The NYC Ladders for Leaders Program gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:
Visit our website for more eligibility and program information.
Call for entries! This April, DYCD will release limited edition t-shirts featuring youth artwork in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Teens can submit original artwork by January 26 for the chance to be featured. Possible themes could revolve around issues of consent, respect for each other, or speaking out against sexual violence and harassment. Learn more ➡ on.nyc.gov/2COhIyu.
Research has shown that children who are around caring adults have better chances of staying in school, out of gangs and away from drugs. If you’re interested or thought about signing up, check out some of the below mentoring programs available in New York City. 👇
Mentoring USA’s mission is to create sustained and supportive mentor relationships for children in need ages 7–21. The program matches youth across the country with inspirational adult mentors who can guide them in developing better self-esteem, creating healthy relationships, and making positive life choices.
Mentor New York fuels quality mentoring relationships that bring a caring adult with children in need through safe, effective mentoring programs throughout New York State.
BBBS of NYC is considered the founding agency of the nation’s youth mentoring movement. Since 1904, our mission has been to give all children in New York City who face adversity an opportunity to experience a strong, enduring professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationship with adults that will help change their lives for the better. We partner with families, volunteers, organizations, and the community to inspire positive change in all.
Mentoring Youth in NYC (MyNYC) is a mentoring program that works with high school students who will become first generation college students, providing them mentors and resources for the college application process, assistance that would otherwise be unavailable.
Winter Jam ❄ ❄ ❄
Sat, Jan 27 | 11AM–3PM | FREE
Central Park, Manhattan
NYC Parks's annual winter sports festival features fresh-blown snow courtesy of Gore Mountain, so families can try cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowboarding, or just frolic in the fluffy white stuff. Equipment is provided or bring your own. Signed waivers are required for certain activities. Arrive early to beat the crowds, and keep an eye on the weather. It has been canceled in the past for too cold temps. Learn more at nycgovparks.org.
Community Tennis Program 🎾
Various Locations & Dates
The New York Junior Tennis & Learning organization provides free tennis instruction for youth ages 5-18 from trained coaches in schools and public parks in all 51 New York City council districts year round. Visit their website for locations and info.
Sat, Jan 27 | 10AM–3PM | FREE
Formerly Summer Fun and More, the INCLUDEnyc Fair is New York City’s largest annual year-round activities fair for young people with disabilities, where families can meet face-to-face with nearly 100 different summer camps, afterschool, weekend, arts, sports, social, and recreational programs. The Event will be held on Saturday 1/27/2018 at Hotel Pennsylvania. Visit their website for info.
New York City Cultural Festival
Sun, Jan 28 | 10AM–5PM
Join the Children's Museum of the Arts on Sunday, January 28, for a cultural festival celebrating New York City, with workshops and performances inspired by New York artists and the city’s diverse neighborhoods. The spirit of the legendary Savoy Ballroom will fill the museum with an interactive dance presentation by The Harlem Swing Dance Society between 12-3PM. Their mission is to preserve Harlem’s history, and cultural identity and provide free drop in classes for the Harlem community. Visit their website for admission information.
Applications for session 4 are now open! Every year, the After School Program (ASP) offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences. There are courses in anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. All After School Program Exploratory and Science Research courses are offered free of charge! Visit their website for application and scheduling info.
The Cooper Union Art Pre-College Outreach Spring Program is a free program of studio courses, creative writing and art issues seminars for New York City area high school students interested in preparing a portfolio for college. Only High School Sophomores and Juniors are eligible for the Spring 2018 Program. Courses are held Saturdays from 9AM to 5PM Feburary 24–April 14, 2018. All materials are provided free of cost. Deadline to apply is February 10, 2018.
The Fashion Institute of Technology's Precollege Programs provide middle and high school students with experiential learning opportunities at NYC camps. Precollege Programs prepares students for the FIT admissions process, including creative arts portfolio development, and features the unique experience of being part of FIT's dynamic and diverse college campus. Visit their website for registration and info on upcoming workshops!
If you're a New York City teen and you like the idea of writing stories that will help your peers, YCteen may be the place for you. YCteen writers get published online and in a print magazine that's distributed to hundreds of high schools, libraries, and community-based organizations in New York City. Most teens on the staff write personal stories about their own lives, and reported stories about issues that affect young people. Applications are now available through February 9, 2018.
As a summer Bloomberg intern, you are assigned to a team based on your skills and interests. Throughout the summer, you’ll gain experiences that will help launch your career. Bloomberg recognizes your individuality and works with you to identify the department that can benefit from your experiences, while helping to develop your professional and leadership skills.
The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program places high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer. This Program is part of the New York City Bar’s continuing efforts to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Applications & parental consent forms for summer 2018 are due on February 23, 2018.