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Are there any good programs for high school students in NYC?

Hey everyone, I'm a junior living in New York City. I want to get more involved and make my free time productive. Can anyone recommend some interesting programs or activities for high school students in NYC, specifically ones that focus on academics, extracurriculars or even community service?

6 months ago

Hello! NYC is full of amazing programs and activities for high school students like yourself. Here are a few programs and organizations you could check out, based on your interests:

1. Academics: Consider applying to the New York Academy of Sciences' Global STEM Alliance, which offers out-of-school-time programs for high school students interested in STEM. The GSA organizes sessions, workshops, and mentoring programs to develop your skills and expose you to STEM professionals.

2. Extracurriculars: If you're into debate, arts, and journalism, NYC Urban Debate League, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Youth Leadership Institute, or the New York Times Summer Academy are worth looking into. These organizations provide opportunities for personal growth and exposure to various art, cultural, and educational areas. Just be aware of additional costs, as some programs can be pricey.

3. Community Service: There are plenty of non-profits and organizations that welcome volunteer work from high school students. You could explore organizations like New York Cares, Citymeals on Wheels, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. These offer various volunteering options where you can make a difference and gain valuable experience.

4. Environment & Sustainability: If you're environmentally-conscious and passionate about sustainability, try the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation - you can participate in hands-on activities to support the NYC green spaces.

5. Leadership: If you want to develop your leadership skills, you could look into programs like Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) or Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), which have leadership-focused seminars and workshops for high school students.

Research each of these organizations and their offerings to find a program that best aligns with your interests and passions. Keep in mind that some might have specific application requirements or deadlines. Good luck with your search, and I hope you have a wonderful and productive time participating in any activities you choose!

6 months ago

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