New York City Performing and Visual Arts College Fair, Oct. 7

Encourage Your Students to Attend the New York City Performing and Visual Arts College Fair:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center- Hall 1E

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Free Registration for Students and Parents:

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The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will hold the New York City Performing and Visual Arts College Fair (PVA) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

The fair is free and open to the public and offers students interested in the arts the opportunity to meet face to face with college representatives from throughout the country.

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Info Sessions for College Explorers Program

From New Settlement Apartments:

Here is an updated flyer for our College Explorers Program! We now have an on-line application which can be found on along with more information.

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9/22 – Fostering Financial Literacy for Youth: College Financial Aid Packages

From PASE:

Understanding college financial aid packages can be confusing for young people who are trying to figure out if they can afford college. This workshop will help staff teach their youth to compare financial aid packages and understand the differences in types of aid. We will also discuss how to negotiate the package with the schools.

This is the first of four workshops in the Fostering Financial Literacy for Youth series, designed to equip afterschool program staff with the knowledge, tools and resources to teach their youth to become financially savvy and in control of their financial futures. 

Register here

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Education Dept. Tells Ratings Skeptics Their Concerns Are Valid

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

A key Education Department official said on Tuesday that she shared education researchers’ concerns about the potential unintended consequences of a federal college-ratings system.

Responding to several studies presented at a Congressional briefing she attended, the official, Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne S. Studley, said the researchers had raised “very appropriate” questions about the risk that college ratings could inadvertently harm minority students and the institutions that serve them.

Get the full article here.

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List of Resource Links For Middle and Elementary Students

Via Bob Bardwell:

These are resources for elementary and middle school populations. Also note that College Board has resources for middle school through our BigFuture website and for elementary and middle school counselors through our National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) site, both of which are linked below.

Over the weekend I posted a request for early college awareness resources for middle and elementary schools. I got lots of responses and they are summarized below. I do not endorse any of them and have not verified each one. Some folks responded that many colleges/universities have resources on their websites so that is another option to consider.

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Sadie Nash Leadership Project For Young Women: Applications Due Sep. 26

Below is information about the Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP), a successful educational and leadership program for young women in New York City public high schools. We believe that every young woman is a leader and offer free programs and classes to further develop that leadership.

We are excited to share an exciting upcoming opportunity for your students for
Fall 2014: Leadership Institute, a year-long, after-school program for high school aged young women. Classes will incorporate both community building and intensive leadership development as well as integrate college awareness, health and self-care, and increased communication skills.

Participants will receive an end-of-year stipend based on their participation and attendance in the group, and are eligible to receive school credit. We are focused on the intellectual and personal development of young women, but our programming also provides greatly needed networking opportunities, boosts college applications and provides young women with a safe, enriching, and creative after-school experience. Young women can choose between two tracks:

Sisterhood Academy! This class will focus on identity, leadership development, career and life options, healthy relationships, mental, physical, and emotional wellness, and creative self-expression. Using their own lives and experiences as a starting point, young women will examine their identities, explore their families and communities, and critically discuss issues facing young women. They will also build practical skills and knowledge on issues such as health, financial literacy, college awareness, stress management, job readiness. Through a variety of creative means (spoken word, art, and creative writing), they will also work to express their thoughts and disseminate their knowledge to their peers. Sisterhood Academy will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00pm in midtown Manhattan near Bryant Park.

Leadership Scholars! This is a college support class recommended for 11th graders (and 10th if interested). The group will focus on issues of educational justice and college readiness and college prep. The educational justice aspect of the class will examine such questions as: What makes a good school, and why aren’t all schools good? What is a “good education” and how can you fight for your right to one? You will also receive support, guidance, information around your own college plans and take a couple of college trips. You will learn about what colleges are looking for, how to apply, what options to consider so you will begin the journey towards college today! Open to sophomores and juniors only.
Leadership Scholars will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 6:00pm in midtown Manhattan near Bryant Park.

We are currently accepting applications for both these tracks. I have attached application forms that can be copied or youth can apply online from our website.

Applications are due by Friday, September 26, 2014 and youth will be invited to a short interview session once we have reviewed their applications. We are also hosting Open Houses on Saturday, September 13 at 1pm, Thursday, September 18 at 4pm and
Wednesday September 24 at 4pm in Midtown Manhattan at 4 West 43rd Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10036. Youth must RSVP to attend the open houses here.

We can also come to your school/site to conduct a brief presentation for youth, or participate in Fall after school fairs! Please contact us early for your event. There are no academic or skill criteria for admission into our programs.

We look for young women who do not have other opportunities like Sadie Nash, who are interested in building a community with their peers and want to develop their leadership.

Please contact me with any additional questions. You can reach me at 212.391.8664 or Thank you for your time and efforts in letting young women know about our programs; and most importantly, thank you for the work you do with young people in New York City!

Click here to download the application.

Click here to download more about partnership opportunities.

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New York Times introduces new index of colleges’ commitment to low-income students

From Inside Higher Ed:

The New York Times kicked off its higher education conference here Monday night by releasing what it called a “revolutionary college index” that ranks institutions that enroll students from low-income backgrounds.

The rankings are derived from a formula based on the proportion of undergraduates who receive Pell Grants and the net price (what students actually pay as opposed to sticker price) paid by those with family incomes of $30,000 to $48,000. But the Times applied this formula only to institutions with a four-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent. That’s a bar that only about 100 colleges meet, and all but three of them are private institutions.

Read the full story here.

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