Activities and Opportunities for Students 2020-2021

Activities and Opportunities for Students 2020-2021

 

Below is a listing of low or no-cost programs, events and opportunities for middle school students around the city. They are neither endorsed nor recommended by ESMS, but rather listed for reference only. Suggestions and updates can be emailed to PTA@esms.org

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

 Department of Youth and Community Development 

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program. Each summer, paid project-based activities help NY students age 14-15 learn about career opportunities and make a difference in their communities. Participants receive the opportunity to develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help to develop their social, civic and leadership skills. Apply by April 23: https://application.nycsyep.com

Working Papers

Working Papers - All teens between 14-17 years of age must get an employment certificate in order to work. Interested students should complete this form and reach out to Jessica McInnis, our school counselor: jmcinnis@schools.nyc.gov.

FREE coding camp for middle schoolers

 

Coding Camp

FREE coding camp for middle schoolers

July 5-16, Monday-Friday from 12-2pm (virtual)

Learn computer science and how to code by understanding the basics of a programming language. CODE, a NYC-based, student-led nonprofit organization, is dedicated to expanding student tech engagement using a peer-mentorship approach. Learn at your level and get quality tutoring lessons from experienced programmers at no cost. Sign up at bit.ly/codecamp21. For more information, visit techcodes.org. If you have any questions or concerns, contact team@techcodes.org

Virtual Summer Arts Institute Summer 2021

 Summer Art Institute 

Sessions from July 5 to July 30th.

Applications due: March 22, 2021

 2021 SAI Announcement.pdf 

 

Stemettes - Inspire girls in STEM

STEMETTEYoung women in STEM

Stemettes inspires the next generation of girls and nonbinary people into ScienceTechnologyEngneering and Maths (STEM).  Parents, feel free to sign up your kid to be mentored by high schoolers in a series of virtual meetings over the next year. 

The Met - Free Admission

MET Free Teen Pass

Metropolitant Museum of Art

Check your backpack at the door, and travel around the world and across time at the Met! All you need for unlimited free admission is this Teen Pass and a valid middle or high school ID. Use this pass and keep it in your wallet for access to some of the world’s greatest art, anytime the mood strikes you. 

New-York Historical Society

NY Historical Society LogoAt the New-York Historical Society, discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation. 

Guggenheim New York

Guggenheim Museum Logo

The Guggenheim’s programs for families, kids, and teens are taught by artists and museum educators who use a wide range of media to foster creativity.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History 

The American Museum of Natural History offers a variety of experiences and opportunities for teens. From internships and research opportunities to courses, workshops and special events, there are offerings to suit a range of interests.  

 

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York Logo
At the Museum of the City of New York, discover weekend and after school programs for middle and high-school students who want to dig deeper into NYC and its history while building their skills and resumes.

The Whitney Museum of American Art

 Whitney Museum Logo 

Programs at The Whitney give New York City students the opportunity to discuss art critically, think creatively, and make art with contemporary artists, educators, and their peers. 

Note: some programs are limited to HS students.

Cooper Hewitt, A Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cooper Hewitt's mission is to educate, inspire and empower people through design.  They offer an array of programs and opportunities geared towards tweens and teens.  

Also check out their family programs

Museum of Arts and Design

 Museum of Art and Design Logo 

Special Events and Programs @ MAD With the understanding that a great deal of learning occurs informally outside of school, MAD offers free admission to students with a school ID.   MAD also offers a number of programs just for teens including teen nights, artist and teen workshops, peer-to-peer tours, and work-study opportunities.

The Frick Collection

Frick Museum 

Artists of all skill levels are welcome to sketch in the tranquil, historic galleries of the Frick among the Old Masters.  Check out teen programs at the gallery.

Children's Museum of The Arts

Students working on art at CMA
Children Museum of the Arts

CMA’s Teen program offers art lovers in 6th-9th grade a variety of free opportunities to create, develop, and explore art-making under the guidance and mentorship of their teaching artists. 

Museum of The Moving Image

 Museum of Moving Image Logo 

MOMI offers a wide variety of learning activities--from drop-in workshops to multi-week courses--for young people and teens. For more information about the Museum’s tween and teen programs, visit their education program Tumblr, or sign up for the teen programs newsletter.

Discount Tickets for Students at Carnegie Hall

 

STUDENT INSIDERS @ CARNEGIE HALL

Student Insiders have the benefit of purchasing $10 tickets online or over the phone. They are also eligible to purchase Hope and Robert F. Smith Chairman Student Seats (Parquet Level) at the Box Office.  With the pass, students are allowed to purchase up to 2 tickets per concert with the discount. Carnegie Hall also offers other student opportunities.  

 

 

 

NYC Culture Pass

NYC Cultural Pass
Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass. If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions. Save money and discover more about your city! 

 

Growing Up NYC - After School Programs

After School Low Cost Programs 
New York City provides a database of free & low cost after school programs in NYC, searchable by program type, borough, and age.

For more information:
https://growingupnyc.cityofnewyork.us/afterschool/?ages=pre-teen&ages=teen&page=2

 

 

YMCA - Teens Take the City

YMCA Logo New York City's YMCA
Teens Take the City Program


Teens Take the City is a civic engagement program focused specifically on NYC government and fostering community organizing skills to build thoughtful, leaders of tomorrow.  By working alongside local political leaders, teens have the chance to see how political decisions are made, and learn how to become effective agents of change. Writing legal memoranda, resolutions, and press releases gives teens hands on experience, and exposure to how the democratic process impacts NYC communities.

The program provides opportunities for students to:

Understand the New York City legislative system
Read and debate current bills before the New York City Council
Meet and work alongside local politicians, professionals and managers of NYC agencies
Hold a legislative session in New York City Council Chambers
Pursue internship opportunities within City government
Make change in their community

Contact your local branch to learn more about Teens Take the City opportunities near you!

IDNYC

 ID NYC 

Our city’s children have big dreams. As they get older, and more curious, they want to do and explore more. Now, as they turn 10 years old, you can help them get their very own New York City government issued ID card to explore the city together.

With free one-year memberships at museums, plus discounts on movie tickets and amusement parks, the whole family can do more, together. Even better: Your child’s IDNYC card works as a city-wide library card

Be sure to check out their Teen and Young Adults Page

See Additional IDNYC Benefits

Inside Schools

Inside Schools

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.