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With the new year comes new opportunities for NYC public school students!

This month, City students in grades 2–12 can participate and/or apply for a variety of virtual programs and learning opportunities through City-based organizations like the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New-York Historical Society.

Check out the following list of opportunities below, and visit their respective websites for more information!

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Apply for the Tech Scholars Web Design at the New-York Historical Society

For students in grades 9–12 who identify as female
February 21–25 or March 7–April 11, 2022

Deadline to Apply: January 23, 2022

The New-York Historical Society invites NYC high school students who self-identify as female to explore important contributions by underrepresented women in history for its Tech Scholars Web Design program. Students will learn HTML and CSS to code and create a website to amplify a woman’s story. This program will take place in person and is being offered during February’s Midwinter Recess (February 21–25, 2022), or on Mondays in March and April 2022 from 4:15–6:45 p.m.

To learn more and to apply for this opportunity, visit the New-York Historical Society’s Tech Scholars website.

Participate in NYC DEP’s Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

For students in grades 2–12

Submission deadline: March 4, 2022

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection invites NYC students in grades 2–12 to create original art and poetry that reflects an appreciation for our State’s water resources. NYC DEP asks students to consider five contest themes: Water, A Precious Resource; NYC’s Water Supply System; NYC’s Wastewater Treatment System; Harbor Water Quality and Healthy Marine Ecosystems; and Water Stewardship and Climate Change.

For more information and to submit your entries, visit DEP’s Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest webpage.

Fourth Annual NYC Public School Film Festival

For middle and high school students (Grades 6–12)
Festival screening will take place May 20–21, 2022

Submissions Accepted Now Through March 25, 2022

For the fourth time, the DOE is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to host the annual NYC Public School Film Festival for NYC middle and high school students. As part of the festival, students are invited to create original films (5 minutes or lower) in any of the following categories: animation, short feature/narrative, documentary, experimental, and public service announcement/advocacy.

A panel of educators and media professionals will select approximately 20 films for recognition, and each film selected for the festival will receive a certificate of official selection. Selected films will be screened on May 20 —21, 2022.

To learn more, check out MOME’s New York City Public School Film Festival page.

Learn How to Become a Leader Through Believe & Inspire’s Virtual Afterschool Programs

For students in grades 9–12
Program runs January 31–May 5, 2022

Believe & Inspire, a non-profit that provides City youths with programming to help prepare them for the workforce, is offering three interactive virtual afterschool programs in financial literacy, internship preparation, and college admissions. The financial literacy and internship preparation programs are free, but there is a fee for the organization’s college admissions program. Scholarships are available for students whose annual household income is $35,000 or below.

Sessions will take place from 4–5:00 p.m., and run either once or twice a week online via Zoom and Google Classroom.

To learn more and register for these programs, visit Believe & Inspire’s website.


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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