Happy New Year! This newsletter edition focuses on preparing for Career Exploration Month in February 2020 and supporting all students with career exploration. Over 490 NYC high schools have committed to celebrating Career Exploration Month in 2020. In preparation for this calendar event, we are providing the following resources to support your school’s planning: student posters, a planning toolkit with sample lesson plans and activities to engage students in all grades. Additionally, please encourage all of your students, particularly 10th-grade students, to attend the 4th annual Summer Enrichment Fair on Saturday, Feb. 8th from 11 am – 2:30 pm. School staff members can also register to bring a group of students. Students and families will learn about career assessments, internships, academic programs, and summer employment opportunities. Lastly, we want to commend you for your hard work last semester. We wish you a prosperous new year!
Jan. To-Do List:
✓ Staff: Look out for the 2020 promotional materials expected to arrive to NYCDOE district high schools by Jan. 9 and hang up the Career Exploration Month Posters.
✓ Staff Feedback: Complete Financial Future Month survey if your school participated in this calendar event by Jan. 10.
✓ 12th Graders: Follow-up with seniors who have not completed their FAFSA. Refer to the FAFSA completion data portal manual, if you have questions about using the portal.
✓ 12th Graders:Support seniors with the verification process, providing additional documents needed for opportunity programs like the CSS Profile and supporting students in beginning to fill out the NYS DREAM Act eligibility application (which will need to be finalized once students have graduated and can submit evidence of graduation).
✓ 9th and 10th Graders: Plan an early college awareness activity in preparation for College Awareness Day Jan 10.
✓ All Grades: Refer to the Career Exploration Month toolkit to help you plan an activity for each grade.
✓ 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders: Support students in grades (9-11) with applying to enrichment programs.
News you can use Bulletin:
✎ NYCDOE is observing College Awareness Day on Friday, January 10, 2020. High Schools are encouraged to host early college awareness activities for 9th and 10th graders and show them that higher education is attainable. Use the hashtags #CollegeAwarenessDay #CollegeAccessForAll to demonstrate your school spirit and follow the College Access for All Middle School Team @CA4A_MS.
✎ We invite you toapply for 2020 Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) Membership Grants by Jan.16. This opportunity will provide you access to NYSACAC and CACNY Memberships along with high-quality professional development to better support your students.
✎ Youth Communication is looking for 15 NYC school partners interested in the Real As Me girls’ empowerment program. Deadline to apply is end of Feb.