• Opportunities for Students and Families

      IEP Binder Workshop (Presented by Partners for Success: Resource Center for Families and Schools)

      In this hands-on workshop, parents and caregivers will be instructed how to create a simple system for maintaining important documents related to their child’s  Individual Education Program (IEP). Binders and supplies will be provided free of charge.
      Please bring all your child’s paperwork, including a copy of your child’s IEP, meeting notes, evaluations, progress notes, handwritten notes, report cards, and samples of your child's work. Light snacks will be served.
      10:00 a.m. to noon
      Thursday, December 7
      District office
      1st Floor Boardroom
      200 East North Avenue 
      To register, contact Partners for Success at 443-642-3848 or PFS@bcps.k12.md.us.

      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

      Win a shirt from Better Make Room 
      Better Make Room, a campaign to increase the number of college graduates across the country, is launching the Design for Good sweepstakes. For the next three weeks, students have the chance to win one of 50 sets of Design for Good shirts created by artists and designers from across the country. Follow Better Make Room on Instagram for details. This contest runs from October 19 – November 9.
      Expires: November 9

      MERIT Health Leadership Academy opportunity for 10th-grade students

      MERIT exposes scholars to various careers in health care through hands-on experiences in hospitals and laboratories, and also provides guidance through the college admissions and financial aid process. During the school year, MERIT Scholars are required to attend weekly Saturday sessions. MERIT Scholars participate in paid summer internships working in hospitals and research laboratories. MERIT Scholars are paired with mentors (local undergraduates, graduate students, or young professionals working in health care) for the entire, three-year program. MERIT Scholars are also expected to complete all homework assignments related to SAT prep, medicine, professional skill development, health inequalities, and the college admissions process.
      Learn more and apply at https://www.meritbaltimore.org/scholarapp. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 1.
      For questions, contact Jake Weinfeld at 301-275-4166 or jake.weinfeld@meritbaltimore.org.
      Expires: November 1

      Free, architectural scavenger hunt in Mount Vernon

      As part of Doors Open Baltimore events, a scavenger hunt to encourage a closer look at different corners of Charm City will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 29. Young people can complete the challenge by picking up pocket guides from the Maryland Historical Society, locating architectural elements, and returning completed maps for a chance to win a prize.
      Expires: October 29

      Incentive Awards Program at the University of Maryland
      Students selected for the Incentive Awards Program at the University of Maryland will become part of a group that enters college together and follows a similar path, with shared experiences. Each student will receive a scholarship to cover the full cost of tuition, fees, room and board for four years. For more information, students should speak to their school counselor and visit www.umincentiveawards.umd.edu. Applications must be sent to the University of Maryland by Wednesday, November 1.
      Expires: November 1

      "Teen Talk" education program for high school students

      Planned Parenthood of Maryland's Peer Education program is holding hold fun, informal monthly discussion groups about reproductive-health related topics during the school year. Meetings will be held on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., in the second floor conference room at 330 North Howard Street. Free pizza will be available!
      • September 21: Birth control: We've got you covered
      • October 26: I'm feelin' myself: Confidence and self care
      • November 16: The choice is yours: Pregnancy options
      • December 21: Sex, drugs and self control

      For questions, contact Lindsay Roemer at 410-576-2143 or lindsay.roemer@ppm.care.

       Expires: December 21

      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).