Activities and Opportunities for Students 2021-2022
Activities and Opportunities for Students 2021-2022
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
CUNY CAT Junior Youth Theatre - Free Program for Middle Schoolers
CAT Youth Theatre is an award-winning theatre program that helps young people to thrive- on stage and in life. Young people to create socially relevant, artistically sophisticated original plays—all while having fun and building community! The program offers engaging activities that help students practice critical thinking skills while exploring their creativity!
The Junior Youth Theatre meets on Wednesday afternoons at our midtown studios from 4pm to 6:30pm in person. Now is the perfect time for new members to join- interested participants or their families can apply at bit.ly/CATYTApp.
The Morning Bell
Upcoming Opportunities for Students (January 2022)
by The Morning Bell
New year, new opportunities for NYC students! Check out some of the latest learning programs and workshops available to City students this month!
The Met - Free Admission
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
At the New-York Historical Society, discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
Guggenheim New York
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
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
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
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.
Museum of Arts and Design
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
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
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.
Discount Tickets for Students at 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
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
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:
YMCA - Teens Take the City
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!
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
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.