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Click on the links below to learn more about these great opportunities! Did you miss the application deadline for a program you are interested in? Call the program anyway to find out what opportunities might still be available.

Reel Works is offering a FREE Summer Experimental Filmmaking Program! The program takes place the 1st week of July – August (5 weeks) every Tuesday – Thursday. All students going into 8th or 9th graders are invited to participate. The program takes place at the Reel Works office located at 540 President Street in Brooklyn. Interested students/parents/caretakers should email for more information.

Free 2018 Summer Arts Institute for Middle School & High School Students – NYC’s Summer Arts Institute is open to all New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in the Fall of 2018. Only students currently enrolled or planning to attend a New York City Department of Education public school for the 2018-19 school year may apply. When necessary, public school enrollment will be verified to determine eligibility. Program Dates: July 9 – August 3, 2018. Deadline to Apply: January 19, 2018. Click here to visit the program’s website & to apply.

Free GED Classes – Free GED (HES = High School Equivalency) classes are being offered at two Brooklyn locations by COJO Flatbush in partnership with the Office of Councilmember Mathieu Eugene. Classes are held at the Councilman’s District Office located at 900 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn 11226 and also at the COJO office at 1523 Avenue M, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn 11230. A High School Equivalency Diploma will enable you to acquire new skills to succeed in the workplace, have access to better employment opportunities or help your children with their homework. Click here to see program flyer for 900 Rogers Ave classes or call 718-287-8762 or email  Click here to see program flyer for 1523 Ave M classes or contact Jacob Hecht, Director of Adult education @ 718-377-2900 EXT 7637 or email

The CUNY Fatherhood Academy at LaGuardia Community College is an intensive 3-month (4-day a week) program sponsored by the NYC Young Men’s Initiative. We are recruiting fathers ages 18 – 28 needing a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED). We offer HSE test preparation, parenting workshops and financial support. Our next semester begins April 28. We are recruiting for our College and Career Prep program for young fathers ages 18 – 30 who already have their GED/HSE or High School Diploma. We offer college and career readiness, parenting workshops and financial support. Our next class begins in May. Our overall goal is to help fathers help themselves by obtaining the skills they need through education, employment and personal development to become self- sufficient and in turn accept the responsibility to remain or become part of their children’s lives. The program is holistic in nature and provides real opportunities for young fathers to become successful. Orientation sessions for both programs are held daily. Call 718-730-7336 for additional information. Click here to see program flyer. To enroll or for more information, click here to visit website.

Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) SITE: Intersection of Linguistics, Language and Culture - The REU Program is recruiting talented undergraduate students residing in the NY area from (but not limited to) historically disadvantaged groups to partake in a part-time year-long program to engage in research on language(s) and benefit from workshops that will help you prepare for the next step in your educational journey. Through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), 14 students will be selected to engage in a 29-week research experience in speech-language-communication-hearing sciences. To successfully complete the program, students will devote 6 to 8 hours a week in the Fall and Spring semester and 15-18 hours a week in the summer to a research project with one of the participating mentors and at one of the research sites. REU Students are awarded a stipend of $6,500 a year for participation in the program: $2,000 for 12 weeks in the Fall semester, $2,000 for 12 weeks in the Spring semester and $2,500 in the Summer (June and first week of July) to compensate for their work. Please contact to obtain an application form. Deadline for Submission of Application: May 30 2017. Click here to view program flyer.

Free 4-week photography workshop in April with acclaimed photographer Accra Shepp – Young adults ages 16-22 are invited to participate in a free photography workshop presented by the International Center of Photography and Brooklyn Public Library. Students will work together to find new ways to engage photographically with the community in and around Crown and Prospect Heights, training with world-renowned photographer, Accra Shepp. Make striking images that step outside of the everyday. Work with the community. Build your resume and art portfolio. Meet other creative young people. Learn technical tips, photography tools and vocabulary. Workshops will be held at the BPL Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238.) on Sunday, April 2nd, 11am–3pm & Saturday, April 8th, 15th and 22nd, 11am–3pm. Sign up via email at Click here to see workshop flyer.

Future Innovator Scholarship: This is a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to one student who exhibits leadership skills and who demonstrates our core values: Be a Knight, Make an Impact, and Succeed Together. For full information and to apply, applicants can visit: Deadline to apply: May 1, 2017.

Women in Technology Scholarship: This is a $1,000 scholarship to women seeking a career in computer science and/or computer programming, a field they are highly underrepresented in. The scholarship will be awarded to a female student who demonstrates a passion for computer science and is actively seeking opportunities for a meaningful career in the industry. For full information and to apply, applicants can visit: Deadline to apply: May 5, 2017.

The 2017 National High School Essay Contest has begun! This is the 19th year of this prestigious contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about the United States Foreign Service. Eligibility for AFSA’s 2017 National High School Essay Contest is open to students in grades nine through twelve. The deadline is March 15, 2017. Please contact Perri Green, AFSA’s Awards Coordinator, at with questions. For more information and to apply, visit the AFSA website for additional details about the scholarship and essay topic.

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships -  Dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation, BAM will award two $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. Applicants must be a high-school senior of African descent (for example, African-American, African, or Ethiopian) with a 3.3 or higher GPA and plans to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing.) For more information about this opportunity or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website before the deadline of March 1, 2017.

The Teen Reviewers and Critics Program (TRaC) is a free 10-week afterschool program for high school students from all over New York and New Jersey to explore the arts in NYC while expanding critical thinking and writing skills. Participating teens are placed in one of six groups—film, dance, theater, visual art, music, or multi-arts—to dig deep into a specific artistic genre by attending cutting-edge performances, meeting artists, visiting museums, learning to navigate the city, and much more. The Application deadline is February 16th. Please visit the website for more information or to apply online, or contact Keonna Hendrick, Program Manager, at

Spring Break Science and STEM enrichment programs are being offered for students in Kindergarten through 8th gradeat the NYC Department of Education’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo, and Staten Island Zoo. Meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real life, hands-on learning experiences. The Application deadline is Tuesday, February 28. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Click here for more information and here to apply. Don’t miss out, apply now!

Year Up’s Wall Street Campus program has a few spots left! -  Year Up is seeking a few more young people to begin our Wall Street Campus program on March 7th This program is for young people  with no college experience who are interested in beginning a career in business/finance or IT. If you apply before the deadline, Year Up will do everything possible to move you through the admissions process quickly! You can find a quick article on the program here. So far, the average wage of this graduating class is $19.29/hour or $40,133/year. Nothing short of amazing. For more information, contact Ryan W Overton, Year Up Director of Recruitment at (917) 624-0831 or

Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Enrolling 3rd-5th Grade Students Now! The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is encouraging students from 3rd through 5th grade to enroll in their Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program.  SEEK is aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of African-American students in STEM fields, and provides early STEM exposure to students beginning in 3rd grade through the 12th grade. To participate in SEEK, students must be at least 8 years old who are completing the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades for the 2016-2017 school year (6th grade) in select cities. Students MUST be available for the entire 3 week program.  Click on this link for more information on the program and how to register.

NYC Fellows Film Program Now Accepting Applications: Now through March 15, the NYC Fellows Program is accepting applications for the 2017-2019 program from NYC high school students ages 14-18 from across all five boroughs. The Fellows Program is an award-winning, 30-month immersion in cinematic storytelling and production training for high school students. Students receive college-level instruction from leading filmmakers and industry experts, visit live sets and studios, and even have the opportunity to shoot films abroad. The Fellows Program is free of charge for all students. Click on this link for more information and the application.

Explore the World Scholarship Committee – Hostelling International-NYC offers the opportunity for a $2,000 scholarship to help finance an international trip that includes an educational or service component. The scholarship is available to 18-30 year-olds who demonstrate financial need and live within the five boroughs. For more information, please visit the website at The 2017 Scholarship application is due March 15, 2017. Apply soon!

Don’t miss the 20th Annual College Fair on Saturday, March 4th! The event will be from 12 PM – 4 PM on Saturday, March 4, 2017 & Admission is FREE! Produced by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation in partnership with NYS Governor Cuomo, this event brings 60-plus national colleges and universities to Riverbank State Park (145th Street & Riverside Drive). The event is open to the next generation of Middle and High School students seeking to pursue a degree from a Junior, Senior College or Trade School including Masters’ programs. In addition to meeting with college representatives, students can also attend workshops on Admissions Prep, SAT, financial aid, careers in medicine, and more. Click here to see event flyer. For additional information please contact the Parks Dept. Cultural Department 212-694-3634 or 3656.

Free Summer Health Professions Program at Colombia University - Columbia University Medical Center provides students interested in pursuing a career within the health professions with a well-defined, integrated approach to learning, focusing on the core science curriculum needed to apply to health professions schools for medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nutrition. Students will engage in intense coursework, labs, learning-skills, and career development courses during the six weeks of the program while participating in practical experiences and seminars. The summer program, extending from June 16 – July 28, 2017, offers students the opportunity to enhance and improve their chances of becoming successful applicants and students at the health professions school of their choice. Round-trip travel fees, all food and accomodation, and a stipend is offered to all participants. Click here to view program website. For more information, contact Cindy Estevez, MPA at (212) 305-4157 or email

Alternative Pathways to Graduate: If you are 15-21 years old and have fallen behind on credits or have dropped out of high school, it’s not too late to earn a high school diploma or GED. The Department of Education offers options to get you back on track to graduate and prepare for college and career success. For a comprehensive list of options in NYC, CLICK HERE.

BCCP Afterschool Program: Click Here to see Program Flyer! This Spring, BCCP is hosting a five-day per week middle school afterschool program for neighborhood youth at Brooklyn College. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. and will include a snack. Each day will feature workshop choices and activities that include visual and performing arts, design and technology, athletics, health and wellness, in addition to emerging technologies such as: 3D printing and fabrication, laser-cutting, coding and robotics. If you have any questions, please contact BCAL Program Director, Isabel Moros-Rigau at (718) 951-5825 or via email Visit the website at

Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholars Program : Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) scholars are enrolled in top-rated schools in safe neighborhoods, and painstakingly matched to the college preparatory curriculum best suited to their needs. BHGH scholars are matched with mentors who provide academic support, tutoring, and the positive role models so crucial to a child’s development and they participate in a full range of extracurricular activities, college-preparation exercises, and spiritual instruction and reflection along with receiving academic, financial, and spiritual support through college. To find out more, Click Here to visit the website or call 1-877-878-HOPE.

Bramson ORT College: The college admits students with a high school diploma or an equivalency diploma who seek challenging careers in Accounting, Business Management, Computer Technology, Electronics Technology, and Office Technology. To find out more, click the links above or contact the Admissions Office at  718-259-5300.

Brooklyn College: At Brooklyn College, you’ll have access to a world-class education, award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art learning facilities — all at a very affordable tuition. Check with the campus admissions office to find out about events and activities offered for young people on campus all year long. To find out more, visit the website by Clicking Here or contact the Admissions Office at 718.951.5000.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) – Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron – Children ages 12 to 21 are able to participate in a program that teaches aerospace education, emergency services and leadership skills at  nominal cost. More information is available on the CAP website: An Open House was held on September 14th, providing an opportunity for youth ages 12-21 and their families to find out more about what the CAP program offers. Click Here to see the event flyer. For more information, call Deborah Peters, Deputy Commander for Seniors, Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron at (347) 661-2038.

Clerical Skills Training & High School Equivalency Preparation - Are you 17-21 years old? Left High School early? Need a job?  During this FREE 20-week training program you will receive: Business administrative/customer service skills, Public Speaking & Communications skills, College Access assistance, Job placement assistance, High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation & Preparation classes for two nationally recognized credentials: Microsoft Office Specialist & National Retail Federation Customer Service Certification. Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For more information, Click This Link to see program flyer. Contact information for Brooklyn and Bronx OBT Training Centers is provided on the linked flyer.

College Goal NY – FAFSA Completion Events are set to take place during the months of January and February 2016 in NYC to help college-bound students complete the most important tool in securing financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — the FAFSA. A list of College Goal NY Event Locations, along with registration information and tips for completing the FAFSA, is posted at For a printable flyer with test locations, click here.   The FAFSA completion events are scheduled in targeted areas throughout New York State that have a history of high financial need and where students submit a disproportionately small number of online FAFSA applications. At each completion event, students and families receive hands-on assistance with their online application and getting answers to questions specific to their circumstances.  Participants can enter a drawing to win $500, provided through the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), to help pay college costs. For more information, contact James F. Rodriguez,  Retired Teacher at (866) 509-5921 or by email at

College Match ProgramThe QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, you are encouraged to apply. QuestBridge’s college partners are committed to making college affordable for all students—regardless of financial background —and offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100 percent of demonstrated financial need. A typical QuestBridge College Match Scholarship package usually covers the full cost of tuition, which is usually $40,000 (depending on the college) and the full cost of room and board, which is usually $15,000 (depending on the college). To learn more and apply by Tuesday, September 27, 2016, visit

College Now – Free Summer Programs for High School Students: Summer is the perfect time to jump-start your education, your career, and even your leisure-time activities at The City University of New York.  CUNY’s colleges offer thousands of courses with schedules that accommodate your summertime plans. Jump-start your education or career this summer with CUNY Summer in the City. College Now summer programs are open to all NYC public high school students, You should contact the program you wish to apply to directly for specific information about requirements and how to apply.  Participants will receive a student MetroCard, snacks and lunchFor more information, click here to view program flyer or visit the program’s website at

Community Links – Community Links is a Supported Education (SEd) service which assists individuals living with mental health conditions in pursuing educational goals and successfully completing TASC/GED, college, certification, licensing or vocational degrees. Community Links supports participants in realizing their full potential through educational achievements which promote independence and improve long-term work opportunities. Click here to read program brochure. For more information, call 929-210-9810 or email Ms. Marina Landman at  or

CUNY Fatherhood Academy @ Kingsborough Community College - The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a FREE 16 week, 3 days per week program that can help you: Prepare for the TASC (formerly called the GED, NY’s high school equivalency exam,) Prepare for enrollment in college or a workforce training program, Learn about important topics related to parenthood, health and financial literacy. Plus, Metrocards – Incentives – Food Coupons. Contact CUNY-FA if you are interested at 718-368-4637. For more information, Click Here to see Program Flyer, visit the website at or email

Dance Scholarships Available – Students are invited to apply for Dance Scholarships from Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center (748 Union Street @ 6th Ave - Brooklyn.) Scholarships for the academic year 2015-2016 are available for General Study and the Young Artists Program at Spoke the Hub for ages 8 to 15 years old, with or without previous dance experience. Awards are based on financial need, passion and merit. Children of color are particularly encouraged to apply. Click Here to read a flyer about the program and Click Here for a scholarship application packet. For more information, call (718) 408-3234 or email

Discover DYCD Youth Program App – Looking for an afterschool program in your neighborhood? Need information on improving reading skills or finding the nearest community center? The web application discoverDYCD allows you to search in multiple languages for DYCD-funded programs. You can search by borough, neighborhood or zip code, and discoverDYCD provides contact information, activities offered, and a mapping feature with navigation. Find your local program today, visit:

Do Something (scholarship opportunity) – Are you between the ages of 13 and 25? Want to do good AND enter to win a college scholarship? Then you’re in the right spot. Apply for a college scholarship in three easy steps!  For more details, visit:

DYCD Programs – Do you need assistance finding a job or an internship? Looking for an after-school program in the community or a place to get some h0mework help? Are you looking for a social service program that offers support for families, immigrants, runaway and homeless youth or new fathers? The Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) offers all of these programs and more, including the summer employment guide for internship & program opportunities for youth ages 14-24 years old. Visit their website Enter either your zip code or Brooklyn Community Board 14 into the search engine to find out about all the great programs and events available to you!

DYCD Scholarship Opportunities – The Department of Youth & Community Development sent notification of new scholarships available to NYC students. Click the links next to each to visit the website and find out more about each opportunity. Apply today!
Gales Millennium Scholars (GMS):
Dell Scholars Program:
MCU Scholarship:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarships:
NYS Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Scholarships:
NYS Math & Teaching Incentive Scholarships:

Earn College Credits for Life Experience & Training – Prior-learning assessments (PLAs) award college credit, certification or advanced standing for a student’s non-academic experiences and training. Students that participate in PLA testing can use these credits as a shortcut to a college degree. Thousands of accredited U.S. colleges now recognize and grant credit for PLA’s. For more information about how you can earn college credits for previous work experience or other training, visit this website:   For more information, call (281) 846-3072 or email

Earn your high school equivalency (HSE) & Career Training!  Henry Street Settlement offers two different levels of HSE exam prep classes for students ages 18+, with free evening classes in all subjects (reading, reading comprehension, math, science, and social studies). Call 212-478-5400 to schedule the required assessment test. Visit the website at or email program officer Greg Rideout at

Free After-school & Summer Programs! New York City offers children and teens a wide range of after-school and summer activities–from paid museum internships to free science research programs. The free and low cost programs listed here are a great way to explore new interests, get extra support, and supplement what is being taught during the school day. This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome your feedback and additions. Send your suggestions to

Free Afterschool Music Classes (Ages 5-18) - The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project is offering fall, winter & spring music classes for young people, ages 5-18 years old. Classes are held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 PM and are completely free! Register at or by calling 347-796-1113. All classes are held at the Bridge’s center at 1894 Flatbush Avenue, one block from Kings Highway.

Free home internet for NYC Students from the Brooklyn Public Library! The Library Hot Spot Program is available for Eligible Students and their families. Get FREE WiFI at home , designed for students in grades K-12 who do not have internet access at home. Click here to View Program Flyer!

Free Tutoring - Students are invited to free tutoring sessions at the Rugby Library (1000 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn) every Thrusday & Friday, 4-6 PM, through June 30th, 2016.For more information, click here to see flyer, call 718-451-1020 or visit the library to sign up in person.

Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) – Join Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) garden-based, hands-on apprenticeship for students in grades 8-11. Work with other teens, build valuable job skills, learn about urban agriculture & the environment in one of the world’s most renowned public gardens. Acceptance in to the GAP program is competitive and requires a nine-month commitment, March – November. Applications are available by Clicking This Link or visiting the website at For more information, email or call 718-623-7252.

GED Prep Classes (TASC) + CUNY Assessment Prep: Students are invited to participate in either or both of two free educational programs sponsored by Columbia University’s Community Impact Program (CUCIP).  CUCIP is hosting a 12-week College and TASC Preparation Course designed to teach Math, English, Science & Social Sciences, with a focus on passing the GED test. Colombia also offers a 5-week, 20-Hour Focused Prep Program for CUNY Assessment Tests designed to help students avoid costly remedial courses when they begin their studies at any CUNY institution. For more information, contact Sandy Helling at 212-854-9621 or email

GED/Internship Program for 18-24 Year Olds: Get your GED and go to College! Learn a new skill and get hired! The Project Rise Program includes free GED prep classes worth up to five college credits, internships, Metrocards, Job Placement Assistance and full Kingsborough Community College student privileges including access to the library, gym, beach and more! For more information, CLICK HERE or call 718-368-6600 or email

Girls Who Code – This national nonprofit organization is working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. Girls Who Code (GWC) works to educate, inspire and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. GWC is now recruiting for their 2015 Summer Immersion Program. For more information, visit the program website at The application will be available by early January so check back frequently.

Green Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (GAMC) program at City Tech, CUNY’s designated college of technology, offers stackable, credit-bearing industry-recognized credentials in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Design Technology. Eligible learners, committed to the pursuit of collegiate study and promising careers in the manufacturing sector, if accepted, will receive fully paid college education; wrap-around academic, job placement, and other support services. CLICK HERE to see the flyer for the Spring 2013 session.

Italian American League: This program is an academic enrichment program designed to help our participants graduate, go on to higher education, and find a job. Program offeringss include the In School Youth Education and Employment Program, the Summer Youth Employment Program, the Young Adult Internship Program (SEEK.) IAL also offers Computer Training courses, After school Labor Related Training workshops, Homework Help, SAT study sessions, Job Readiness & Resume Writing Workshops, Educational Field Trips, Career Counseling and more. IAL offers classroom instruction, a personalized program of agency support services, and provides participants summer jobs. For more information, call (718) 642-2180.

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized DYCD 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. Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through: Pre-employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette; Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests; Opportunity to join a growing Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open only to past participants of the program. This competitive process differs from the Summer Youth Employment Program in that it requires applicants to submit an application to one of several community-based organizations serving the five boroughs. Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, response to an essay question and résumé. For more information, please contact 1-800-246-4646 or apply online now.

Minority Student Scholarships – Despite increased college costs, the financial aid picture for minorities has never looked brighter. Currently, billions of dollars are set aside each year specifically for Asian Americans, African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students. This funding is open to minorities at any level (high school through postdoctoral) for a variety of activities including study, research, travel, training, career development and creative projects. While numerous listings provide general financial aid opportunities, there seems to be a lack of online scholarship listings specifically for minority groups. As a result, many advisors, librarians, scholars, researchers and students often have been unaware of the extensive funding opportunities available for minority groups. Please visit’s extensive listing of scholarships exclusively for minority students here:

New York City Teaching Fellows program prepares exceptional teachers committed to a better future for the NYC students who need them most. Since 2000, the Fellows program has provided New York City students with thousands of talented new teachers. Today, Fellows work in 80 percent of New York City’s 1,800 public schools and represent 12 percent of the city’s active teaching force. The application is available at this link – For more, click to visit website or contact Julia Zweig, NYC Teaching Fellows Site Manager at

New York State Get on Your Feet (GOYF) Loan Forgiveness Program: The NYS Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program provides up to 24 months of federal student loan debt relief to recent NYS college graduates who are participating in a federal income-driven repayment plan whose payments are generally capped at 10 percent of their discretionary income. For more information, visit or click here to Apply now.

NPower Program: Npower serves young adults (18-25) from low-income communities in Harlem and Brooklyn. The Technology Service Corps program features a 15-week, intensive hands- on training, where students are placed into internships with top corporations and nonprofits when they complete the program.  For more info, visit:

Parks Department Teen Programs – New York City’s Parks Department offers many educational & tutoring programs for students of all ages. Fall & Winter programs are getting underway. Sign up now! Some of the latest offerings for teens include SAT Prep for high school juniors, College prep for high school seniors, Video Production for teens aged 13-18 and more! These programs listed are offered at the Chelsea Recreation Center (430 West 25th Street in Manhattan) but programs are available at at rec centers in all five boroughs. Click the links above to find out more about each program. For more information, contact Erica Serrano at (212) 255-3705.

Pathways to Graduation – This program offers TASC / GED certification to individuals 18 – 21 years of age at Fedcap Youth and Young Adult Services, located at 119 W. 19th Street, 4th Floor in Manhattan. Click HERE to view the program flyer with more information and Click HERE to read the TASC Brochure. This program also offers paid internship and career training opportunities. For more information, contact Fedcap Career Advisor Kenneth D. Holley by calling 212 727-4283 or emailing Visit the Fedcap’s website at

Professional Photography Resources – Whether you are interested in becoming a professional photographer or are just looking to improve your photography skills, check out this handy guide! Professional photographers work and specialize in a diversity of areas including Sports, Fashion, Documentary, Nature, Crime Scene Photography and more. Use this guide as a starting point to help build your skills and develop your career as a professional photographer.

Project Rise: GED/Job Readiness/College Credits at Kingsborough Community College: Project Rise, located at Kingsborough Community College (T7-115) is a FREE GED, Internship, and College and Employment Readiness program. This program helps unemployed 18- to 24-year-olds who have not been in school for at least 6 months, prepare for their GED, and re-engage in productive activities through a combination of educational opportunities, paid internships, and case management as a pathway to long-term economic self-sufficiency. Project Rise offers the opportunity to receive:Up to 5 College Credits, Paid Internships, Job Placement, Resume Building Assistance, Counseling Services, College Enrollment Assistance, Full Access to KCC Facilities. Eligible participants will receive full Kingsborough Community College student privileges, including access to our library, computer labs and beach. Click Here to see the 2013-2014 Fall/Winter term flyer or call 718-368-6600 for more information.

SAT Preparation (Free, Online) – The ACS Office of Education Support and Policy Planning would like to inform all staff about FREE SAT prep opportunity.   Khan Academy partnered with College Board to provide online, FREE SAT prep.  Some features: Khan Academy is designed to engage students in 30 minutes of productive practice on a daily basis; All questions in the Khan platform meet SAT test specifications; Each question will provide step-by-step answer explanations; Students need to create a Khan Academy account at OESPP is reminding all education specialists, parents, and guardians to make sure your students know that the SAT will be offered in NYC high schools on April 5, 2017, and to start studying now.  For more info, click the following links: Official SAT Practice with Khan Academy Linking Flyer (Steps to Link) & Official SAT Practice with Khan Academy Overview Flyer.

 Scholarship – ‘NYC Born & Raised’: – Are you a native New Yorker? Got tenacity and grit? This Brooklyn-born lawyer wants to pay it forward by launching a scholarship fund to benefit one hard working college student each year. Born in what today is called Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and raised in Manhattan, attorney Ivan Diamond graduated from the New York public school system, went on to Brooklyn Law School, and now has his own practice in the Bronx. The Law Offices of Ivan M. Diamond will award the NYC Born and Raised Scholarship to a student who was born and grew up in New York City and will continue their education in the city. To be eligible for this $2,500 scholarship, students must be seniors at one of New York City’s high schools and must plan to attend college within New York City beginning in the fall semester of 2016. The scholarship payment will be made directly to the award recipient’s school and is to be used exclusively for tuition and other educational expenses. For more information and application instructions, click here to view complete scholarship information flyer. Applications are due by August 1, 2016, and the announcement of the scholarship winner will be made in mid-August.  Application materials should be e-mailed
in PDF format to

Scholarship – Horatio Alger New York  - The Horatio Alger New York Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of New York who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education. The award is funded through the generosity of Association Member Paul Anthony Novelly. The applicant must have a strong commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution. The student may begin his/her studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution. The applicant must also plan to enter college no later than the fall following high school graduation. Each applicant must demonstrate involvement in co-curricular and community activities. Scholarship recipients will be announced in January. The total value of this award is $7,000 paid out in installments annually. Apply at by Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

Scholarship – Voice of Democracy: The Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition is an annual national audio essay contest that is designed to foster patriotism by giving high school students the opportunity to voice their opinions about their personal obligations as Americans, and address their responsibilities to our country. Applicants must win at the local level to advance to the district and state levels. Each department’s first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., plus the opportunity to compete for the national scholarship. The amount of each award varies annually. The first-place national award winner receives $30,000. The total amount designated for the entire program, including local, district, state, and national awards, is more than $2.5 million. All national scholarships are paid directly to the American university, college or vocational/technical school as selected by the recipient. Prospective applicants must apply by Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the VFW National Organization’s website or call (518) 463-7427 for more information.

Scholarship for Brooklyn Students ($1000) – Two $1,000 scholarships are being offered to Brooklyn students each semester. Qualified applicants are outstanding students who have helped their classmates or community in a tremendous way. Maybe you started a club that raised $10,000 for charity, or championed recycling and sustainable practices across campus. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it! Any legal U.S. resident in high school or college who will be attending an accredited university or college in Fall 2015 is eligible to apply. To apply, please submit a short piece of writing, that includes the following: 1. How you’ve impacted your fellow student body or community.  2. An intro to housing near your school. Where are the best areas for students to live? You can also include up to 5 original images from around campus. If we like them, we may include them on our site and mobile apps (accredited to you of course!). Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their application materials. Please submit through the Scholarship Application Form.   (posted 8/5/2016)

Scholarship from Abodo – is offering two $500 scholarships per year to the students who write the best short essay (max. 1000 words) about what makes your school, campus and surrounding neighborhoods so awesome. Include a few pictures for bonus points. Submit your essay along with links to any photos you’d like to submit in the form above. We’ll be announcing the winner on Facebook and Twitter. The annual deadlines are October 31 & February 28. Click here to visit the website for more information.

Scholarship Resources for Minority Students – Minority students have an expansive selection of financial aid available to them, but finding and applying for those opportunities isn’t always easy.  Several links have been provided below to help minority students learn how to begin creating  financial aid strategies and qualifying for financial assistance to reach their education goals. Students and their families can explore the different types of financial assistance available; learn where to find and access scholarship money; get tips and recommendations from financial aid experts; and find a list of various resources for support and additional information on paying for higher education. Click the following links to view Scholarship Resources from:
Affordable Colleges Online Resources for Minority Students Resources for Black Students / Resources for Hispanic Students / Resources for Asian Students
Online Resources for Hispanic Students

Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students – Click the link to find scholarships that have an upcoming deadline (2015-2016) and that are open to undocumented students. These scholarships are provided by either foundations, organizations, or individual donors who believe that all students should have the opportunity to compete for resources that would make their educational dreams a reality. For more information, CLICK HERE to read document or contact Mayu Takeda, Generation Progress Advocacy Associate at, or Laura Bohorquez, Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) Coordinator at

Scholarships for Computer Science majorsEnhanced education funding opportunities from public and private institutions for Computer Science education has increased, reflecting the great demand for new talent in the field of computer science, and scholarships for computer science majors are now more prevalent than ever. With over 600,000 tech-related jobs going unfulfilled in the past year and with 51% of STEM jobs projected to be related to computer science by 2018, the time is ripe for student recruitment in this field. Click Here to see the list of over 40 scholarships for computer science majors and computer science grants.

School of Cooperative Technical Education (Co-op Tech) is accepting Applications for fall! Co-op Tech offers half-day vocational programs for both in and out of school students ages 16-21 years old, with hands on training in a variety of in demand and cutting edge trade areas including Construction, Health, IT & the Service Industry. Co-op Tech attend traditional high schools, Pathways to Graduation programs or may have already graduated from high school.  Enrolled  Co-op Tech students take part in the Department of Education’s Work Based Learning (WBL) Program and are matched with an internship partner. Some internships are paid. Classes are offered in all five boroughs. For more information, visit Coop Tech’s website at or call the Brooklyn campus at (718) 222-6600.

St. Marks Family Services Council Headstart / Universal Pre-KSt. Mark’s mission is to always positively and comprehensively serve the education, health and social developmental needs of New York City’s children and their families thereby maximizing logical thinking, creativity, independence and ethical behavior.  For more information, click the link above or call 718-281-7300.

Students for Service: Engaging teens in service and service learning projects with local non-profits and service organizations, positively impacting multiple communities and causes and helping to raise a new generation of civic leaders. For more information,click this link to visit the website or email or call 646 456 4577.

Summer Energy Academy 2014 – Students can help meet the global energy challenge! The Academy introduces young people in grades 6-9 to the possibilities that exist in the energy industry when they study science, engineering and technology. The SEA Program consists of six weeks of intense curriculum of interactive lectures, presentations, class assignments, field trips and a research project focusing on sustainable energy. Email the SEA at Click here to see program flyer and application.

Tech Industry Opportunities & Career Development Resources for Young Women – Despite the wide range of job opportunities in computer science, women remain significantly underrepresented in the field. Today, however, many companies, organizations, and colleges are committed to increasing the number of women in computer science. Click here to read more about what’s being done and how you can prepare for a successful career in this innovative field. Scroll down the page to find out about free programs, scholarships & other resources available to young women interested in pursuing a degree in the tech industry.

TUITION FREE GED Certification ProgramCheck out Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center’s (BEOC) Free Spring 2016 Classes. Classes are offered in High School Equivalency Prep(GED), College Prep, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Medical Assisting, Medical E-Records, Medical Billing, Hospitality Management, Security Guard and more. Eligible youth & adults interested in earning their high school equivalency diploma and/or earning certification in several career fields should call about this free program.   It is never too late to start your career or earn your GED!  Free tutoring, internship and job placement services are provided to students and alumni. Please check out this temporary website to learn more about the application process: For more information on applying, and the schedule for enrollment, or call 718-802-3330.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of NYC Youth ProgramsUCP is the leading nonprofit agency in New York City providing direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Many educational, arts and community programs are offered and UCP also offers a free Universal Pre-K program available to all students of any ability level. For General Inquiries, call (877) UCP-CONNECT or email

Year Up: Year Up is a free, intensive, one-year program that combines hands-on skill development, college credits, and internships at some of America’s top companies, preparing students for success in careers in IT or Financial Operations, and in higher education. 84% of our graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of graduation. Year Up students also receive a stipend throughout the program. Classes begin in March and September of each year. Eligible applicants must be between 18-24 years old. For more information, Click Here to visit the program website & Click Here to view the program flyer.

Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) – Young Adult Borough Centers (YABCs) are evening academic programs designed for high school students who are behind in credit, considering dropping out, or because of adult responsibilities in the daytime. While attending a YABC, you can expect to: Earn a high school diploma in the evening, Explore college and career options, Gain work experience, Receive targeted attendance outreach, which is strictly monitored by YABC staff. To be eligible, you should: Be 17.5*-21 years old (Students must have completed the school year in which they turn 17. The school year begins July 1st), Have a minimum of 17 course credits, Be in the fifth year (or more) of high school, Be enrolled or become enrolled in a NYC high school. For more information, Click Here to visit website.

YSA Youth Project Grants Available for Students! Want to make a difference? Take action? Solve a tough community problem? Whether you’re a child, teen, educator, or adult champion, YSA Grants can power your service and service-learning projects year-round. Why grants?  YSA believes in investing in youth as problem solvers to address the most important challenges facing our world.  This bold strategy put children and youth in the driver’s seat and gives them the power to plan, implement, and witness the full impact of their service. YSA know that youth bring new strategies, skills and initiative to solve the world’s most challenging issues.  YSA Grants can help. Click this link to check out YSA Grants & those offered by partnering organizations for Youth committed to making a positive difference in the world.  For more information, call 202-296-2992 or  email: