Opportunities for Students and Families

Department of the Environment Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Tawes Awards for a Clean Environment and the James B. Coulter Award from the Maryland Department of the Environment. MDE is a proud co-sponsor of the annual Tawes Award for a Clean Environment. The annual statewide environmental recognition program seeks to involve youth, adults and private and public organizations in the restoration and protection of Maryland's natural resources. Any individual, civic, community or non-profit entity that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to enhance Maryland's environment over a period of time or with a single project may be nominated. The Maryland Petroleum Council will donate $300 each in the names of the Tawes youth and adult award winners to the non-profit group of their choice. (Deadline: April 11, 2017)

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. Request flyers for distribution or schedule a presentation for your staff or your schools.

Beauty and health workshop for 7th- and 8th-grade girls

Morgan State University will be holding a free "Bear Beauty" event in the Office of Community Service at 1700 East Cold Spring Lane from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m on Friday, March 31. Activities will include an empowerment workshop, D.I.Y. beauty bar, and guest speakers. Participants must register by Friday, March 17.
For questions, contact Brittany Laws in Morgan State University's Office of Community Service at 443-885- 3410 or b.laws@morgan.edu
(Expires: March 17)

Summer opportunity at Johns Hopkins for bi-lingual high school students
The Johns Hopkins Centro Sol youth summer program runs from July 10 to August 11 for 14- to 17-year-old students who speak Spanish and English. Participants will work with physicians and staff members to help Latino, non-English speaking patients navigate the health system, and will also be involved with community events. Lunch vouchers, MTA passes, and a stipend of up to $1500 will be provided. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 3.

Click here for more information or contact Monica Guerrero Vazquez at centrosol@jhmi.edu or 410-550-1129.
(Expires: March 3) 

Maryland Summer Centers for Gifted and Talented Students

Applications are being accepted for summer centers for gifted and talented students who will be in grades 4-10 this fall. Online applications must be completed by Saturday, April 15. (Financial assistance is available.)
Read this catalog of programs or click here for more information. For questions, contact Dr. Bruce Riegel at bruce.riegel@maryland.gov or 410-767-0527.
(Expires: April 15) 

Baltimore's Legends & Legacies Jubilee

In Honor of Black History Month, the public is invited to attend Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee in the Baltimore Visitor Center for free, family-friendly activities on Saturday, February 18 from noon until 4:00 p.m.
For more information, click here or visit Baltimore.org.
(Expires: February 18)

Morgan State University offering free, on-campus college preparatory program for 7th- and 8th-graders

Morgan State University's College Explorers program focuses on academic tutoring, enrichment activities, leadership building, and social skills. Participants will be paired with a current university student mentor and will explore higher education opportunities and extracurricular activities. The program takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m. and will run from March 9 to May 3.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 3. For questions, contact Morgan State University's Office of Community Service at 443-885- 4328 or msu.collegeexplorers@gmail.com

(Expires: March 3)

Rising Star scholarship opportunity 
Resident Services Incorporated and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s (HABC) Resident Advisory Board have established the Rising Star Scholarship Program to encourage education excellence, and foster leadership potential among high school students living in public housing.
Graduating high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted at www.central-scholarship.org by April 1.

Click here for a printable flyer. For more information or application assistance, call 443-984-1896 or email risingstar@rsinc.org
(Expires: April 1)

Bike Party Open House

Bikemore, the Baltimore Family Bike Party, and The Village Parents are hosting a Family Biking Open House on Saturday, February 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Peabody Heights Brewery at 401 E. 30th Street. 

Families are invited to meet and chat with local parents who bike with kids, browse bike seats and cargo bikes from local bike shops, and learn how to help promote safe biking and walking in Baltimore.

Exhibitors will include Baltimore Bicycle Works, Baltimore Family Bike Party, Bikemore, Light Street Cycles, Race Pace Bicycles - Baltimore, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy / Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, Twenty20 Cycling Co., and Side A Photography. 

Click here for more information.
(Expires: February 11) 

University-based summer STEM program for 11th- and 12th-graders
The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) provides high school juniors and seniors with science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. Students receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour, and can work up to 300 hours. Participating students contribute to the Army’s laboratory research while learning research methods, using advanced research equipment, and being part of an active research group.

Please note that HSAP is for commuting students only and is not an in-residence program. No housing allowance or meal plan is provided. Students should therefore only apply for university laboratories that they are able to commute to daily.

At the end of the program students will prepare abstracts documenting the research they performed during the apprenticeship. Guidelines and deadlines will be provided to students participating in the program. Click here for a flyer. 

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28
(Expires: February 28) 

College experience conference at Johns Hopkins University
Ninth- to 11th-grade high school students and their families are invited to attend the Excel Youth Conference from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at Johns Hopkins University's Mason Hall at 3101 Wyman Park Drive. Lunch will be provided.
Admissions representatives and current students will discuss the college search and application process, financial aid, academic and social aspects of the undergraduate experience, and ways parents and guardians can support their child's educational journey.
Space is limited and attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should be accompanied by a chaperone or guardian throughout the entire day. Click here to register.
For questions, email counselors@jhu.edu.
(Expires: March 4) 

Young Woman Voluntarism Scholarship

The Junior League of Baltimore's annual Young Woman Voluntarism Scholarship awards $1,000 to a female, graduating senior who has performed outstanding volunteer service during her high school years.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • Reside in Maryland and attend a Maryland public, charter, private, community or parochial high school in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, or Harford County.
  • Be a female graduating senior with plans to matriculate to an accredited, two- or four-year, post-secondary institution in Fall 2017. (Applicants must provide verification of college enrollment. Funds will be paid directly to the college or university in which the student enrolls, in the student’s name.)
  • Not be a current member or immediate relative of a current member of the Junior League of Baltimore.
  • Have an outstanding volunteer service record, have achieved academic success, and show the promise of continued success.
 All applications must be postmarked by March 31. Click here to complete the application online.
(Expires: March 31) 

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science scholarships
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships were established to encourage minority students to pursue college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The program was created in 2010 by Dr. Bernard Harris, a former astronaut, physician and businessman, and ExxonMobil to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Each spring, $5,000 scholarships are awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students currently completing their senior year of high school. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 scholarships. The deadline to submit is April 10.
(Expires: April 10) 

Free tax preparation
The Baltimore CASH Campaign provides free tax preparation for individuals or families with incomes under $54,000. The campaign also insures that taxpayers benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit and provides other financial services. Appointments must be made in advance and are available at locations around the city.
For more information, view this flyer, call 410-234-8008, or visit www.bmorefreetaxes.org.  

2016-17 School Survey

All members of a school community — students, staff, and families — contribute to a school's success. So each year, we ask these stakeholders to make their voices heard and to tell us what's working (and what isn't) at each school, and to help school leaders make important decisions that affect student learning on a day-to-day basis. 

Schools use the results of the annual school survey to help make important decisions like whether to add courses, change the physical environment of the school, or hire particular staff. Every survey counts because the more people that fill out the survey, the more confident school leaders can be in the results.

Make your voice heard and make your school better.

Fill out the your 2016-17 school survey today!Complete hoy la encuesta de la escuela 2016-17!
(Expires: February 24, 2017) 

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, 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)

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.
(Expires: March 11)

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) 

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) 

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)