• Opportunities for Students and Families

      Entries Sought for Baltimore High School Film Festival

      The Baltimore High School Film Festival is open to high school students. Movies can be produced in school, at home, in an after-school program, or through any organization. One cash award of $300 will be given to the best film in each of the following categories.
      • Documentary: Nonfiction story telling
      • Narrative short: Fiction story telling
      • Animation: Any form, as long as a story is told
      • Advocacy (e.g., social justice, LGBT rights): Videos made in support or defense of a particular cause
      • The Mix: Any video that does not fit the above categories (e.g., music video, PSA, cinepoem or experimental work)

      Works in process, commercials, and film trailers are not eligible. More than one entry may be submitted, but separate entry forms are required for each video. All copyrighted material used in films must be licensed.

      Submission deadline is May 21.  Click here for more information.

      Expires: May 21, 2018

      Summer Enrichment and Gifted and Advanced Learning Programs 

      If you are interested in an enrichment or gifted and advanced learning program for your child, please take a look at this list that district staff has compiled.

      Expires: September 1, 2018

      Annual Unleashed Conference-Defining Your Power, Purpose and Passion

      A Bigger Picture will hold its annual Unleashed Conference for girls in grades 6 to 12 at Coppin University on Saturday, April 28

      Admission is free (with a donation of three or more school supply items) and focuses on topics such as self-confidence, goal setting, scholarship applications, college readiness, personal branding, self-care/mental wellness, bullying, and financial literacy. There will be educational workshops, entertainment, and fun activities. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

      Space is limited. Register here.

      For more information and a video of last year's event, visit A Bigger Picture.

      Expires: April 28, 2018

      City Nature Challenge
      The National Aquarium is coordinating regional efforts for the 2018 City Nature Challenge, an international effort to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. This friendly competition between cities to see which metropolitan area can make the most observations of nature, identify the most species, and engage the most people will be held from April 27 to 30.

      For more information, visit http://www.aqua.org/baltimore-cnc.
      Expires: April 30

      Children & Teens Grief Support at Camp Erin® Baltimore

      Created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin® is a network of free bereavement camps for children and teens (ages 6-17) who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The three-day experience includes traditional, fun camp activities that are combined with grief education and emotional support, led by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. Camp Erin will be held from August 10 to 12 at North Bay Adventure Center, in North East, Maryland.

      Call 410-235-6633 or visit www.robertashouse.org for details.

      Expires: August 10 

      Class of 2018: High school job fair

      Graduating high school seniors are invited to a job fair at the Baltimore City War Memorial (101 North Gay Street) on Wednesday, May 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Seniors interested in going directly to work after high school or those looking for employment while attending college should attend. Youth-friendly employers, training providers, and military representatives will be on hand. Business casual attire and resumes are required.

      Students must RSVP to attend.

      For more information, email HSGrads@oedworks.com.

      Expires: May 9

      Read to Reef book club

      The National Aquarium, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library System, is once again hosting the Read to Reef book club!
      1. Throughout the month of March, Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and below may visit any Enoch Pratt Free Library Branch and show their library card to receive a Read to Reef bookmark, while supplies last.
      2. Check out the list of the National Aquarium's favorite aquatic or conservation-themed books or ask a librarian for suggestions. Borrow, read or listen to someone read any five of these books and record them on the Read to Reef bookmark.
      3. Bring a completed bookmark to the National Aquarium's ticket center through June 17, 2018, to exchange it for up to four admission tickets to be used that day.

      Find more information at www.aqua.org/read.  

      Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement survey
      Parents or guardians of children receiving special education and related services will be mailed the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services during the week of February 5. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope by TuesdayMay 1.
      Expires: May 1 

      Opportunity to volunteer with Reading Partners 

      Volunteer tutors help carry out Reading Partners' mission to assist elementary school students in literacy development and to inspire children to be lifelong readers. Tutors engage with selected students in one-on-one tutoring sessions at on-site Reading Centers, and collaborate with the Reading Partners School Site Coordinator to assess student needs and how best to address them. The children tutors work with are performing below their expected academic grade level and enjoy the benefits of working with a tutor to improve their overall reading skills.
      For questions, call 410-949-1552  or email volunteerbal@readingpartners.org.

      Expires: June 10

      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 

      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).