• Opportunities for Students and Families


      Annual Black History Month Festival at Morgan State University

      Morgan State University is holding its third annual Black History Month Festival on Saturday, February 3, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the student center at ‪1700 East Coldspring Lane. This festival aims to inform, educate, and unify the campus and community with activities for all ages (e.g., African arts and crafts, African dance, and educational games) that celebrate black history and culture. Snacks will be provided. 

      For questions, please contact heguz1@morgan.edu or asjac14@morgan.edu.

      Expires: February 3 

      Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s Martin Luther King, Jr. essay and oratory contest

      Mayor Catherine E. Pugh invites 13- to 18-year-old students who live in Baltimore City to enter an essay and oratory contest to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month. Students are asked to write an original essay that answers the question: If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were still alive today, what would he think?

      Essays must be between 500 and 800 words, must use Arial, 12-point font, and must be double-spaced and justified, with one-inch margins. Entries will be divided into 13-15 and 16-18 age groups. The top three finalists in each age group will receive cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100. They will also be notified by phone or email on Thursday, February 15 to participate in the oratory portion of the contest which will take place at City Hall on Wednesday, February 28.

      Essays must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 9.

      For more information, email bhcontest@baltimorecity.gov.

      Expires: February 9

      Applications now being accepted for AP Summer Academy

      Students who plan to enroll in AP Biology, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, or U.S. Government & Politics are encouraged to consider registering for City Schools' AP Summer Academy. The Academy helps students fill in essential skill gaps and/or get a jumpstart on content they will encounter in the fall. This year's program will run from July 9 to August 10.

      As in years past, students who are eligible for employment via YouthWorks can select the AP Academy as their work site and be paid by YouthWorks for their participation. To do so, they must complete all applicable YouthWorks applications and interviews, and must specifically choose the Academy as their work site.

      Due to the limited number of seats available, interested students should apply as soon as possible.

      Expires: July 31 

      Information Session on Gifted Learners

      City Schools and the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) are hosting a free, two-hour information session in the Hodson Hall at Johns Hopkins University (3400 N. Charles Street) on Saturday, January 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The session will outline City Schools' identification process and support for gifted learners, a n overview of CTY online and summer programming, a parent session on raising gifted learners, and more. Due to limited capacity, attendees are asked to RSVP in advance.

      For more information, email ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
      Expires: January 20

      Dr. Kenneth Mann Scholarship Award for Elementary Teacher Applicants

      The Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) is a professional organization of elementary and middle school principals, supervisors, and other qualifying administrative or supervisory personnel whose mission is to ensure quality learning for all students, support colleagues with resources and leadership,and demonstrate commitment to equality and excellence in education.

      Based on Dr. Kenneth E. Mann’s dedication and work for 29 years to MAESP and local school systems, this $1,000 scholarship was created to honor Dr. Mann's accomplishments. It is offered annually to recognize an elementary teacher education applicant.

      Rising Star Scholarship
      The Rising Star Scholarship Program provides need- and merit-based scholarships to students who have been accepted to accredited higher learning institutions. The program's goal is to encourage academic excellence and foster leadership potential in young people. Awards are $5,000 each and are issued over four years, based on attendance and performance.

      To be eligible, applicants must be on the lease and a current resident of HABC public housing, rehabilitated housing, or the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8); be a high school senior graduating in 2017 who has been accepted for admission or awaiting acceptance into an accredited college or university; and, have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
      Applications must be submitted by April 1.
      For more information, call 443-984-1896, or visit www.risingstarscholars.org.
      Expires: April 2018

      College Savings Options
      The State of Maryland offers two 529 college savings options to help families save and reduce the need for burdensome student loans. Maryland 529, formerly College Savings Plans of Maryland, can help give families a jump start on college savings for as little as $25 a month. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust allows families to lock in tomorrow's tuition at today’s prices, with flexible payment plans. Additionally, low and middle income families may be eligible to receive a $250 State contribution.

      Y2Connect: Youth Resource Guide
      Y2CONNECT.org is a new resource guide that connects Baltimore youth to clinical- and community-based health and non-health programs and resources, including youth-friendly clinics, programs related to arts and recreation, school and job readiness, and youth development, family planning, HIV and STD testing, PrEP for HIV, resources for youth who are homeless, immigrants and LGBT, and more. 
      Y2CONNECT is designed for easy and direct access by youth‐serving professionals, parents/guardians and other caring adults, and youth. It’s easy to navigate, has many features to find the exact services and resources a young person might need, and is available in English or Spanish. Y2CONNECT is also mobile-friendly and available as an App. 
      Other key available content includes articles designed for youth about health; ability for youth to write reviews of local resources that they’ve used; materials for professionals who work with youth (e.g., Maryland Minor Consent & Confidentiality Laws; online video training for youth-serving staff to help connect young men to healthcare); and materials for parents (e.g., materials to talk with your son about healthcare).