Student Opportunities

Attention 8th Grade Teachers: K.M. DiColandrea (DiCo)  (NYC ’07) is kicking off a middle school Speech league this spring hosted at Achievement First Brooklyn High School (Crown Heights, Brooklyn). Current high school students will be hosting workshops and offering tournaments in Declamation, Oral Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Student Congress that will be held on Friday afternoons from 2pm-6pm.  (If you can only get there later with your kids, we can work with you.)

 Our interest meeting to learn more will be on Friday, March 24 starting at 2:30pm.  Email DiCo ( to find out more.

Sports Illustrated Kids

Know a student who loves sports and loves to write? Sports Illustrated Kids is now accepting applications for its Kid Reporter program, which is open to students between the ages of 10 and 14. The deadline for applications is March 15. Students who are chosen will write stories and blog posts for and work with SI Kids editors to pitch stories and learn how to become a better journalist. Please direct your students to apply here:  Reach out to Elizabeth McGarr McCue (2004 Corps) with any questions!

Clear Direction

Attention High School Juniors:  Are you interested in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)?  Apply to be a Clear Direction Fellow!  Clear Direction provides underrepresented minority high school students with invaluable exposure to STEM through formal long-term mentorship from current PhD and MD/PhD students at top-tier institutions, exposure to ground-breaking research, SAT prep assistance, and networking with other aspiring STEM-focused students.  Applications are now open for the 2016/2017 program.  For more information, please visit or Apply Here for 2016 Clear Direction Mentoring.


Tutors Listen

If we know that tutoring is truly effective, why is it not available for all students?

Online tutoring can make this a reality.  Tutorslisten matches online math tutors to students:

  • We provide an instantaneous and confidential connection to students
  • Tutors are available exactly when students are “ready to learn”
  • We have all the necessary tools (whiteboard, conferencing, chat, etc.)

If you have students that are interested in being tutored, please email Daren Tolz
(NY ’11) at

As a tutor you can set your own fees or choose to tutor for free.  To provide tutoring you can sign up here.  TFA members currently have free use of the site.

Free Orchestra Tickets for Students & Corps Members

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra invites Teach for America corps members and their students to Carnegie Hall! Access Orpheus is a program that provides free tickets for NYC public school students and chaperones to attend a professional orchestra performance. Attending a concert is a wonderful way to expand a student’s knowledge and further appreciation in music – whether or not your school offers a music program. Orpheus also provides study materials for each program to help you prepare your students for the experience. Concerts take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8pm and Saturdays Dec. 3, Feb. 4, and Mar. 18 at 7pm. Please email Caroline Curatolo, Director of Program Management, at to receive more information about Access Orpheus for the 2016-2017 school year.

After School Enrichment Programs for Students all in one place!

Every after school and summer program in one place. Easily connect your students with free and low-cost programs across NYC with Torus Teens (

CollegePoint can help your students with their college-related needs: Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched a new coalition of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions with the goal of increasing the number of high achieving, low and moderate income students enrolling in top colleges from 1/3 of 70,000 students today to more than 1/2 by 2020. Through this coalition with organizations like CollegePoint, we utilize technology to provide college and financial aid advising to high achieving, low and moderate income High School students across the country.

If your students meet the following requirements, they may be eligible for free advising:

  1. US high school student on track to graduate in the class of 2017
  2. Family’s annual income is $80,000 or less
  3. Has a GPA of 3.5 or higher (or 90)
  4. Has taken a standardized test (PSAT*/NMSQT, SAT*, and/or ACT) and scored in the 90th percentile or higher

Learn more and have your students sign up here!

The TalentEd Project: For first-generation, lower-income students, attaining a bachelor’s degree is the surest path to economic mobility. Yet only 9% of these students earn this degree by their mid-20s. The TalentED Project is a free resource for all users and directly connects college admissions recruiters and college access professionals to help students match to good fit colleges, where they’re more likely to succeed. View their flyer and visit their website to learn more on how you can get your students access to college.

Together WE change the world: Free Service Learning Resources for schools: WE Schools is a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful learning experiences happen when you make a meaningful difference in the world.

WE Schools is a unique service-based learning program that empowers young people to become active participants in both their local and global communities. The causes and issues that young people care about become the motivation for inquiry and skill development, as students research, plan and take meaningful action to make a difference. The WE Schools program provides educators and students with free curriculum supports, outreach speakers, educational resources and a full calendar of free action campaign ideas. Through WE Schools, students gain an understanding of the root causes of pressing issues like hunger, poverty and lack of education, and explore the many ways that they are empowered to make a difference. Through the WE Schools program and with the support of their teachers, young people gain the skills to succeed academically, in the workplace and as active citizens.

Find out more about this free program and sign up to be a part of the movement here.

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