agent, a focus group moderator and more.

Chalkbeat - December 2, 2019

NYC database of mental health services based on need and insurance.  Find services!

With every dollar you and your family members spend, Fairway Market will donate 3% or more of your total cash purchases to the LaGuardia PA .  Just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.  If you don't have a card,  please give the cashier the  LAG Fairway #460-000-173-331 

Start your shopping from this link ( and LaGuardia will receive anywhere from 3 to 10% of qualifying purchases... 

Please bookmark it!

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.
Tuesday, February 4th
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting
General Meeting: Our guest speaker is Michael Terry, college financial advisor

Tuesday, March 3rd
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, April 7th
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting
May - TBD
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, June 16th: Elections
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting

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