Monday, November 30, 2009

NYC Ladder for Leaders 2010 Summer Internship Program

Launched by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2006, NYC Ladders for Leaders is a college and career readiness program offering New York City high school and college students’ professional paid summer internships, college scholarships opportunities, free college preparatory and SAT courses, career guidance, and leadership development workshops.

The application is available online at The deadline to apply is Monday, December 14, 2009.

Who can apply?
Anyone with prior work experience (paid or volunteer) who is:
--A permanent resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
16 to 21 years of age
--A current high school junior, high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore
Legally allowed to work in New York
Please Note: Alumni of the NYC Ladders for Leaders program (or its parent programs NYC GirlsREACH and BoysREACH and CAPITAL) are not eligible to apply for the 2010 program.

Please keep in mind that submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the NYC Ladders for Leaders program or placement in a summer internship position. The NYC Ladders for Leaders program is NOT the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and students should still apply to SYEP when the application is released in the spring.

Below are instructions on how to apply for program.

What is the application process?
There are three phases to the application process.

1. Application
2. Pre-Employment workshops and mock-interviews
3. Interviews with Potential Employers
Participants selected into the program must complete each of the three phases. Note: Failure to complete or attend mandatory program events will result in dismissal from the program.

How do students apply?

1. Complete all sections of the online application form. This includes:

Responding to each mandatory essay question in the corresponding text box;

--Providing your resume in the appropriate text box.
--Resume should include any of your previous and current jobs, internships, leadership roles, volunteer commitments, extracurricular activities, and club involvement;
--Agreeing to the NYC Ladders for Leaders guidelines (if under 18, must be agreed to by a parent or guardian as well);
--Listing your official scores from any college entrance exams you have taken (such as PSAT, SAT, ACT);
--Listing a valid email address that you check frequently. If you do not have an email address, you can create a free email account at various web hosts including but not limited to;;;; etc.(Note – all program communication, including invitations to mandatory program events, will be sent by email only); and
--If you attend Boarding School or College/University located outside of NYC, providing a copy of your School Calendar (including winter and spring breaks, last day of classes and last day of final exams).

2. Mail a copy of your most recent semester report card or college transcript. If you are a college freshman, please mail your last high school report card along with proof of college enrollment (i.e. class schedule) to below address.

3. Complete and mail required applicant recommendation form (must be completed by a referring community based organization, teacher, guidance counselor, past or present employer) to the address below.

NYC Ladders for Leaders 2010
c/o Ms. La-Dana Jenkins
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
156 William Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10038

When is the deadline to submit my application?
The deadline for submitting your application is Monday, December 14, 2009.

If you are unable to complete the online application, you may obtain a paper version of the application by emailing Return your completed application to the above address.

For more information about the program, check out our website at You can also email us at


Thursday, November 19, 2009

ABENY Awards & Scholarhsip Opportunities

There are several awards and scholarships offered by the Association of Black Educators of New York (ABENY).

Bridge from Africa Essay Contest: The deadline for submission of essays is January 8, 2010. Winning students will be honored and will receive awards at a reception in the Cadman Plaza Library on February 6, 2010, 1-2 PM. Click here for the guidelines for the essay contest. Teachers may wish to have students work on their essays during the approaching Thanksgiving recess.

Human Service Awards: Each school is invited to select one student who has demonstrated outstanding service and brotherhood to others to receive an ABENY Human Service Award. (See attached letter to principals, for details). The deadline for submitting the name of the student who is to receive the award is March 26, 2010.

ABENY Scholarships. ABENY awards several scholarships to students in the public schools, among them, a $4,000 Elaine A. Davis Scholarship. Click here to see the ABENY Scholarship Applications. Click here to see the criteria for the ABENY Scholarship.

To learn more about the history and work of the Association, go to

Please note in the disclaimer that students of all ethnicities are eligible to apply for ABENY awards and other opportunities.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Year Up

Year Up is a one year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults, 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship.

The success is the graduates, enabling them to move on to full time employment and higher education. Their record is quite impressive. Click here to check the site: Year Up.
Click here for the application.
To get answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here.
Click here for the 4 Steps of the Admission Process in Year Up.
Click here for the Interest Form.

The Application Deadline is January 20, 2009.

Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

The Manhattan/Staten Island BETAC at Hunter College invites you to nominate students in grades 11 and 12 to participate in the 2009 Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute. This innovative program, sponsored by the NYS Senate/Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and the New York State Education Department, engages students in developing valuable leadership skills and in gaining understanding of the NYS legislative process. Selected students will attend a Saturday Institute in Albany where they will participate in a mock assembly and interact with legislators at the annual Somos El Futuro Legislative Conference.

For a detailed overview of this innovative program and its different phases, please refer to the official website click on to this link or you can copy and paste it to the browser. You can also click here for the student application packet, checklist, as well as a flyer.