Partnership for After School Education

Issue 110
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November 01, 2015

College Bound Seminar

Girl's Write Now is a hosting a College Bound Seminar for girls, on November 14, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Parsons the New School. Open to all high school girls, the free seminar provides the opportunity to learn about applying to college from admissions officers, get an in depth guide on how to pay for college, receive professional advice on writing an effectual essay, and talk to current college students about what college life is really like. Parents, guardians, mentors, and educators also welcome. Email questions to or call 212-336-9330 ext. 915. Registration deadline is November 4, 2015.

November 01, 2015

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Applications are due December 15, 2015.

November 01, 2015

Poet-Linc Annual Poetry and Spoken Word Program

Lincoln Center Education's Poet-Linc is an annual, free poetry program that brings together talented teenagers (ages 13 - 19) from across New York City to create a dynamic artistic community. In this community, young people are given space to express their thoughts, emotions, and vision of the world. Poet-Linc combines elements of Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and Poetry Slam and provides youth with an opportunity to showcase their talent at Lincoln Center and in a published anthology. Applications must be submitted December 15, 2015.

November 01, 2015

Better Make Room

First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative has launched a new public awareness campaign called Better Make Room. For young people ages 14-19, the campaign aims to celebrate education, change the national conversation, reach students directly where they are, and give them a space to create content while also navigating the college-going process. The campaign leverages traditional and new media platforms to celebrate student stories in the same way that we often celebrate celebrities and athletes. With partners in the business, philanthropic, media, and education realm, the campaign will stretch across the country to inspire students and give them the tools they need to reach higher for college.

November 01, 2015

Extracurricular Participation and Course Performance in the Middle Grades: A Study of Low-Income, Urban Youth

Activities outside the classroom – especially community engagement and sports – may help low-income, urban youth academically as they transition into middle school, according to a new NYU Steinhardt study. The researchers looked to a dataset of 625 low-income students from 14 New York City elementary schools, collected as part of the Adolescent Pathways Project. The students were surveyed in their final year of elementary school and first two years of middle school. The survey included a range of questions about students’ extracurricular activities, including the activity settings – school, community, religious, or athletic – and frequency of participation. Participating in extracurricular activities in the community, such as volunteering, was found to be the most highly associated with better academic performance. Athletic participation was also linked to better grades. The findings are published online in the American Journal of Community Psychology. The full report is available for a fee.