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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

"Corner programming - free monthly workshops for children and adults to explore poetry, architecture, and literacy- as a way of keeping our community engaged during the pandemic. These three workshops give our community safe spaces to come together, and furthermore, offers free artistic tools and education to empower them to process their experience through art."

Who

All ages

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Some in-person events do not require registration. Scheduled weekly meeting details can be found in each of the program page.

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Online, Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
What

"Reading and writing go together like superheroes and capes. Write After School students work alongside 826NYC staff and volunteers to build their reading, writing, social-emotional skills, and unleash their imagination as they play and learn about the power of language. Three times per year, students revise their creative writing for publications that are printed in English and Spanish and shared with families, volunteers, and community members at celebratory readings"

Who

"There is a limited amount of space for students (grades 1-5, 6-8) and the programs prioritizes returning students, students who need academic support, and families that demonstrate financial need."

Details

"Space is limited in all 826NYC programs, and we prioritize free programming to the students who need our support most. "

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications and schedules for each grade groups open in August.

Applications for after school programs are also accepted on a rolling basis, depending on space. Fill out this form to express interest.

Space is limited in all 826NYC programs, and we prioritize free programming to the students who need our support most. Write After School is for students in grades 1-8, whose families meet our income qualifications. Students whose families are outside these qualifications may apply separately for Write Away Workshops, Write All About It, and Dungeons & Dragons & Writers, for a low enrollment fee.

Questions? Email programs@826nyc.org

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

A Better Chance (ABC) places high-performing students of color in our nation’s best independent and public schools and supports them on their educational and leadership journeys.

Who

Students, currently in 4th-9th grade, of who identify as Black/African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Multiracial (and you identify with one of the prior ethnicities mentioned).
Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Details

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

Family makes less than $250,000 per year.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

A family should submit an A Better Change application 18 months before. That means child will be 2 grade levels lower than the grade for which they are seeking placement.

The ABC Application is open annually from February 1st through April 15th (Early-decision application due on March 1st).

For more information, email:
recruitment@abetterchance.org

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

ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY is a free After School Program for High School Students Interested in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. Students are mentored by professionals in the design and construction industry who meet as a team weekly during the school year after school.

Who

High school students

Details

ACE GNY is a full year program running from October through May. Our program is split into teams, with each team having around 25 HS students and 15-20 mentors. 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. Teams meet from October through May. To get information about registration, contact the New York office.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

You must login to fill out the application. Check out their mainsite for details about the program/FALL OPEN HOUSE or email GreaterNY@acementor.org!

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

Free classes for eligible students, including OSHA-30, MS Office, and Cable networking.

Who

Any NYC resident 21 and older who has not earned a U.S. high school diploma or equivalency.

Details

Adult Education provides more than 800 Tuition-free classes for eligible students (21 years and older who have not earned a U.S. high school diploma or equivalency) in:

Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
High School Equivalency Preparation (HSE)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Note: Students may be required to pay associated fees for textbooks, certification exams and/or uniforms for specific classes.

Offered in the morning, afternoon and evening classes, Monday through Saturday at more than 175 sites in all five boroughs, including public schools, community centers and faith-based organizations.

Students are welcome to take classes at any of our sites, regardless of the borough in which they live. Important: If a CTE class you desire requires a HS diploma or equivalent, you may dually enroll in Adult Basic Education (ABE).

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Visit one of our Adult Education Enrollment Hubs open Monday-Thursday to learn more about the opportunities available and begin the enrollment process.

If you would like to contact us for more information please call us or email us and someone will help you decide the next step.

Email adultednyc@schools.nyc.gov
Call (646) 481-8227
Or click here to begin the enrollment process

Grade Level
Adult Education
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
What

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.

Who

Middle School and High School Students. Kids must be 10 years or older

Details

We provide the bikes, you bring the kids! Sessions run in April-June and September-October.

Class Size: 10-15 kids (included counselors, whose attendance is required)

For more information, you may also directly contact the program's organizers
Email: rconroy@bike.nyc

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Request for a session online.

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

This 3-week and 6-week Summer Intensive coding program focuses on JavaScript Fundamentals, Game Design, Web Design, Web Development, as well as APLs and Databases. Participants receive hands-on, project-based instruction in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, web development, and design.

Who

High school boys of underrepresented racial or ethnic group.

Details

Eligibility:
Must be able to attend the entire program (3 Weeks or 6 Weeks, Mon-Fri for 4 hours per day)
No coding experience necessary to apply
Identify as Male
High School Students
Able to participate in live 3 hour remote technical sessions and 1 hour career skill sessions
Boys and Young Men of Color

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are open from January 15 to April 19, 2024. Learn more and apply here.

In the meantime, All Star Code recommends to check out their virtual coding challenge, 'Crack the Code'.

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

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

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, must complete Fee Waiver Form. If not, entry fees are $10 per individual entry and $30 per portfolio. Teachers can also register their class; scholarship opportunities are available.
How to Apply

Applications open in September. Deadlines vary between December and January, depending on your region. To see your region's deadline, find your region here.

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

Asian American and immigrant students in grades 6-12 who attend a school in NYC.
For elementary students, only students in grades k-5 attending Apex’s partner schools in NYC (PS 1, PS 2, PS 124, PS 42, PS 130, PS 169).

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. Low cost academic programs include SHSAT and SAT prep. All programs meet on Saturday. For hours and more information, check out their Education page.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Mentees are accepted on a rolling basis but interviews are generally scheduled during the main recruitment period, July– September.
Student sign up

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

Rising High school seniors

Details

Interns learn about the impact of arts administration on live and recorded productions at the Apollo. Interns also develop a concept for our signature summer event, Teen Takeover. A paid opportunity, Interns are assigned to work with Apollo arts administrators for ten (10) weeks to learn how to develop meaningful events and programs.

May change

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Arts Administration internship applications typically open in the Fall and the deadline ranges from January to March. For more information, visit the Internships page.

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

Rising High school seniors

Details

The Apollo Theater Academy High School Internship Program provides high school students with a paid opportunity for professional development as they explore administrative, programming, and production careers in the arts and entertainment industries. Through hands-on training and career development workshops, interns gain experience in a real-world work environment while connecting with industry professionals.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application timings depend on the type of internship program. For more information on type of internship programs, visit the Internships page. Applicants will be considered based on whether they can commit to attending the entire program. The deadline is in January.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
Who

10th and 11th grade students who reside in NYC with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.

Details

This program offers a 10-week research experience in a participating NYU faculty lab with a graduate or postdoctoral student as a mentor. It begins with 4 weeks of remote afterschool workshops, followed by 6 weeks in-person.

ARISE students will receive two weeks of workshops, college advisement and other activities as guidance for the college application process. Research experience in engineering, cyber security, robotics and molecular design fields. A stipend of at least $750 for completing the program.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Online applications open around late November and close early March. Check the Important Dates and Information section on the program website for exact dates. Applicants will have to then attend mandatory lab tours and group interviews in the months of March, April and May. Orientation for accepted students are in late June. Potential applicants must be vaccinated and boosted since program has begun in-person instruction this year; read NYU's policies and COVID protocols here.

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

"From free after-school programs and workshops to paid internship opportunities, MAD immerses teens in the visual arts and the professional world of museums."

Who

Artslife is for rising sophomores and juniors enrolled in New York City public and charter high schools.
RECESS is a paid, week-long, intensive internship program for teens 13 to 18.

Details

"Artslife is a paid summer internship program that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement. Participants are introduced to careers in all sectors of the museum. The first week of Artslife is dedicated to team bonding and introducing the interns to the Museum. During the remaining five weeks, participants work on collaborative projects with Museum staff, local designers, and arts professionals who act as mentors. Artslife interns enjoy firsthand experience and the broadest possible exposure to ongoing museum activities, both public facing and behind the scenes.

RECESS is a paid, week-long, intensive internship program where participants learn about art and art history with other NYC teens, develop and lead peer-to-peer tours, and learn how museums work. The week-long internships take place during NYC public schools’ winter and spring breaks.

MAD's Teen Council is comprised of Artslife and Recess Intensive alumni who share a common interest in art, design, and community engagement. The Teen Council plans events for teens, including Artslab workshops.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Artslife applications are due in late April. Program starts in July and ends in August.
RECESS I and II applications are due in early January. Program runs through winter and spring break, with a final evening event at the end of the program.

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

The Baruch College STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) Academy is a New York State Education Department-funded pre-college program for middle and high school students interested in pursuing careers in the STEM professions. The program invites eligible students to participate in college preparatory workshops, STEM enrichment courses, and receive tutoring for the SHSAT and SAT exams, as well as math and science regents.

Summer program - Monday to Thursday for 4 weeks in July from 9:30 am—2pm. Academic semesters- Saturdays from 9am-2pm.

Who

NY middle and high school students that meet eligibility requirements.

Details

To be eligible for the program, the student fit all categories:

• Enrolled in grades 7 -12 with good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 80 overall, and an 80 or above in both math and science courses.
• A resident of New York State.
• Identify as African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American Indian, and Alaskan Native or qualify as economically disadvantaged based on the household income criteria indicated on their site.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Check website ( https://step.baruch.cuny.edu/how-to-apply/ ) for program information and application timelines. Summer applications are due early May.

For more questions, reach out to Brian Kane, Director of STEP Academy, at 646-312-4298 or email baruchstep@gmail.com

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

Pre-k to Adult

Details

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

Cost
Most events are free.
How to Apply

Ongoing, for many events registration is not required.

Some places have free admission like the Sky Scraper Museum. Day passes are available to enter Community Center at Stuyvesant High School for swimming lessons.
At 6 River Terrance, join in on Parent & Baby Yoga, Morning Meditation, Zumba Jumpstart, Senior Group Exercise, Stories & Songs or even Adult Chorus free of charge. Registration is required due to limited space.

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Sports, Science, Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) is a day camp for kids based on a collaboration of six cultural institutions in the heart of Brooklyn: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo, plus an annual guest partner.

Who

Children between the ages of 7 to 10 years old

Details

Following a different theme each year, campers can visit Brooklyn museums, parks, and the zoo. Traveling primarily by foot, families will recieve the camp schedule on orientation day; you can check out their sample schedule listed on their FAQ page.

Cost
Sliding scale scholarships based on income, deposit of $20 required; full tuition is $800
How to Apply

Online registration opens on February 1 for 2024. Visit the BCAP Summer Camp page for updated dates.

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

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

Who

Eighth Grade and High School students who live or attend school in Brooklyn.

Details

For more information or questions, you can email: legacynetwork@bwcf.org or info@bwcf.org

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

The Financial Literacy 101 summer program is hosted by Believe & Inspire organization whose mission is to empower underserved youth, ages 15-21, to successfully enter the workforce. The Financial Literacy 101 summer program will focus on Personal Finances, Budgeting 101, Banking, Credit, understanding your spending habits, and more. You will leave this program empowered in understanding how money works and left with a great foundation about finances and how to manage them more effectively. The program runs for 6 weeks in the summer. The sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 10am - 11am and will be conducted online via Zoom. For more details, please visit believeandinspire.org/programs.

Who

Youth between the ages of 15-21

Details

Financial Literacy 101 Program (Virtual)
1x week – on Wednesdays
Platform: Zoom
Topics & Outcomes: We cover basics of financial psychology, budgeting 101, banking, credit and its importance, how to manage your money, how to achieve financial stability and understanding your spending habits. Students leave this program empowered in understanding how money works and left with a great foundation about finances and how to manage them more effectively.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications open are typically due in June. To learn more about the topics covered, please email program@believeandinspire.org

Grade Level
High
Location
Online
Subject Area
Math
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. With interactive lessons, created in partnership with Con Edison, about oyster anatomy, NY Harbor’s food web, and our local sewer system.'

Who

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

Details

Learn how and why oysters are a keystone species, NY Harbor's food web, the local sewer system , and marine life identification.

Educators can view free lesson plans, request an Oyster Research Station in a NY Harbor or an oyster tank for the class, register for profesional development workshop or request a tour.

You can contact educate@nyharbor.org for more information and questions.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Citywide, Online
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Bossgirls is a program designed to introduce high school girls (and non-binary folks) to the world of entrepreneurship. Students learn the ins and outs of running a business while working on their own startup idea.
Bossgirls After School, a virtual school year program to all Bossgirls alumni, offering professional development workshops, speaker events, and skills-based workshops.

Who

High school girls/non-binary individuals

Details

This program is for high school girls and those who consistently identify as female and non-binary in grades 9-12.
Bossgirls Summer 2024 is expected to run for five weeks in-person, taking place at The City College of New York (160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031).

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are available in mid-January. The final deadline for 2024 is March 31.

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

This is a ten-year program that prepares middle school students for high school and college through after school and summer programming and mentorship.

Who

Low-income 6th grade students at a NYC public, charter, or parochial school can apply. Student must have an 83% or more in ELA, Math, Science, or Social Studies in their first 6th Grade Report Card.
Student and at least one guardian will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (to participate in final round interview in-person).

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 was due in January 2024 for the 2024-25 school year. Student and family interviews were scheduled for April.

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

Nonprofit organization that offers free programs for underserved middle and high school students that explore high-level mathematical concepts and ways of thinking, rather than school-based math.

Who

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

Details

BEAM Discovery 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 Pathway Program students will live on a college campus for three weeks 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. This is a nine-year program that continues on to high school and college. 80 applicants are chosen from New York City.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Application for summer 2024 is open from January 31 to May 24.
Students who have completed BEAM Discovery are invited to participate in BEAM Pathway Program. Applications from seventh-graders who did not complete BEAM Discovery program can still apply to the BEAM Pathway Program.

From the website: "Please note that you must be in contact with us earlier than the deadline to complete the eligibility form and admissions challenge. After that deadline, we are still able to accept applications for BEAM Discovery, but they will be applying for a seat on our waitlist. This is not the worst case scenario as many of our BEAM alumni have been accepted off the wait-list."

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

"At BHC, we believe that education should be accessible to our community. The Homework Club is a free affinity group that provides staff and resources to participants ages 7 & up to complete homework in a safe virtual environment. Each scholar is assigned to a tutor(s) for the semester & receives assistance based on their weekly needs."

Who

Students ages 7 and up.

Cost
free
How to Apply

Applications are free & available via Google Forms - See Link (https://forms.gle/rmuXbTUsvBfYz2vL8)

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

Children, teens and young adults ages 15-26

Details

A variety of art classes for children and teens, such as abstract painting, introduction to drawing, and teen studio. Classes run on the afternoons and weekends during the school semester. In spring 2024 classes ran from January 8 to March 25.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check their website to apply for classes.

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

Middle School and High School students

Details

"Our free afterschool and summer documentary photography programs teach middle and high school Bronx students to use photography, writing, and research to explore social justice issues and prepare 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 national and international travel. BDC Youth Photo League students and families also participate in extensive college prep programming, including one-on-one counseling, financial aid workshops, and college tours. All materials are provided by the BDC.

Email us at education@bronxdoc.org or BDC Youth Education Manager, Ricardo J. Partida at ricardo@bronxdoc.org
Reach us by phone at 614-254-2234."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check out their programs and summer camps on their website to register.
Virtual open houses take place in the Fall. Programs run from September through May.
Preference is given to Bronx-based applicants but anyone from the five boroughs of New York City. Applicants must attend all classes.
Questions, check out their FAQ page or email education@bronxdoc.org

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer
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
Family Activities are FREE with Garden Admission. Scholarships are available some classes.
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
What

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office high school internship program is for students who are interested in a four-week summer program working with the DA's office and learning about criminal justice and public service. Internships are also available during the school year.

Who

The program is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, who live and/or attend high school in Brooklyn, 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 transcript, a one-page resume, working papers issued by their school, and a 250-word typed personal essay (12 pt. font and double-spaced) on why they are interested in interning with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and how the internship will impact their future career goals.

Cost
Interns receive $150 weekly stipend and a MetroCard.
How to Apply

Applications for the summer internship are open in April and due in May. Deadlines for the spring and winter internships are in January. When open, students must visit: http://apply.brooklynda.org to upload transcript, essay and resume. For questions or assistance, you can call 718-250-3191 or 718-250-4873 or email hsinternships@brooklynda.org

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

Get ready for college—and beyond—in this paid professional development program for rising high school seniors, attending a high school in one of the five New York boroughs (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx). Successfully complete your college applications, visit college campuses, and build your resume as part of a world-class arts institution. Over the course of a year, this exciting program provides professional development that culminates with on-the-job arts administration training.

Who

NYC high school juniors who have a GPA 2.0 or above.

Details

"In this program, students will:

・Go behind-the-scenes at one of the country’s oldest performing arts venues
・Attend weekly workshops and events designed to sharpen their personal, academic and professional vision, voice, and power
・Create a plan for college, a career, and/or training options after high school
・Grow their peer and professional network and engage with BAM professional staff
・Gain exposure to college life through campus tours and college prep coursework
・Get one-on-one support with the college application process
・Improve their public speaking skills, practice interviewing for jobs, create a resume, and build experience in other areas of career-readiness
・Receive college application and SAT fee waiver(s)"

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online and submit supplemental materials, which include an unofficial high school transcript by early June. Further details will be sent in confirmation email upon completion of application.

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn, Online
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

"In this paid internship, New York City teens explore art, education, and museum careers, and build their résumés by working with our teaching artists to assist in classes for students of all ages."

Who

"This program is open to all NYC teens, ages 15–19, who are enrolled in high school as a sophomore, junior, or senior as of the fall. The program will take place in person from September through May.

All Creative Practice teens must be able to commit to the full work schedule:

Thursdays: select weekly meetings, 5–7 pm
Weekends: assisting in one art class for three hours each semester, between October and December, and between March and May
Fridays: occasional teen staff events and field trips, to be determined"

Details

"Creative Practice teens:

  • Meet artists, educators, and Museum staff to see how artistic practices can take many forms and be used to promote social justice and community liberation
  • Connect with like-minded teens from across NYC and collaborate on creative projects relating to museum exhibitions
  • Get training on how to work with audiences of all ages and abilities
  • Discuss topics at the intersection of art, fashion, design, and social justice to make connections between art, ourselves, and our world
  • Make art expressing their own interpretation of those topics
  • Assist in a Gallery/Studio Program art class, including preparing studios and materials, learning techniques for lesson planning, and practicing classroom management
  • Strengthen their communication, collaboration, and organizational skills, and develop a sense of time management and responsibility

Get paid $15 per hour, and work up to 120 hours for the year! Metrocards will be provided for weekend work."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Information for the 2024-25 school year will be posted in June 2024.

"Submit an online application, including a letter of recommendation, by early August. Letters of recommendation can be submitted by a teacher or mentor.

Questions? Email us at teen.programs@brooklynmusuem.org. Join our email list to learn more about free arts programming planned by our teen staff, and follow #bkmteens on Facebook and Instagram.

Interested in taking an art class? Our Gallery/Studio Program offers classes for teens ages 14–17, and scholarships are available."

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Weekends
What

"In this paid internship, New York City LGBTQ+ youth ages 14–19 explore gender and sexuality in art through an activist lens, and work collaboratively to organize programs for other queer and trans youth."

Who

"This program is open to all NYC teens, ages 14–19, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, questioning, queer, intersex, and/or asexual. The program will take place in person from November through June.

All InterseXtions members must be able to commit to the full work schedule:

Tuesdays: Weekly meetings, 5–7 pm
Fridays and weekends: Occasional teen staff events, field trips, and activities, to be determined"

Details

"Teen staff in InterseXtions:

  • Learn about LGBTQ+ social movements and artists working today
  • Meet educators, artists, and curators to learn about art and our collections
  • Share readings and analyze issues of representation in art and media
  • Discuss topics such as feminism, sexuality, and social justice to make connections between art and our world
  • Make art expressing their own interpretation of those topics
  • Dream up, organize, and promote a free, large-scale event for LGBTQ+ teens and their allies
  • Communicate with community organizations and emerging artists and performers
  • Build affirming, joyful community spaces for other queer and trans youth
  • Strengthen their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, advocacy, and media literacy skills, and develop their sense of time management and responsibility

Get paid $15 per hour. Second-year InterseXtions members serve as leaders in the program and are paid $16 per hour. Work up to 75 hours for the year! Metrocards will be provided to support in-person meetings."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

"Submit an online application by October.

Questions? Email us at teen.programs@brooklynmusuem.org. Join our email list to learn more about free arts programming planned by our teen staff, and follow #bkmteens on Facebook and Instagram.

Want to perform at LGBTQ+ Teen Night? Send us a proposal."

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Weekends
What

"In this paid internship, New York City teens immerse themselves in art and art history, and learn about museum education while creating their own lessons for audiences of all ages."

Who

"This program is open to all NYC high school students, ages 14–19, and will take place in person from December 2022 through August 2023.

All Apprentices must be able to commit to the full work schedule:

December 2022–June 2023:

Thursdays: Weekly meetings, 5–7 pm
Fridays: Occasional teen staff events and field trips, to be determined
Weekends: Occasional family events and pop-up talks, to be determined
July–August 2023:

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 9:30 am–4:30 pm"

Details

"Museum Apprentices:

  • Meet artists and curators to learn about art and our collections
  • Discuss critical topics in the field of museum education, such as working with the public school system and the role of museums in social justice movements
  • Connect with education staff and get training on how to teach from artworks, to people of all ages and abilities
  • Assist with family programs like F.A.M. (Family Art Magic)
  • Develop tours and teach camp groups over the summer
  • Learn about education programming in a museum setting, and make connections between art and our world
  • Build public speaking, lesson planning, research, and teaching skills
  • Strengthen their communication, collaboration, and organizational skills, as well as a sense of time management and responsibility

Get paid $15 per hour. Second-year Museum Apprentices serve as leaders in the program and are paid $16 per hour. Work up to 180 hours for the year! Metrocards will be provided to support weekend and summer work."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Submit an online application, including one letter of recommendation, by October 2, 2022. Teachers and mentors can submit letters of recommendation online.

Questions? Email us at teen.programs@brooklynmusuem.org. Join our email list to learn more about free arts programming planned by our teen staff, and follow #bkmteens on Facebook and Instagram.

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

"In this paid internship, New York City teens create teen-led community programming grounded in art and activism, and collaboratively dream up programs, organize activities, and promote youth artists who are changing the world."

Who

"This program is open to all NYC high school students, ages 14–19, and will take place in person from November 2022 through May 2023.

All Planning Committee members must be able to commit to the full work schedule:

Wednesdays: Weekly meetings, 4:30–6:30 pm
Fridays and weekends: occasional teen staff events, field trips, and activities, to be determined"

Details

"Teen Night Planning Committee members:

  • Learn about the social movements and political organizing efforts affecting youth today
  • Meet educators, artists, and curators to learn about art, public programming, and our collections
  • Dream up, organize, and lead free, large-scale events for New York City teens
  • Activate social media to connect teens with art and current events
  • Promote Teen Night and other programs to teens across New York City, especially in Brooklyn
  • Communicate with emerging artists and performers
  • Strengthen their communication, collaboration, time management, organizational, and event-planning skills

Get paid $15 per hour. Second-year Teen Night Planning Committee members serve as leaders in the program and are paid $16 per hour. Work up to 75 hours for the year! Metrocards will be provided to support weekend and evening work."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

"Submit an online application, including a letter of recommendation by September 18, 2022. Letters of recommendation can be submitted by a teacher or mentor online.

Questions? Email us at teen.programs@brooklynmuseum.org. Join our email list to learn more about free arts programming planned by our teen staff, and follow #bkmteens on Facebook and Instagram.

Interested in planning our LGBTQ+ Teen Night? Learn more."

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Weekends
What

Teen programs, book recommendations, & other fun stuff from the Brooklyn Public Library.

Who

Middle School (11-13 year olds), High School (14-18 year olds)

Details

Virtual an in-person programs are available and update regularly.

BPL Teen (14-18) Techies program is LIVE! "By participating, you'll learn new computer skills in a two-week fall technology institute, and then share those skills by helping patrons use library computers. You'll also assist library staff with computer troubleshooting and computer training workshops for the public."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing and open to all. No need to apply. Just click on the bklynfuture Instagram page and check out the offerings.

BPL Teen Techies application can be filled out through the BPL volunteer website page

Grade Level
High, Middle
Location
Online, Brooklyn
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Arts, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
What

"Chickenshed Players are age-grouped inclusive theatre classes for kids and teens of all abilities and backgrounds. Classes are held once a week, on Tuesdays or Saturdays, at the 14th Street YMHA, professional teaching artists help young people learn theatrical skills in an inclusive and nurturing setting, with no auditions. Our goal is to make each young person a successful member of our theatrical community of kids with all abilities and backgrounds. The fall program will conclude with a performance of an original musical."

Who

"All young people, ages 5-7, 7-10, 10-13, &13-18; students who have physical/neurological challenges AND kids who are more typically developing are all welcome."

Details

"Chickenshed NYC is an inclusive musical theatre company. Our mission is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change.

At Chickenshed everyone is welcome, everyone is valued, and together we produce remarkable theatre. Our approach to inclusivity is grounded in the belief that everyone can flourish when everyone is included. We believe that creative activities, self-expression and performance should be available to anyone who has the desire, no matter their background or circumstances."

Cost
"*Up to 90% financial assistance and payment plans available upon application"
How to Apply

Programs are semester long; in Spring 2024 they were from January to June. Browse programs and apply on the Chickenshed NYC website.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Weekends
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
How to Apply

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

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

Children ages 3-12 and their families

Details

As part of the Central Library, the CLDC exhibits include a bug viewer and activities about magnets, sound, and mirrors. The Center also offers virtual research, report, and homework help from 2 to 11 p.m.

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
What

"The program invites middle school students to become actively involved in our marine ecosystem with hands-on learning in parks along the New York City waterfront. Participants will learn about everything from water ecology to quality, urban waterfront restoration to preservation, sparking excitement and passion for conserving our coasts and waterways."

Who

Grades 6-8

Details

"COASTAL CLASSROOM SUMMER INSTITUTE: A five-week program, from July to August, for children to get hands on experience in learning how to explore and care for NYC's aquatic habitats at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, Monday through Thursday.

COASTAL CLASSROOM AFTER SCHOOL: This program, which runs from March to June, is designed to create meaningful relationships between students and their waterfront parks. Students will participate in hands-on exploratory activities such as data collection on shoreline creatures, fishing, and rowing/canoeing. They will build their curiosity for the natural environment and develop knowledge and skills in science with a focus on coastal ecology, water quality, urban waterfront restoration, and preservation."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The Summer Institute application opens in June

The After School 2022-23 program begins in March and ends in June.

For more information, contact Luis Gonzalez, Associate Director of Environmental Education; lgonzalez@cityparksfoundation.org.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Brooklyn, Queens, Online
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

STEM-education program of the City Parks Foundation that includes environmental science programs for middle school girls throughout New York City.

Who

Middle school girls ages 10–13

Details

STEM program focused on teaching environmental science through hands-on projects that can include data science, technology, games, and field trips. Location may be subject to change.

Summer: 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday), 6 hours per day, 5 weeks total (July-August), up to 40 applicants for Bronx and Manhattan locations as of Summer 2022.

After School: Program runs from February to June, check out their website for more information.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Summer Institute's applications are due in June.
AfterSchool's application are due in January.
For more information on CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING, please contact Program Manager Mayra Sanchez, msanchez@cityparksfoundation.org and Necia Clarke, nclarke@cityparksfoundation.org, Associate Director of Youth Development.

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

Children ages 8-16

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 are due before program starts in the fall and spring

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

"Summer Beginner Parks Program is offered at CityParks Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, Golf Center Annex in Flushing, Queens or at Beach 30th Street in the Rockaways. It runs for six-weeks, meeting once weekly, in July to August. Students are invited to continue to learn and play at our CityParks Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn or at Golf Center Annex in Flushing, Queens.

Junior Golf Center, located next to the Dyker Beach public golf course in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is a comprehensive training facility that offers free instruction , practice time and use of equipment for all ability levels. Classroom discussions on life skills, healthy habits and core values complement skill-building. Weekly sessions are held for 7 weeks in Spring, Summer and Fall. For more information, visit Junior Golf Center web page.

Junior Golf Center Annex at the Flushing Meadows Park Pitch and Putt golf course offers free instruction and use of equipment for beginners and select intermediate golfers. Participants have access to a netted driving range, practice green, and an 18 hole Par-3 course. Lessons will be held once a week for 7 weeks in Spring, Summer and Fall, as of 2022. For more information, visit Junior Golf Center Annex web page."

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

Summer applications open in June and are due before the class sessions begin in July. Junior Golf applications open in March and April.
Check website for availability or call 718) 760 6999 for information.
For up-to-the-minute program updates, please visit our Twitter page.

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

Children ages 8-12

Details

"Summer beginner program teaches kids of all levels the basics of soccer through informal play and instruction. At the end of the summer, select participants are invited to compete in a one-day tournament. This program accommodates organized camps and youth groups at specific sites if/when space is available and on a “first-come basis.” Program meets twice a week during the summer. Apply by location."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check website, availability depends on location; Summer Soccer program in the Rockaways at Beach 30th Street has a seperate application. You can call 718) 760 6999 for information.
For up-to-the-minute program updates, please visit our Twitter page.

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

Providing free tennis instruction to thousands of kids ages 6-17 each year in more than 30 parks throughout the five boroughs.

Who

Ages 6-17

Details

"Summer Beginner Program is from July to August, meeting twice a week for children ages 8-10 years old, followed by ages 11-13 and then 14-17. Instruction for intermediate-level players is also available at select sites.
BNP Paribas Aces Tennis program is a winter program, where dedicated Intermediate-level Junior players get a chance to receive free indoor training in a small group setting, year-round.
Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy, another year-round program, is a tournament training program for advanced junior players providing free, expert coaching and practice time at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. "

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

"Summer applications open in June and are due before the class sessions begin in July. Once the program begins, the site director will provide more specific schedule information for that park. BNP Paribas Aces Tennis program admits participants that were registered in the summer CityParks Tennis program.
Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy tryouts are held annually in May and are open to competitive juniors ages 8-17. For more information or questions about the Lacoste Junior Tennis Academy please contact sports@cityparksfoundation.org.

Check website for availability or call 718) 760 6999 for information. For up-to-the-minute program updates, please visit our Twitter page.
"

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

"College and Career Lab is a tuition free, six-year program offered as a multi-week intensive during the summer along with Practice Lab sessions during the academic year to progressively prepare students to succeed in their chosen post-secondary education and career paths.

We offer New York City middle and high school students the opportunity to explore a variety of academic pathways and ‘try on’ careers. Through two stages, Exploratory and Immersive, CCL scholars dive into college-style lectures and intensive workshops led by New York University faculty ranging from Neuroscience to Philosophy and everything in between. Scholars network with industry professionals and get to experience what it would be like to be an Immigration Lawyer, Physical Therapist, Game Designer, and more. Through each stage and Practice Lab students receive introductory courses, mentorship, advising, and a specialized CCL curriculum to enhance soft skills and prepare for the college application or career entry process."

Who

Current 7th and 8th grade students

Details

"Students can only be admitted to CCL during the Exploratory Stage. Afterward, those that have previously participated in the Exploratory Stage are invited to join the Immersive Stage for specialized courses and preparation during their high school career."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application opens early January and closes at the end of March.
Admissions Decisions are given mid-May. You can view March 2022 info. session in English and Spanish.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
What

"College Now is a FREE college transition/dual enrollment program for New York City Department of Education high school students; a partnership was formed between CUNY and the NYC DOE to expand College Now to all CUNY undergraduate colleges. College Now students can start their first semester in college with up to fifteen college credits – or, at minimum, begin college without remediation. On average, College Now alumni transfer more credits to CUNY (6.50 vs. 1.50), earn more credits in their first semester (11.10 vs. 8.50), and have a higher GPA after their first semester when compared to students who did not participate in the program. The academic momentum they gain persists through graduation as College Now alumni have a fourteen percent higher three-year associate degree and five percent higher six-year bachelor’s degree completion rate in CUNY than those who did not participate the program."

Program applications for Summer 2024 will be posted in March. Application deadlines range from late April to early June. Most programs have a “first-come” application process, so it is recommended to apply starting in March when program information is posted.

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.

Search for your College Now High School Contact; if you cannot find your high school and/or contact in the search section, you can email collegenow@cuny.edu
Partner schools will have the name of the College Now liaison (contact) who will help you enroll in a course. If a liaison is not listed, or if you school is not partnered with a program, you can contact the College Now program in which you want to participate directly.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Arts, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
Summer, Weekends, After School
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. In-person and online options are available, mode of instruction is subject to change due to COVID-19**.

Who

Current 11th- and 12th-graders in NYC public high schools, including undocumented NYC public high school students and NYC home-schooled students with an OSIS#.

Details

The program typically runs during the fall and spring semester.
Fall classes run from late August to mid-December. Spring classes run from late January to mid-May.

Summer Liberal Arts Institute runs for a month, from early July to early August.
** Proof of Vaccine and Booster is required upon acceptance.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for these programs open in October. Summer programs deadline are in June. Check out their website for more information.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
Summer, Weekends, After School
What

"College Now is a FREE college transition/dual enrollment program for New York City Department of Education high school students; a partnership was formed between CUNY and the NYC DOE to expand College Now to all CUNY undergraduate colleges. College Now students can start their first semester in college with up to fifteen college credits – or, at minimum, begin college without remediation. On average, College Now alumni transfer more credits to CUNY (6.50 vs. 1.50), earn more credits in their first semester (11.10 vs. 8.50), and have a higher GPA after their first semester when compared to students who did not participate in the program. The academic momentum they gain persists through graduation as College Now alumni have a fourteen percent higher three-year associate degree and five percent higher six-year bachelor’s degree completion rate in CUNY than those who did not participate the program."

Who

Classes are geared toward current 10th, 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 July; spring applications due in December. Applications submitted after deadline will be considered on space availability.

Applications open in March for summer programs, June for Fall Programs, and October for Spring.

"Applicants will receive a follow-up a week after the deadline for students to RSVP; Students who do not RSVP by this date will be dropped from the program, NO EXCEPTIONS!

MANDATORY Orientation for those who have not taken a College Now course at Hunter College before. Students who miss orientation will be dropped. NO EXCEPTIONS! Returning students are NOT required to attend (but are more than welcome to do so)."

View the Application Info page or the FAQ Page for Prospective Students for more information for more information.

Questions, you can email College Now Coordinator, Mr. Erlyn Mendez at emmendez@hunter.cuny.edu or call (917) 633-7189. As well as the email Assistant Coordinator, Ms. Omyra Gonzalez at omgonzal@hunter.cuny.edu or call (551) 333-3047.

Best way to contact the College Now staff is through email or Zoom.

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

High school students from NY, NJ, CT who live within a 75-mile radius of the Columbia campus. Students are expected to have a background in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and probability, together with some knowledge of elementary science subjects.

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
300$ fee per semester ($50 non-refundable application fee/ fee waiver); tuition waivers are available for for students with documented financial hardships; waivers will be granted after the admissions process.
How to Apply

Applications are due mid-April. Entrance Examination Date Selection for students is due mid-May. Entrance Examination Dates run during multiple weekend dates in May and June.

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

The Youth Music Series provides young people with a non-competitive, non-judgmental opportunity to share their music and bring joy to people in need.

Students who perform through Concerts in Motion will have an opportunity to practice their repertoire, gain experience performing for an older audience and acquire volunteer service hours. Young performers can use music to make a difference in someone’s day.

Who

Young people ages 4 - 22

Details

Contact us to learn more about the Youth Program and how to get involved.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Visit 'Our Virtual Concerts', where 'you and your loved ones can enjoy the music you love, from anywhere in the world.' Sign Up today!

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Citywide, Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
What

Design Hive is a paid, youth-led after-school initiative at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. High school juniors and seniors dive deep into design objects and processes to develop their own collaborative projects. From November through May, students meet at the museum after school once a week.

Who

High school juniors and seniors

Details

Design Hive is a paid, youth-led initiative at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. High school juniors and seniors dive deep into design objects and processes to develop their own collaborative projects. Along the way, they will learn how designers move from an initial idea to final design!

In Design Hive, knowledge is co-created. Students share their skills, receive mentorship from working designers, and are offered access to the museum’s exhibitions, objects, and people. The group works together to design a world that is more responsible, equitable, and collaborative.

Design Hive takes place on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Students must be based in the NYC area to apply. Participants must attend weekly program dates and be available to meet virtually or at Cooper Hewitt (2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128).

The program begins in November and ends in late May. Students will receive a stipend of $2,000 for their participation, paid in two $1,000 payments during the program.

Applications for will be posted on the program website each August/September.

Cost
Free. It is a paid program, students recieve a $2000 stipend paid out in $1000 increments throughout the program.
How to Apply

This is an annual program that aligns with the school year. Applications for will be posted on the program website each August/September.

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

"For the past 20 years we have awarded over 2 million dollars in cash prizes, school supplies and free books. You and your students can share in the rewards by entering our writing competitions. We have writing contests for elementary school students and middle school students."

Who

Students in grades K-9

Details

'Students compete against their peers in both age and location. Writing contests are open to the U.S. and are broken down by grade divisions: (K-3), (4-6), (7-9).
Awards given to teachers and students include top ten winners receive $25 and a free book and teachers earn classroom supplies.'

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Summer deadline is August 11th, 2022.
Fall and Spring are due in early December and April, respectively.

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

"Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CrEST) from NYU Tandon’s Center for K12 STEM Education introduces middle school students to circuity, electronics, mechanical systems, physical computing, robotics and other STEM disciplines through hands-on, lab-based demonstrations, experiments, and projects that offer important learning experiences.
Students will get the chance to attend 1-week workshops that focus on hands-on computer programming and engineering a variety of interactive devices. Middle school students will be introduced to 3D modeling, design, simulations, and animations by providing a cross-disciplinary approach to rendering real-world objects and ideas in a 3D environment. Students advance from 2D sketches and Tinkercad to Autodesk Fusion 360. These workshops will vary from week to week and follow various exciting themes."

Who

Students who are entering 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in September 2022.
CrEST will be offered in-person and will remain flexible in our response to developments related to COVID-19 and plans can of course change. The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our visitors is NYU's first priority, and you can read about the University's responses and reopening. If we are unable to conduct this program on campus as planned, changes to program format will be communicated promptly.

Details

CrEST is free to attend and program runs (approximately 9:00am to 3:30pm) with early morning drop off at 8:30am, five days a week.
The campus is located at 2 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.
Students must bring their own food or have money to purchase lunch. 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

New students start by July; review the website for current deadline.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Math, 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

"NYC 10th and 11th graders interested in exploring careers in the arts (future professional artists, curators, art critics, publishers, and more).

This program is best suited for students who have basic knowledge or proficiency with and feel comfortable expressing themselves through artistic medium(s)."

Details

Participants meetup to investigate the contemporary art world, develop professional skills, and produce a group exhibition in CUE’s gallery space. Classes will meet once a week for two hours weekly after school from 4:30 - 6:30pm; dates for Fall/Winter 2022 will be announced soon.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for the the Fall/Winter 2022 Program will be announced soon.
Interested students apply online by filling out a questionnaire and submitting 1-3 work samples.

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

The program is open to New York City high school students in grades 10 and 11 who are interested in exploring careers in the arts (future professional artists, curators, art critics, publishers, and more). While not required, this program is best suited for students who have basic knowledge or proficiency with one or more artistic mediums, and who feel comfortable expressing themselves through artistic practice.

Who

High school students with a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for the visual arts

Details

Students will be provided with materials budgets for the production of their artwork during the Winter/Spring session, and MTA metrocards can be requested by those in need of funds for travel.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Registration takes place in mid-August and closes end of September.
Application includes a "Biography (maximum of 250 words), at least three artwork samples in any medium, Written application (short answer and multiple-choice prompts)".

For more information about the CUE Teen Collective, please contact info@cueartfoundation.org.

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

"The STNYC Summer Intensive is a 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲-𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 for high school students to explore careers in the music industry. The program is open to current 9th, 10th & 11th grade NYC Public School students who will be entering 10th, 11th & 12th grade in Fall 2022.

STNYC empowers young people as they explore how to turn their passion for music into a possible profession in New York City's thriving music industry. Addressing gender equity, supporting inclusion and building leadership skills in the music industry is a core part of this summer program that includes hands-on activities in music production and field trips to venues and sound production studios.

Cohort members participate in workshops focusing on sound engineering and production, music business and management, as well as leadership and communication skill-building using CAT's applied theatre strategies for engaging in topics around equity, critical thinking, self-efficacy, community-building and professional growth. Cohort members will also receive opportunities to engage with music industry professionals through mentorship and panels."

Who

The program is open to current 9th, 10th & 11th grade NYC Public School students who will be entering 10th, 11th & 12th grade in Fall.

Details

Check back for 2023 Summer Application in May.
Creative Arts Team is located at 101 W. 31st Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10001 and will run from Monday to Friday 9AM-3PM

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Online and downloadable applications are available on www.soundthinkingnyc.org
You can view Summer 2022 application as reference.

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

"CAT Youth Theatre companies meet weekly to explore their ideas and to build their skills through: theatre games & exercises, improvisation, scen development & rehearsals, and critical reflection & discussion

Each spring, the CAT Youth Theatre company (young people in high school) presents a full production of an original work in a professional venue.

Three times a year, the Junior Youth Theatre company (young people in middle school) present original work at the CAT studio"

Who

Middle and high school students

Details

"CAT Youth Theatre (9th through 12th grade) meets on TUESDAYS from 4pm-6:30pm
CAT JUNIOR Youth Theatre (6th through 8th grade) meets on WEDNESDAYS from 4pm-6:30pm
No theatre experience is necessary. Youth Theatre members are expected to attend every week. If a member must miss a session, they are responsible for informing us.
Weekly sessions are held at CAT's midtown studios and are wheelchair accessible. All participants joining for in person sessions must be fully vaccinated."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Students are admitted on a first come, first serve basis. An application form can be found on the website or call 212-652-2828.

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

"The Team Tech Challenge is a free, four-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 a prize!"

Who

Rising high school seniors

Details

Questions: email earlyid@deloitte.com or visit the Team Tech Challenge website.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check out their events page for the current Teen Tech Challenge session.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide, Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
Title
What

"The purpose of Delta Prep is to provide free tutoring and mentoring to 1st and 2nd generation immigrants, and children who come from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the program, we hope to assist students in gaining admission into one of NYC's eight specialized high schools (other than LaGuardia High School)."

Who

Any middle school student planning on taking the SHSAT.

Details

"The Delta Prep Free SHSAT Tutoring and Mentoring program runs 3 hours a week for 8 weeks each summer."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check the website for the application sign up form as well as the volunteer sign up form.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Online, Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Math
Schedule
Summer, Weekends
What

"Make a difference in the lives of seniors as a DOROT Teen Intern!

Each school year DOROT welcomes high school students in ninth through twelfth grades to receive high-quality training and leadership development while volunteering in small groups. This is a unique opportunity for ongoing community service that meaningfully connects teens with older adults one afternoon per week through friendly phone calls, intergenerational workshops and creative arts programming."

Who

9-12 grade students.

Details

"In Fall 2022 we will be offering internship and volunteer opportunities both virtually and in-person at DOROT.

Some examples of DOROT opportunities for Teen Interns include Home Visits (Weekly), Brain Games (Weekly; through Zoom), Creative Conversations about Breaking Down Bias, Art Workshop (No art experience is necessary. All materials provided.)

Time Commitment: Interns volunteer one afternoon per week, Monday through Thursday. Each activity has a unique start date and time commitment.

Location: Interns can volunteer either in-person at DOROT’s office at 171 West 85th Street or online through the Virtual Circles Program"

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Requirements: Application and group interview on Zoom.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL SEMESTER WILL OPEN IN AUGUST 2022.
Questions? Contact us at teens@dorotusa.org.

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

"DOROT’s Intergenerational After School Chess program fosters a setting where wisdom and curiosity meet face-to-face, building mutually beneficial relationships in the process. Once a week during the academic year (in both our Manhattan and Westchester locations), students in grades 6 - 12 and seniors teach and learn chess from one another. The program enables all participants to play chess, share stories and create meaningful intergenerational connections.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the DOROT Intergenerational After School Chess Program will continue to operate as a virtual program."

Who

Students in grades 6-12 who know how to play chess

Details

Time Commitment: Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Winter/Spring 2022 Application is now closed, check back in the fall 2022 Dorotusa.org/chess

Requirements: Application and phone interview

Next steps: Complete the application to join the Intergenerational Chess Program

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Humanities
Schedule
After School
What

"With four programs and three 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 bring vital social connections to older adults. Through one of our four summer teen internship programs, you can develop leadership skills and engage in meaningful programs with older adults. Through a variety of intergenerational activities – including discussion groups, home visits, creative arts and tech assistance – you can give back to the community this summer while earning over 112 community service hours. All DOROT intern programs are free.

Following COVID safety recommendations and making plans for in-person programming in Summer 2022. The internship will be a hybrid; two to three days a week in-person and one or two days will be virtual. Interns will need to travel to their internship location. Teen Interns need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including booster shot.

Watch these videos about session 1 or session 2 of the program 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. Programs can be virtual or in-person.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Typically receive over 400 applications, students are encouraged to apply early, as positions will likely fill prior to final deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in December and ending in June. Interns can only participate in one session each summer. Applicants select a session preference on the application form. All applicants are required to participate in a group interview.

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

DREAMChasers is a free test prep and mentoring program for the NYC Specialized High School Test.

Who

7th grade students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds

Details

DREAMChasers is a free test prep and mentoring program for the NYC Specialized High School Test for 7th-graders.
Students will receive:
  ·  10 months of tutoring from Khan’s Tutorial;
  ·  Weekly tutoring on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings;
  ·  Over 200 hours of free test prep
  ·  A student mentor;
  ·  A professional mentor;
  ·  Career development opportunities.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Students register to the program are automatically scheduled to take a virtual diagnostic practice exam. Applicants must submit application and take practice exam to be considered.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan, Online
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. Programs are offered afterschool and in the summer. For more information reach out to Gloria Viveros, Program Manager at gviveros@dreamyard.com.

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
What

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

Who

Children enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Details

For more information contact to Leondria Godfrey, MINIs Program Manager at lgodfrey@dreamyard.com.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

See www.dreamyard.com/artcenter for more details or find application in English; o en español

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.

Who

K-5 students who reside in East Harlem or attend school in East Harlem. Students must maintain an 80 percent attendance rate at the program and attend EHTP’s summer session.

Details

The program meets four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check out their home page for the application. For more information or questions, contact Tarik Bell at tbell@ehtp.org

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

"East Harlem Tutorial Program offers a year-round, college-readiness program for middle school students that provides young adults with academic support, engaging enrichment programs, and a caring community. All EHTP after-school programs are currently tuition-free with admissions preference for residents of East Harlem. Course offerings include: Creative Writing, Coding, Dance, Digital Art, Comic Book Club, Photography, Theater."

Who

Middle School (6-8) students who reside in East Harlem or attend school in East Harlem. Students must maintain an 80 percent attendance rate at the program and attend EHTP’s summer session.

Details

The program meets four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check out their home page for the application. For more information or questions, contact Patrick Henry Middle School Program Manager, Porsalin Hindsman, at phindsman@ehtp.org or Scholars Middle School Program Manager, Lisbet Henriquez, at lhenriquez@ehtp.org

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Arts, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

"-High School Program is a year-round postsecondary readiness program for students in grades 9-12 that focuses on skill-building and supporting students in preparing to reach their college and career goals. The program promotes postsecondary exploration via targeted classes and mentoring during senior year, a broad variety of elective classes in the STEAM disciplines, internship advising and placement, and socio-emotional support. Classes are project-based electives with an academic enrichment component designed to promote postsecondary readiness. Typical elective course offerings include: Coding, Photography, Real Talk, Robotics, Writer's Collective (creative writing).
-High School Summer Institute is offered for rising 9th and 10th graders in a four-week program designed to help students build community with each other and prepare for the academic year. Students participate in classes such as HS readiness, college readiness, financial literacy, and civic engagement. Students who successfully complete the program earn a summer completion grant in August.
-Postsecondary access courses include: SAT Prep for current juniors, College Mentoring Program Y1 for current seniors, College Writing for current seniors"

Who

High School (9-12) students who reside in East Harlem or attend school in East Harlem.

Details

"Each semester, students can sign up for a variety of electives, including: creative writing, coding, Robotics, and photography. Juniors are registered for our free, in-house SAT Prep classes, and seniors participate in targeted workshops and weekly mentoring sessions designed to support them in researching and applying to colleges or workforce learning programs. After graduation, students transition into our Success programming, and receive a full range of support to ensure postsecondary persistence and success.

Beyond elective and postsecondary readiness classes. eligible High School Program participants can apply for paid internships at EHTP, where they participate in professional development sessions and gain valuable work experience supporting our teaching staff in our elementary and middle school programs. We also offer tutoring services on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, for students who are enrolled in High School Program."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check out their home page for the application. For more information or questions, contact Maya Banks, High School Program Coordinator, or Christina Morales, Postsecondary Access Director at enrollment@ehtp.org

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

" The New Edgies Teen Center is committed to empowering New York City teens ages 13-18, ensuring that they have the skills, resources, and opportunities to achieve their full potential. While in our program, Edgies teens receive individual guidance from highly-qualified staff as well as access to immersive professional studios, academic enrichment including college prep, sports and recreation activities, and leadership development programs. The College & Career Readiness Program ensures that under-served students in Downtown Manhattan have the resources and support to access college and to succeed once they’re there. Many of our teens are the first in their families to go to college. "

Who

New York City teens ages 13-18

Details

FALL and SPRING activites may vary. Schedule of program may be as followed:

"Snack and Community Time: Students take time to relax and enjoy a snack while getting to know their fellow Edgies members. Staff are available for students who have something on their mind or need support, advice, resources, or help problem-solving.

Homework Help: Having trouble with your homework or school projects? Homework help provides members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework. Dedicated staff and volunteers support participants in achieving academic success. One-on-one tutoring is available by appointment; if interested please speak to an Edgies staff member.

SAT Prep: Students strengthen their test-taking skills to increase their chances of getting into their top college. This free intensive program familiarizes students with SAT Math and English content aligned to the newly redesigned SAT Exam. Sessions consist of group instruction with highly qualified SAT instructors.

Mentoring: Volunteers work one-on-one with participants helping them to realize their strengths, work towards their goals, build confidence and independence. Mentors also support participants in becoming college ready through assistance in creating a college list, searching and applying for scholarships, editing their personal statement and more. Students learn about volunteers’ career trajectories and how to job search successfully. Volunteers include Educational Alliance staff, community members, recent graduates, and staff from corporate partner organizations such as Facebook, The New York Times, NYU, Barclays, Deloitte, and BlackRock. Students must participate in senior advisory to be eligible for senior mentoring.

Keystone Club: Keystone Club provides leadership development opportunities for young people. Teens participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, teens learn how to have a positive impact on members, the Club and their community.

Open Gym: Teens can use this unstructured gym time to improve their jump shot, speed, and confidence on the court or jump into a scrimmage with friends! They can also unwind from their week while playing volleyball, jump rope, or dodgeball.

Real Talk: Participants meet to explore and discuss issues of importance in their lives. Teen facilitators and guest speakers will guide each session to be fun, informative, and practical. Through youth-led conversations and activities, teens will foster a social community of peer support and continuous growth."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply on the website on a rolling basis.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Science, Sports
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

"Explainers are high school students who have been accepted into a competitive internship program and work as volunteer educators in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Explainers learn about nature and plant science in order to become environmental educators for children and families, traditionally by exploring the Garden, but also using new digital tools. "

Who

High school students

Details

Teens volunteer virtually and onsite in the Everett Children's Garden for a minimum of 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 have the opportunity to apply to this program, which is held in the Spring and in the Fall. "If your application is submitted after the deadline, it will be considered for the next available session. If you would like to update your application, you may submit a new one at any time."

Recruitment for the Spring 2023 onsite Intern Explainer Session begins in OCTOBER. Participation in the Explainer Program group interview and February–June 2023 volunteer season is contingent on students proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Open House:
Saturday, November 12, 2022; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
RSVP required. Send RSVP to explainers@nybg.org by November 1, 2022

Spring 2023 Application Deadline:
Monday, November 21, 2022; 11:59 pm

Internship In-person Interview Dates:
11 a.m. in the Children’s Garden
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Saturday, December 17, 2022

Spring 2023 Virtual Intern Orientation:
Wednesday, January 18, 2023; 7 p.m.

Mandatory Online Intern Training (Attendance required to all training days):
February 4–5 & 11–12, 2023; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Internship (4.5 hour shift, weekends):
February–June 2023

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

"The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 10 or more years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology."

Who

Grades K-12, must be currently enrolled in and attending a public, private,
or home school in the United States or Canada. Teams must submit only one project per year

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, be sure to check it out thoroughly: Brochure | Sample/Past Projects | Project Format

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Projects must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST, on January 31, 2023.

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

NYC Teens

Details

Digital Day Camp (DDC) is Eyebeam’s longest-running program. DDC is an intensive, multi-week, youth arts, and technology program for approximately 20 NYC public high school students.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

For more information about learning programs, email info@eyebeam.org
You can also stay updated by following on Facebook or Twitter

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

"Cool Culture works exclusively with early childhood programs in underserved communities: Child Care, Head Start, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs and in select Title I public elementary schools. "

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."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

"Families must sign up through their school or childcare programs, not through Cool Culture. Your family is eligible for a Family Pass ONLY if you have a child attending a school or early childcare program that is currently enrolled with Cool Culture. Please ask your school or child care center’s Cultural Liaison (sometimes known as a parent coordinator) about whether they offer Cool Culture’s Family Pass."

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
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. For more information about programs for families, call 212-650-3961 or email familyprograms@metmuseum.org 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.

For questions about the virtual classes or the limited number of scholarships available, email familyprograms@metmuseum.org or call 212 570-3961.
Children's Classes (2-12) are in the Spring. Apply for a scholarship here.

Access accommodations are available, free of charge, by request with at least one week's notice. Contact access@metmuseum.org or 212-650-2010.

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School
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 June. Check out their LinkTree or Instagram.

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn, Online
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer, 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

"-Currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade and have an interest in urban environmental issues and aptitude for rigorous fieldwork
-16 years old by June 15, 2022 and a New York City resident eligible to work in the United States"

Details

"While most internships take place onsite, some take place virtually. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire summer may be conducted virtually, at Wave Hill’s discretion, with room for independent outdoor work in students’ neighborhoods.

The Forest Project has engaged countless New York City youth in ecological restoration and urban ecology since its inception in 1981. 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 dynamic, field-based coursework."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

"Two-Step Application Process

You must complete both of the following steps:

Complete Wave Hill’s application (including the essay questions).
Apply to New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) lottery at https://application.nycsyep.com/. You must put down Children’s Arts & Science Workshops, Inc. (Bronx) or The Children's Aid Society as your provider* when applying to the SYEP lottery, or your application will not be considered:
* Important: You can only apply to SYEP through one provider. Once you submit your application, your choice of provider cannot be changed. It is imperative your selection is the provider listed above to be considered for Forest Project.

Please note:

Acceptance into the Forest Project program does not require winning a slot in the SYEP lottery as long as the applicant applies with the provider listed above.
Wave Hill selects candidates based on the quality of applications and interviews.
Acceptance into SYEP does not guarantee acceptance into Forest Project. If you are not accepted, your SYEP provider can likely place you elsewhere."

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx, Online
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

The New York Public Library helps adult students improve their communication skills in English. We offer two types of English classes, available at more than 40 libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

These are series-based classes, held year-round in 10-week cycles. Most classes meet two days each week, for two hours each day. Select classes meet on Saturday mornings for four hours. Classes are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students. To register for classes, click https://www.nypl.org/events/classes/esol/english-classes.

Or sign up for our Informal English Conversation Classes: We Speak NYC
Sign-up opens 2 weeks before each class!
Discover our full calendar of classes here: https://www.nypl.org/events/classes/calendar

Who

ESOL Classes: for non-native speakers to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Adult Basic Education Classes: for students who already speak English but want to improve their reading and writing.
English for Work Classes: for Intermediate and Advanced speakers looking for work or already employed and want a better job.

Details

Please note:
- Classes are open to adults.
- Testing is required for placement.
- Documentation is not required.
- Space is limited.
- Children are not allowed at registration.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

At the Information Session, you will make an appointment to register for classes.

View our schedule of upcoming Information Sessions. For the most current information available regarding these classes, please ask at your local branch.

Grade Level
Adult Education
Location
Citywide, Online
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
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 9-17 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 which opens in March.

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

Summer Spaces provides fun, free and safe play spaces for NYC children ages 5-12. Supervised activities include arts and crafts, sports, STEM activities, obstacle courses and more!

Tuesday – Friday

9am – 11:45am and 1:15pm – 4pm

Locations:

Bronx: Highbridge – West 164th Street from Ogden Avenue to Summit Avenue
Brooklyn: Sunset Park – 23rd Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
Manhattan: Harlem: West 134th Street from Lenox Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard
Queens: Jackson Heights: 34th Avenue from 92nd Street to 93rd Street
Dates:

Session 1:
Tuesday July 12 – Friday July 15
Tuesday July 19 – Friday July 22
Session 2:
Tuesday July 26 – Friday July 29
Tuesday August 2 – Friday August 5
Tuesday August 9 – Friday August 12

Who

NYC resident children between 5-12 years old.

Details

Summer Spaces will have two sessions. Children can sign up for either the morning (9am – 11:45am) or afternoon (1:15pm – 4pm) times for either Session.

Limited daily drop-in slots are also available.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Summer Spaces is still OPEN, you can register your child here

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens
Subject Area
Science, Sports
Schedule
Summer
Who

When a student has completed fifth grade they are eligible to apply for Fun with DNA, the first of the summer camp series. Rising 6th and 7th graders.

Details

As the first in the DNALC series of camps, Fun with DNA is offered in-person as well as virtually live and on-demand. Program can be located at DNA Learning Center NYC at CityTech.

Cost
$350/$550; Scholarships are available for those who receive Free/Reduced Lunch
How to Apply

Early June to late July; programs are offered at various times during the summer.

Grade Level
Middle
Location
Brooklyn, Online
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
Who

Garden kitchen labs are 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.

Garden Kitchen Labs is an after-school program that operates during three seasons each year.
Spring Observations: April to June
Summer Wellness: July to August
Autumn Transformation: October to December

Check the website to see when registration periods begin for each season.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan
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.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022 FELLOWS PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED.

Check back in March for the 2023 Fellows Program application

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

Must be a Girl Scout. Membership dues are just $25 annually ($35 for extended-year memberships), and financial aid is available.

Details

While some troop meetings may be on pause for the summer, there are still plenty of ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts. Connect with a virtual troop, escape upstate to Camp Kaufmann, head to Citi Field to cheer on the Mets, and so much more!

Cost
FREE with Girl Scout membership
How to Apply

Each program has a seperate application.
Here are a few summer programs: In-Person and Virtual Events, Outdoor Affinity Troops, Work at Camp Kaufmann, Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge, Girl Scouts Love State Parks, Self-Paced Virtual Programs

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Citywide, Online
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities, Science, Sports
Schedule
Summer
What

"Girls on the Run inspires girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths while building a sense of connection in a team setting. Volunteer coaches facilitate lessons that blend physical activity with life skill development to enable girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. At the end of the season, each participant completes a 5K together with their team, which provides a tangible sense of accomplishment and sets a confident mindset into motion."

Who

"Girls in 3rd-5th grade may participate in the Girls on the Run program and those in 6th-8th grade can participate in our Heart and Sole program. We welcome the participation of any child who identifies as “girl”, non-binary, or gender expansive in our programs. "

Details

"Girls on the Run is the name of our program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world.

Our Heart & Sole middle school program meets the unique needs of girls of all abilities in 6th-8th grade. The program considers the whole person – body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection. Heart & Sole offers an inclusive place of belonging, where girls feel supported and inspired to explore their emotions, cultivate empathy and strengthen their physical and emotional health."

Cost
There is a sliding scale of fee based on family financial ability.
How to Apply

"To start a new program, the application period for Fall programming is during the summer and the application period for Spring programming is during the Fall. This link can be used to apply to start a Girls on the Run site: https://www.gotrnyc.org/newsite

If you would like more details, please join us for a 30-minute Fall 2022 Program Site Information Session via Zoom:

Tuesday, August 2, 5:00pm - 5:30pm, Register Here

If you want to find an existing site, go here: https://www.gotrnyc.org/locations "

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Citywide, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
After School
Who

3-12th-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
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide, Online
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
What

"Students gain the computer science skills they need to make an impact and prepare for tech careers in our free, virtual summer programs. Summer program participants get exposure to tech jobs, meet leaders in tech careers, and find community in our supportive sisterhood."

Who

Current 9th-12th grade students who identify as girls or non-binary can apply, and no prior computer science experience is required.

Details

"In the 2-week Summer Immersion Program (SIP), high school students attend live, virtual classes sponsored by industry-leading companies. SIP participants learn web development with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while getting an inside look into the tech industry.
In the Self-Paced Program, students can explore introductory coding with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or more advanced applications of Python with a focus on cybersecurity. During the Self-Paced Program, students work at their own pace while having the opportunity to build community through weekly live advisory sessions and activities. This program is open to all high school students, graduating seniors, and even summer programs alumni!

Please see our Summer Programs FAQ for detailed information about the different programs and eligibility requirements for each."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for Summer 2023 are not open.

"Complete our Interest Form to be notified when our application goes live in 2023!"

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn, Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
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
What

GO Project provides critical academic, social and emotional support, starting in the early elementary years (K-3).

Who

To be eligible for the GO Project, students must:

  • Attend a New York City Public School.
  • Demonstrate that they are performing below grade level and in need of academic intervention.
  • Be enrolled in Kindergarten, First, Second, or Third grade (New students are NOT accepted after the Third grade).
  • Commit to active and consistent participation in both the five-week summer program, GO Summer, and Saturday morning program, GO School, from October through April.
  • Understand that they are expected to participate in the GO Project from the point they enter the program through the summer after their eighth grade year.
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.

Requirements:
A year-round & year-to-year commitment is required for participation in the GO Project. This includes participation in GO Summer, a five-week Monday-Friday program and GO School, a seven-month, Saturday morning academic program during the school year.

Cost
Preference is given to free-/reduced-priced lunch recipients.
How to Apply

Rolling admission. CHeck out 'Applying to GO' page
"For more information on the application process, please call the GO Project office at 212-533-3744 ext. 207 or email attendance@goprojectnyc.org "

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Arts, Humanities, Math
Schedule
Summer, Weekends
What

BEACON PROGRAM: Community Services for Children and Adults of all Ages

Who

Youth-High School

Details

"Our Beacon Program is a set of school-based community services for children and adults of all ages. It is run in collaboration with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

Afternoon activities currently take place at the Joan of Arc school complex at 154 West 93 Street, with evening activities at Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center and Brandeis High School.

During the summer, the Beacon Program runs a summer day camp."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Parents can sign up to their Beacon Program by contacting the office manager for current activities available and to register:
Angelica Gomez,
Beacon Office Manager
agomez@goddard.org
212-866-0009

Registration is also available online through DYCD Connect.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Humanities, Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

"With over 24 programs, changing and helping more than 20,000 people each year achieve their goals–including learning to read, learning to dance, growing up, aging in the community, staying healthy, getting housed, advocating for themselves and others, and connecting with neighbors."

Who

Children, Youth, Adult Education and Families

Details

Check out thier website for detailed information as well as contact information

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing programs; some programs require parents to register in advance.

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Arts, Humanities, Math, Science, Sports
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
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

Search and apply for NASA internships, fellowships and scholarships, visit NASA’s OSSI site. For additional information, you can email GSFC-Education@mail.nasa.gov

The NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP) is open to students that are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational program. The Pathways IEP provides opportunities to work and explore careers while still in school. Pathways IEP appointments may be for indefinite periods without not-to-exceed (NTE) dates or appointments with NTE dates of up to one year. If you successfully complete an appointment without an NTE date at NASA, you may be converted to permanent employment or term employment of up to six years. For more information, please visit http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/default.htm.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

To be considered for Fall internships, please submit your application by early July; for Spring, please submit by early November.

Interns who are selected will be required to travel to a NASA facility to be badged even if the project is virtual or remote.

Grade Level
High, Adult Education
Location
Manhattan, Out of NYC, Online
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
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
After School, Summer
What

"ACI is an international organization dedicated to providing knowledge to anyone who desires it. We host programs, seminars, courses, etc.

Join and learn how to code in Python! The class meets over zoom once a week and culminates in a Final Project. Sessions will be recorded so that students in different time zones can still participate."

Who

Middle and High School Students

Details

Class will take place virtually (class may end early some days)

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check out their website or Instagram page to recieve current updates on programs and oppurtunities

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Math, Science
Schedule
Summer
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, Check out their Admissions page for more information. Applications typically close in November

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 seeks students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, academic motivation, personal resiliency, and self-discipline.

Accepting applications from students who are rising 6th graders – rising 12th graders.

Details

Students must:
- Attend school in NYC, one of the five boroughs
- Minimum score of 2 in Math and English Language Arts on state standardized tests
- Can attend programming during the school year and summer
- Cumulative average of 70% or better; a minimum of 70% in all major subjects
- Good school attendance
- Strong character and leadership potential
- Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

This application can be completed online in 25 minutes or less, either using a smartphone or computer. This application is available in either English or Spanish.

Please contact admissions@heaf.org or call 212-663-9732.

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

Children and Families

Details

"From May through October, we offer a series of workshops at our 134th Street Farm every Saturday (unless otherwise noted) from 10:00am – 3:00 pm.

We welcome children and their families to learn about fruits, veggies, planting, and gardening through engaging lessons, educational games, crafts, and cooking.

At our 127th Street Impact Farm, we invite community members to participate in free yoga classes and adult and family cooking classes."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

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

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
Weekends
Who

Open to all children in grades 1 to 8 who live in Riverton Square.

Details

"Harlem Grown is excited to offer an after-school program at Riverton Square for resident youth! Our program engages children in grades 1 to 8 in hands-on farming, cooking, and healthy eating activities. Our goal is to inspire youth to live healthy and ambitious lives; to get them excited about farming; to help them become environmental stewards; and to build their leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills"

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

"PARTICIPATION: This is a drop-in, first come, first served program for up to 20 youth per day. All Riverton youth are welcome, but space is not guaranteed.

SCHEDULE: Our drop-in after-school program is open Monday - Friday, 3pm-7pm following the NYC DOE schedule."

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

"HPREP is a ten-week program for 10th and 11th grade students in New York City. High school students, from underrepresented minorities in medicine, are given the opportunity to meet and learn from physicians and other health professionals at WCM. HPREP students are paired with a medical student mentor, who they work with to write a college essay, resume, and research paper. Students participate in an anatomy lab presentation, and other practical workshops discussing the college application process, how to write a research paper, and applying for financial aid."

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

Details and application information are updated and LIVE in the Fall

For further information, please contact hprep@med.cornell.edu.

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

"Expanded Horizons is Henry Street’s comprehensive eight-year college access and success program, that is designed to ensure that high school students are college ready, admitted to a college that fits their interests and abilities, and graduate from that institution on time. All students who complete the program receive scholarships from the Settlement."

Who

A high school freshman, sophomore, or junior; limited slots for seniors.
Preference will be given to students who live/attend school on the Lower East Side.

Details

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

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Application can be found under "Next Step for Interested Students and Parents".

Have any questions? You can email ehorizonshss@gmail.com

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

Intensive five-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. Participants learn about the design process through rigorous coursework and hands-on applications. 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 complete details.

Details

The summer program runs for 5 weeks at Columbia University.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application opens towards the end of the year (November) and the deadline to apply for the summer program is towards the start of the year(February/March). Check the deadlines here.

Interested students or those who have questions regarding the application can contact the High School Program Manager, Jasleen (Jasleen@hypothekids.org).

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

We are a non-profit that teaches students from underrepresented communities how to code. We start with Scratch where students can build their own games. The next level of game building is with Wolf JS. If students do well on both of those, they can then learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build their own website!

Who

All grades! Students must reside in an underrepresented community such as NYCHA developments.

Details

OUR SOLUTION
By holding free classes in NYCHA community spaces, Hood Code brings coding directly to youth in a safe after-school environment, making comprehensive tech curriculum easily accessible to children in their developments.

OUR GOAL
With the goal of implementing programs in each of NYCHA's 302 developments, Hood Code seeks to ensure that children from marginalized communities learn the digital skills necessary to participate in today's society while simultaneously developing new ways of learning and building self-esteem.

MEASURING SUCCESS
We use self-evaluations, along with objective data indicators including academic progress, final coding projects, and retention rates to quantify growth.

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Online, Manhattan
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Weekends, Summer
Title
What

Horizons New York City’s mission is to advance education equity by reducing summer learning loss. HNYC and our program sites provide academic access, opportunity, and guidance for under-served students throughout New York City. We help students discover the joys of learning, instill skills of success, and inspire them to realize their dreams. Horizons works with students and families to help transform the way students see themselves and their future.

Guided by a professional faculty in a nurturing environment, our program model emphasizes academics, the arts, cultural awareness, athletics, and social-emotional growth. With specific goals to improve literacy and math, we prioritize students’ annual return – ensuring consistent intervention in early development and onwards. HNYC and its program sites are committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that enhance self-esteem, build problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, encourage a lifelong interest in learning, expand horizons, and foster awareness of social responsibility.

Who

We provide our core six-week summer learning programs and additional year-round support to under-served metro NYC students who:
- qualify for participation in the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch program,
- would benefit from intensive academic support, and
- can commit to meaningful participation and engagement over a six week period each summer, for multiple summers.

Details

HNYC serves students from communities most affected by systemic inequities in order to effectively address the learning and opportunity gaps seen there. HNYC program sites engage students at no cost throughout their primary and secondary school years, where they learn how to transform their lives.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply here

Under "Affiliate" select NY state and then one of the following:
- Horizons at Greene Hill for Brooklyn
- Horizons at St. David's School for Manhattan
- Horizons Riverdale for the Bronx

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle
Location
Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep, Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, 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 open typically open in December.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

The Bioforce program is designed to offer NYC students a strong foundation of life science research skills to give them a leg up on their future careers in STEM. The program is broken down into two phases: RESEARCH PRINCIPLES AND SCIENCE CAREERS TRAINING and MENTORED INTERNSHIPS

A workforce development program that provides underserved NYC high school students with 280 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)

Details

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

Cost
FREE; paid internships
How to Apply

The deadline for this program is usually in mid-February. Letters of recommendations are typically due in early March.

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

'ICP Teen Academy welcomes teenagers ages 14-19 from across the United States and around the world to develop their skills as visual storytellers and changemakers in a range of online and in-person courses. The program is designed to cultivate visual literacy, personal vision, and leadership skills through courses focused on the techniques and histories of photography and visual culture.'

Who

Teens ages 14 to 19 are eligible to apply.

Details

'Teen Academy offers quarterly courses across genres and techniques for every level student. All curricula include: photographic and writing assignments, open lab time, visual presentations, discussions, critiques, guest artist visits, field trips, and a culminating presentation for family and friends celebrating the students’ achievements.

Teen Academy is committed to making photography education accessible to all young people, regardless of their economic resources. Need-based scholarships are available to teens before the start of each term.

'

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

'Registration dates for Summer or Fall sessions are available here and registration is only available online.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship in an upcoming course, please complete an application. Scholarship applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information or assistance, you can contact:
teen_academy@icp.edu
212.857.0058

*Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about studying at ICP.
*
'

Grade Level
Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Online
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

International Economics is a student-led organization that empowers students to pursue a field in finance, economics, business, marketing, entrepreneurship, and to build successful students in college and beyond through workshops and events.

Who

High school students who have a strong interest in Economics, Finance, Business, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship

Details

We are a student led organization that organizes events to connect high school students with economists, professors and professionals from banking, finance, marketing, entrepreneurial, and business related fields and firms. Past events have featured professionals from Goldman Sachs, Blackrock, Economists from Europe, College Admissions Counselors, Key Note Speakers, Professors from Hunter College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Ivy League Undergrads, President of Successful Startups and more! In doing so, we hope to help our members find their interests, and to help them reach their career objectives. This program is free for all.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply at https://forms.gle/iCumYcJCRymvygyL6.

Grade Level
High
Location
Online, Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, 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.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for the Summer Intensive typically open in January for the upcoming summer. You can contact youthleadership@intrepidmuseum.org if you have any additional questions.

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

Irondale Ensemble hosts two free youth programs that meet weekly throughout the school year: Young Company for HS and Junior Company for MS students. They will be meeting in person but may move to a virtual platform in accordance with changing CDC guidelines and DOE policy.

Who

Young Company is open to students in grades 9-12. Junior Company is for middle school grades, ages 10-13.

Details

Company members create and perform productions over the course of the school year, travel to see other professional shows, and intern with a professional theatre company. Students will also be learning the art of Soundpainting, bringing in personal texts, and devising work as an ensemble.

Hear what students say about Young Company!

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Visit Young Company or Junior Company to register.

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

"Culture Connected is a NYC admissions access program designed to link families to the arts. We aim to be a resource to all families by addressing the needs of NYC’s most historically disenfranchised families."

Who

"Everyone! Though entrusted to center historically disenfranchised families receiving public assistance, Culture Connected’s design welcomes every parent, caregiver, educator, young mind, and creative mind eager to explore various themes and activities from our cultural partners."

Details

Through Culture Connected and ArtsConnection, families can experience dance, music, theater, film and visual art in New York City for free to low-cost.

Cost
FREE (Low-Price tickets are available depending on location)
How to Apply

Ongoing.
"Culture Connected links families to the arts in 2 ways: through virtual activities and through ticketed admissions. Virtual activities are linked to exhibitions and performances that can be experienced in-person.

Culture Connected helps facilitate your visit based on whether or not you receive public assistance. EBT Cardholders are also offered family admission tickets for either Free ($0.00) or One Dollar ($1.00) through the site. "

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High, Adult Education
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
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!
View website for site locations and hours.

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
Summer
Who
  1. Junior attending public high school in the U.S.
  2. U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
  3. Annual household income under $90,000
  4. Minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5
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. You can read more about the program here.

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

The Summer Law Institute is an intensive five-week program for rising ninth-graders that seeks to inspire students to strive for academic excellence and to pursue careers in the law. During the SLI, students will learn about criminal justice, the criminal trial process, and participate in a mock trial competition in front of actual judges!

Who

Rising 9th graders

Details

The program operates from the first week of July through the first week of August, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Students will also meet a variety of attorneys and judges, and attend field trips – all while learning the necessary skills to succeed in high school and beyond.

Cost
Scholarships available;
How to Apply

Application details and information about teacher recommendations can be found on the website.

If you or your guardian(s) have any questions, contact us at SLI@legaloutreach.org or (718) 752-0222 ext. 208. You can also find out more about the SLI by going to www.legaloutreach.org/SLI

Grade Level
High, Middle
Location
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Online
Subject Area
Humanities, Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

Let’s Get Ready begins with the College Access Program, a 10-week curriculum administered by trained college student coaches that includes SAT prep, college application guidance, scholarship application support, and more. The program is provided at no cost to high school seniors and juniors with qualifying financial need.

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
How to Apply

Check out their website for site locations. You can also fill out the Interest form for application updates.

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

Liberty LEADS at Bank Street College is a New York City–based high school completion and college access program that has served more than 1,700 students between 5th and 12th grade since 1989. Founded to empower underrepresented youth, our program makes an impact in the lives of students every day by helping them attain higher education, embrace leadership engagement, and create a positive future for themselves and others.

Who

5th-11th Grade Students who attend public, charter or catholic schools

Details

Most students enter Liberty LEADS in 5th, 7th, or 9th grade and continue through high school graduation. Students attend our program several days during the week as well as regularly on Saturdays, and also have access to our summer camp programming. Over 55% of our students are referred to us on the basis of academic challenges and are directed toward Liberty LEADS to receive the support they need to thrive as learners and reach their full potential.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Call 212-875-4506 to request an application or apply online here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwdxydKqzj72XXls13JiVAv9vXTWzAjaw02tK0j88ZYZw5Zw/viewform

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep, Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
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, Adult Education
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
Who

"High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
College freshmen in good standing and on track for promotion in June

Participation criteria:
Student must be between 16-22 years of age at start of program
Student must attend school or live in Manhattan or Staten Island
Student must be interested in a career in the health field
Student must provide two recommendations; one from a teacher or faculty member."

Details
  • Six-week internship placements in hospitals and community-based health centers and organizations
  • Weekly didactic sessions with health professionals and field trips
  • Exposure to health careers and community health issues
Cost
FREE
How to Apply

View Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) page for High School and College programs for more information about deadline; typically opens in February.

Grade Level
High, Adult Education
Location
Manhattan, Staten Island, Online
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
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 . Process is lengthy and competition is keen, so start early.

Grade Level
High
Location
Out of NYC, Online
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
FREE, need-based financial aid scholarships available
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, Online
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends
What

"Since 2011, the MIT OEOP has provided over 1,500 scholars with a transformative and life-changing experience through our MOSTEC program. Our program provides a meaningful and fun experience for rising high school seniors, where they learn about new and cutting-edge technologies in science and engineering, build a strong community of friends and mentors from across the globe, and receive support and coaching in the college application process, all at no cost. "

Who

"To be eligible to apply to MITES and MOSTEC, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and high school juniors or equivalent. "

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
How to Apply

Apply between November and February

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

"MoHo is a company focused on bringing awareness to mental health issues in our community. We use movement and the creative arts to create a space allowing us to explore mental health issues rising in our community in Harlem. "

Who

All are welcome. Some events provided are for students ages 8-18.

Details

"Since 2019 we have been using movement and the creative arts to provide culturally relevant mental wellness information, resources, and activities.

Our workshops, exercises, and activities are influenced by the practices of positive psychology, spirituality, community, and culturally relevant research in order to explore mental wellness concepts that are relevant to our community."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

"Public workships vary in time and place (virtual or in-person). View their short 30 min Mental Wellness lessons for more information about some of the topics discussed in MoHo's classes! Free workshops are in black!"

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Bronx, Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Humanities, Arts, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School, Weekends, Summer
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 on their website.
NOTE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Math
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
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 for virtual or in-person classes at the Bronx or New Rochelle Monroe College campus.

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx, Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Arts, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Weekends
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
What

Three-week intensive program during the 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; check out their website for location questions.

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

The goal of the current NASA MAA (Version 2.0) is to utilize NASA’s unique resources to build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K1-12 students to pursue STEM careers by engaging them in authentic STEM experiences built around NASA mission content and the NASA Communication Campaigns.

Who

Children currently in 1st-10th grades

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

The goal of NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy (NASA MAA) is to utilize NASA’s unique resources to build the interest, skills, and knowledge necessary for students to pursue STEM careers by engaging them in authentic STEM experiences built around NASA mission content and the NASA Communication Campaigns.

Who

All high school students. No computer science background necessary.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Apply by mid-October.
Interested in this program, check back in the spring for new information about the upcoming Fall session

Grade Level
High
Location
Online, Citywide
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
Weekends
What

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

Who

Family friendly musuem, various programs virtual and in-person.

Details

"Mathematics illuminates the patterns that shape the world around us. Visit the National Museum of Mathematics and discover a side of math you’ve never seen before: explore amazing exhibits, take part in inspiring activities, and have an experience you’ll never forget. MoMath — the coolest thing that ever happened to math!

The Museum is located at 11 East 26th Street in Manhattan and is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week, 364 days a year (MoMath is closed on Thanksgiving Day and after 2:30 pm on the first or second Wednesday of each month for Math Encounters). Click for directions to the Museum by car and public transportation."

Cost
FREE; Tickets range from 20-25$
How to Apply

Tickets can be purchased at the door in advance online or at the door.
Be sure to also check out MoMath's robust series of online programs.

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

High school students ages 14 to 18

Details

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) partners with schools around the country, offering 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, programs may vary depending on school affiliation.
Check out their 'Free Resources' that can be found on the bottom of their home page.

Grade Level
High
Location
Online, Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
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 include a one-page resume and 300-word essay discussing your interest in criminal justice (for example, you may submit an essay discussing what “one standard of justice for all” means to you). The application typically opens from January to February.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

Free Tennis - NYJTL
Youth ages 5-18 receive free tennis instruction from trained coaches in schools and public parks in all 51 New York City council districts year round:
All Levels From beginner to advanced
Anywhere in NYC See sites/seasons below
District 75 Included - Special needs students always welcome
All equipment provided free of charge to use on site; Participants bring sneakers and water

Attendance always optional: This offers kids a positive, safe environment on any days they are able to attend

Who

Youth ages 5-18

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Registration for all NYJTL Community Tennis Programs is continuous and
players can register at any time! Register online for a location near you.

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Sports
Schedule
After School, Weekends, 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
FREE
How to Apply

Pre-registration in April, affiliated with NYC Summer Rising

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

Current juniors who are at least 16; Demonstrates leadership abilities in school, church, community, and/or social organizations.

Details

Students discuss global topics with professors.

Cost
Application fee $60, $150 enrollment deposit and Travel expenses
How to Apply

Applications typically open in October and close early January.
Interested students must submit an online application, a high school transcript, a counselor report, and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.

~If you are admitted into this highly competitive program, students' tuition, housing, and meals will be paid by the University~

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

DDC’s Summer Internship Program for college and graduate school students offers an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the architecture, engineering, design, safety, and construction management professions within a public service context. Students will gain hands-on technical experience through specific field assignments and a mentoring relationship with senior-level technical staff.

Who

The program is geared toward students majoring in Engineering, Architecture, Construction
Management, Urban Planning, and/or Sustainability Design, entering their
Sophomore/Junior/Senior or 5th Year Program in college, or in graduate school.

Cost
Paid internships
How to Apply

Check out the link above to review the application due in late April

Grade Level
Adult Education
Location
Citywide, Online
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Nonprofit mentoring organization operates 2 New York City STEM Centers that provide free robotics education programs for underserved high school students

Who

Students attending under-resourced high schools.

Details

Structured around the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition. Core skills taught include coding, 2D and 3D design and fabrication, circuitry, collaboration, project management, and computational thinking. Students earn high school credits at STEM Centers. Offering summer programs, after-school and weekend workshops.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

No application process. Registration available through NYC First website.

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

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers outstanding high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. Ladders for Leaders is a component of NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program, the nation's largest summer jobs program.

Who

High school and college students between the ages of 16 and 21 with at least a 3.0 GPA. Resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City with prior work experience, either paid or volunteer.
Legally allowed to work in New York City

Details

Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their career and educational interests through:

Pre-employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.

Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests.

Opportunity to join our growing 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 will be available on the SYEP website

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
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

Check out the organizations for more information. Some require visitors to sign up for a time slot or pay an admission fee.

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

NYPL After School is a free drop-in program for kids aged 6-12 that takes place after regular school hours, Monday to Thursday, when school is in session. Join us at a participating branch for homework help from one of our tutors or Teen Reading Ambassadors, reading recommendations, fun writing, STEAM, and enrichment activities-and even snacks!

Who

Students in grades 6-12

Details

Locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Monday to Thursday every week, you can drop by any of the below branch locations after school to get extra help from one of our tutors or Teen Reading Ambassadors. No need to register—just show up!

Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island
Subject Area
Academic Prep, Arts, Humanities, Math, Science
Schedule
After School
What

"NYSCI is a science and technology center that has over 450 exhibits, events, and workshops for all ages. While the museum is closed, check out our original digital resources for science learning at home."

Who

All ages

Details

Programs include Autism Access Initiative, Maker Acivities and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) subjects. These programs can be adjusted for English and Spanish speaking families.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

These programs are ongoing and can be viewed at anytime.

*SPECIAL MUSEUM ACCESS PROGRAMS: If you are an ASTC/ACM reciprocal member, corporate partner member, an Urban Advantage voucher holder, or have a Cool Culture Pass, or if you would like to visit on Friday afternoons for Community Hours, click here to reserve tickets. *

Grade Level
Adult Education, Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Citywide, Online
Subject Area
Arts, Math, Science
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

Visionary Studio: Saturday Art Workshop classes connect current social justice issues with dynamic art-making practices and media. Designed for high school students in the New York City area, participating students explore timely issues facing society such as climate change, racism and white supremacy, gender identity and bias, medical apartheid, economics, and politics by learning about the work of contemporary visual artists and drawing upon a rich array of innovative, multidisciplinary artistic approaches through which they can visually express their ideas.

Who

High school students (grades 9-12)

Details

Sessions run from 10 am–12 pm on Saturday mornings only in the Spring semester (March-May). High School students do not need a portfolio or any previous experience to apply.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to apply for the spring session is mid February.

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.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Weekends
What

Do you like art and writing? Are you into STEM? Would you like to learn new creative skills? Then join us at the Octavia Project! The Octavia Project Summer Camp is a FREE summer camp for young women and trans, nonbinary, and/or gender non-conforming youth who will be in grades 6-8 next school year.

Who

Young women and trans, nonbinary, and/or gender non-conforming youth who will be in grades 6-8 next school year

Details

An Octavia Project participant will finish the program with:

  • Strengthened skills and confidence in STEM, digital-media, art, and writing.
  • Access to a network of professional women from the fields of art, tech, science, and writing.
  • A portfolio of multi-media projects.
  • A community of creative peers who have your back!
Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Complete an online application at https://www.octaviaproject.org/join-the-octavia-project-summer-camp/ by the end of April

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

Become an OBT participant today. Take the first step towards building your future. Learn more about the programs we offer and reach out to find out which one is right for you.

Who

Youth Programs : 17 - 24 years old
Adult Programs : Varies, 18+

Details

Programs include: Youth Education and Job Training, Industry Certified Trainings, Adult and Employment Programs and Services. OBT has several locations throughout Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

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

Children between the ages of 5-11 from families at or below the New York State poverty line

Details

Receive weekly private lessons on String instruments (violin, viola, cello) and
Double Bass & Woodwind/Brass instruments (flute, clarinet, trumpet, horn) ; High quality instruments are provided if needed.

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 education@palnyc.org.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Ongoing

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

Pentacle’s High School Arts Administration Internship Program seeks interns who will be placed with a participating individual artist or nonprofit arts organization that shares their interests and goals. Throughout the program, interns gain hands-on experience in nonprofit business practices and attend weekly professional development seminars led by Pentacle staff members and visiting arts professionals. Through these seminars, interns have an opportunity to build their hard skill sets, learn from their peers, and meet industry leaders.

Who

NYC high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are passionate about the arts, and interested in learning skills utilized by nonprofit arts organizations.

Details

"Once selected through a recruitment and application process, interns are paired with a participating small business (for-profit or nonprofit entities) that share their interests and goals. Interns have the opportunity to build their hard skill sets, learn from their peers, and meet industry leaders at weekly professional development seminars led by Pentacle staff members and visiting professionals. The curriculum will be relevant for students whose plans include college as well as those who are not sure college is the right choice for them.

We will be encouraging participants to abide by the current NY State guidelines regarding in-person activities. If a pair may want to connect in-person they will have to agree to guidelines set forth by the Pentacle staff. The weekly seminars will be held over Zoom. We are also open to interns and artistic entities outside of NYC.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES

5 hours/week with a for-profit or nonprofit small business
2.5 hours/week virtual professional development training workshops"

Cost
Paid internship
How to Apply

Intern applications are accepted on a rolling basis and dates for upcoming session are announced through Pentacle's newsletter, blog, and social media.

Read more about their Career Development programs.

Questions? Contact education@pentacle.org.

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

Plan USA’s Youth Leadership Academy is a yearlong leadership program dedicated to training, supporting and mentoring young activists as they create change in their communities through projects connected to the U.N. sustainable development goals.

Who

The Youth Leadership Academy is open to all U.S.-based young people ages 14-18 who are currently in grades 8-11. We value diverse perspectives, identities and experiences, and encourage passionate individuals to apply!

Cost
Program tuition varies but need-based financial aid is available for both tuition and travel expenses
How to Apply

Interested participants can apply for the www.planusa.org/yla

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

*All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, per University policy. No exceptions.

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: https://www.projectart.org/nyc.

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
What

The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is a FREE visual arts portfolio development program that provides qualified high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with the art skills training, mentorship, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges.

Who

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors

Details

HS2AS offers Spring, Fall, and Summer Sessions every year. Students can attend one session or multiple sessions. Sessions are designed so juniors can start in the Spring, and continue into the Summer and/or Fall Sessions.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply online; applications accepted three times a year (February, May, and September). Students do not need to live in Queens! Any student within a commuting distance to our classroom space in Long Island City, Queens is encouraged to apply.

Grade Level
High
Location
Queens
Subject Area
Arts
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;

Ranger Conservation Corps session dates are flexible and registration is on a rolling basis year round.

If you're interested in applying to the Ranger Conservation Corps, the first step is to contact the Ranger Conservation Corps. NYC Urban Park Rangers will work with you to get you placed at a park location with a schedule that works for you.

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.
Interested in nominating a student? Checkout the Admissions page for more information.

Grade Level
Elementary
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, Summer
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 recyouth@parks.nyc.gov, 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
What

Environmentor is an environmental science research program for underrepresented high school students in the Rockaways provided by the nonprofit Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

Who

9th, 10th, and 11th graders from high schools in the Rockaway Peninsula or adjacent city neighborhoods. Students who have participated in the RWA Shore Corps Program as a prerequisite are given priority.

Details

Environmental science curriculum with significant focus on computational thinking, field data collection, and lab work, including data analysis.

Students are then paired with professional scientists from local universities for seven-week summer internships centered on a local environmental issue. They spend 3 days per week gathering data from around the peninsula and analyzing data in a college/ university lab.

Cost
FREE and students receive a stipend
How to Apply

Application typically closes in May

For more information, contact us at programs@riserockaway.org.

For more information about NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium, go to www.studentresearchnyc.org.

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

RiseBoro Education offers youth and adults in north Brooklyn more than a place to go: it's a place where they can discover their true potential. For more than three decades, our education and youth development programs have taken a holistic approach that provides youth and adults with the space, skills and support they need to succeed, no matter what their obstacles are. We believe that the individuals we work with every day are the key to building thriving communities for this generation and the next.

Who

For students in grades 6-8.

Details

RiseBoro's SONYC middle school aged youth participate in a variety of positive alternatives activities which will enhance the quality of their after school and summer camp experiences.

Our goal is to create a perfect harmony between making this summer fun, educational and most importantly unforgettable. As youth get older there are certain gaps created when it comes to learning and excitement. Our aim is to have youth experience fun but also be able to think critically and reflect on what they have learned.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Open Registration

Grade Level
Middle, Elementary, High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep, Sports
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
What

Combined after-school and summer research program to take place on campus at The Rockefeller University

Who

Must be a high school junior or senior (aged 16+ at program start) enrolled in a NYC High School, and must commit to participate in the entire program

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
How to Apply

"Step 1: Students who are interested in applying for LAB Jumpstart must be nominated by a teacher or community leader by December. Once students are successfully nominated, they will be sent a link to the LAB Jumpstart application via email.

Step 2: Students who are nominated should fill out the online LAB Jumpstart application sent to them via email. Applications for the LAB Jumpstart program are reviewed by RockEDU staff.

Step 3: Selected LAB Jumpstart applicants will be invited for an interview, to take place over Zoom in early February. During the interview, students will meet with LAB Jumpstart facilitators, and be introduced to members of the RockEDU team. Students will be notified in February if they are accepted to LAB Jumpstart."

Visit the website for dates, deadlines and FAQs

Grade Level
High
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
What

Community Rowing allows New Yorkers of all ages to explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden row boats accompanied by Rocking the Boat staff who give them a chance to go rowing and introduce them to the beauty of New York's only fresh water river.

Community Sailing offers the unique opportunity to sail on the Bronx River. Over five weekend days throughout the summer, the general public is invited to board Rocking the Boat’s fleet of catamarans and sail with Rocking the Boat's high school Sailing apprentices.

Community Birding brings birdwatching to the shores of the Bronx River. Participants identify and learn about local species with the guidance of knowledgeable guides. Binoculars, spotting scopes, and field guides will be provided.

Who

Available to all

Details

Rowing*: Saturdays 1-6pm from late May till early September
Sailing: 1-5pm Saturdays from late May till early August
Birding: Every other Saturday, starting Early June until Late August
1-5pm

*Organized groups of 10 or more may pre-register for a rowing slot. Contact publicprograms@rockingtheboat.org

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

No reservations are required. All participants must sign a liability release waiver and waivers for children 17 and under must be co-signed by a parent or guardian. All programming may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Check rockingtheboat.org for cancellations due to inclement weather.

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

The S.T.E.M.ulating Minds Fall, Spring and Summer STEM Camp is designed for middle and high school students who need a little extra help in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 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

Working with students on Interactive Math, Coding, STEM Lessons, Educational Games and more...

Who

Middle and High school students

Details

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

Check out the Programs page for more details and registration page

Grade Level
Middle, High
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Math, Science
Schedule
After School, Summer, Weekends
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 January to late-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 January-March; another session begins in the spring and summer.

Cost
$175 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 early December for session beginning in January.

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

Each year, 100 youth from fifth through 12th grade participate in the Schomburg Center's Junior Scholars program. This tuition-free Saturday program (10 AM to 3 PM) during the academic year promotes historical literacy through college-style lectures and presentations, group discussions and activities, and project-based learning. Students generate individual research, original writing, art portfolios, and collaborative multimedia arts projects from their intensive study of the Center’s archives and resources.

Through this program, the Schomburg's Junior Scholars increase their historical literacy, expand their knowledge of who they are as intellectual, social, cultural and artistic beings, embrace their legacy as African-American citizens, and learn about the cultures of their prolific and trailblazing ancestors.

Who

Students between 11-18 years old

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 by Late July (priority deadline), late August (final deadline)

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

SIA Mastery is our signature program for high school students who want to pursue computer science through game design and prepare for college. This program is proven to prepare students for success in a variety of STEM college majors and careers. In addition to learning C# programming on the Unity Engine, students will also practice other art forms related to game design such as illustration, animation, music production, and narrative writing.

Who

9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade

Details

Programs runs from mid-October to late June.

Due to COVID-19, all of the classes are meeting virtually so students from outside NYC are welcome to join us!

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Apply Online, First Come-First Served. Applications typicaly open in July

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan, Online
Subject Area
Science, Arts
Schedule
Weekends, After School
What

The School of Interactive Arts (SIA) is a pre-college program for high school students who want to make games and prepare for college.

Who

Rising 9th, Rising 10th, and Rising 11th grade

Details

What to expect:
- You'll make friends with other students who love games as much as you!
- You'll talk about your favorite games and why you love them with other gamers
- You'll explore the foundations of game design by playing games with other students and creating your own games
- You'll learn the C# programming language on the Unity Game Engine
- You'll learn digital animation, music production, and narrative writing
- You'll be taught by amazing, fun, and kind teachers who will accompany you through each step of the game design process
- You'll participate in a game jam with other students
- You'll build your own game!

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Apply Online, First Come-First Served

Grade Level
High
Location
Online
Subject Area
Arts, Science
Schedule
Summer
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

Students must meet all of the following requirements:
Be a New York State resident
Have an 80 average in Math, Science, and English
Identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Alaskan American. Students who identify as White or Asian must meet state-determined economic criteria
Be a middle or high school student in the 7th - 12th grade
Up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots

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
Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Fees information will be available Mid-August.
How to Apply

The Fall 2022/Spring 2023 application will be available in mid-August.

Any questons?: Email opportunityprograms-step@nyu.edu or call 212 998 5680

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

The Science Career Ladder Explainers program trains New York City high school and college students to guide visitors through exhibits as well as lead hands-on activities at the New York Hall of Science.

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

2-day orientation. High school students: minimum 5 hours per weekend,
with additional shifts during school breaks and summer.

College students: minimum of 10 hours on weekdays and up to 20 hours per week. Explainers spend an average of 2.25 years in the program.

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.

Winter Hiring:
• Applications open November and December.
• Applicants contacted in January.
• Interviews held in February.

Summer Hiring:
• Applications open March and April.
• Applicants contacted in May.
• Interviews held in June.

Fall Hiring:
• Applications open July and August.
• Applicants contacted in September.
• Interviews held in October.

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
What

Our organization works to connect high school students with professional researchers in order to work in their labs and assist in their ongoing research during the summer of 2020. We ask our mentors to maintain occasional contact with their assigned mentee prior to the summer to familiarize the student with their work. Then, during the summer of 2020, the student will go to the mentor's lab and assist in ongoing research. Research is not limited to the "stereotypical" topics that may come to mind when discussing scientific research, such as biology, chemistry, etc. Scientific research can be in many fields of study, such as fashion, sports, social science, etc. Search 4 Researchers is interested in connecting researchers and high schoolers in all fields of scientific research.

Who

All high schoolers in the New York area with an interest in scientific research who feel capable of engaging in high level science.

Details

Spend part of your summer doing research in a lab. This unique opportunity allows high school students with all levels of expertise to get a glimpse at what its like to conduct research.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Sign up through a Google Form on our website under the Become a Mentee page. Deadline is May 29 at 12 A.M. EST.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

This program is offering virtual mentorship programs for high school students during the summer of 2020. The virtual mentorship program will connect high schools with professional researchers through online video calls to discuss their current research. This current research is in a variety of fields - not just the stereotypical science research fields.

Who

Any high schoolers entering grades 9-12 during the fall of 2020.

Details

Spend time this summer connecting with professional researchers. This unique opportunity allows high school students to learn about research fields directly from the researchers themselves.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

There is a form on the website. The organization will reach out to you after you fill out the form.

Grade Level
High
Location
Online
Subject Area
Science
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
What

Our free, eight-year, academic program successfully educates
and mentors underserved public high school students to and
through college - with a 90% college graduation rate.

SEO Scholars creates a more equitable society by closing the
academic and opportunity gap for motivated young people, setting
the standard for academics, mentorship, community, positive peer pressure, and a powerful, lifelong network.

Who

9th Grade students attending a NYC Public High School.

Details

In high school, SEO Scholars receive the equivalent of 2.5 years of additional English and 1.5 years of additional math instruction to close the academic and opportunity gap and graduate high school with the skills necessary to tackle college with confidence. Year after year, our Scholars exceed or match the average SAT scores of all college-bound seniors nationally.

But it doesn’t end there.

In their senior year, we assist our Scholars with the college application and financial aid process, providing individualized support to help each student find their perfect fit. The High School Class of 2019 was awarded more than $4.1 million in financial aid and grants for their first year of college alone.

Once they’re enrolled in college, we continue to provide academic advising, one-on-one psycho-social support, and personalized career development to help our Scholars meet their academic and professional goals and succeed in life. As a result, our Scholars graduate college ready to enter the working world or pursue higher education.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Applications will open in the Fall of 2021 and will be located here: https://www.seo-usa.org/scholars/program/apply-new-york/

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Online
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, 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

"Experience an unforgettable three weeks exploring what is possible in STEM. You will learn introductory coding, create an imaginative dance performance, and hear from inspirational women in STEM. Leap into this summer experience to broaden your creativity, boost your confidence, and build up your problem-solving abilities. "

Who

"Girls ages 10 - 18 years old. All levels of coding and dance are welcome!
Must be able to attend the full three weeks of the program"

Details

"Every day will include CODE, DANCE, and INSPIRATION. You will write code and build on your knowledge to create a unique tech project. You will leap, step, pop your way across the dance floor. And you will have the remarkable opportunity to hear from and speak directly with women working in STEM. By the end of the program, you will have a tech-infused dance performance to share at the Girls Rise Up Showcase in front of an audience of your friends and family."

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The application deadline varies by location.

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

The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab and the Computer Science Department at Wellesley College are hosting a free virtual summer workshop for middle school girls about designing positive social media experiences, exploring STEM identity and technology-oriented future careers. We will be featuring guest speakers, including America's Top Young Scientist of 2017 and Time Magazine's Kid of the Year 2020, Gitanjali Rao. All workshop participants will receive Gitanjali's book, entitled, "Young innovator's guide to STEM." The workshop will be virtual through Zoom meetings, Monday - Thursday, July 19-22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The workshop is open to girls in any US region who will be rising 6th, 7th, or 8th graders and will accept approximately 25 participants.

Who

Rising 6th, 7th, or 8th graders

Details

Eligibility Requirements include:
- Wifi access and a home device to attend Zoom meetings and access websites
- Entering 6th-8th grade in Fall 2021
- Ability to attend all 4 days of the workshop
- Priority will be given to students from the summer 2020 workshop waitlist
- Preference will be given to girls from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields such as racial/ethnic minorities, first generation to attend college, etc.

Cost
Free
How to Apply
Grade Level
Middle
Location
Online
Subject Area
Science, Academic Prep
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
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
Grade Level
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

The Successful Women Series is a workshop series designed to disrupt the number of instances faced by high school aged females who experience disparities which can put them in a path for poor outcomes in 1) Health 2) Lifestyle 3) Academic & Career Focus & 4) Interpersonal Relationships 5) Finances. It is a workshop series designed for young women ages 15-19. It occurs for 5 weeks, once-a-week and each cycle creates a cohort of committed young women with enlightened perspectives in these areas. This is an educational program designed to teach or introduce participants to practical skills, techniques, or ideas which they can then use daily.

Who

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior & Senior Female students

Details

TEAM BUILDING
Doing What’s Needed

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Tackling the Issue

EDUCATION THROUGH CONVERSATION
Your VOICE Matters

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Applications are on our website

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
What

The Youth, Media, & Wellbeing Lab at Wellesley College is hosting a FREE virtual summer workshop for middle school girls about designing healthier social media experiences. The workshop will have 3 main components: a) reflection activities to explore how to address emotional and mental health, self-image, and social relationships online, b) app co-design and STEM activities for imagining positive social media experiences, c) interactive small and whole group learning experience featuring Wellesley College students as co-facilitators as well as expert speakers on app design, digital citizenship, and digital wellbeing.

Who

Girls that are rising 6th-9th graders

Details

Priority registration is by June 1, 2022, although students can apply up until the start of programing in July.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Middle
Location
Online
Subject Area
Humanities, Science
Schedule
Summer
What

Get creative and express yourself all summer long at The New York Public Library with free events for all ages, programs for kids and teens, reading recommendations, exhibitions, and much more

Who

Students of all ages and the parents and caregivers.

Details

Library branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island are offering free summer events and programs for all ages: babies & toddlers, kids, teens and adults.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Registration is ongoing at: https://www.nypl.org/summer/2023

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, High
Location
Online, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School, 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 alex.moran@parks.nyc.gov 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

The School of Interactive Arts (SIA) is pre-college program in game development. SIA teaches high school students the art and science of game development, a field full of opportunity but lacking in workforce diversity.

The SIA curriculum is multi-year, and dedicated to preparing students for college and future careers throughout high school. The program uses game design as an entry point to teach computer science and higher level coding while helping students develop pre-professional skills in communication, collaboration, project management, and entrepreneurship.

We offer programs during the school year as well as the summer.

Who

Rising 9th, 10th, 11th graders

Details

July 12th through August 20th, Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm, 100% virtual.

Cost
Free of charge for eligible students
How to Apply

Apply online. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. When spaces are filled, the application will close.

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

The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) is a six-week opportunity for underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged high school and college students. This program exposes students to a variety of careers in the health field as well as various health issues affecting their communities.

The Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) runs from Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, August 12th, 2022. For six weeks, selected participants are committed to working at their designated worksite for three days (3) a week for 5 hours a day. Due to the pandemic, this will be done virtually, hybrid and in-person. In addition, there will be a mandatory workshop once a week.

The workshops will encompass a full 5-hour day and will include: health-related lectures, job readiness skills, field trips, and other health-related activities. Selected participants are also required to participate in a team-collaborated health-themed project. At the end of the program, the participants will be required to attend a mandatory closing ceremony and present their final project.
Please Note: Student participants are off on Fridays (depending on their site)

The program provides:
• Exposure to health care professionals as workshop presenters
• Introduction to health issues affecting the Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island catchment areas
• Regular interaction with health care professionals
• Newfound connections, job readiness skills, and insight into health care
• Mentorship opportunity
• Volunteer hours (120 hours upon completion)

Who

Criteria for Participation
– Students must be 16-20 years of age by the start of the program.
– Rising Junior/Senior in High School or Freshman/ Sophomore in college.
– Permanent residence AND/OR attend school in Brooklyn, Queens, or Long Island
– United States Citizen or Permanent Resident Status
– Sincere interest in the health field

Details

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
– Application Deadline is Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 at 11:30 PM (EST).
– Only complete applications will be reviewed.
– Students will be notified for an Interview by Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 via e-mail entered in the first part of the application.

Completion of an application for the internship program does not guarantee the applicant an interview.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Please apply here: https://www.bqliahec.org/summer-health-internship-program-ship/

Application Process:
– New username
– Complete online Application
– Upload a 600 word essay (Microsoft Word doc.)
– Upload a resume (Microsoft Word doc.)
– 2 letters of recommendations e-mailed to info@bqliahec.org from the recommenders
– One or both letter(s) from a school representative
OR
– One from a community member/ employer
*** References should not come from family members

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn, Queens, Out of NYC, Online, Citywide
Subject Area
Science, Academic Prep
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 mleon@msiahec.org 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
What

The Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) at The Rockefeller University is a two-week course aimed at introducing NYC public high school students to the brain. Organized and taught by graduate students, the program takes a look at the most current research in neuroscience in an effort to understand how our brain works and how it relates to our daily life. We seek motivated, mature, and inquisitive students, irrespective of previous scholastic achievement or experience with science. We are particularly interested in applications from students with limited opportunities to explore scientific interests through school programs.

Who

Students must be at least 16 years old and enrolled in a New York City public school at the start of the program.

Details

All expenses are covered (e.g. MTA passes, meals, and all necessary equipment and supplies). Please note that accepted applicants will be required to commit to attending the entire program in person.

Please contact us at snp@rockefeller.edu with any questions or concerns about the application.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

The SNP application consists of both a student application form and a teacher reference form. Find and submit both forms at our website: https://www.rockefeller.edu/outreach/snp/snp-student-application/. There, you can also find more details about the application process and timeline.

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

Summer Shakespeare is a five-week summer intensive that is free for qualifying students. Twenty-two students are selected to train five days a week in voice, movement, ensemble work and scene study (50 hours of classes total). The program culminates in a production of an abbreviated Shakespeare play.

Who

Applicants must be enrolled in a New York City high schoo demonstrate financial need (priority consideration for students who receive free lunch or reduced lunch)
Applicants must demonstrate a need for arts exposure (priority consideration for students who do not have access to arts programming)

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 application period is now closed! This program will seek new students in Spring 2024.

Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

Summer Sports Experience is an instructional youth programs that teaches sports skills. The Parks staff train kids in sports such as basketball, ball hockey, kickball, flag football, futsal, pickleball, soccer, team handball, track and field, and volleyball. This program covers basic and more advanced techniques.

Who

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

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

It's a drop-in program but registration is recommended. You can register at: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/summer-sports-experience

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

Map Free City is a free summer program for NYC teens to explore the arts all across the city. Participants attend 12 sessions over the course of 4 weeks in theater, dance, and music performances, visiting artist studios, master NYC’s subway system, learn the art of discussion and critical writing, produce media content and more.

Who

15-19 year olds or 10th-12th graders.

How to Apply
Grade Level
High
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

Project Inspire is a youth-led virtual organization that works towards closing the achievement gaps by empowering low-income minority kids through youth development program and making education equitable

Who

Students in Kindergarten to Eighth Grade

Details

Project Inspire offers programs in fall, spring and summer.

Cost
Free
How to Apply
Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Online
Subject Area
Humanities, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each 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
Grade Level
High
Location
Citywide
Subject Area
Academic Prep
Schedule
Summer
What

The NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy is one of several innovative, effective programs that the Department provides for young people in New York City. The program gives young individuals the opportunity to train with police officers during the summer, leading to positive relationships between the Police Department and the city's youth.

Who

Children between the ages of 10 and 15

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

Super STARS Leadership Academy (SSLA) is a sports leadership program for rising 11th and 12th grade female-identifying students.The SSLA program uses a sports-based model to teach the values of leadership, college & career readiness, mentorship, fitness and wellness.

Who

9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Details

This program will improve confidence, leadership & social awareness skills during and after high school by focusing on sports-exploration, college & career readiness and service

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

The program will kick off with the Summer Academy and will run from July 17th - August 25th, 2023. Apply at: https://form.123formbuilder.com/6452862/2023-to-2024-ssla-application

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
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
What

Hang, Play, Make is a dedicated time after school where students can connect with their techie peers who share similar interests. Students will hang with others and create simple tech projects. (Each Hang, Play, Make Workshop will cover different tech projects.) This meets virtually via zoom.

Who

Tech Kids Unlimited offers a variety of workshops throughout the year for students ages 7-22.

Details

Tech Kids Unlimited is on a mission to empower neurodiverse students’ lives through computer science and technology skills. A NYC-based not-for-profit educational organization, TKU inspires digital natives with disabilities to create, develop, and share the tools of technology in a supportive and nurturing individualized environment. By addressing gaps in access to accessible educational experiences with technology, TKU strives to change the paradigm for education and employment for neurodiverse students.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Online
Subject Area
Arts, Science
Schedule
After School
What

Explore how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. Be a digital changemaker and create your own websites to share powerful stories about women in history.

Who

Open to students who self-identify as women. Grades 9-12.

Cost
FREE, (pay what you want system, Full Price $150)
How to Apply

Applications closed on April 30. Please check back in the fall for applications for the academic year sessions.

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

Teen Reviewers and Critics offers free writing workshops in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, media, multi-arts and film.

Who

14-19 years old or 9th-12th graders

Details

A once a week, afterschool program that takes place over ten weeks in the Fall or Spring.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

TRaC is no longer accepting applications for Spring 2023.

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

The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute trains youth 13-21 years old, in leadership and debate skills offering in-school and after-school programs, intensive summer programs, and one day debate training programs throughout the year

Who

Young women ages 12 to 21 years old

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications are open online in each program's website.

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Summer
What

At BCNY, boys and young men can choose from over 40 afterschool and weekend programs that nurture the 4cs: competence, confidence, connection to community, and character development.

BCNY members select their programs, have access to clubhouse recreation rooms, homework help, mentoring and more

Who

Boys between the ages of 6-21

Details

After-School: 2:30pm-8pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Cost
Membership and all programming are free of charge.
How to Apply

Ongoing admission. To join the club go to: https://bcny.org/join/

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

In the Development School for Youth (DSY), young people learn to perform as professionals, and they partner with business leaders across the country who conduct development workshops and provide paid summer internships at their companies.

Who

Students 16-21 years old

Details

Program graduates are then placed in six-week paid virtual summer internships where they continue to develop their leadership and professional skills and connect to the world of success.

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

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is an annual competition for high school students in the United States. It asks students to write an essay of 700 to 1,000 words on a politician who has shown political courage by taking a principled stand on a controversial issue. The essays are evaluated based on writing quality, originality, and exploration of political courage. Winners receive cash prizes and recognition, and their essays are published on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library's website. The contest aims to inspire young people to understand and appreciate political courage and become active citizens.

Who

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools;

Details

The winners of the contest receive a cash prize, ranging from $500 to $10,000, as well as recognition and exposure for their work. Additionally, the winning essays are published on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's website.

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
What

The New York Academy of Sciences annually selects passionate high school students (ages 13-17) for The Junior Academy. These students join a global network and collaborate on project-based challenges focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Working on the Academy's online platform called Launchpad, they gain STEM experience, develop 21st-century skills, and compete internationally. Challenges occur twice a year, from September to December and from January to May, with teams of up to 6 members and mentorship from STEM professionals.

Who

Any student aged 13-18

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Please complete the Student Application for the Junior Academy to apply: https://gsa.smapply.io/prog/student_programs_/

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

A customizable exploratory tech and computational thinking course for low-income, minority students in the Bronx.

Who

High school students in the Bronx.

Details

Tech skills program including exposure to robotics, design and software. Customizable programs offered after-school and over the summer.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Interested applicants should fill out an interest form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-WKqpcRorHVvxvo5tfjdbcO_J0tz_Lp-hnU28ne01h-MD5Q/viewform. Interested students will be contacted regarding next steps when application reopens in 2024.

Grade Level
High
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
After School, Summer
What

The Lawyer Connection Club strives to provide high school students an opportunity to understand various careers in law, politics and government. In giving students the chance to both learn about said careers through talking to a diverse group of professionals, they actively work to create a more informed youth who have a more accurate understanding of their interests.

Who

Any high school student interested in law, government and/or politics.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
High
Location
Online
Subject Area
Humanities
Schedule
Weekends
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.

Who

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

Details

Programs are offered at no cost to girls and their families

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Enrollment takes place in September and January for the school year, and summer programs are offered to girls who participate in school year programs. To register for the Summer Jam Camp: https://www.regpack.com/reg/templates/build/?g_id=100912864

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

The contest each year engages high school students in learning and writing about issues of peace and conflict, encouraging appreciation for diplomacy’s role in building partnerships that can advance peacebuilding and protect national security

Who

High school students

Details

The winner of the contest receives a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet U.S. Department of State and USIP leadership, and a full-tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea upon the student’s enrollment at an accredited university. The runner-up receives a $1,250 cash prize and a full scholarship to participate in the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference.

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
What

NACLO is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic problems. In solving these problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills

Who

High school students

Details

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

The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school. These day-long programs are held at over 45 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

Who

High school students

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

You can begin your application at: https://perryinitiative.org/pop-application/

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends
What

The Point offers after school and in-school programming throughout the year in addition to summer programming for 500 young people. These programs aim to support the academic, artistic and positive social development of young people in Hunts Point and engage them as leaders in community development.

Who

Young people in grades 1-12

Details

These programs include a year-round collaboration between the International Center of Photography and THE POINT, a Summer Youth Employment Program and the Minds Empowered program.

How to Apply
Grade Level
Elementary, Middle
Location
Bronx
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
After School
What

Cooper Union's Saturday Program has offered free studio art courses to New York City public high school students for over 55 years. The current courses are: Architecture, Digital Media/Photography, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Senior Studio - Visual Art and Senior Studio - Design.

Who

Students need no prior experience, just strong motivation. Those who have attended the program in prior years will be offered a place in the program as space permits.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Students interested in attending in the Fall 2023 semester should submit their application by August 31st: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=giB6XQdoFEGz5n4kHRRpontZ-CJBAO5Hnz212a0N51NUNEpDSzdaR0I1TDVDQVhRUUtJRlpFUVI4MCQlQCN0PWcu

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

STEM Saturday Students develop design, engineering and entrepreneurial skills as they create "Technology for Good" to solve a current or emerging problem or opportunity for their community

Who

Students enrolled in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade in New York city can apply.
Priority is given to students with no prior engineering experience, and to students that identify with a group underrepresented in engineering careers, including Black, Latino and LGBTQ+ people

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Complete the STEM Outreach Interest Form (https://connect.cooper.edu/register/stem_interest_form) to be notified when applications open for Fall 2023.

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

The TEAK Fellowship is a free NYC-based program that helps talented students from low-income families achieve their potential. Through intensive after school and summer classes, TEAK prepares middle school students to get into the nation’s most selective high schools and colleges

Who

Students are eligible for admission to TEAK in the fall of their sixth
grade year.

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

For more information on how to apply check: https://teakfellowship.org/admissions/how-to-apply/

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

"Established in 1993, our youth program was built on the philosophy that children, when given the opportunity to grow within a safe and nurturing environment, are able to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. Our program is designed to incorporate project-based learning by exposing students to a variety of activities and disciplines that offer opportunities for creative exploration and self-expression.

Open from 2:45 to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, after school programming is provided to elementary school students in kindergarten through fifth grade and includes homework help, snack time, and enrichment activities designed to meet the individual needs of students, as voiced by their parents and teachers."

Who

Elementary school students, k-5.

Details

Program picks up from PS 166, PS 75, PS 84 and PS 163. Afterschool is free, but there is a late pick up fee of $20 after 6:15 p.m.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Apply during August for the afterschool program.

The best way to apply is by sending an email to erica@westsidecommons.org or calling 212-874-7272. Parents can also go in person to 696 Amsterdam Avenue.

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

"Summer day camp provides seven weeks of adventure during the summer months from July through August. Day camp activities are designed to expose campers to various cultural institutions and attractions throughout New York City and incorporate the arts in diverse learning activities."

Who

"Our summer program is for elementary-aged students in K–5th grades, and we offer a Teen Expansion program in the evening for teens ages 12–18."

How to Apply

Apply by April.

The best way to apply is by emailing erica@westsidecommons.org. Parents can also call 212-874-7272 or visit 696 Amsterdam Avenue.

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

The Summer Institute is a free, three-week intensive performance workshop for NYC public middle and high school students.

Who

Public High School students ages 12 to 17.

Details

A summer at the Institute builds confidence, independence, and creativity. Stepping outside their habitual selves, participants develop personal agency by taking risks in performance, and engaging in deep and revelatory play.

Cost
FREE
Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program places diverse New York City public high school students with legal employers for the summer. This program is part of the Association's continuing efforts to enhance the diversity of the legal profession.

Who

High school students

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

This opportunity brings students together to complete weekly community service projects that focus on ecology, conservation, and sustainability. TIDES is perfect for students who have an existing or budding interest in the environment, looking for new experiences and are ready to learn new skills.

Who

Teens age 14 to 18

Details

TIDES sessions run in the spring and fall.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Check the website back in the summer for dates and application for the Fall 2023 program. Reach out to the Education Department at education@brooklynbridgepark.org with any questions.

Grade Level
High
Location
Brooklyn
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Weekends
What

Through outdoor programs, financially-accessible to all, Trail Blazers equips and empowers youth to build values for life. They offer day and overnight camps, as well as school programs.

Who

For day camp: pre-k to 5.
For overnight camp: 6 to 16

Cost
Families choose the tuition tier that most accurately reflects their financial reality and ability to pay. Additional scholarships are available to families who identify as tier 1.
How to Apply

Registration is open and rolling, visit website to apply

Grade Level
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary
Location
Brooklyn, Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

The Chinatown YMCA's Cornerstone Program at the Two Bridges Community Center offers a variety of free programs, including Family programs, Summer Camp and Active Older Adult programs.

Who

Youth and adults

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Summer Programming is from July 3-August 27. Member registration opens Saturday, June 17 and community registration opens Saturday, June 24. Session availability varies by branch location

Grade Level
Elementary, High, Middle
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Humanities, Math, Arts, Science, Academic Prep, Sports
Schedule
Weekends, After School, Summer
What

Uptown Stories is offering writing workshops for Summer 2023. They have one and two-week workshops during the month of July, that are exciting, fun, and full of adventure. Students will write their stories, enjoy each other’s company and, of course, eat great snacks. If this sounds like the perfect summer day, then Uptown Stories is the place for you.

Who

Ages 8–18

Cost
pay-what-you-can
How to Apply

For workshop descriptions and to register, go to: https://www.uptownstories.org/summer-workshops-2023/

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

This science education initiative engages NYC high school students in studies of biodiversity using DNA technology.

Who

Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private high school in New York City. Students must reside in New York City. Students are required to complete two mandatory courses: Conservation Genetics and DNA Barcoding and Bioinformatics. These free courses are offered after school, during school breaks, and in the summer.

Details

Students take two training courses covering basic concepts in biodiversity, conservation biology, and science research. These courses also provide hands-on laboratory experience with common science research techniques.

How to Apply

After completion of the two mandatory courses, students must submit an online application to be considered for the program. Check the website in January 2023 for workshops for the 2023-24 school year program.

Grade Level
High
Location
Online, Citywide
Subject Area
Math, Science, Academic Prep
Schedule
Weekends, After School
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

The Weather-camp at the City University of New York is a two week program for high school students from the New York City metropolitan area, and has been offered free of charge to 6-12 students selected via an application process since 2009

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
What

The main purpose of the program is to expose underprivileged, underrepresented students, especially from inner city high schools, to the vast educational resources and opportunities at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Who

Current high school juniors interested in science and medicine

Details

All high school students that completed the program reported that it had a significant impact on their personal motivation to pursue a career in science or medicine and are more motivated to take more challenging courses in high school.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

For further information on these activities at Weill Cornell, please contact at wcysp@med.cornell.edu

Grade Level
High
Location
Manhattan
Subject Area
Science
Schedule
Summer
What

A 14-month program offering motivated New York City high school students a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of ecology, and participate in hands-on fieldwork and authentic science research.

Who

Applicants should be 16 years old by July 5, 2024, and New York City residents eligible to work in the United States. They should also be currently enrolled in high school with a strong interest in scientific research and the urban environment.

Details

WERM interns progress over 14 months, becoming independent researchers. In the first summer, they take two college courses and do forest restoration. During the academic year, they gain knowledge of NYC's natural areas and research skills through workshops and field trips. In the spring and following summer, they take a third college course and conduct research with scientist-mentors, presenting it at graduation.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Applications for next summer will be accepted starting January 2024.

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

Writopia Lab is a national community of young writers and thinkers. It offers age-based workshops that give young writers the opportunity to work on their own pieces alongside four to six peers. All workshops are guided by a published author or produced playwright who are thoroughly versed in Writopia's student-centric methodology.

Who

Ages 2 to 18

Details

Lots of programs, workshops and locations across New York.

Cost
Sliding scale.
How to Apply

Ongoing applications. Applications are now open for Summer Enrollment.

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

Learn the techniques of narrative nonfiction and interviewing and participate in writing lessons, discussions, and group activities. Write stories that will help other young people dealing with loss

Who

For New York City youth ages 15-20

Details

YC Magazine's newsroom offers a safe space for open conversations, with guest speakers and field trips that enhance the understanding of difficult topics. No prior writing experience is necessary, but attendance is required for all six weeks. Published stories may appear on the website and in curricula. Attendees will acquire skills and gain recognition for college and job prospects.

Cost
FREE
How to Apply

Summer 2023 application deadline is Friday, May 19

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

The Young Editors Project connects writers who create for young people with students who provide feedback on early manuscripts. This allows authors to gauge their intended audience's thoughts before publication, while giving students insight into the editorial process. Here's how it works: we send manuscripts and questionnaires to an adult facilitator who shares them with students. The feedback collected from students is then shared with the author. When the manuscript is published, students receive acknowledgment. This is an excellent learning opportunity for students, especially during remote learning. For more information or to express interest, please email kitania@thehawkinsproject.org.

Who

Young readers of ages between 4 and 18

Cost
Free
How to Apply

If interested, you can get in touch with Hannah Rose Neuhauser to learn more: hannahrose@thehawkinsproject.org

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

Youth Art Connection (YAC) is a free, six session summer program for high school students interested in art and museum careers. YAC participants view and discuss artwork from the Museum’s current exhibitions, create art inspired by the collection, meet museum staff and go behind the scenes of the museum, and participate in field trips to other arts institutions.

Who

All NYC high school students are eligible to apply, and preference will be given to students who live or attend school in Queens and graduating seniors

Details

Sessions will take place between 1–4pm at the American Folk Art Museum at 2 Lincoln Square, the museum’s administrative offices in Long Island City, Queens, and at other NYC museum and gallery locations.

Cost
Free
Grade Level
High
Location
Online, Citywide
Subject Area
Arts
Schedule
Summer
What

Youth Food Advocates (YFA) program is a youth-led group for young people who want to learn about social justice, public policy and advocacy, and are ready to create systemic change in New York City food systems, with a focus on school food. Youth will work collaboratively with other young people from across the City and develop the leadership, research, collaboration and communication skills critical to lead change.

Who

High school students, we strongly encourage rising freshman and sophomores to apply.

Cost
Free
How to Apply

Annual application is open May 15 to June 15.

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

Youth Insights is an after-school and summer program that connects New York City high school students to art and artists. The Whitney also offer drop-in programs and events throughout the year.

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

If you want to learn about science, history and technology, connect with colleges or if you’re looking for a unique place to hang with friends, the Intrepid Museum offers free events for teens to connect, learn and meet new people. Throughout the school year, the Museum provides teen audiences with science and history programming, mentorship days, college fairs and teen and college nights.

Who

Programs welcome all teens (unless otherwise noted)

Cost
Free
How to Apply

For more info and application visit: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/teen-events

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

Ages 14-21

Details

This program introduces young people to performance, improv and the world of theatre, offering free training in the performing arts under the direction of volunteer theatre professionals.

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

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 pislam@ywcanyc.org for more information.

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