Student Opportunities

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All Schools

National Fossil Day
Registration Deadline: October 17, 2018
Event: October 17, 2018
Contact: 212-769-5200
In celebration of National Fossil Day, this special event will help students understand how studying fossils can teach them about the history of life, past climates, and ancient landscapes. Activities will explore fossil formation, extinction theories, fossil diversity, and much more. The event will take place from 10am-12pm and reservations are required. Visit the Museum of Natural History website to learn more and register your group.

Register for the Service in Schools Partner Fair
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: October 25, 2018

Educators are invited to attend the sixth annual Service in Schools Partner Fair. At the event, participants will meet and network with community-based and non-profit organizations that can support them in building a culture of service and service-learning in their school community. Free resources will be available and light refreshments will be served. The event will take place at the American Airlines Theater 227 West 42 Street, Penthouse Lounge, New York, NY 10036 from 3-6pm. Learn more about this event and register to attend.

Elementary Schools

Apply to Launch a Kids Action Team
Application Deadline: November 5, 2018
Event: December 13, 2018, January 29, 2019, and May 30, 2019
Service in Schools invites elementary school teachers to apply to launch a Service in Schools Kids Action Team at their school and lead students in making positive change in their community. Teachers participating in the Service in Schools Kids Action Team Program will receive free professional development, resources, and support to complete a service-learning project with students by May 2019. Session topics include the foundations of service-learning and media-based approaches to investigating and taking action on issues. Professional learning sessions will take place in midtown Manhattan on December 13, 2018 and January 29, 2019 from 8:30am-3:00pm. The program culminates in the Celebration of Service on May 30, 2019, where students will share out their service accomplishments. Learn more about this opportunity, and apply to launch a Service in Schools Kids Action Team. 


Elementary and Middle Schools

Audition for the Salute to Music Program
Event: October 20, 2018 and October 27, 2018
Contact: Robert Rams
The Salute to Music Program invites students in grades 4-8 to attend auditions for one of the following ensembles: Borough-Wide Concert Band (ALL boroughs), Borough-Wide Orchestra (Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island ONLY), Citywide Chorus, and Citywide Jazz Ensemble. Each borough ensemble site will prepare and present a culminating concert in the spring. This free program is staffed by licensed NYC DOE music teachers and operates on Saturday mornings at sites located in each borough. Participation in a Junior Ensemble may be available for students who have completed at least one year of instrumental study and show promise of acquiring the skills necessary for advancement. Visit the Art Department’s website and email Robert Rams to register. 

Register for the Daily News Spelling Bee Competition
Registration Deadline: November 2, 2018
Registration is now open to participate in the Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Competition. New York City schools who register after the November 2 deadline will not be accepted. Please note that the extended deadline on the website does not apply to New York City schools. During registration, you will be asked to identify a spelling bee coordinator. In addition to other tasks that will be communicated after registration, your spelling bee coordinator will receive access to www.spellingbee.com, which will provide your school with resources for your spelling bee program. Schools must hold their school-wide spelling bee by November 16. The registration fee is $160 and students in grades 5-8 may participate. Register your school today.


Middle Schools

Create and Engage With Art During Art Explore
Event: November 18 and December 9, 2018 
Contact: teenprograms@metmuseum.org/212-650-2330
Discover works of art from around the world and make art inspired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. The Art Explore program runs from 1:00-3:00pm, is free to participate, and includes supplies. More information and registration can be found on The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Apply Now to Become a NYC Junior Ambassadors Classroom
Application Deadline: October 22, 2018 
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Aissata Camara/212-319-9300
The NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs is accepting applications for the 2018-19 NYC Junior Ambassadors, an initiative empowering grade 7 students in all five boroughs of New York City to become actively engaged with the United Nations and its mission of addressing the most pressing challenges in the world. Program benefits will include: a curated tour of the United Nations headquarters, a classroom visit from a United Nations diplomat, a private year-end event celebration with all NYC Junior Ambassadors classrooms, and a program certificate. Educators will be required to include the United Nations in their classroom curriculum. Visit the NYC Junior Ambassadors website to apply.


Middle and High Schools

Tours of the Stonewall National Monument
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: October 24, 30 and November 7, 2018 
Contact: Jared Fox
In partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association and National Park Service, Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) groups and other student groups are invited to tour the Stonewall National Monument. Each tour includes a 30 minute conversation over food followed by a tour of the Monument with a National Park Service ranger. Pre- and post-visit activities will be provided. This program will focus on the movement for civil rights, and the importance of civic participation and community advocacy. Teachers must register their students for this opportunity. Registration closes 72 hours before each tour date or when the tour is full. 

Come to Teens Take The Met! and enjoy a night of art, music, performances, and more
Event: November 9, 2018
Contact: teenprograms@metmuseum.org/212-650-2330
Take over The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the night and drop in for teens-only activities including art making, performances, music, and more. Over 40 community-based organizations will be on hand to share information about their programs. The event is free, will run from 5:00-8:00pm, and is open to teenagers ages 13 and up. More information and ticket registration can be found on The Met’s website

Sketch With Us During Saturday Sketching at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Event: November 17, and December 8, 2018 
Contact: teenprograms@metmuseum.org/212-650-2330
Experiment with different drawing approaches while sketching from original works of art in the galleries. The program runs from 1:00-3:00pm, is free to participate, and includes supplies. More information and registration can be found on The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Sign Up for a Free Holocaust Education Program for Your Students 
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: October-December 2018
The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust invites teachers to sign up for a free two-part program for their middle or high school students. Part one is a classroom pre-visit lesson about life during the Holocaust and part two is a free guided tour of the Museum. Students will have the opportunity to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor, schedule permitting. Buses can be provided free of charge and minimum participation is 60 students with no maximum. The Museum is located at 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280.


High Schools

Attend the Balancing Me, You, Us: Healthy Teen Relationship Conference
Registration Deadline: October 18, 2018 
Event: October 19, 2018
The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, and John Jay College invite high school students to a convening to explore themselves, their relationships, and their communities. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from advocates, practitioners, and survivors and to network and build strategies for promoting social-emotional well-being. Participants will learn strategies for healthy relationship growth and information about available resources—particularly for those who have experienced abuse and/or for those who have caused harm in relationships. All students must be accompanied by a chaperone and chaperones can register themselves and up to 10 young people. Permission slips will be made available to chaperones upon registration. For more information and questions, contact OCDVAcademy@ocdv.nyc.gov. The conference will take place from 8:30am-3:30pm at John Jay College, 524 West 59 Street, New York, NY 10019.

Seventh Annual STEM Matters NYC Career Day 
Registration Deadline: October 19, 2018
Event: November 6, 2018
Contact: STEMCareerDay@schools.nyc.gov/212-608-6164
High school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are invited to learn first-hand about career pathways in these fields. Students will discover that STEM careers exist in unexpected places when they visit up to two New York City companies for an inside look. High school students are required to register individually and travel on their own to their chosen companies where sessions take place from 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm. All participants receive a free t-shirt and a round-trip MetroCard. Learn more about this opportunity and register to participate. 

Apply Now for a Paid High School Internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Registration Deadline: October 26, 2018
Event: January-June 2019
Contact: highschoolinterns@metmuseum.org/212-650-2330
Interested in learning more about careers in museums? Apply for a spring high school internship to meet experts, find mentors, make friends, gain professional experience, and more. This opportunity is open to students in grades 10 and 11. More information and the application can be found on The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Paid High School Apprenticeship Program
Registration Deadline: November 9, 2018
Event: February-August 2019
Contact: Miriam Kassow/646-437-4273
The High School Apprenticeship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust offers NYC public school students a challenging program of work and study as they learn about Jewish heritage, the Holocaust, and what goes on behind-the-scenes at a museum. Apprentices will participate in 10 after-school seminars led by Museum professionals on select Wednesdays from February to June 2019. The seminars will explore twentieth and twenty-first century Jewish history in the context of the Museum’s collection. From June to August 2019, Apprentices will hold full-time summer jobs at the Museum. Through a close mentoring relationship with staff, Apprentices will explore the curatorial, educational, administrative, and operational sides of the Museum. The summer portion of the apprenticeship will include listening to survivor testimony, field trips, and leading tours for summer youth groups. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to learn more and apply and learn more information. 

PRO-TV Professional Youth Media Training
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Are you or a student you know interested in exploring the power of visual storytelling? Designed for beginner to advanced filmmakers, DCTV’s PRO-TV programs asks students to pitch ideas, rotate production roles, interact with local community members, and discuss issues of representation in the media. Students will foster skills in team building, leadership, and public speaking while creating films that impact their communities. Visit the DCTV website for more information and to apply
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