Partnership for After School Education

Issue 92

January 14, 2015

American Museum of Natural History Programs for Teens

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has two free, full-day programs for youth coming up during school breaks. Playing with Dinos takes place during Regents week, January 28-30, 2015. Youth in grades 9-12 will delve deep into AMNH's dinosaur halls and educational game design to help staff develop quick, fun, and easy games for museum visitors to play. Killer Snails takes place over February break, February 16-20, 2015. Youth in grades 8-12 will help to develop a card game to be distributed by AMNH, working with scientists and game designers to learn about venom toxins, game design, and killer snails. Youth can apply here for Playing with Dinos and here for Killer Snails. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

January 14, 2015

Selma Speech & Essay Contest

The National Liberty Museum's Selma Speech & Essay Contest engages high school students ages 14-18 in thinking, writing and speaking about relevant, current issues of individual freedom and self-determination in the US today. In order to enter, youth must view the film Selma and submit an original 500-700 word speech and a videotaped reading of this speech on the topic: "What do you think needs to be done today to protect individual freedom and self-determination? What are you doing or will you do to peacefully advance those rights?" The grand prize is $5,000, with runners-up receiving between $500 and $2,500 each. The deadline to enter is January 30, 2015.

January 14, 2015

Latino College Expo Leadership Summit and College Fair

The Latino College Expo is holding its Annual Leadership Summit and College Fair on March 14, 2015. The Expo, which is open to high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their families, provides a full day of activities aimed at inspiring students and equipping them with the tools and information necessary to attain college success. The Leadership Summit begins at 8:00am and is comprised of workshops on such topics as college access, the college application process, financial aid, scholarships, college sports, visual and performing arts, and leadership. Youth must register online (passcode: youthsummit2015) for Leadership Summit workshops. The College Fair begins at 12:00pm, after the workshops have ended. There is no registration required for the fair, but the earlier participants arrive, the better. Schools and organizations from all over the country are attending to share information about their institutions.