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Throughout the school year, City students can participate in a range of programs and activities outside of the classroom that provide exceptional lessons and experiences that can only happen in New York.

November is no exception, as City students can apply and register for a range of opportunities, including leadership panels, apprenticeships, internships, and research residencies available for students in grades K–12. Check out some of this month’s program options, and apply today!

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Workshop: What is the Problem with Food Waste? (Online)

For elementary school students (grades K–5)

Tuesday, November 1610:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (EST)

Ever wonder what happens with our food waste after we throw it away?

In this virtual workshop by GrowNYC Zero Waste Schools, elementary school students will be taken on a virtual field trip to learn all about our food chain, including resource depletion and consumption.

This event is free, and registration is required.

10-Week Performance Residency within the Intrepid Sea, Air and Museum (Online)

For middle and high school students (grades 6–12)

Rolling Registration

Crossing the Line” is a free 10-week virtual research and performance residency that provides eligible middle and high school students with the chance to get hands-on with history. Participating students are guided and inspired by stories, images, and artifacts from U.S.S. Intrepid history to create their own performances for friends and family. Students in this residency will have the chance to develop deeper historical understanding, cultivate their personal social-emotional growth, and put their creative thinking and problem-solving skills to the test in fun and engaging ways.

For more information about registering for this program, contact

Become a Garden Apprentice at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

For middle and high school students (Grades 6–12)

Saturday, November 20 — 11:00 a.m.

Interested in learning about botany, environmentalism, and protecting the planet? The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working at a world-class public garden.

If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you.

Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the spring and fall.

Learn more about the program and register for it on Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Garden Apprentice Program webpage.

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Design Discovery: Design for a Cause (Online)

For high school students (Grades 9–12)

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 12, 2021
Virtual Program Runs: Nov. 13–Dec. 11, 2021 — 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Learn how architecture can be an instrument for good by registering for the Center for Architecture‘s four-session studio program for students. Participants in this virtual program will focus on design thinking and scale model-making while getting the chance to develop proposals for a pop-up kiosk that will promote a cause of their choosing.

The program cost is $400—need-based scholarships are available.

To register and learn more, visit the Center for Architecture’s Design Discovery page.

Apprenticeship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

For high school students (Grades 9–12)

Registration Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021
Program Runs: February–June 2022

Apply for a chance to work at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, where you will be able to learn about Jewish heritage, the Holocaust, and museum operations while working across various Museum departments. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about this apprenticeship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s webpage, and complete the apprenticeship application online.

Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of an Internship (Online)

For high school students (Grades 9–12)

Wednesday, November 17 — 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Thanks to Believe & Inspire, City high school students can gain a better understanding of what to expect and how to make the best impression at an internship through a free interactive workshop on Zoom.

Learn more and register for this workshop right on Believe & Inspire’s webpage.

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Get Nominated for the rFUTURE Program

For high school students (Grades 9–12)

Deadline: Monday, November 22

If you are a high school student with musical talent and are interested in sustainability, the environment, and social justice, get your teachers to nominate you for rFUTURE, a songwriting and mentorship program. Participating students will be able to work with music industry professionals to create a professionally-produced song while learning new skills. Select students will even be able to work with a video team to create a film to accompany their original song.

Participating students will be required to commit four hours per month to this program until June 2022.

Learn more about the rFUTURE program online, and get your teacher to complete an online application on your behalf by November 22, 2021.

Contemporary Dance for Students with Special Needs and Disabilities

For high school students (Grades 9–12)

Rolling Registration
Program Runs: Fridays until Jan. 28, 2022; 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Young adults with disabilities can participate in this series of in-person movement arts classes that help nurture and expand students’ capabilities while providing joy and human connection through the arts and public performance.

All participants and caregivers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Participants are asked to donate whatever they can afford towards the cost of the class series (suggested range: $10 – $250 for the full 10-class series).

To learn more and register, visit the KEONI Movement Arts webpage.


For more opportunities like these, keep an eye on our official Student Opportunities page, and subscribe to The Morning Bell below!

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