Opportunities for Students and Families

Baltimore Beyond Plastic Youth Leadership Training

Learn how to be a strong leader at your own student meetings, and become a part of Baltimore Beyond Plastic, a youth-led, action-oriented organization dedicated to reducing waste in Baltimore City. Email Baltimore Beyond Plastic or visit the website for more information about upcoming events and trainings and to RSVP! (Expires: March 17, 2016)

Cancer Support Kids Circle

Hopewell will begin a six-week session for youth between the ages of 5 and 18 who have a loved one with a cancer diagnosis. While the kids and teens meet, parents and guardians meet in another room. The session begins with an orientation on Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. Following orientation, the group will meet for the next six Saturdays, from January 28 to March 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Additional information is available in this flyer. Anyone interested in attending the session, should email Wanda Harrison or call her at 410-832-2719. (Expires: January 21, 2017)

Free Prom Attire and Fashion Show

Students are invited to attend a formal attire fashion show and giveaway on March 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center (841 N. Howard St.). All students can attend free along with their parents. To register, email Sheila's Closet or visit Sheila's Closet website. A student ID and registration are required. Additional information can be found in the attached flyer. (Expires: March 10, 2017)

Green Opportunity & Job Fair

Youth (ages 16 to 24) interested in learning about jobs and volunteer opportunities in the conservation field are invited to a job fair on January 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Coppin State University.  Registration is encouraged.  For more information and to coordinate transportation, email the fair's organizers. (Expires: January 25, 2017)

Women Science Forum for Middle and High Schoolers at Space Telescope Science Institute

Space Telescope Science Institute's Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program invites girls in grade 6 to 12 to engage in a full day of interactive science presentations and hands- on activities related to science and engineering on Saturday, March 11.
Middle school and high school-aged girls are encouraged to share their career dreams, ask questions, and explore the opportunities in a number of science and engineering career disciplines. Lunch will be provided.
In addition, parents are invited to attend a workshop. During the workshop, parents will have an opportunity to participate in science and career activities designed just for them and engage with professionals in the related fields. For more information or to register, please visit the Space Telescope Science Institute website, or to get copies of the registration form mailed to you, email yae@stsci.edu or call 410-338-4571.

Nominate a principal for Heart of the School Award

Do you know an exceptional principal who deserves special recognition? If so, nominate him or her for a Heart of the School Award by January 31. Winners will be announced at a special event in the spring.
(Expires: January 31

Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) is inviting Baltimore City high school students to apply for the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize. One student will have the opportunity for a solo exhibition at Artscape as well as an award of $1,000. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. 
BOPA will be conducting three portfolio workshops to help students create a portfolio for submission:
  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 (drop-in 3 to 6 p.m.)
    Baltimore Polytechnic / Western High School
    1400 West Cold Spring Lane
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 (drop-in 3 to 6 p.m.)
    The Baltimore Design School
    1500 Barclay Street
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 (drop-in 3 to 6 p.m.)
    Benjamin Franklin High School
    1201 Cambria Street
For more information, please email Becca Belleville or call 443-310-3688.
(Expires: April 30, 2017) 
Applicants sought for Youth Arts Council
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) is inviting Baltimore City youth ages 14-19 to apply for the Youth Arts Council. BOPA is seeking dedicated, art-loving teens with an interest in writing, event planning, and educational policy. The Council will be designed by and for teens to inspire and empower other local youth through arts programming and advocacy. If you know of a teen who would make a great advocate for the arts and would like to connect with arts professionals and government officials, please encourage them to apply.

Eight selected teens will meet bi-weekly at the BOPA offices downtown. Teens will receive a small stipend for their time and develop great professional relationships and resume building opportunities with local and state officials and teen-centric programming for Light City and Artscape.

The deadline for applying to the Youth Arts Council is Wednesday, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. Applications may be submitted online or by mailing a printable application.

For more information, email Becca Belleville, Arts Education Coordinator or call 443-310-3688.
(Expires: February 1, 2017) 

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).
(Expires: Ongoing) 

Bank for America Student Leader Program

Juniors and seniors can participate in an eight week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization with the Bank of America student leader program. Students will learn about the needs of our community and the critical role nonprofits play, and civic, social and business leadership skills. Each student leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. to learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs. Applications are due January 27, 2017.
(Expires: January 27, 2017

Free Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program is an all-expenses-paid journalism and college preparation program at Princeton University for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. Alumni of the program have gone on to jobs and internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and many other news outlets. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017. 
(Expires: February 24, 2017) 


Volunteer with Reading Partners

Volunteers meet one-on-one with a student each week to help him or her develop strong literacy skills and discover a passion for reading. Reading Partners provides a structured curriculum, in-person training, and ongoing support to help students thrive. No teaching experience is required and anyone over 14 can volunteer. Flexible Monday to Thursday volunteer times between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. are available. Visit www.readingpartners.org/volunteer to sign up and learn more.
For questions, contact Alexis Acciani at 206-209-6208 or alexis.acciani@readingpartners.org.

(Expires: March 31, 2017)

Every Kid in a Park - 4th Graders eligible for free passes to national parks
Every fourth grader in Baltimore City Public Schools has the opportunity to receive an Every Kid in the Park (EKIP) pass this school year, either through a trip to Hampton National Historic Site or Gwynn's Falls. The passes will get the student and three other people into all of our national parks for free.

To learn more about the EKIP passes, click here.

Make sure to ask your school when they are going on their trip - and look out for the passes when they come home. The passes are good through the summer of 2017 - plan your trip to a National Park now!

(Expires: June 24, 2017)

Read to Reef Book Club
The National Aquarium, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library System, is pleased to announce the return of the Read to Reef Book Club this fall. The Read to Reef Book Club offers free admission to the National Aquarium for any child up to fifth grade with a Pratt Library card in exchange for reading five books themed around aquatic life and conservation. Throughout October, students can visit their local library branch and collect a Read to Reef bookmark. This program goes through April 30 or while supplies last. For more information, go to the National Aquarium's website or call the general information line at 410-576-3800.
(Expires: Ongoing)