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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. The list is not exhaustive and we welcome new listings.

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What

College Now at Baruch College allows qualified NYC public high school students to enroll in courses that earn college credit and provide academic enrichment for FREE.

Who

Current 10th- and 11th-graders in NYC public high schools

Details

The program runs July 5 through August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Lunch and Metrocards are provided.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply here. The deadline is April 13, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Sign up for help with homework or writing in general. Drop-in tutoring available on sundays only.

Who

There is a limited amount of space for students and the programs prioritizes returning students, students who need academic support, and families that demonstrate financial need.

Details

2 locations available:
Sunday through Thursday 3:00-5:30pm
826NYC Secret Library behind the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company
372 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Accessible via F, G, R stop at Fourth Ave. and 9th St.

Monday through Thursday 3:00-5:30pm
826NYC Satellite Location in the Williamsburg Library
240 Division Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Accessible via the J, M, Z stop at Marcy or the G stop at Broadway

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Parents, if you are interested in registering your child for tutoring in Park Slope, please complete the following application: Park Slope AST 2017-2018 Application. If you are interested in attending only the Sunday program, you may come by the Park Slope location any Sunday between 3:00 and 5:30pm to register your student(s).

If you would like to register your child for tutoring in Williamsburg, please complete the following application: Williamsburg AST 2017-2018 Application.

Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Humanities, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
Who

Students of color in 4th-9th grade

Details

Students with at least a B+ average who are ranked in the top 10% of their class are eligible to apply. Candidates must apply one year in advance.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applying to ABC is an 18-month process. Applications are available starting in February

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Teams of students and mentoring firms are assembled to meet throughout the school year at firm offices. The students plan and design projects mirroring "real world" conditions. Students gain useful skills and contacts. To get information about registration, contact the New York office.

Who

High school students

Details
Cost
Appears to be free
How to Apply

Registration opens in mid July

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science, Math
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Children between 18 months and 12 years old

Details

Drop in for story time, museum exploration, register for a class, or participate in other activities. Call 212-650-2217 or email [email protected] to learn more

Cost
Drop in programs are free, classes may have a fee
How to Apply

Check online for upcoming events. Many are first come, first serve

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Students in grades 7-12

Details

Submit your art and writing in 29 categories for the chance to earn scholarships or have your works exhibited or published. About 2,000 students earn national awards, including more than $250,000 in scholarships

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Deadlines range from December 15 through January 15, depending on your region

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

High school boys of underrepresented racial or ethnic group

Details

Participants receive hands-on, project-based instruction in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, web development, and design. 40 students are selected each year

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in March

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Grades 9-12, exploratory classes
Grades 10-12, research classes

Details

Students researchers learn about stars, trees, evolution, genetics in classes that meet for six weeks twice a week after school. Mid-December deadline; also check out the low-cost Exploratory Classes on genetics, astronomy and more

Cost
Science Research classes are free, but teens must submit grades and Regents scores
How to Apply

Applications are due online on an ongoing basis. Applications open in November for semester beginning in January.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School
Who

Asian American and immigrant students in 6th to 12th grades

Details

Mentors help with schoolwork, English, college prep in addition to playing sports, exploring the city, and participating in group events. Academic programs include reading support, test prep, and college prep. Lowcost academic programs include SHSAT and SAT prep.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Mentees are accepted on a rolling basis but interviews are generally scheduled during the main recruitment period, July– September. http://www.apexforyouth.org/students/

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Sports
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Rising High school seniors

Details

Interns work under the guidance of Apollo Theater staff in various departments such as Production, Programming, Marketing & Public Relations, Community Outreach, and Events Management. Interns receive a bi -weekly stipend. Interns work Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

September

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

10th and 11th grade students with good grades

Details

Research experience in engineering, cyber security, robotics and molecular design fields. Only 36 students accepted; earn $500 upon completion

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Online applications are due in late February

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Old Masters, new eyes! Guided by museum educators, young minds contemplate artworks, explore historical connections, and expand their understanding of the visual arts through conversations in the galleries.

Who

Middle school students

Details

Middle School program meets in Entrance Hall.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Register in advance of the date of each session at www.frick.org/ahc

Contact [email protected] for more details.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends
What

Hands-on art marking and art education workshops offered by the Childrens Musuem of the Art's Teaching Artists Program on Governors Island.

Who

Ages 1–15

Details

Held from 5/27 – 9/30, 11:00 AM – 3 PM. For more information, visit https://govisland.com/exhibitions/cma-free-art-island-outpost.

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, Pre-kindergarten
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school sophomores and juniors

Details

Get a crash course in design and learn about how the museum works while developing leadership abilities and community engagement. Internships will be awarded to students based upon their interests, abilities and potential to benefit from the experience.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in May

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

Low-income and minority students in grades 7-12 with good grades

Details

Hands-on, lab-based earth science, engineering, or biology class for 4 weeks during the summer taking place everyday from Mon-Thur in July, as well as Saturday workshops during the school year. Minimum grade point average of 80, NY State resident for minimum of 12 months; check eligibility (hyperlink: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/step/eligibility.htm)

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in May

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Pre-k -Adult

Details

Programs include preschool play sessions, soccer and basketball for children, planting, arts and more. Filter the event calendar by desired age groups to find the right program.

Cost
Most events are free, with the exception of swimming
How to Apply

Ongoing, for many events registration is not required

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

"CAPteen is a two-week mini-internship blending digital media & communications, personal & professional skills, and the creative arts through the lens of photojournalism.

BCAPteens will learn about photography, complete visual storytelling assignments, develop an independent project, and create an online portfolio. Participants document the BCAP Summer Camp program in action. Independent projects are on a subject of the artist’s choice, and work from this project will be shared at a pop-up exhibition. BCAPteen interns earn a stipend and volunteer hours, while building skills, expressing their creative interests, and having fun. The program’s home base is BPL Central Library."

Who

Teens 14-17

Details

Apply from Feb 1 - March 15th

Cost
Free
Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

BwC College Prep Afterschool Program is a college and career preparatory program for high school students. We offer free academic tutoring, SAT and Regents prep, college and financial aid workshops, mentoring, college tours and paid summer internships.

Who

High School students who live or attend school in Brooklyn

Details

Email us at [email protected]

Cost
Free
Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Low-income and minority students in grades 7-12 with good grades, who attend middle or high school in Community School District 13, Brooklyn

Details

Take math and science classes, participate in group research, and prepare for the PSAT and SAT/ACT. Students also work with mentors on career and college exploration

Cost
$350 for the summer session
How to Apply

Applications are due in March

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Students grades 4-12

Details

For grades 4-8 there are recreational activities during the day in a camp format. In the afternoon and evening there are sports programs for teenagers. Show up to the program of your choice, check the PSAL site (psal.org) for specific programs, locations and times.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

No application necessary

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

A hands-on field science program aimed at restoring New York harbor and educating thousands of young people about the ecology and economy of their local marine environment.

Who

All students, educators, parents, and citizen scientist that want to improve our ecosystem.

Details

Learn how and why oysters are a keystone species, perform water quality testing, data collection, and marine life identification. Contact [email protected] to request a presentation at your school and sign up at http://billionoysterproject.org/training/ for restoration education training

Cost
Sliding scale (from $100) for both individuals and institutions. All donations above minimum costs are tax deductible. Exemptions from the fee can be granted.
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

The BMCC STEP Program is a pre-college enrichment program, that offers free summer and after school STEM academic, robotics, and research classes to limited-income high school students.

Who

NYC HS students who meet the economic eligibility requirements.

Details

BMCC STEP runs for three sessions every year. (rolling admission)
Fall (October – December): 10-12 weeks on Fridays, 3:30 - 7p
Spring (February – May): 10-12 weeks on Fridays, , 3:30 - 7p
Summer (July – August): 5 weeks Monday through Thursday, 10a – 3p

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Complete all aspects of application found here: http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/research/page.jsp?pid=1262&n=Join%20BMCC%20STEP

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Highly motivated low-income 6th grade students can apply, program continues through college. http://www.btny.org/apply-as-a-student/

Details

College students teach promising middle & high school kids math, reading, writing and science to help them get ready for college. Take enrichment classes, visit museums, and work with mentors on various issues including high school and college placement. The application process includes teacher recommendations, student & parent essays, interview

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The admissions process opens in November. Part 1 of the application is due in early December. Family information sessions in January.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

BEAM 6 is for 6th-graders from a low-income background, to provide them with math education opportunities to which they may not otherwise have access.

BEAM 7 is for 7th-graders from a low-income background who are ready for advanced math.

Details

BEAM 6 is a five-week day camp in Manhattan focused on mathematics and problem solving. In addition to the classes, students will also participate in games, sports, and optional field trips.

BEAM 7 students will live on a college campus in upstate New York and study new and interesting mathematics taught by the best instructors from across the nation. Students will also enjoy games, sports, and optional field trips like hiking and stargazing. 80 applicants are chosen.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Students must submit an eligibility form online to apply to either program Applications are due around February 15 each year, so it is recommended that students complete the eligibility form by January 15. It is not necessary to have attended BEAM 6 to apply for BEAM 7.

Late applicants will still be considered for a place on the BEAM waitlist.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Summer
What

This year, Bronx Community Board #6 will be holding its first annual scholarship contest to support high school graduates in the community. This scholarship will provide an opportunity for students seeking higher or continuing education who have financial need. The goal of this scholarship is to aid students in their pursuit to further their education while they still remain involved with their community.

Who

Graduating high school seniors

Details
  • Must live within Bronx Community Board 6 (Check your Community Board Here). Proof of address required (phone bill, school mail, etc.)
  • Resume
  • Video Submission: Student will be required to submit a 1-5-minute video addressing the following:
  • Why is it important for professionals to come back to The Bronx after achieving success in college or their career?
  • Do you plan to return to your neighborhood after graduation? If so, why? If not, how come?
  • How will this scholarship benefit your future goals and your community?
  • Why does your community matter to you?

Please submit the video as an .mp4 file, or provide a link to the video via YouTube or Vimeo. Attending multiple Bronx Community Board 6 committee and board meetings and using knowledge from these meetings is recommended in order to have a competitive video.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

The deadline for students to apply is April 1st, 2019.

For more details visit: http://bronxcb6.org/index.php/scholarship/

Grade Level
High,
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
Who

Middle School and High School students

Details

"The Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL) is a free photography and journalism program serving middle through high school students.

Our free afterschool and summer photojournalism programs teach middle and high school Bronx students to use photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues, preparing them for college and future careers. The program includes visits with internationally-renowned photographers, field trips to major cultural institutions and media outlets, and opportunities for life-changing international travel. Students and families participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours."

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Check out their programs and summer camps on their website to register.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Ages 15-26

Details

"Instructor(s): Art Jones
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: BRAC - Computer Lab (2nd Floor)
Ages: 15 - 26
Fee: $0

Teen Project Studio + 2.0 is an intensive, five-week, digital and fine arts program for teens and young adults ages 14 -26. This free program is limited to 15 students. TPS is a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the visual arts & creative industries in an interactive and challenging way. It is also an opportunity to meet other teens with similar eagerness to learn and create.

From July 9 to August 10, students will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm, at the Bronx River Art Center located at 1087 East Tremont Ave, Bronx NY, 10460. There will also be 2 field trips to art exhibitions and cultural events.
Working with 3-D Design and sculptural fabrication, participants will have the opportunity to bring their own public bench designs to life for a private seating area along the Bronx River commissioned by the McInnis Cement Company.

It's free to participate, but you must complete our application form. Please fill out, scan, and email to [email protected]."

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Fill out the application form.

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

Every age, including adults

Details

Take a scavenger hunt; explore nature through art. The gardens have much to offer beyond classes: pot a plant or touch composting worms at a drop-in family workshop

Cost
Sliding scale scholarships based on income
How to Apply

Register for the classes online. Application deadlines vary depending on the date of the program

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Elementary school children

Details

Children participate in culture, art and STEM programs, with hands-on lessons using museum materials. Selection by lottery.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application must be completed by May 2nd to be included in the lottery

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts, Science, Math
Schedule
Summer
Who

Late elementary, middle and high school students

Details

Visit Brooklyn museums, parks, the zoo: meet a python, make a film, pet a chinchilla. Lots of walking

Cost
Sliding scale scholarships based on income, full tuition is $695
How to Apply

Online registration opens in December.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Science, Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office high school internship program is for students who are interested in a five-week program working with the DA's office and learning about criminal justice and public service. To qualify, students must live or attend school in Brooklyn.

Who

The program is open to qualifying sophomores, juniors and rising seniors who must be able to commit to the entire duration of the program.

Details

To apply, students are required to submit their most recent school transcripts, a one-page resume, two letters of recommendation and evaluation forms from either a teacher, coach or mentor, and also a 300-word typed essay (12 pt. font and double-spaced) on why they are interested in interning with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and what impact they think it will have on their future personal and professional endeavors.

Cost
Interns receive $150 weekly stipend.
How to Apply

Applications are due in April.

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
Who

"To apply, you need to be 1) a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, and 2) able to commit to the activities below:

  • Attend all ten sessions of the course you assist (30 hours total)
  • Attend all sessions of the free studio class of your choice
  • Attend the orientation meeting (October 3), mid-semester career development (October 24), and end-of-semester reflection (December 19). All meetings take place on Thursday afternoons"
Details

"Build your résumé while taking an art class free of charge in this internship for teens! As a work-study student volunteer, you’ll assist professional teaching artists in classes for students ages six and up, then take your own art class with other teens for free.

You will:

  • Assist and be mentored by a professional teaching artist
  • Prepare art supplies
  • Work one-on-one with students
  • Build your communication, group management, and teaching skills
  • Take your own free teen art class (valued at $285)
  • Earn up to 36 hours of volunteer credit
  • Be able to request a letter of recommendation upon completing the program"
Cost
Free
How to Apply

Submit an online application by September 5

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

Girls in grades 9 or 10

Details

Three part program: 120 hours of coursework across three classes, 9-month paid internship, career and college colloquium.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in early July

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Teens ages 15-17

Details

Master an aspect of techonolgy, learn job skills, work with kids at the camp and also work on technology projects.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website for application dates

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Current sophomores

Details

Students of African-American descent or interested in African American culture.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in April.

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students ages 6-18

Details

"Whether it’s robotics club, a sports team, or homework help, all Children’s Aid community schools and centers provide quality activities that help kids reach their full potential.

We offer a wide array of extended-day programming for children and youth (ages 6-18) enrolled in our services throughout the school year, including academic enrichment, arts and technology instruction, leadership development, fitness and recreation, community engagement, college readiness, and exposure to career possibilities."

Check their website to see if your child's school is participating in the Children's Aid Society's afterschool programs.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Middle, High, Elementary
Location
Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island
Subject Area
Arts, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
Who

Children ages 3-12 and their families

Details

Exhibits include a bug viewer and activities about magnets, sound, and mirrors. The Center also offers research, report, and homework help

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

N/A

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Workshops on reporting and journalism.

Who

Children ages 8-18

Details

Learn to conduct research, do interviews, edit, and other reporting skills. Check out the Children’s PressLine Youtube page.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Grades 2-8

Details

Month long summer insitute for children to get hands on experience in learning how to explore and care for NYC's aquatic habitats. To learn more about this free program call 212-360-3327

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Brooklyn, Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Middle school girls

Details

After school program incorporating science, technology, games, and field trips and daily field trips throughout July to the city’s parks and waterways for hands-on activities related to ecology, biology, zoology, botany. Preference to girls from Long Island City and Astoria, contact (212) 360-2788 or [email protected] for more information

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in June

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Children ages 8-14

Details

Children receive instruction on proper running technique as well as health and wellness tips and are introduced to different elements of track & field.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications due before program starts in the fall and spring

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Middle school students

Details

Programs are held during weekday afternoons, select Saturdays and school holidays at Red Hook Recreation Center, Faber Park Field House and Detective Keith Williams Recreation Center. Check each individual site for specific program schedules. To learn more about this free program call (212) 360-2746

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens
Subject Area
Science, Arts, Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Children ages 6-17

Details

Learn to play golf with CityParks Golf for free, with free use of equipment at all lessons.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website for availability

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Children ages 8-12

Details

During each session participants receive technical instruction, and then players are split into teams for "street style" games. Program meets 2x weekly during the summer. Apply by location.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website, availability depends on location

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

CoLab is CultureHub's free summer program for young artists exploring the intersection of arts and technology.

Who

Students between the ages of 15 and 20.

Details

CoLab 2018 will be held July 9-20 at CultureHub's East Village studio. Program participants will collaborate with professional artists and technology experts to explore new performing and programming techniques. The group will create an original piece to share with friends, family and the community at the end of the program.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online by May 18, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

High School Rising Seniors

Details

Monday- Thursday July 13th to August 13th (10am-3pm) at several locations in NYC (Hostos, LaGuardia, Kingsborough and Medgar Evers) . Applications are on a rolling basis. You can fax, email or mail your application and transcripts.. Participants will receive student metrocard, lunch and application scholarship for CUNY online application

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

June

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
Who

Classes are geared toward 11th- and 12th-graders

Details

Explore areas of interest not covered in school and get academic credit for high school or college. Students have access to Hunter libraries, computer labs, tutoring centers and cafeteria

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Summer applications due early May; fall applications due early June; spring applications due in December

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Public high school students

Details

Improve your high school performance and get a head start on college through academic courses, campus tours, cultural events, and scholarships. Students may receive college credit for some courses.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application deadlines depend on the type of course or activity and on the application procedures of a particular campus’s College Now program

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
Who

Smart high school students from NY, NJ, CT who live within a 75 mile radius of the Columbia campus

Details

Teens pick from over 30 classes taught by science researchers and attend from Sept-May. Competitive but once you get in, you can return all three years, application includes a 3 hour entrance exam.

More information can also be found here.

Cost
FREE ($30 application fee)
How to Apply

Applications are due March 1st

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends
What

The Community Service Learning Program (CSLP) at the Teen Resource Center (TRC) of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. CSLP is an 8-month internship training program, running from January to August. Eight interns will each work 100 hours at a community organization to complete projects designed to develop professional and leadership skills. In addition, each intern will work 60 hours at the TRC to create a final project on exploring health disparities in Lower Manhattan with a focus on environmental health. A video will be created with professional filmmakers and screened at a final community education event. Upon completion of the program, interns will receive a certificate of recognition and a letter of recommendation (upon request).

Who

High school students who are passionate about service and learning

Details

The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP) is one of TRC’s flagship programs that aims to provide teens with the opportunity to serve the Lower Manhattan community through three components: (1) internship at a community organization, (2) participation in TRC workshop discussions and trainings, and (3) the planning and launching of a final group project. Through these three components, CSLP interns gain immense growth (both personal and professional) and become fierce leaders and community health advocates.

Interns must complete a total of 200 hours of community service within the 6 month time span. This includes:
-- 150 hours at a community organization located in the Lower Manhattan area of NYC (3-4 hour shifts to complete at least 8 hours a week).

-- 50 hours at weekly TRC training sessions and planning meetings from February -August to create a final group project centered on the theme: “Environmental Health.”

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply by late December (Dec. 29 in 2018)

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Details

"Get a head start on a future in design! Teens in New York City can apply to be a DesignPrep Scholar, a free program that features hands-on workshops with professional designers, design studio visits, and college tours.

The Design Scholars program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in high school in New York City. Students must submit an application for the Design Scholars program. Accepted students must attend required weekly after-school sessions from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Tuesdays throughout the 2019-2020 school year.

Note: Students can apply for one semester or up two semesters during the 2019-2020 school year. Submission of an application does not guarantee selection into the program. "

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
What

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.

Who

10th- and 11th-grade students

Details

Courses are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 24–April 14, 2018.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Register online by Feb. 10, 2018.

All applicants must attend a portfolio review, with artwork ready for viewing. Portfolio review for the Spring 2018 Program will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 41 Cooper Sq.
Bring 10 to 20 pieces of art work, a sketchbook and include drawings from observation.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends
Who

High school sophomores and juniors

Details

Work in groups, attend lectures, and participate in workshops and labs. Sophomores may choose to participate in a second internship at the end of their junior year

Cost
$3,100 plus $50 application fee. Up to 100% financial aid is available to those who qualify
How to Apply

The application is due in March

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science, Math
Schedule
Summer
What

Students from all over NYC are invited to apply for this highly competive program where students have the opportunity to take studio art classes at Copper Union, participate in field trips and creative writing workshops.

Who

NYC Public High School Students

Details

Classes are held from October to April, and every Saturday from 10-5.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

The deadline to apply in 2017 is September 20th
Applicants must fill out the program application and can deliver the application to the program office or mail the application at
The Saturday Program
Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square 2nd floor
New York, NY 10003

If accepted, students will be contacted.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends
Who

High school students

Details

Schmooze with math geeks in workshops like “Surprising Probabilities,” “The Math in Money,” and “Wireless Communications”. Open to all but register to be sure to get in

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website in late March/early April for sign up link

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends
Who

High school students finishing 11th and 12th grade

Details

Hands-on workshop exploring the basic circuit blocks that make up all the interactive devices we use. Held at the NYU-Tandon campus in Brooklyn.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application due at the end of June

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students in grades K-12

Details

Students compete against their peers in both age and location. The winners share more than $70,000 in prizes and selected entries are published in a hardbound anthology.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Spring submissions are due in April, Summer in August, and fall in December

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Online
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

A 60-hour course for high school students to build interactive devices

Who

High school students (some workshops for middle-school students)

Details

Hands-on, lab-based demonstrations, experiments and projects related to circuitry, electronics, mechanical systems, robotics, and other STEM disciplines. Middle school workshops listed under the "workshops" tab.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

New students start by February

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Make art. Make friends. Explore New York City's contemporary art world. Meet artists, curators, and art workers. Exhibit your work in a professional gallery space.

The CUE Teen Collective is a free, after school program designed for NYC high school students interested in art careers.

Who

High school: 10th and 11th graders.

Details

Participants meet on Thursday afternoons from October through May to investigate the contemporary art world, develop professional skills, and produce a group exhibition in CUE’s gallery space.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The 2017 application deadline is September 28, 2017. The program begins on Oct. 12.

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

Middle and high school students

Details

Participants meet weekly during the school year to explore their ideas and build skills through theater games, improv, scene work, rehearsal, critical reflection and group discussion. Each spring, high school participants present a full production of their original work; middle school participants present their original work three times a year

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Students are admitted on a first come, first serve basis. An application form may be found on the website, so apply early

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
What

"The Sound Thinking NYC (STNYC) Summer Intensive, is a FREE three-week program that features college and career readiness workshops, training in software such as Pro Tools, mentoring from professionals in the music industry, and field trips to recording studios, performance venues and museums. STNYC Summer graduates will be invited to enroll in school-year programs and will be eligible to apply for FREE college courses at CUNY, and paid internships in the music industry. The STNYC Summer Intensive takes place at the Creative Arts Team near Herald Square; Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm; and runs in two sessions in July – applicants should indicate which session they’d prefer. Lunch will provided.

Sound Thinking NYC is a CUNY-CAT initiative with multiple levels of student engagement focused on increasing opportunities in the music industry for underrepresented groups, particularly women. All students who are interested in supporting gender equity in the music industry are encouraged to apply.

If you are passionate about music, care about gender equity and want to learn music production and leadership skills, then STNYC is for YOU!"

Who

Current 10th/11th graders (rising 11th/12th graders)

Details

APPLICATIONS DUE BY MAY 15

Cost
Free
How to Apply

online and downloadable applications are available on www.soundthinkingnyc.org

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

Are you or a student you know interested in exploring the power of visual storytelling? Designed for beginner to advanced high school filmmakers, these programs help students learn collaborative filmmaking and media arts. Students pitch ideas, rotate production roles and interact with local community members. As participants progress through the video production process, they foster skills in team-building, leadership and public speaking. Ultimately, youth producers raise their voices within their communities and create films that matter.

Check out the available programs starting this Winter:

THE MEDIA FELLOWSHIP
Students learn the basics of documentary filmmaking, including camera operation, editing skills, interviewing and media literacy.

Who

NYC students, Grades 9-11

Details

When: 8 hours per week (one weekday, one weekend day)

Length: February - May (4 months)

Application Deadline: open until seats are filled

Cost
Free
How to Apply
Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

The Team Tech Challenge is a free, three-day workshop packed with tech, career insights, college-prep, and team collaborations culminating in a tech innovation competition.

Designed with ambitious, STEM-enthusiastic students in mind, the Team Tech Challenge brings together:
• Lively discussions and explorations defining analytics, AI, and blockchain
• A team competition where students will develop a plan using technology to tackle a community issue that most concerns them
• A game plan to develop confidence when managing time, stress, and self-care so that they are better prepared for college and beyond
• Firsthand insights from tech professionals about the multitude of career opportunities for STEM students

Plus, the members of the winning team each receive $250!

Who

Rising high school seniors

Cost
Free
Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students in grades K-5

Details

Various week-long sessions held during school breaks to explore hands-on science, from video game creation to toy making.

Cost
Sessions cost between $175-$350
How to Apply

Register online until the sessions are filled. Apply early

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

High public school students from underserved communities across NYC

Details

Past subjects of documentaries include youth violence, overcrowded schools, homophobia, and environmental pollution. Students earn school credit or stipends by attending the workshop at EVC’s facilities for 3 hours, 4 afternoons each week.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Different deadlines for academic vs summer program

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

9-12 grade students.

Details

Each school year DOROT welcomes approximately 100 high school students in grades 9 - 12 to engage in our Academic Teen Internship Program - a unique opportunity for ongoing community service that makes a difference in the lives of older New Yorkers. Interns receive high quality training and supervision while volunteering in small groups as they connect in meaningful ways with older adults one afternoon per week through home visiting, intergenerational teen-led discussion groups and creative arts programming. These hands-on experiences promote the development of leadership skills and impactful social connections with older adults.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, as program fills quickly. Application Process: Complete this application. Please note that attendance at a group interview is required for all applicants. You can find the list of interview dates at the end of this application. Please indicate ALL days and times that you can be available. We will reach out to you to confirm your group interview date/time. Apply here.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School
What

Please join us for a special intergenerational reading adventure for 3rd and 4th graders and older adults.

Who

The program is ideal for youth who need extra encouragement to reach for a book and spend time discussing books. Nurture your child’s natural love of reading and chatting through a variety of fun and creative intergenerational activities.

Details

The group will read aloud a few books over the course of 14 sessions and discuss the major themes of the books respecting other’s differences and the value of kindness. Great food and art activities will follow.

Wednesdays, September 13 - Jan 17, 2017
4:00-5:30pm

DOROT
171 West 85th Street
off Amsterdam Avenue

2017 Dates: (NOTE: ROLLING ADMISSION until Oct. 16, 2017)
September 13 (orientation for youth, no seniors attend)
September 27
October 4, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13, 20
January 3, 10, 17

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply on our website as soon as possible. Only 12 spaces are available for youth. Parents need a pre-phone interview. For more information, please contact Shai Rosenfeld at [email protected]

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
What

Share your love of the game, play chess with seniors
and help build intergenerational connections
across the chess board.

Who

For 6th - 12th grade students.

Details

Mondays from 4-5:30pm.

Teens and DOROT Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Earn community service hours by sharing experiences across the chess board with older adults.

Refreshments will be served.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing application process at DOROT's website, dorotusa.org/chess

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School
What

With three programs and two locations, DOROT's Summer Teen Internship is making an impact in the lives of older adults.

Teen interns volunteer with a diverse group of socially-conscious peers to connect with older adults and provide assistance. The internship is designed to provide students with a minimum of 92 hours of community service. Deliver meals and birthday cakes, teach computer skills, cook and dine with seniors, plan intergenerational trips to local museums, and more.

Watch this video to view a day in the life of a DOROT Teen Intern.

Who

High school students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors

Details

Teens will help to bridge the generation gap and alleviate social isolation for seniors through friendly visits, birthday deliveries, computer tutoring, and much more. In addition, Teen Interns will have the opportunity to take part in an Intergenerational Theater Program, Documentary Film Making, Cooking & Dining with a Senior, and Intergenerational Photography. There will be 18 students chosen for each session.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Early online application submissions are highly encouraged for admission to this competitive program. The application opens in December and the deadline to apply is May 15th. For more information and to apply, go here.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

DREAMChasers is a free test prep and mentoring program for the 2018 NYC Specialized High SchoolTest.

Who

7th grade students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds

Details

DREAMChasers is a free test prep and mentoring program for the
2018 NYC Specialized High School Test for 7th-graders.
Students will receive:
  ·  11 months of tutoring from Khan’s Tutorial;
  ·  Weekly tutoring on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings;
  ·  Over 300 hours of free test prep
  ·  A student mentor;
  ·  A professional mentor;
  ·  Career development opportunities.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Deadline to apply: Friday, November 10, 2017
Diagnostic exam date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Dream Yard Art Center's Middle and High School Program empowers young people to be confident, creative leaders through artistic development, digital literacy, academic enrichment, and a commitment to social justice.

Who

Students enrolled in middle or high school.

Details

DreamYard Art Center Middle and High School Programs offer programs in such topics as Fashion, Dance, Music, Test Pep, Poetry, and Arts.

How to Apply

See http://www.dreamyard.com/art-center/ for more details or find applicatons linked below:
-Middle School Applicaiton
-High School Application

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Arts, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
What

Dream Yard Art Center's MINIs program is designed nto introduce children, enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade to a range of art classes. The youngest learners rotate through 8-week sessions in dance, theater, visual art, filmmaking,and more.

Who

Children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Details

See http://www.dreamyard.com/art-center/ for more details or find applicaton (linked here)).

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
What

The Elementary Program provides students in grades K-5 with an intensive year-round academic curriculum and enrichment activities to ensure they develop the knowledge, critical-thinking, and social-emotional skills to succeed in school and to meet any opportunities and challenges they may face.

EHTP also provides a range of counseling services and support groups for students and their families, and offers school admissions sessions to help students identify, apply, and gain admission to middle schools of their choice.

Additional activities include:
Field trips to museums, films, and community events
One-on-one Saturday Homework Help from 10 to 11:30 a.m. is available for scholars who would like additional support with homework, reading, or other academics as needed.

Who

K-5 students

Details

The program meets four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 – 6:15 p.m. The K-4 program is based at 340 East 104th Street (between First and Second Avenue). The 5th grade program is located at 2053 Second Avenue (between 105 and 106th Street).

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Click here to access application.

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Afterschool program: students in grades 3-5 with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. Summer program: students entering 4th grade.

Details

After-school: 1 hour twice a week instruction. Summer program provides 4 week, one-to-one tutoring using the Wilson Reading System® at the Museum of the City of New York. Also includes museum activities. Preference to students receiving free and low cost lunch.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

After school: Email [email protected]. Summer Program registration is in the spring.

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Humanities
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

High school students

Details

Teens volunteer in the Everett Children's Garden for 125 hours, at which point they can become Advanced Explainers, which can lead to more accomplished positions and paid opportunities. Free Metro Cards and free entry for family and friends

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Students may apply three times a year after attending an open house. There are open houses in February, May, and September

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Grades K-12

Details

Teams pick an invention, research it and imagine how it looks in the future; past winners designed a crime fighting laser and a futuristic newspaper. Website is busy and wordy, check sample projects for a quick peek

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Projects must be submitted by February 1st

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

A 2-week summer camp for minority students

Who

Middle school students from typically underrepresented groups

Details

Do science experiments, go on field trips and learn about lots of different scientific topics. Participants sleep over at college campuses, different sites listed here: http://www.theharrisfoundation.org/sitecontent/983/2016-camps/category/466/embhssc-universities.aspx

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Online applications are posted in February

Grade Level
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Title
Who

NYC Teens

Details

Eyebeam is a member of the Hive NYC Learning Network, a project by the Mozilla Foundation, to facilitate programs and workshops in meemoo and other creative digital tools. Teens can sign up for workshops such as Playable Fashion and Rap Research Lab..

Cost
Varies, mostly free
How to Apply

For more information about learning programs, please contact Erica Kermani, Director of Education at [email protected]. You can also stay updated and see what program participants are creating by following on tumblr

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

All families

Details

Sleep under the stars! Camp overnight in our parks with our Urban Park Rangers as your hosts and guides. Pitch a tent under the stars and settle in for a night of adventure. Some of our family-friendly camping programs may feature a Ranger-led nighttime hike through the woods, storytelling, and s’mores! We’ll bring the tents; just bring your own sleeping bag and bedding.

Our overnight camping events are extremely popular, and in order to make sure that we can accommodate families as fairly as possible, registration is conducted through an online drawing prior to the event.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Check their website to find a camping location that works for you. Each event has its own registration date.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Families who fall under the federal poverty guidelines, students aged 13-19

Details

Gain access to over 71 museums, botanical gardens and zoos, and a subscription to Family Time, a quarterly borough-by-borough listing of cultural attractions. Only families with a child enrolled in participating early childhood programs may receive a Family Pass

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

N/A

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students interested in news careers

Details

Learn about reporting, video editing, photojournalism, interviewing, and audio production. There are limited spots available, so apply early.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in September

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
What

This paid summer internship gives high school students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about ecology in an urban setting. Throughout the summer, interns gain hands-on field experience and participate in a dynamic, field-based course. Guest speakers, field trips and special projects contribute to an immersive and rewarding summer.

Who

10-12th grade students with good grades

Details

Small crews spruce up woodland paths & remove invasive species in July and August. Earn an hourly wage and take a free class at Lehman College

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in late March.

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Middle School and High School Students

Details

Are you interested in registering a group of students for after-school programming in the fall? Look no further! Bike New York offers free after school programs to schools and community organizations to teach youth safe bike riding and bike handling skills. We provide the bikes, you bring the kids! The fall session goes from September 23rd until October 25th. Learn more and sign up here: https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/after-school/

For more information, you may also directly contact the program's organizers
Email: Nikita Sharma, [email protected]
Phone: 212-870-2092

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Bronx
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
After School
Who

Ages 4-11

Details

One Saturday a month, RSVP beforehand.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

RSVP online before the event.

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

Five free summer camps in Fishkill, NY for children of different ages that include sports, crafts, and leadership activities

Who

Children between the ages of 9-15 from low-income families

Details

Have fun at summer camp while learning to develop self-confidence, independence, and teamwork skills. About 3,000 children attend a Fresh Air Fund camp each summer

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Attend an open house in January to start the application process

Grade Level
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts, Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

Calling all inquiring minds! This free afternoon program for high school students promotes close looking and the exchange of ideas. Forum members study great works of art from the Frick's permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Who

This program is open to high school students ages 14 to 18 with an interest in art and art history.

Details

Frick Forum will convene from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on the following Fridays: February 9 & 23, March 9, 16 & 23, April 13, 20, & 27, and May 11 & 18, 2018.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online at www.frick.org/forum by January 8, 2018. Email [email protected] with questions.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

Rising 6th and 7th graders

Details

Campers will be immersed in hands-on activities and laboratory experiments designed to increase genetic literacy, encourage critical and creative thinking, and spark interest in the field of biotechnology. Specific info on Harlem location: https://www.dnalc.org/harlemdnalab/. Application includes 2 essays and teacher's letter of support. How to apply: https://summercamps.dnalc.org/

Cost
Tuition $495
How to Apply

Early June

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Garden kitchen labs are perfect for kids aged 8 to 13.

Details

"The Garden Kitchen Lab is a hands-on seasonal program that runs from spring to fall. Children can learn how to start and sustain a food producing garden; reap a harvest while picking up new cooking techniques, and learn the science behind cooking. Through a garden kitchen lab, you can bring the freshness of gardens and artisanal foods to the table."

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Registration takes place on a rolling basis, starting two weeks before the beginning of each session. Check the website to see when registration periods begin for each season.

Grade Level
Middle, Elementary
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school girls

Details

An introduction to the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science, no background knowledge of the topics required. Fourty eight students are selected to attend, and will receive a small stipend at the end of the program to cover transportation costs.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in the end of April

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

The Fellows Program is a 30-month, college-level, pre-professional immersion in cinematic storytelling and production training for New York City high school students.

Students receive instruction from leading filmmakers and industry experts, including Amy Adams, Lee Daniels and Spike Jonze at our South Bronx Post House. Each year students visit live sets, studios and screen their top films at prestigious venues like Lincoln Center. First-year students culminate by writing two Thesis Film scripts, selecting one to shoot in a foreign country (past students have shot films in Tokyo and London) and one to shoot at The Frick Collection in NYC.

Who

Applicants must be ages 14-18. This is a 30-month commitment.

Details

The Fellows Program is an intensive and challenging program requiring an exceptionally high level of commitment from all participants. In addition to the 30-month class schedule students and instructors oftentimes spend weekends and evenings at GFS when additional time is necessary. Do not apply to this program if you are bound to any prior summer engagements. Perfect attendance is mandatory. The value of your experience depends on maintaining great dedication to our program and your fellow GFS filmmakers.

How to Apply

NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017-2019 FELLOWS PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED.

Contact Derrick Cameron:
718.589.5470 or [email protected]

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Girls who will be in 6th through 12th grade beginning fall 2018, with a mailing address in the five boroughs of New York City.

Details

Breaking the Code is a series of one-week camps throughout July and August for rising 6th- through 12th-grade girls in New York City to learn coding, filmmaking and leadership skills.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Email [email protected] for details.

Grade Level
High, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Title
Who

Girls and non-binary artists ages 12-15

Details

GirlStories is a free after school program for girls and non-binary artists ages 12-15 that empowers them to become makers and individuals, and encourages them to bring their unique perspectives into fields that are lacking a female voice.

In practice, students will explore various forms of art making to develop an artistic identity and personal voice to share their unique experiences. GirlStories will expose the participants to the work of other women artists in disciplines that include: filmmaking, performance art, writing, illustration, and sculpture. The program will include visits from guest artists and hands-on experience with techniques, processes, equipment and technologies used in making art.

GirlStories will culminate in a celebration at the end of the program for the participating girls and their families to share their final projects and finished pieces.

Objectives:

To empower girls and build self-confidence in their individual artistic voice and practice.
To create a safe environment for young women to explore issues of identity and culture.
To discover and learn about women artists from history and contemporary art.
To apply and learn skills and techniques from a wide range of art disciplines.
Fall Semester Dates: October 18, 2019 through January 24, 2020

Times: Friday afternoons from 4—6:30 PM in the Media Lab, 12 sessions (excluding school breaks). Some days will be extended for guest visits.

Questions? Contact Kirsten at [email protected]

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Fill out this form.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

6-12th-grade middle and high school girls

Details

Field trips and classes in robotics, web design, mobile apps; presentations by more than 50 speakers, workshops, demos from female engineers and entrepreneurs. Clubs year round, summer program in the summer

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications available in early February

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Girls in grades 9-12 in NYC public schools

Details

Girls work with professional mentors, have access to college prep and get the opportunities to develop their skills as writers.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in June

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Youth-High School

Details

If you are interested, please email G.R.C.C. Beacon at [email protected] or give a us a call at 1-212-866-0009.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

By May 15th

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Students in 11th or 12th grade or with a high school diploma or GED

Details

Program provides 1-to-1 college counseling for 11th and 12th graders, support to help college students persist through graduation, and scholarship and internship opportunities and visits to college campuses. Walk-ins are welcome on Wednesday afternoons (2:00pm-3:30pm). The program provides a resource center with up-to-date materials and internet access

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
What

Various summer internships relating to math, science, engineering, and technology

Who

High school students, including recent grads, with a GPA of at least 3.0

Details

HYPERLINK "https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/guest/searchOpps/" Search for internship opportunities here. The National Space Club Scholars Program is one internship offered and provides a stipend of $1,800 for the 6-week program. Some internships take place at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, but others are available in different locations, including the HYPERLINK "http://education.gsfc.nasa.gov/nycri/"New York City Research Initiative

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications may be submitted between November and March

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Grades K-8

Details

Rich summer experiences and learning opportunities for youth. Camps are structured to offset summer learning loss, incorporating both enrichment activities and outdoor recreation in the programming.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Contact individual locations for application details

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx, Brooklyn
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Sports
Schedule
Summer
Who

Ages 6-14

Details

The camp encompasses recreational sports and dance, engaging art activities, weekly field trips, special events, academic enrichment, breakfast and lunch, and much more.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Contact the program nearest to you for more information

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Brooklyn, Queens
Subject Area
Arts, Sports, Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

GO Project provides critical academic, social and emotional support, starting in the early elementary years.

Who

We serve K-8 students who are the most at-risk of academic failure—those who are 1-2 years behind their peers in reading and math, and those who are facing other difficulties at school or at home.

Details

GO Project provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home and in life.

Tip:
A year-round and year-to-year commitment is required for participation in the GO Project. This includes participation in GO Summer, a five-week full-day program and GO School, a seven-month, half-day Saturday academic program during the school year.

Cost
$80/year; scholarships available
How to Apply

Rolling admission. Email [email protected] for more information.

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Ages 10-18

Details

Read music, play an instrument, perform in community concerts

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Register online in the fall or at Minisink: 646 Malcolm X Blvd.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

Middle and high school students

Details

Participate in test prep, academic classes, and social and personal development activities to prepare for high school and college. Activities take place after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

The Harlem Educational Activies Fund is a youth development and academic prep non-orofit orgnazion offering a multitude of programs for middle school students and beyond from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Who

HEAF serves 5-11th grade public school/parochial school students from underserved areas.

Details

Students must have a minimum GPA of 80% and have scored 3 or 4 on the NYS standardized tests(applicable only for 5-8 graders). They must show leadership potential.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

When applying, you must send your child's most recent report card and Math and ELA Scores(if they are in grades 5-8). After completing the application that can be found on the webste: you can apply online, or fax the application forms to 212-663-9736, or send it by mail to HEAF Admissions 2090 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor New York, NY 10027. The final step in the application process is a in-person interview.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Brooklyn, Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Children age 7-14

Details

"We provide children aged 7 to 14 with free, drop-in programming designed to reinforce healthy living through sustainability, cooking, and urban farming. Join us on Saturdays from 11am-3pm at our 118 W 134 Street Farm during our grow season."

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Parents and guardians should submit an inquiry form on their website.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Students grades 1-8

Details

"Harlem Grown’s Youth Center at Riverton Square is for youth residents in grades 1 to 8, and free of charge. Our program promotes healthy eating, teaches urban agriculture, and provides homework help. Due to limited space, we serve families on a first come, first served basis. Our summer program will begin in July."

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Parents and guardians should fill out an inquiry form online.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
Title
What

An award-winning, critically acclaimed web magazine produced by teens across NYC during school year

Who

Students between the ages of 13-21

Details

Learn about journalism, technology, and leadership skills by contributing to an online newspaper. For more information, call 212-222-4681

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

The Harlem Youth Court trains teenagers to serve as jurors, judges and advocates, handling real-life cases involving their peers. The goal is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses learn accountability and restore the harm done to the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Members develop critical thinking, leadership and public speaking skills.

Who

Applicants must be 14 to 18 years old by September 2018. Those under 18 will need parent or guardian permission to join.

Details

Applicants must be able to attend daytime trainings from July 9 to August 24, 2018, as well as after-school Youth Court programming every Tuesday and Thursday from September 2018 to June 2019.

Youth Court meets in East Harlem and participates in community service projects once a month in the community.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application deadline is March 30, 2018. Get more information and apply here.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

High school sophomores and juniors

Details

Learn what steps to take to become a physician or health care provider. The program is designed to serve the needs of minority students interested in careers in science and medicine.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in November (Nov. 20 in 2017 for 2018 program)

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School
Who

Lower East Side Residents and other New Yorkers

Details

Tutoring and college prep year-long. Offers SAT prep, college counseling, community tutoring, college trips, summer bridge program and more

Cost
Varies
How to Apply

Varies by appointment and program

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Middle and high school students

Details

Experience dance, music, theater, film and visual art in New York City for $5 a ticket. For every student ticket an adult can get a $5 ticket too.

Cost
$5 a ticket
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students who go to school or are homeschooled in NYC

Details

Use 3D scanners and printers to scan, print, assemble and analyze mammal bones from the museum's behind the scenes collections and understand how these forms diversified and adapted to their environments.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website for application date, best to apply before the summer

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students who go to school or are homeschooled in NYC

Details

Learn about the astronomy and planetary sciences on display in the exhibit halls through interactive, hands-on activities and experiments.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website for application date, best to apply before the summer

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Intensive six-week summer program, in partnership with Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to learn the foundations of engineering design. Focusing on addressing a global health problem, students work in teams to prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program culminates in a pitch event to leading executives from the biomedical community. Students then also have the opportunity to be placed in internships within NYC’s biotech community.

Who

Current high school students (preference given to rising juniors and seniors) who demonstrate economic or educational disadvantage. See the application information page for further details.

Details

The summer 2018 program runs from July 16 to Aug. 23. All sessions take place at Columbia's Morningside campus.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the summer 2018 program is March 9, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Submit an application here.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

10-12th graders in NYC or the Tri-State area with good grades and an interest in science and lab research

Details

Work with a mentor and do independent lab research. Great for those interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in March

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

The program teaches photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking with the goal of fostering self-esteem, community development, and social change. Students have access to a classroom/studio, black-and-white darkroom, and gallery.

Who

ICP at THE POINT is a year-round collaboration between the Intenratioanl Center of Photography and THE POINT CDC in the South Bronx.

Details

ICP at THE POINT offers 10 and 5-week courses. See program website for details.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Visit: thepoint.org/photography
Call: 718-542-4149

Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Students in grades 6-12

Details

Research problems that interest you and work on solutions to those issues using video games, podcasts, and blogs. There are different Labs for middle and high school students. Contact Education Coordinator at your nearest branch to sign up.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan, Bronx
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
After School
Who

Ages 13-19

Details

Participants choose classes that interest them on topics ranging from collage to sculpture. No experience necessary; a letter of recommendation is required

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in January for Spring classes and in June for Summer classes. (For Spring 2018, deadline is January 7, 2018; get the application at https://momateens.wufoo.com/forms/r1dgl60d0ynw7w3/.)

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

8th and 9th grade girls who attend NYC schools, especially from low income communities

Details

Sea life, aviation, astronomy & more at the Intrepid Museum. Metrocard and lunch provided.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in March

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Rising 6th- 8th graders

Details

Campers learn how science, technology, engineering and math help the Queens Zoo to build exhibits, care for the wildlife collection, and teach visitors. Application includes 2 essays and teacher's letter of support

Cost
$425 for non members, $375 for members
How to Apply

July

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students in grades 11-12 from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

Details

Workshops are held Saturday morning, beginning August 1st. Apply early, seats are limited

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Spring

Grade Level
High
Location
Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends
What

Over the past 25 years, Khan's Tutorial has helped over 3,000 students gain acceptance into NYC's prestigious Specialized High Schools. The Dr. Mansur Khan SHSAT Opportunity Scholarship was created in 2014 to help increase the number of students from underrepresented African American/Black and Hispanic/Latin communities at NYC's Specialized High Schools.

Full scholarship students will begin classes in JUNE 2019 and continue the program until OCTOBER 2020 (~16 months).

Partial scholarship students will begin classes in JUNE 2019 and continue until AUGUST 2019 (3 months).

Who

6th and 7th graders

Details

Multiple locations

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Current Application Deadline: May 20th Application Available at www.khanstutorial.com/scholarships

Grade Level
Middle
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Children who enjoy playground activities

Details

Introduces children to physical activity in a fun, non-competitive environment. Kids in Motion staff lead four to seven hours of free activities for children per day, including organized sports, games, fitness demos, guided walks, board games, water games and more! Head to a listed playground during indicated hours of operation.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

No registration required, just show up

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

Students rehearse and play with New York Pops musicians. Five full scholarships available.

Who

Middle school students

Details

Rehearse and preform with the New York Pops, five students will receive full scholarships to a summer music camp.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website

Grade Level
Location
Brooklyn, Manhattan, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students at least 16 years old

Details

Participate in lectures and hands-on demonstrations that relate to microbiology, genetics and other scientific areas. Students must be nominated by a teacher or community leader in order to apply.

Cost
FREE, students will be eligible to receive up to $250
How to Apply

Applications are due in December

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School
Who

High school students

Details

Take classes in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and design and design your own start-up. Students must commit to completing all assignments and building a prototype within the prescribed 30 day period

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in April

Grade Level
High
Subject Area
Science, Math, Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

Low-income high school juniors with good grades

Details

Juniors will build their leadership and writing skills, while preparing for standardized tests and receiving college advising.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website for application details

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

Lets Get Ready is a free nine-week college prep program that offers admissions counselling, SAT prep, and assistance with all aspects of the college admissons process. The program offers post-enrollment mentoring from trained college students to students from disadvantaged areas.

Who

High school seniors and juniors from low income areas

Details

The 9-week programs are offered during the fall, spring, and summer.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC, Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Students in grades 1-2 and 11-12

Details

High each children how to read 2-3 afternoons each week at NY public libraries. Teens who complete the training may apply for a paid internship tutoring first and second graders at an after-school program at the library. Contact the Education Coordinator at your nearest branch to sign up an elementary or high school student.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, High
Location
Manhattan, Bronx
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School
What

Students further develop their critical reading, writing and math skills in preparation for college level classes. In addition students prepare for college placement exams including the CUNY Assessment Test. Previous college entrance exam results are taken into consideration where applicable.

Who

Anyone over the age of 18 with a High School diploma or it’s equivalent.

Details

Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. Prospective students must be 18+

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Apply online or in person at the MEOC. Must submit all required documents to be eligible for this free program.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Title
Who

Grades K-6

Details

Drills range from times tables to telling time to graphs. Drills go on and on without pause, use a timer to self-pace

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

No application, program ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Online
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Black, Latino and Native American 9th-graders

Details

Helps put students on track for possible careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Rigorous and competitive with an 11 percent acceptance rate; about 110 scholars participate

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in mid-December (in 2017). Process is lengthy and competition is keen, so start early.

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Late Elementary, Middle, and High school students (5th-11th grade)

Details

Students work alone and on teams to solve multi-step math problems. Give the entrance test a try, those who score reasonably well are accepted

Cost
$200/semester; $300/year; refundable after the first class
How to Apply

Entrance exams must be submitted by mid-September, registration forms (requiring notarization) are due by the second week of class

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends
Who

High school juniors and seniors

Details

Learn about health professions through mentoring sessions, workshops and field trips. Attend weekly mentoring and program sessions, with a longer session on Saturdays.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Contact the Program Manager at (212) 534-2432 for more information.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan, Staten Island
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

The NYC Department of Education and Lincoln Center Education collaborate to offer a free, two-week program to prepare middle school students for screened high school arts program auditions.

Who

Student entering grade 8

Details

Participating students are promising NYC DOE public school students. The program aims to provide equity and access in preparation for auditions. Accepted participants are offered the following:
-Free breakfast and lunch while the program is in session
-An MTA student metro card

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Admission to Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is by online application and audition/screening. Students may apply and audition for one studio only.

visit the NYC DOE website for more information.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Rising high school seniors

Details

Take calculus, physics, natural science, and humanities courses in addition to one hands-on elective. Around 70-80 students from across the country are selected for the program each year

Cost
FREE, students pay transportation costs to and from NYC
How to Apply

Apply between November and February

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Science, Math, Humanities
Schedule
Summer
Who

Rising high school juniors or seniors, or students with College Now experience

Details

Participating students put their experience to use as they debate and vote on a piece of legislation during a “stated meeting” in the Council’s actual chambers in City Hall. This is a College Now program, so students must first apply to College Now.. This is a College Now program, so students must first apply to College Now.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in September

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
What

The National Museum of Mathematics offers some free events and others at a nominal charge.

Who

Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders happens monthly.

Details

Unlimited, MoMath’s monthly mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders on Sunday evenings. Math-focused night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and dance to music played by a DJ.

Free Play: A free afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours
For one afternoon, admission to MoMath will be completely free: Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 6:00 pm

Cost
$15 one ticket; $20 for two.
Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

High school students

Details

"MoMath accepts a limited number of high school students for ongoing volunteer roles during summer vacation and/or from September through June. This is a unique chance to improve your interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills. MoMath students interact with visitors on the Museum floor and train with professional educators, interpreters, and managers. During the school year, this opportunity requires a commitment of approximately one day per week, typically a Saturday or Sunday. Students who participate during summer vacation commit five days per week.

Please note that the Integrators volunteer program is unpaid."

How to Apply

Application forms are available here.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends
Who

High school juniors and seniors

Details

Earn 3 college credits by taking a class in accounting, business, criminal justice, culinary arts, allied health professions, hotel and restaurant management, marketing, web design, and information technology. Students who complete the program are eligible for freshman scholarships if they choose to attend Monroe for college.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Registration takes place in September for the fall semester and January for the winter semester

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
Who

NYC public high school students of all backgrounds

Details

Attend bimonthly after school seminars February through June to prepare for summer program. Work at the Museum full-time during the summer, leading tours and learning about the curatorial, educational, administrative, and operational elements of museum work. Apprentices are paid for their participation.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in November

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

High school and college students

Details

Learn about community health issues and take tours of health facilities and health professions schools. Earn 40 hours of community service.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Contact the program manager, Angela Banfield at [email protected] or call 212-534-2432 to find out more.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan, Staten Island
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Three-week intensive program during the school year and summer which immerses students in the practices of playwriting, acting, and filmmaking. There are additional 3T writing workshops in the fall. Write a play, story or screenplay and hear it read by professional actors--and it all happens in just three consecutive Thursdays (fall 2017). 3T is a free, after school creative writing program for public HS students sponsored by Naked Angels Theater Company.
Website

Who

New York City high school students

Details

The program is limited to 12 students, accepted on a first come, first served basis. Students must apply online.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications due late June for summer program; late November dates for fall workshops. For the session starting on Feb. 5, 2018, applications are due no later than Feb. 1.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Anybody who loves nature

Details

Participate in citywide volunteer tree-planting and tree-care workshops, Learn how to identify weeds and remove them. Look for volunteer opportunities through the NAV Program at the Parks and Recreation Department website

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Register online for specific volunteer opportunities at least a day in advance

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students who are immigrants or children of immigrants.

Details

Participants will attend a series of workshops on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. this spring and volunteer at nonprofit organizations that serve immigrant communities. Applicants from households with less than $57,033 in income will be prioritized for spots within the NAYLC program.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
What

A workforce development program that provides underserved NYC high school students with 140 hours of strategically developed training designed to meet the needs of biomedical research labs, biotech start-ups, and biopharmaceutical companies.

Who

Current high school students (preference given to rising juniors and seniors) who demonstrate economic or educational disadvantage.

Details

Students will be placed in paid internships in the biotech industry.

Cost
FREE; paid internships
How to Apply

The deadline to apply for 2018 is March 9 at 11:59 p.m. Fill out an application here.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors in high school who live or attend school in Manhattan

Details

Applicants must commit to attend the entire six-week program from Monday-Friday.

Cost
Interns receive $150 weekly stipend.
How to Apply

Applications are due in April

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students 5-18

Details

"NJTL runs comprehensive afterschool programming in 28 locations throughout New York City. ACES operates from 3:00-6:00 pm daily, providing safe and nurturing environment for children during these critical afterschool hours. These programs are funded by our partners at the Department of Youth and Community Development and New York State Department of Education."

Programs include:

  • Tennis Instruction
  • Academic Support
  • Healthy Living
  • Character Education
  • Multi-Disciplinary Activities
Cost
Free
How to Apply

Register online for a location near you.

Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
After School
Who

Middle and high school students

Details

Students learn mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum and improve reasoning and problem solving skills. NYMC is not a tutoring or test prep program and is best for kids who are comfortable with math

Cost
Fees range from $195-$295; financial aid is available
How to Apply

Join the email list to receive registration announcements

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan, Queens
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Rising 9th graders and parents

Details

Experiential technology program comprised of two summer learning academies with student (6 week) and parent (4 week) tracks. Student track is 3 days/week and parent track is 1-2 evenings/week

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in June

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Title
Who

High school students ages 14 to 18

Details

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Summer BizCamp offers NYC students the opportunity to learn the basics of putting together a business plan while also developing valuable academic and life skills.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

A tech-entrepreneurship program that provides hands-on learning experiences and coaching opportunities for NYC high school students interested in transforming the world through tech-based innovations. This is a paid program designed to educate and inspire students to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and technology.

Who

High school students, ages 14 to 18.

Details

Program dates: June 29–August 22, 2018
Location: The Urban Mentoring & Achievement Network at City College, 160 Convent Ave., New York, NY

Cost
Stipend provided
How to Apply

Apply online.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

Free camp with arts, STEM programming and physical activity

Who

Grades K-8

Details

Summer camp through the NIA, housed mainly in Brooklyn public schools. Contact individual program directors for more information.

Cost
Most sites are free.
How to Apply

Pre-registration in April

Grade Level
Location
Brooklyn, Staten Island
Subject Area
Math, Arts, Science, Sports
Schedule
Summer
Who

Current juniors who are at least 16.

Details

Students discuss global topics with professors.

Cost
Application fee $50 and $150 enrollment deposit
How to Apply

Applications are due in January

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, offers a paid summer internship to work full-time in house at the DDC.

Who

High school students 16 or older who are interested in careers in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology. (Applicants 14 & 15 years of age will only be considered if they have participated in previous DDC programs or workshop events.)

Details

Six-week summer internships

Cost
Paid internships
How to Apply

For the 2018 summer internship, the application deadline has been extended to February 16, 2018. To apply, complete the 2018 NYC DDC High School Summer Internship Program Application, and see the DDC's internship fact sheet for additional application requirements and more detailed program information.

Grade Level
High
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Title
What

NYC GREAT! (Girls Reaching Every Apex Together) is designed to provide experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women who are currently attending high school

Who

The program enrolls young women in 9th grade or older, attending Bronx high schools (districts 7-12).

Details

Students who are selected are expected to participate in three Saturday student conferences.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Email [email protected] for updated information

Grade Level
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Children in middle school and high school

Details

Program includes tutoring, study skills improvement, high school and college entrance exam prep, character development, community service learning projects in addition to sports and arts activities. Locations in Bronx and Yonkers. Choose a summer camp site, then follow the instructions to obtain an application for the site of your choice.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

June

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Sports, Arts
Schedule
Summer
Title
Who

Children of all ages

Details

Visit art galleries, public theaters, libraries, gardens and more after consulting this comprehensive listing. Search organizations by location and type of activity

Cost
FREE (though some of the organizations might not be)
How to Apply

N/A

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in New York City

Who

High school and college students between the ages of 16 and 22 with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Details

Ladders for Leaders provides students with:

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: Opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests.

Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open only to past participants of the program.

Cost
Paid internship
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 16, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Ages 1.5-Adult

Details

Free swimming lessons through the NYC Parks department for all ages. Selection for the program occurs through a lottery system. There are four summer sessions and there is a lottery for each session, you may register for up to three sessions.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Register before the start of the session(s) you want to apply for to be out in the lottery

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
Who

Youth of various ages, program depending. Free for youth under 18

Details

The Parks Department offers programs including baseball, cycling, golf, football, track, and more. The programs are free with a recreation center membership, and memberships are free to those under 18. Register for a membership at a recreation center near you to begin signing up for programs.

Cost
FREE (for those under 18)
How to Apply

Ongoing, program dependent

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Citywide program to provide students in grades 2-10 with free STEM instruction. There are two sites per borough, one for elementary school students and the other for middle and high schoolers. The program focuses on bringing high-quality STEM education to high-needs students and runs for four to five weeks.

Who

Grades 2-10

Details

Students apply to the program by borough, and applications are available in mid-March. Students from Renewal Schools, English Language Learners and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Within each borough, applicants will be selected for the program by lottery. Breakfast, lunch and Metrocards provided.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

For summer 2018, apply online by April 27, 2018.

Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Youth Food Advocates (YFA) is a youth-led group based at Community Food Advocates. Specifically, the YFA will serve as active youth leaders in the campaign for universal free school lunch in New York City’s public schools, but membership in this group will also include the opportunity to learn about other social justice issues and develop youth leadership.

Who

The YFA is ideal for high school–level youth who want to learn about social justice, policy advocacy, and how to carry out policy campaigns as a way to create systemic change in New York City.

Details

YFA members will participate in workshops, trainings, guided lessons, and collaborations with other youth within YFA and other youth-based groups in the City. In addition to learning about policy advocacy, members will also have the opportunity to develop specific skills such as public speaking, meeting and collaborating with policy makers, policy analysis, campaign planning and strategizing, and working as part of a coalition.

YFA members meet weekly for 1 to 2 hours. Additional time commitment is based on campaign actions and projects. Weekly meeting dates and times are determined by YFA members.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Download the application on the website.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

Ages 5-18

Details

Free tennis lessons through NYJTL throughout the year. There are many sites throughout NYC but registration must happen in person and the student must be present.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing registration (no one is turned away)

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school juniors and seniors in the NYC metro area (including New Jersey, Connecticut, and Westchester)

Details

Learn to report, write stories, shoot photos, live in an NYU dorm, get college advice, and create your own multimedia website and print paper. Twenty students are selected to participate.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application is due in late April.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

A 9-week art program during which students explore one of four significant social themes (i.e., imagining the human body, activism in visual art, climate change, etc.) and draw upon a rich array of innovative, multidisciplinary approaches to visually express their ideas.

Who

High school students (grades 9-12)

Details

The spring 2018 workshop meets every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates:

March 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to apply for the spring 2018 session is Thursday, February 15, 2018. A waitlist will be generated based on interest, and applicants must receive a confirmation of acceptance to participate. Once admitted to the program, students will be issued an NYU ID.

Apply here. No porfolio required.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Seventh-graders of Latino and African American descent from public, parochial and charter schools in NYC

Details

Oliver Scholars staff supports the scholars with high school admissions, SAT prep, and college tours among other activities. There is a rigorous admissions process including an open house, a standardized test, and interviews.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application process begins in the fall when students are nominated to participate in the program. They are then invited to attend an open house, and then an interview in April. Decisions are made in May

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Children 10-14

Details

Involves directing music-videos and filmmaking

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

Various ages

Details

Programs include a paid internship program for young people between the ages of 17-21, which includes classes in English, math, computer training, and GED preparation. The Opportunity Knocks program provides five weeks of business skills training before matching participants with an 11-week paid internship. OBT has several locations throughout Brooklyn.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Children between the ages of 5-8 from families at or below the New York State poverty line

Details

Receive weekly private lessons on violin, viola or cello, chamber music and orchestral training; High quality instruments are provided if needed. Students are selected based on an interview with the parents and a trial lesson/ informal interview with the student..

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Children in 1st-8th grade

Details

Students are introduced to the basics of drawing and painting, instrumental music, dance, performance poetry, and theater arts, and chess. For information on registering contact [email protected].

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

Children in K-8th grade

Details

Program engages students in educational, cultural and recreational activities, many with a focus on STEM. Special projects include citywide essay contests, monthly workshops, and events that encourage parental involvement. For information on registering contact [email protected]

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Science, Math
Schedule
After School
Who

Students in 6th-12th grade.

Details

"The PTP Academy is a rigorous, multi-year theatre and social justice leadership program in Upper Manhattan dedicated to the holistic development of immigrant youth and youth of color. We envision the PTP Academy as an essential second home for the next generation of civic artists. The PTP Academy is comprised of the Pre-Academy (K–5th grade), and the Academy Core (6th–12th grade).

In the Pre-Academy, students develop foundational theatre skills, as they devise an ensemble-based theatre piece that celebrates their identities and communities.

The Academy Core engages 6th–12th graders in a 6-year track to develop leadership and activism skills through ensemble-based theatre-making. All Academy Core Young Artists are required to take their core theatre-devising course each year and engage in performance opportunities ranging from in-studio performances to producing the annual We the People festival in May. Other program features include:

  • Arts & Activism Electives
  • College and Career Readiness Opportunities
  • Excursions to see a Broadway or Off-Broadway show annually
  • Summer Lab, a 2-week summer theatre intensive
  • Wraparound Services: In partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian's Uptown Hub, young artists can receive priority access to mental health services, and referrals to a network of local providers for services including tutoring, SAT prep, and housing support."
Cost
Free
How to Apply

Register online for the program that fits your age group.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Students of color in grades 5-7

Details

Students participate in a 7-week summer program in addition to weekly Wednesday and Saturday classes. About 6,000 students are nominated each year for about 125 spots.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The admissions process lasts an entire academic year, starting with student nominations in the fall and ending with notifications in the spring

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Incoming high school seniors from low-income backgrounds, with excellent academic records and a desire to pursue a career in journalism

Details

Attend classes taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times or the Washington Post; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design your own newspaper. About 35-40 students from around the country are accepted each year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in February

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
Title
Who

Elementary school children

Details

Participate in free art classes at various library locations across NYC. Classes offered at these locations: http://projectart.org/branches/ .

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

No application is necessary

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Students aged 10-21 with an average familial income of less than $10,000

Details

The program serves underserved youth throughout the country with chapters in areas ranging from New York to Chicago to Texas. The goal is to help every student reach their academic potential and give them the opportunity to attend a four-year college. Go to the "contact us" page to refer a student or express interest.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Citywide, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students who are interested in the natural world or environmental issues

Details

RCC participants work on environmental restoration in Forever Wild sites and gain experience working with the Urban Park Rangers. Participants may go on exciting field trips including canoeing, overnight camping and more. The program occurs one day a week, on a school day afternoon for 2 to 2.5 hours.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

There are two sessions each year (fall and spring), apply before session of choice

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School
Title
Who

Fourth graders of Black and Latino descent from the Bronx

Details

Students hone their organizational, academic, and social skills before they matriculate to prep school and continue to receive support throughout high school. Only 20 students are admitted each year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in January. For the 2018 program, the deadline is Jan. 20, 2018.

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Children between the ages of 14-17

Details

Learn to use digital tools and professional software to create and edit footage, recordings and photos. There are four sessions each year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Who

RecYouth is free and open to all who are:

  • Age 13 to 17 at start of program
  • A recreation center member: recreation center memberships are free for youth younger than 18
  • Committed to the length of program
  • Interested in creating digital media; including film, animation, games, photography or coding
Details

"Our citywide teen digital media program teaches young adults media making skills. Topics include video production, audio production, graphic design, game design and photography. Create an empowering documentary short video, record a hit song or album, or learn how to code so you can make your own game!"

Cost
Free
How to Apply

We accept applications on a rolling basis; however, early registration is encouraged. You can register online , email [email protected], or call (212) 360-2702 for current RecYouth program locations.

Grade Level
High, Middle
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts, Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

High school juniors

Details

Students will spend six weeks at MIT participating in STEM classes, executing research, and working on wirtten and oral supports of their findings

Cost
FREE (Travel not included)
How to Apply

Applications are due in January

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

This program is for elementary and middle school students. However, the program can also be accommodated for high school students seeking community service hours.

Details

Rivers Works is a stewardship education program on the North Shore of Staten Island. This is an initiative of the NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, who has been awarded a grant from NYC Parks Department to develop a stewardship education initiative. Under this program, stewardship activities will engage students and volunteers in water quality monitoring, tree surveys, invasive plant removal, beach and park cleanups and planting of native plants in three parks on the North Shore of Staten Island.

For more details, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Staten Island
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

LAB Jumpstart—formerly the LAB After-School Program (LAB ASP)— supports 16 NYC high school students in a combined after-school and summer science research experience. This program aims to ‘jumpstart’ the development of research skills and exposure to laboratory culture. This occurs through initial small-group training, followed by an immersive mentored research experience in a Rockefeller laboratory. To accomplish all of this, LAB Jumpstart spans March through August.

The spring after-school sessions (March – June) provide initial small-group training to students, starting with fundamental laboratory skills and practices, progressing into technical tools and research skills that the students will use in their mentored laboratory research. This instruction is facilitated by dedicated scientists and educators, as well as several guest scientist contributors.

The summer full-time immersive research experience (June – August) centers around a 7-week laboratory placement where participants are given the opportunity to conduct an independent research project under close mentorship of trained Rockefeller scientists. This occurs in conjunction with the highly-selective Summer Science Research Program (SSRP).

Who

16 NYC high school students from underserved communities

Details

LAB Jumpstart supports 16 NYC high school students in a combined after-school and summer science research experience. This program aims to ‘jumpstart’ the development of research skills and exposure to laboratory culture. This occurs through initial small-group training, followed by an immersive mentored research experience in a Rockefeller laboratory. To accomplish all of this, LAB Jumpstart spans March through August.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications due in December.

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

High school students 16 or older enrolled in a NYC public school

Details

Students work closely with mentors and get experience with scientific research. Students must be nominated by a teacher in order to participate

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in late March

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students 16 or older

Details

Students work closely with mentors and get lots of experience with scientific research. Stipends may be available for students experiencing financial hardship

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in January. For the 2018 program, the deadline is January 8, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

On Saturdays from May 27th to September 2nd, Bronxites can enjoy free canoeing and sailing on the Bronx River. Canoe rides take place every Saturday from 1-6 pm in Hunts Point Riverside Park. Sailing will take place on August 12th and September 10th from 1 to 5pm. Lifejackets are also provided at no charge.

Who

Bronx residents

Details

Rowing: Saturdays 1-6pm from May 27 till September 2
Sailing: 1-5pm Saturday, June 10, Saturday, August 12, Sunday, September 10

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
What

The Safe Haven West Side Basketball League was designed to give
neighborhood children a safe, supervised recreational activity during the winter
months. From early December to mid-March, games and practices are scheduled
on weekends in public school gyms located on the Upper West Side.

Who

Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 who are full-time students in public, private or parochial schools in District 3 are eligible to join the Safe Haven West Side Basketball League.

Details

Weekend games and practice December-March; another session begins in the spring.

Cost
$150 full price; partial & full scholarships available to players in elementary or middle public schools and to Special Needs Champions Division.
How to Apply

Apply by late October/November for session beginnng in December.

Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Weekends
What

"The SALT program is for students ages 15-18 interested in doing environmental field work. Students will take part in citizen science and shoreline restoration projects with RWA along Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway shoreline. Students will spend time on the water each day and learn to kayak and surf with certified instructors.

Session 1: June 17th - 21st, 2019
Session 2: June 24 - 28th, 2019

Students can sign up for one or both session, however they will most likely be repeating activities if they decide to do consecutive weeks.

Below are some of the skills that students will acquire during their time at camp:
Marine field research skills, including: marsh surveys, seining, water quality testing, invasive species removal
-Surfing, fishing & kayaking
-Species ID
- deeper understanding of NYC's natural history and ecosystems.
Data Entry (Excel)
Water quality testing
Marine/Aviary Species Identification

Students take part in different projects in each weekly session. Students will receive community service hours that can be used toward their high school graduation requirements. A healthy lunch and snacks are provided every day.

Apply by April 1st and receive our Early Bird discount!"

Who

High School Students

Details

Students should apply before April 1st for our Early Bird Discount

Cost
$800 Total ($750 with Early Bird Discount)
Grade Level
High
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science, Sports
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students 16-18 years old

Details

Learn to use equipment and technologies to guide museum visitors of all ages in investigations of artifacts, specimens, and the laws of physics by working with museum staff and engaging with scientific content. Intended to build off the museum's After School Program. Preference will be given to those who have completed two museum courses in life sciences, astronomy, or earth and planetary sciences, but all are encouraged to apply.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in early April

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Students in grades 8-12

Details

Attend courses on topics ranging from photography in America to the history of the labor movement. There are a limited number of spaces reserved for students who live or attend schools in East and Central Harlem.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by early October for fall sessions.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Students in grades 7-12

Details

Student work is exhibited, published, and presented to a national audience. About 2,000 students earn national awards, including more than $1.5 million in scholarships.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Submissions are due in December

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Citywide, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

A free 26-week pre-college black studies program on Saturdays

Who

Students between 11-18 years old who are of African descent

Details

Learn about the histories and cultures of the African Diaspora through film screenings, cultural arts performances, research projects, and field trips. One-hundred students are selected to participate each year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in September

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Students in 11th or 12th grade. Only students who attend Title I high schools may apply for paid positions during the school year.

Details

Explore museum careers, connect with museum staff and gain professional skills in paid and unpaid internships. No prior experience or specific knowledge of art history necessary to apply.

Cost
FREE, paid internships include $1,000 stipend
How to Apply

Applications are due in September for school-year program and in April for the summer program

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students who have completed at least 9th grade. Many labs require students to be at least 16-years-old.

Details

Work as an apprentice in a Department of Navy laboratory for eight weeks.

Cost
New students receive a stipend of $3,300 for 8 weeks; lodging and meals not included.
How to Apply

Applications are due in early December.

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Low-income and minority middle and high school students in grades 7-12 with good grades

Details

Take math and science classes, participate in group research, and prepare for the PSAT and SAT/ACT. Students also work with mentors on career and college exploration

Cost
$350 for the summer session
How to Apply

Applications are due in March

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

14-25 year olds currently enrolled in high school or college in NYC

Details

Must commit to one year of volunteering before applying for a year round paid position of 7-20 hours/week to explain exhibits. Selection not based on grades but interview and application; visit the Explainer's trainee page http://nysci.org/explainer-trainee/ to learn more

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

NYSCI generally hires three times a year and expects a commitment of at least one year, applications due in December, April, and August

Grade Level
High
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
What

NEW for summer 2017—thanks to generous support from National Grid, the Center for K-12 STEM Education is pleased to announce the launch of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities (ieSoSC). Applications are now open for students entering 9th -12th grade in September 2017. Created as a follow-up experience to our Science of Smart Cities program, ieSoSC is an opportunity that offers 5 weeks of intensive STEM instruction and mentoring on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Downtown Brooklyn campus in technology and engineering skills, design and prototyping, built around real world ‘smart city’ applications and research.

Primarily (but not exclusively) intended for students that previously completed Science of Smart Cities, ieSoSC will show through hands-on projects, instruction and activities how to take coding/computer science, engineering and technology skills to another level by applying those skills to advanced smart cities ideas. Participants will work with our graduate and undergraduate student-experts in increasingly sophisticated hands-on programming and engineering projects.

The program incorporates time devoted to concepts and processes related to entrepreneurship and design thinking. During the second half of the program, participants will form 4-person teams and apply their new skills and knowledge in engineering, technology and entrepreneurship to ideate, research/document, prototype and present a device(s)/app that use sensors; programming; data collection, analysis and reporting; and, wireless communication technologies and protocols, in an ‘internet of things’ approach to a “smart cities design challenge” that creates a product that could be used by municipal agencies, the general public, businesses and/or other user groups.

During the design challenge phase, high school participants will work in their teams with our graduate and undergraduate student-instructors. These instructors will assist with all aspects of the work, helping to resolve technical challenges, providing input and feedback, and otherwise coaching and mentoring participants through the prototyping and presentation processes. Each team will have a small budget for materials and equipment, and participants will receive public presentation training using improvisation techniques through a partnership with Irondale Theater.

The program culminates for each team in a public presentation at which engineers, urban planners, business people and other smart cities experts hear from participants about their idea, prototype, and how it is intended to be applied to solve a real world problem or challenge.

Who

Students entering 9th-12th grade in September 2017

Details

Program runs full days (approximately 10am to 5pm), five days a week

Our campus is located at 6 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn

ieSoSC is free to attend, thanks to support from National Grid

Lunch, snacks are not provided. Students must bring their own food or have money

Transportation/MetroCards not provided

Please watch your email around the notification date (students and parents/guardians)–if you are accepted to the program a prompt reply will be required

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Early application deadline: April 28, 2017
Notification on or around: May 5, 2017

Apply Online: http://engineering.nyu.edu/k12stem/sosc/application/iesosc-application/

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Free three-week summer program for high school students that explores public art, urban planning and architecture. Through field trips and discussion sessions, students explore the city and engage firsthand with the artists and professionals who shape the cultural and civic life of New York.

Who

Applicants must have completed at least one year of high school. Seniors graduating in 2018 may apply as well.

Details

Program dates: July 9 to July 27, 2018

School credit and community service hours are available to qualified students. All students accepted into the Public Process program will receive an MTA MetroCard to subsidize their travel expenses, along with daily snacks and writing materials.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online by April 22, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Title
What

Three-week summer day camp for budding engineers

Who

Grades 3-6. Students must be at least 8 years old.

Details

Build gravity cruisers, gliders and solar-powered cars; sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers. Families like the work-fun balance.

Cost
FREE, $50 registration fee.
How to Apply

New student registration opens in February.

Grade Level
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

The SIS Leadership Institute is a youth leadership program for NYC public high school students that engages them in meaningful community service and service-learning. Students who participate in the SIS Leadership Institute and Youth Service Summit will become Service in Schools Leaders (SSLs) and receive a certificate verifying their completion of the program, achievement in leadership, and the impact they made on the community.

Who

Public high school students in grades 10-12.

Details

SSLs are required to attend the five-day leadership Institute during Spring Break, from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and attend the Youth Service Summit on Friday, May 25, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Additionally, SSLs must attend an afternoon work session on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

The SIS Leadership Institute will be held in midtown Manhattan. Breakfast, lunch, and a daily MetroCard will be provided.

Students will be selected to participate in the SIS Leadership Institute and the Youth Service Summit based on the quality of their responses to the application questions.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Apply here.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School
Who

High school students from all five boroughs

Details

Improve your musical skills and learn to express yourself artistically as well as perform throughout the city. Sign up for an audition online.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

You can sign up for an audition any time through the online form

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

High School students

Details

A two day free theatre program combining human rights and theatre in the summer on June 27th and 28th from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Sign up using the online Google form: https://forms.gle/cqU42U3jdDqP8Q2W6

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students from low-income public high schools in NYC

Details

SEO provides three major programs: the Career Program, the Scholars Program, and the Alumni and Philanthropy Program. Apply in 9th grade.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in December

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Children in grades 2-12 and receive free or reduced-cost lunches

Details

This program is equipped with an extensive resource center, a well-stocked library, and computers. Must contact the program to register at 212.799.2369 x303

Cost
Price ranges from $40 - $120, payment plans are available
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

S-PREP is a free high school and college preparatory program designed for students who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related STEM fields. The long-range objective of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in healthcare and STEM professions. The program offers enrichment courses geared toward preparing students for success in math and science.

Who

Students in 7th–12th grade who meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the program website.

Details

S-PREP consists of two sessions (Summer and Academic Year). In the Summer, classes are held Monday through Friday in the month of July. During the Academic Year, classes are held on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia's Vagelos Education Center (104 Haven Avenue). In addition to the rigorous academic schedule, the program offers college preparation and career development workshops, college counseling services, field trips and college tours. Students admitted to S-PREP are eligible to apply for a summer research program for high school students run by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

How to Apply

Summer session applications are available January 10 and due on March 15.

Academic Year session applications are available June 1 and due on September 15.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

Students from NYC middle schools could take one day of STEAM classes taught by current NYU students.

Who

NYC Middle School Students

Details

Apply through website every year before/during April.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends
Who

High school students with demonstrated financial need (priority consideration for students who receive free or reduced lunch) and need for arts exposure (priority consideration for students who do not have access to arts programming).

Details

Students train in voice, movement, improv and acting in a conservatory environment. They are led by the the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's world-class faculty, and engage daily with students of the full-time conservatory programs as well as alumni and international guest artists. While Adler Youth students are trained with the same intensity and integrity as conservatory students, this program is not concerned with creating professional actors, but rather empowering strong, confident, thoughtful human beings.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the fall 2018 program is June 29. Call the Adler Studio at 212-689-0087 to request an interview.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
What

STEM From Dance is a Mathematics and performing arts program that uses dance to grow the number of under-represented minority girls who are Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) college-ready.

Who

Girls from underserved communities.

Details

STEM from Dance aims to give all girls equal access to the resources needed to attain economic stability and long-tern career success, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Cost
Free
How to Apply

To apply, contact [email protected] or fill the form on the STEM from Dance website.

Grade Level
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students in grades 9-11 with good grades

Details

Take summer classes in science, math, English, engineering, and computer programming. Participants may receive one elective high school credit, free breakfast, lunch, public transportation, and textbooks for those eligible

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in April

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science, Math
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students age 13-17

Details

The STEM Kids NYC Teen Science Cafe will provide a series of programs that will engage students between the ages of 13-17 in STEAM related activities. Check out their Facebook for more information.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School
What

The S.T.E.M.ulating Minds Summer STEM Camp is designed for middle and high school students who need a little extra help in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For the past 5 years The Parris Foundation has provided FREE STEM Camp's offering extended learning opportunities in:

Math: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus
Science: Earth, Life and Physical Sciences (Including Physics & Chemistry)
Tech/Engineering: Robotics, Programming, Arduinos/Electronics

At our summer program, we work with students on Interactive Math, Coding, STEM Lessons, Educational Games and more...

We are happy to report that (on average) assessment scores improved upwards of 20 points! Yes, two letter grades! Additionally, our metrics show that the average percentage of growth increased by 83% overall.

Who

Middle and High school students

Details

Our FREE Summer session will cover both Math & Technology. Applications should be submitted on or before Saturday July 8th.

Note: several participants from previous sessions will be joining us as part of our continuous improvement lifecycle thus space is limited and applicants should follow-up quickly.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply
Grade Level
High, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
Who

NYC public middle and high school students

Details

The Student Art Program sends open calls for thematic exhibitions for students to showcase their artwork. There are eight exhibition opportunities a year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website for submission deadlines

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

The Student Historian Program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that provides students with vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object- and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world. The summer program runs from July -August. Historians meet twice per week, and interns must commit to attending every session.

Who

10th, 11th, and 12th, grade students in the Tri-State Area.

Details

Application for summer program opens in February and is due in March (note: teacher recommendation is required).

Cost
Free
How to Apply
Grade Level
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

Plus Pool has teamed up with the New York City Housing Authority to offer free swimming lessons to kids aged 8-13 in the East River, Washington, Wilson and Lexington houses.

Who

The swim classes are directed by the aquatics center's director, Warren Perry,and taught by GoSwim.

Details

The next seven class program that teaches basic swimming skills will begin on July 17th at thw Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletic Center on the Upper East Side.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Contact 718-707-7771

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

Free summer camps at Randall's Island Park for children from neighboring communities who are part of Community Organizations

Who

Boys and girls ages 6-12

Details

5-week long camp with activities such as tennis, golf, horseback riding, soccer, and nature lessons at our Urban Farm and wetlands. Priority admission given to children within neighboring communities surrounding Randall's Island Park. Any Community Based Organization is welcome to apply to bring children to our summer camp, only children that belong to Community Organizations may attend. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due by end of June

Grade Level
Location
Manhattan, Queens
Subject Area
Humanities, Science, Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

Six-week internship with the Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center

Who

Juniors or seniors in high school, freshman or sophomores in college who live or attend school in the Bronx or Westchester.

Details

Students are introduced to a variety of careers in the health field and learn about health issues in their communities via lectures, field trips and other health-related activities. Apply with a resume, unofficial transcript and recommendation letter.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Interviews in April after application is received.

Grade Level
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Juniors or seniors in high school, freshman or sophomores in college who live or attend school in Manhattan or Staten Island

Details

Internship placements in hospitals and community-based health organizations, exposure to health careers and community health issues.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Contact the program manager, Mayra Leon, at 212-534-2432 or [email protected] for more information.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan, Staten Island
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students ages 14-18

Details

It is a very small camp with only about 30 students, there are lectures and activities.

Cost
Free, but travel costs not included
How to Apply

Check website foro 2017 signup.

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Summer
Who

Students start in the 2nd grade and continue until they are placed in high school

Details

Students study language arts, math, and science and attend a 6-week summer program. The program admits 250 promising low-income public school students each year from the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Harlem.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are available in January

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends
What

A summer program at 12 colleges in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, including NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University.

Who

High school students over the age of 16 and college undergraduates.

Details

Get experience doing lab research on NASA-funded projects. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a B average in all math and science courses.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in March and must be completed online.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Summer Shakespeare is a five-week summer intensive that is free for qualifying students. Twenty-four students are selected to train five days a week in voice, movement and scene study (50 hours of classes total). The program culminates with a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play. Summer Shakespeare is an intensive program that requires the quick understanding and execution of new skills.

Who

NYC high school students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Priority given to students who have limited access to arts programs.

Details

Summer Shakespeare is a five-week summer intensive for 24 students who train five days a week in voice, movement and scene study. The program culminates with a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play. Summer Shakespeare is an intensive program that requires the quick understanding and execution of new skills.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The summer 2018 program runs July to August. The deadline to apply is June 1. Call the Studio at 212-689-0087 to schedule an interview.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

Free soccer classes to children, 6 years and under

Who

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations

Details

Every Sunday at 10 a.m. during the months of June and July at Calvert Vaux Park at the intersection of Shore Parkway and Bay 46th St. For more information, contact Sara Gambino at 718-259-2828.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Elementary, Pre-kindergarten
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
Who

Recommended for ages 8-14, some sites allow kids slightly older or younger

Details

Parks department staff train kids in sports that include baseball, basketball, flag football, futsal, lacrosse, soccer, speedminton, track, ultimate frisbee and volleyball. It's a drop-in program but registration is recommended - contact the coordinator on the event listing to do so.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Registration not necessary, voluntary registraion with site coordinator

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

The People's Theatre partnered with Fort Tyron Park Trust will be running free theatre workshops in Fort Tryon Park. The workshops were developed to teach children concepts how to play, project, and collaborate.

Who

Open to all elementary aged children

Details

Theatre Fun in the Sun classes will be held on July 25th and August 1st and 8th from 10-11:30 a.m. at Payson Playground, located at the corner of Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue.
There will be a three-day mini-camp that will be held from August 14 to 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

For more information, visit www.ptp.nyc or call 646.398.9062.

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24

Details

Participants work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks, earning $7.25 per hour. Job sites are spread out across all five boroughs and include government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, museums, nonprofits, small businesses and retailers. Participants are selected through a lottery

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in late March.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
Who

Children between the ages of 10 and 16

Details

Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Field trips to a Police Department facility or a City park are also part of the curriculum

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in June

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

One year long, girls-only leadership development program program that includes a summer academy, an internship and a mentorship program

Who

Rising 9th through rising 12th grade girls

Details

Students will learn workplace skills, participate in sports and fitness, college prep, group projects, one-on-one advisories, field trips, and internships. Each participant accepted to the program receives a scholarship covering tuition and all field trips but are responsible for their own travel expense to and from the Summer Academy and their lunch

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in May

Grade Level
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Students ages 12-27 who live or attend school in Manhattan

Details

Students choose from among one-to-one advising, workshops, homework help, tutoring, academic classes, internships, field trips, and special events. Over 750 students participate in the program each year

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due one month prior to the start of each term—in September and January

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Teachoo provides exercises and videos for learning 9th to 12th grade math.

Who

Children above 13 years old

Details

Topics range from Real Numbers and Polynomials to Vector Algebra and Integration.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Go online and begin

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Online
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Incoming high school juniors and seniors

Details

Explore the roles of citizen journalist, digital artist, and educator, 25 students are selected each year. As of 2016 the program is on hold due to staffing shortages, but email [email protected] for updates.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application is due in February

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Teens between 13-18

Details

The Teen Arts Program provides dynamic opportunities for 65 teens – ages 13-18 – to explore the arts academically and professionally. Teens are paired 1 on 1 with a mentor in a creative profession to guide them through the complicated process of creating a portfolio and applying to specialized art schools. Throughout the program, teens also gain real-world experience through company visits and paid summer internships.

Grade Level
High, Middle
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

NYC Teens

Details

Has many programs, some 3-6 months long and others are one-day events. Additional services as well.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Varies by program

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Online, Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students from New York and New Jersey

Details

Attend weekly seminars and performances where kids learn how to evaluate and write about what they see. There are six 10-week sessions every year, each limited to 12 students

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in January. For Spring 2018 program, deadline is Jan. 21, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Teenagers throughout the city

Details

Work in small groups to identify community issues and develop policy proposals. Program is supported by the New York City Council, and each council member may nominate five students to participate. Register in person at individual YMCA locations, listed here: https://register.ymcanyc.org/programs/FP?branch=

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application deadlines vary by YMCA branch

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Young women in high school and college

Details

Build leadership skills by working with accomplished female leaders in the fields of law, business, politics, government, the nonprofit sector, and academia. The 2-week program is followed by ongoing mentoring for participants

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

There are two rounds of applications. The first is due in April and the second in June

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
Who

Boys between the ages of 6-21

Details

Participate in computer classes, attend summer camp, get homework help, and receive dental services at the Boy’s Club. The club has a location in Flushing, Queens and two in Manhattan.

Cost
$5 a year
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Manhattan, Queens
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Students 16-21 years old

Details

Learn about finance, culture, and communications while improving your public speaking skills and learning to write a resume. All students who graduate from the program are placed in paid summer internships at sponsoring companies.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Rolling admissions

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students

Details

Write a 700-1000 word essay about an elected official who chose to do what is right rather than what is easy to enter this contest. Winning essayists receive awards totaling up to $10,000, and the first place winner is invited to accept the award in Boston.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Submissions are due in January

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Students in grades 5-12

Details

Get homework help, take college prep classes, work with a counselor, prepare for high school admission and participate in a variety of other enrichment activities. Students from West Harlem are given first consideration. About 260 students participate in the program each year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing. Request an application by emailing [email protected]

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

The Lower Eastside Girls Club is a community center for girls from the Lower East Side. The center runs various amounts of programs in the arts, stem, leadership, entrepreneurship, wellness for girls from 6th-12th grade. Its vision is to provide its girls with the tool needed to build their future. Girls Club also runs several social venture businesses, the Art+Community Gallery, La Tiendita Fair Trade and Girl Made Gift Shop at the Essex Market, the Farm Girls Community Farmers Market, and the Sweet Things Bake Shop that offer job training and employment for its teens. The organization has recently built New York City’s first and only Girls Club facility- a state of the art $20 million 'green building' that will be able to better serve the hundreds of girls in the community.

Who

6th-12th grade female students from economically disadvantaged areas in Lower Manhattan.

Details

To apply or inquire for further information, call 212-982-1633.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Middle
Location
Bronx, Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Grades 1–8

Details

Eight, independent week-long sessions with hands-on math workshops. Cool math you don’t learn in school

Cost
$860 for one week, with discounts for multiple weeks, extra $100 for early drop off or late pick up (financial aid available)
How to Apply

Applications available starting in December

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students

Details

Contest topics include national and international conflicts. The writer of the top essay receives a $2,500 prize, a trip to Washington D.C. that includes meeting the secretary of state and a full tuition paid Semester at Sea once the student is in college.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Submissions are due in March

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students

Details

Every year more than a thousand students compete. Winners of the NYCSEF will represent Team NYC at the "https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef" to compete to win more than $4 million in awards

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application deadline is in December, and the preliminary round of competition is in March at The City College of New York

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

There are programs for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the 5 boroughs

Details

The Debate League provides free tournaments, resources for debaters, debate teachers and coaches, and comprehensive debate education to all NYC schools and students. To join the Debate League, sign up as a student or a school at the League’s website.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students from all over North America

Details

Solve linguistic problems from dozens of the world’s languages at contests hosted at various sites listed on the NACLO website. No prior knowledge of particular languages or linguistics is necessary.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Register online prior to the event in which you intend to compete. Some events allow walk-ons

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide, Out of NYC
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Preference will be given to senior-level students who cannot reapply for the program

Details

The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school, college, and medical school. These day-long programs are held at different locations nationwide throughout the year. Participants perform mock orthopaedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field. The Perry Initiative will review all applications, and students will be admitted based on the quality of their essays

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Varies on program and location

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends
What

Paid social justice training program

Who

Teenaged youth

Details

THE POINT’s teen community leadership group A.C.T.I.O.N. engages stipend youth activists three times per week from the community who work to identify social and environmental justice issues facing Hunts Point with the goal of developing ongoing youth-led solutions. A.C.T.I.O.N. members receive training in three core areas of leadership, media and environmental policy. The program provides strong academic support throughout the school year and assists with summer internship placement for all A.C.T.I.O.N. participants.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application due early October.

Find the application here: https://thepoint.org/programs/application/

Contact Rebecca Rosado at [email protected] or (718) 542-4139 x.128 for more details.

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

The Point After-School Program offers after school programming in the following areas:
-Literacy
-Homework
-Photography
-Social Circus Arts
-Visual Arts
-Dance
-Music
-Environmental Stewardship
-Theater

Who

K-8th grades

Details

The program includes:
-School Pick-up
-Light Snack
-Homework Help
-Leadership Building
-Academic/Social Goal Setting
-Service Learning

Cost
$275 for school year, with $50.00 non-refundable deposit.
How to Apply

For more information, contact:
Isabel Figueroa
718-542-4139 x 129

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
Who

High school students

Details

Students are grouped in multicultural teams called “posses” and apply to top-tier universities and colleges nationwide through the program, earning full college scholarships if admitted. Students are identified through a unique evaluation method designed to identify young leaders who might be missed by traditional admissions criteria.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The recruitment process takes place between September and December

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

High school students and teachers

Details

RockEDU Presents is a teen science cafe series geared to a high school audience.

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School
Who

The program runs from 7th grade until college placement, apply in 6th grade

Details

TEAK prepares students to thrive at the nation's selective high schools and colleges, and ensures that students graduate from college ready to pursue their goals and positively impact the world. Only 30 students are accepted each year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application information sessions are in November/December. Students may only apply in the fall & winter of 6th grade.

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Public school students ages 12 to 17.

Details

The Summer Institute is organized around a selected text and includes daily visits from guest artists in performance, movement, writing and video. Students are individually mentored by Wooster Group associates. For more information, email [email protected].

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Deadline is in mid-April.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

Places high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer, and provides them with additional programming before, during and after the summer to help them prepare for a legal career.

Who

High school students who will be 16 by June 1, 2018

Details

Students are selected to participate in the program based on personal interviews and demonstrated academic excellence. They are first nominated by their schools and then interviewed at the New York City Bar.

Cost
Paid internships
How to Apply

Application and parental consent form online.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

Teens are invited to pitch in at Brooklyn Bridge Park while exploring and learning more about the environment. Teens Interested in & Dedicated to Environmental Sciences (TIDES) complete community service hours through gardening, seining, coastal cleanup and clearing oyster cages.

Who

Teens age 14 to 18

Details

TIDES runs every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for six weeks, from September 8 to October 13, 2018.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Submit an application online by July 31, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends
Title
Who

Grades 5-8

Details

Math games and exercises to boost lagging skills; kids earn fake dollars to win prizes for good work. Tutors don’t help with homework. Students work exclusively on Top Honors exercises

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing, first come first serve

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Brooklyn, Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Title
What

A free guide to the new 2017 SHSAT

Who

7-8th grade students

Details
Cost
FREE
How to Apply

No application necessary

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Online
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Various ages (pre-k through adult)

Details

Search UNH’s member neighborhood houses to find one near you that offers the program you want. UNH works with 400 neighborhood houses and community centers throughout the city each year

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Uptown Stories inspires kids to to discover and develop their inner voices in a diverse community of writers. Based in upper Manhattan, we offer small-group writing workshops for children ages 8 to 15, led by master teachers and professional authors. To ensure our workshops are accessible to all children, tuition is pay-what-you-can. Uptown Stories creates an exciting, challenging and supportive community in which young authors thrive.

Who

Ages: 8–15

Details

DATES AND TIMES
Various

CLASS SIZE
12

LOCATION
178 Bennett Avenue (189th street)

Cost
pay-what-you-can
How to Apply

For workshop descriptions and to register, go to http://uptownstories.org/writing-workshops/.

Grade Level
Middle, High, Elementary
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

Students in 9th and 10th grades may apply and continue through high school graduation

Details

Get after-school homework help, take Saturday enrichment classes, and participate in the residential UB Summer Academy at Columbia University. About 195 students participate each year

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due one month prior to the start of each term—in September and January

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

All ages (families)

Details

Explore various NYC locations with the Urban Park Rangers. Activities such as camping, hiking, fishing and canoeing are offered. Events that require registration have a lottery system to choose participants.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Not all events require registration, for those that do registration is onging (best to register by 10 days before an event)

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Title
Who

Middle and high school students

Details

Explore the written and oral traditions of poetry, rap and hip-hop forms, song lyrics, and writing for political/social change. Winter, spring, summer, and fall workshops available; apply online.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Anytime. Sign up for as many workshops as you like online

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan, Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities
Schedule
After School
What

Two-week weather camp

Who

Rising 10th-12th graders

Details

Learn about meteorology by launching weather balloons, going inside the radar dome, and going camping. Only 6-12 students are selected

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for summer 2018 are due May 31.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Current high school juniors interested in science and medicine

Details

Teens participate in anatomy labs, meet doctors and med students, and receive college application help. Lunch and money for transportation included

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for summer 2018 due by May 4, 2018

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

High school students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Algebra 2 or its equivalent

Details

Students will learn to explore the theory of numbers by asking thoughtful questions, working out examples, looking for patterns, making conjectures, and finally, proving their results. About 20 mathematically gifted high school students are selected; participants will be provided with free room and board, but are responsible for their own transportation to and from Williams College.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in April.

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Summer
Who

Select elementary schools.

Details

"Club Wingspan is a semester-based program offering 90-minute enrichment classes with an emphasis on the core four artistic disciplines – Visual Art, Drama, Music, and Dance. Each Wingspan Arts class works toward a final presentation, performance or exhibition that represents the skills students acquire and master throughout the semester. At the end of each school year, Wingspan hosts a culminating community event to showcase every student’s talent, creativity and hard work."

How to Apply

Check online to see if your child's school is participating.

Grade Level
Elementary
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

9th-11th graders with good grades

Details

14-month program to test the water, canoe the Bronx River, hike Black Rock Forest, design a research project and take college classes. Earn $1700, 30 hours of community service, and potential high school credit.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are due in early April

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
Who

Ages 7-17 and 18-21

Details

"Inviting young people ages 7-17 and 18-21 to register for the annual World of Money Youth Business Pitch Competition by submitting a 60 second video pitch of your business idea.

During this competition you will get access to networking as well as a chance to win $2,000 to kickstart your business!"

For more information, email [email protected]

How to Apply

Follow instructions online.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Title
Who

Ages 6 to 18.

Details

Lots of programs, workshops and locations across New York.

Cost
Sliding scale.
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Write for YCTeen magazine, and learn memoir-writing and journalism skills from a professional editor.

Who

New York City high school students ages 15-20, with a strong interest in writing

Details

YCTeen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people's lives.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online by Feb. 9, 2018.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

The NASA MAA program offers engaging, hands-on and fun science activities for elementary, middle and high school students. Catch the excitement and engage in STEM activities including StarLab (star gazing), Flight Simulation, Robotics, Mindstorm EV3, Lego, Wind Tunnel, GPS, space mathematics, Liquid Nitrogen ice cream making, Astronaut training, cool Chemistry experiments, NASA STEM education pipeline activities, etc.

Who

Children currently in 1st-10th grades

Details

-On the first day, please arrive by 8.15 am in AC-3D01 for the program orientation and classroom assignments.
-NASA MAA also provides STEM-related information via Family Café and parents/caregivers are highly encouraged to attend workshops and seek out STEM opportunities or relevant information for their kids.
-An overarching goal of the Family Café is to empower parents/caregivers to value strategic importance of STEM education and significance of an early involvement as it relates to future education and career option for their children.
-Light refreshments are available for the participating parents/caregivers.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply
Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

YABC at Jefferson High is an educational and youth development program that provides over-aged, under-credited New York City high school students an alternative pathway to graduation.

Who

Students 17 to 21 years old

Details

The program combines academic classroom instruction, tutoring, career exploration, case management, work-readiness training and subsidized internships. Students attend classes Monday through Thursday from 2:40 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Call 718-566-7156 to register.

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn, Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Young adults between the ages of 16-24 who are unemployed and not currently enrolled in school, GED or employment assistance program

Details

Attend workshops on job readiness, interview techniques, and more. Plus receive one on one job and academic counseling. Earn up to $2,500 during the 14 week internship, with 9 months of follow up services after.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

High school students

Details

Explore the art of playwriting by attending theatrical performances; meeting with playwrights, directors, producers, and cast members; and writing your own play.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application is due in October

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
What

A paid summer employment program

Who

Young people between the ages of 14-21

Details

ECDO also provides educational/employment counseling, job readiness skills, on the job training and referrals. Participants get paid $7.50/hour in the summer program

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are available starting in April

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
Who

New York City high school students, grades 9–12.

Details

Youth Insights Artists programs bring teens together with contemporary artists, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, and think creatively. YI Artists make art inspired by this exchange.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Fill out the online application form by Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School
Who

High school students

Details

View exhibitions, work with artists on studio art or writing projects, and take field trips to different museums. Students receive metro cards to cover the cost of transportation and the art supplies used in their projects, and the more accomplished internship is paid..

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for the fall semester are due in August, and those for the spring semester are due in January

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities
Schedule
After School
Who

Ages 14-21

Details

Students are introduced to the theater culture of NYC and go through trainings focused on ensemble building. There are three sessions offered a year - fall, spring and summer. Fall and spring classes are during after-school hours and on Saturdays, and the summer session is a four-week intensive.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply before your session of choice

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Providing free academic, emotive, and physical enrichment programming to youth and caregivers.

Who

Youth ages 10 - 18

Details

Weekends, At differnt locations, through other organizations or community events.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Apply through website form

Grade Level
High, Middle
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Humanities, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends
Who

All aged students who live in the Bronx.

Details

"Based in one of the world's most diverse and culturally rich cities, Artsmith taps into New York's offerings to provide participants with opportunities to explore and engage the myriad of worldly ideas and ideals right in their own backyard. Artsmith provides interactive projects and activities that allow students to grow in ways that have lasting effects on their lives and communities."

List of programs:

  • Words vs. Pictures - visual and literary arts programs for all ages
  • Beyond Words - book club for middle and high school students
  • Bookworms - book club for elementary school students
  • Photo Narratives - photography program for middle school and high school students
Cost
Free
How to Apply

Register for programs online here.

Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School
Who

Students in grades 4 and up

Details

Learn about history, geography, famous people, events, and almost every imaginable topic through stamp collecting. Sessions are held on Saturdays once a month.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
What

The Girls Initiatives at the YWCA reflect our core belief that empowered girls become empowered women. Designed to inform, engage and inspire girls in New York City to become self- advocates, the goal of our Girls Initiatives is to ensure that every girl gains the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue the education, career and life options of their choice.

Who

Self-identified young women and gender non-conforming youth between the ages of 14 and 18.

Details

The Girls Initiatives are FREE programs open to ALL high-school aged (14-18) self-identified girl and gender non-conforming youth in New York City. There is NO ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT. Programs will be held at the YWCA - Girls Initiatives located at 500 West 56th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

All applications are available through the Girls Initiatives website.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer