Saturday, October 27, 2012

Become PENCIL Fellows!

Do you have stellar students looking for meaningful job preparation and workplace experience?

Help them become PENCIL Fellows!

As part of the PENCIL network of schools, we are happy to offer an exciting opportunity for your students. The PENCIL Fellows Program trains select New York City public school juniors and seniors to be job-ready and places them in paid, six-week summer internships that help them take the first step toward a serious career in industries ranging across industries. Most placements are in science, math, technology, and engineering companies so students with career interests in these areas will be given preference.

The program includes training for students (covering topics such as resume- writing, interviewing skills, office technology, and networking) and a comprehensive network of support. By becoming a PENCIL Fellow, students not only learn the skills necessary to compete in today’s job market but will also have the opportunity to apply those skills in a paid internship placement.

Criteria for Schools: If interested in selecting students from your school to apply, please respond directly with the name and contact information (phone and email) of the person who will serve as the school’s contact. School leaders must play a role in selecting students from their school to apply (a guide for student selection is attached). Each school may select up to 5 students to participate in the program. (If your school has participated in past years please respond and confirm the name of the contact person.)

Criteria for Students:  Students must be 16 years or older, be a current public high school junior or senior in New York City, have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and have valid working papers. They must be available to work up to 40 hours a week from July 9th to August 17th. Because the majority of placements will be in science, math, technology, and engineering companies,   students with career interests in these areas will be given preference.

Application Process: Students are required to attend a trainings session (which will provide an overview of program expectations in addition to guidance on resume writing and interviewing), complete an online application, and participate in a 30-minute interview at PENCIL. Specific application dates can be found on the “Fellows Events Calendar” attached).

If you have any questions about the PENCIL Fellows Program, please visit PENCIL's website at or contact Amanda Kelly directly at (212)524-2397 or

Student Selection Guide - Click here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Free Bilingual Comprehensive College Prep and Community Fair

October 20th, 2012

10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM

Lehman College - Apex Building

Register online:

New Futuro/ Brighter Futures Summit will be held at Lehman College - Apex Building on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The comprehensive college and resource fair is free and open to students of all ages and their parents.

New Futuro's main focus is to prepare middle and high school students for the college track. To this effect, the event offers workshops that cover four main themes: financial aid, college planning, careers, and parents/ parent involvement. Some of the workshops will be led in either Spanish or English, while others are bilingual.

The Summit will feature more than 150 educational, community-based and governmental exhibitors and partners. It will also provide bilingual representatives from higher education institutions (community colleges, CSUs, UCs and private universities), and organizations that focus on early childhood education that will provide free resources and information.

NYC -area schools and organizations can sign up to reserve a free bus to the summit for their students, families and members by filling out the New Future Bus Coordinator Registration Form: ( . Signing up is easy! - TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO RESERVED A FREE BUS

Or getting to the summit via FREE subway passes for your group:

If you want volunteer, here is the link to register and all the information!

Hope to see you at the event!

- New Futuro

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers "Dia de Ciencias"

The student chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at NYU-Poly would like to extend an invitation to students in NYC and their families to attend our "Dia de Ciencias" this upcoming Saturday, October 13th from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The activities planned out for the day include informational workshops on the general college application process, statistics and opportunities available for Hispanic Students, FAFSA 101 workshops for parents and most importantly interactive workshops where students get to learn about engineering hands on!

RSVP is mandatory. Please email with the students name, high school name, year and number of guests.

To learn more about SHPE and our programs please visit the National page website and feel free to visit

Saturday, October 6, 2012


U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

The U.S. Department of State announces scholarships for American high school students to study abroad:
  • The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Applications for summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 programs are due November 1, 2012. Visit for more information.
  • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2013-14 academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 16, 2013. Visit the YES Program’s website for more information.
  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2013-14; application deadlines vary by U.S. region and range from September 2012 to January 2013. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at
  • The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary. 
Click American Youth Leadership Program website for more information.