NOW IS THE TIME (TO PLAN A GREAT SUMMER FOR YOUR TEENAGER)

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TIME FOR SUMMER LEARNING

This is the first in a series of articles describing programs available for children this summer.  It is not a complete list, but it is intended to profile SOME of the art. STEM, athletic, and academic options that can be accessed.  If you are aware of excellent programs, please  forward that information by becoming a subscriber/member and using the comment section.

A few children will be able to plan their own summers.  Most will need the assistance/involvement of their parents, mentors, caregivers, etc.  You have to be ready and willing to nag, threaten, arm twist, confiscate their devices, whatever.  Most children will do what they want to do, parents have to make them do what they need to do.

Spring break has just ended for public schools, and the weather is finally reflecting the season.  Nevertheless, it gets late early if you want to secure the best summer 2017 for your teen-aged child.  Many of the most interesting, most popular, most informative, and least expensive summer experiences are advertised and fully booked long before school ends in June.  For example, the

Education for Sustainable Self Determination

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) has already stopped taking application for jobs.  That government-sponsored program is the largest provider of summer jobs for 14-24 year old New Yorkers.

The best student summer these days has to include a serious learning/education element, in addition to the rest and relaxation that every child wants and needs.  We live in a changing world that seems to be changing in negative ways.  Due to the unchanging, apartheid New York City school system, our children are literally “held back” in the life-long competition for education, economic advancement, and inter-generational wealth transfers. Unless we develop independent-of-the-school system activities and institutions, our children will never overcome the “achievement gap” and associated obstacles to equality.

Back in the day, summer was a no direct instruction zone.  You would learn a lot, but not by way of the classroom or text book.  Some would visit the grandparents or cousins down south or in the islands. Some would get their first “away from the family” experience through a few weeks of sleep away camp.  Others would stay in the neighborhood and attend summer day camps or vacation bible schools.

Summer school will be the fate of too many this summer, although the capacity of the summer school system can’t meet the “demand” created by failing students.  Many question whether more of the same – a few extra weeks added onto an unsuccessful 10 month school year – really helps.  This is business as usual in a failing system, where less than one in three Black or Brown students can meet the standards for math or language arts.

This first group of listings focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs held on college campuses.  The academic settings help demonstrate that our children can succeed in college – and beyond.

ROBOTICS/AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY

YORK COLLEGE
In cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
CUNY/YORK College’s Minority University Research and Education project has started an AEROSPACE ACADEMY for 1st – 12th grade students.
Registration for their summer program will begin in early May.  In addition to robotics, the program offers flight simulation, global positioning systems (GPS), lego, wind tunnels, space math, star lab for constellation gazing, Mindstorm, and more.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENTRY PROGRAM
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
https://www.fordham.edu/info/20964/step

This program offers students in grades 7-12 a variety of enrichment activities including research internships, laboratory experiments, SAT prep, college counseling, lectures, and more.  Programs are offered at their Lincoln Center campus and at the bucolic, ivy-covered Rose Hill campus in the South Bronx.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENTRY PROGRAM

CUNY/MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE

http://www.mec.cuny.edu/schools/SPCD/Academy-for-Youth/STEP.aspx

The program emphasizes educational enrichment class work related to careers in the targeted fields. Some courses include robotics, hydroponics, physics, SAT prep, regents prep etc. Additional activities include academic advisement and counseling to apprise students of the opportunities and prerequisites for the pursuit of their career goals.

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