Student Opportunities


"a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth to connect through literature and pop culture"


It seems like this program will meet weekly in a virtual space. I know of Shea Martin through Twitter and other online spaces and they are great. The application for this is due October 5th and it's just this short Google form. I'm going to send to a few students who I think may be interested. 


Youth Food Advocates

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Event: October 2020-May 2021

Contact: Anna Lilia Araiza/646-603-3021

Youth Food Advocates (YFA) is a free youth-led group for young people to learn about social justice, public policy and advocacy, and how to create systemic change in NYC food systems with a focus on school food. YFA offers students a fun and collaborative environment with other young people from across the city. YFA members develop advocacy skills through hands-on actions, learn valuable leadership skills, and create meaningful change for food justice. Weekly meetings will take place after school on Zoom and students can specify availability on the application form. Learn more(Open external link) and apply(Open external link).


Join the Student-Led International Economics Club

Deadline: September 10, 2020

Event: Ongoing

Contact: Lina Lin 

In the International Economics Club, participants will learn about different fields and governance of economics, finance, and business in the global economy. Participants will have the opportunity to sharpen financial literacy skills through events featuring professionals, professors, and undergrads who will speak about their experiences in the field. This is a yearlong program that meets virtually on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Mondays are about covering basic economic theories and concepts for those who are beginners in the field of economics. Wednesdays will be an analysis of real-world applications of economics, business, and finance. Fridays are for students to harness financial literacy skills. Learn more(Open external link) and apply(Open external link).


Next Generation Politics Civic Forums 

Deadline: ASAP 

Event: October 2020-May 2021

Contact: Sanda Balaban(Open external link)/917-543-8350 Are you interested in participating in conversations that emphasize multiple perspectives with civic-minded teens from schools across the city? Apply to become a Next Generation Politics Civic Fellow for the 2020-21 school year. Students will participate in an online Sunday Civic Forum series in the fall and an optional cross-school Civic Action Internship in the spring. Learn more (Open external link)and apply(Open external link).


YVote Forums

Deadline: ASAP

Event: September 2020-May 2021

Contact: Sanda Balaban(Open external link)/917-543-8350 2020 is a big election year in the United States and we need students to be part of it. Join YVote (Open external link)to be part of a youth social change movement organized around voting–and holding elected officials accountable–for issues you care about like inequality, criminal, climate, gender, immigration, and racial justice. YVoters can choose from two tracks of online forums to be part of this fall: the monthly Activist Track or the biweekly Leadership Track where students are eligible to receive a stipend. Both tracks meet on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00pm. Learn more(Open external link) and apply(Open external link).


Apply to join Journals of Color

Deadline: October 12, 2020

Event: November 1, 2020-May 31, 2021

Contact: external link)

Journals of Color (JOC) is an online monthly literary magazine for teens by teens based in the Bronx. Each issue will be centered around an important theme reflecting current events. While this magazine primarily serves Bronx teens, teens from other parts of NYC are encouraged to apply if they wholeheartedly identify with the mission of JOC. Writers, artists, and photographers will have 2-3 weeks to create a meaningful poem every month. Leadership positions to learn about graphic design and marketing are available. Not only will you be connected with other Bronx teens, you will be a founding member of one of the first teen literary magazines based in the Bronx. Learn more(Open external link) and apply(Open external link).


The NYC Action Lab will lead the first session of the " We the Youth- workshop series starting with - Legislative Advocacy and Strategy tomorrow 9/9/20 at 4:30!!!! This workshop will prepare young people to transfer their passion for protesting for justice into policies that promote equitable practices in local and federal government. The workshop is open to all young people between the ages of 14-24. Please register today!


We celebrate International Literacy Day to acknowledge the power and importance of literacy to individuals, families, communities and society at large. Frederick Douglas once said

“ One you learn to READ, you will be forever Free”.

So, pick up a book today, read to your children or start a book club with friends. Check out New York Public Library to apply for an e-card (virtual library card) and register for online events and programs today! For information about DYCD funded Literacy Programs

in your area visit





The Youth Activist - Youth Allies (YA-YA) Network provides training and leadership experience to the next generation of activists in the movement for social and economic justice. YA-YA is a youth-driven, citywide, anti-racist, anti-sexist organization and allies with the LGBTQ+ community. We provide free (and often with stipend) core training to young activists.


Interested in becoming the leader you've always wanted to be? Apply to Empower

YA YA network activists apply


Building beats:


Program that teaches students digital music production skills


Lion’s Tooth Project:

Inspiring immigrant, queer and BIPOC youth to have more agency around their own wellness, healing and personal stories. Offering virtual wellness drop-in groups bi-weekly, photography and herbalism week intensives, paid Peer Lead positions for youth co-facilitators.



Become a New York City culture agent!

Teen Reviewers and Critics has a place for anyone and everyone. We offer writing workshops in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, media, multi-arts and film. Once a week for ten weeks after-school you’ll get a chance to:

  • Virtually attend cutting-edge theater, dance, and music performances

  • Meet arts-industry professionals

  • Virtually visit galleries, museums, professional offices

  • Learn about the art of discussion and journalism by publishing your experiences on our online blog, The JAR

  • Produce media content

  • Collaborate and connect with other art enthusiasts – 

  • basically, make new friends – and so much more!


The Brotherhood-Sister Sol | Support and Services for the Youth

Educational Programming, Training, Organizing for Social Change. Mission Statement. Founded in 1995, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two.

The YA-YA (Youth Activists- Youth Allies) Network supports youth empowerment by providing opportunities that go beyond what was traditonally considered youth leadership, being community service or peer education.


Youth Programs  212.864.4500 x256


Community as Classroom: Bearing Witness to COVID-19 and Examining the History of Public Health and the Impact of Infectious Diseases on the Black Community in the United States

  • Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • 12:30 PM  3:00 PM

What can history teach us about the current moment? Saturday, September 12, Weeksville Weekends returns with “Community As Classroom.” Join us for our virtual teach-in as we discuss the impact of COVID-19, examine the history of racialized inequity in the public health system in the U.S, and bear witness to the work of documenting the current pandemic in our communities.


Art Start: Creative Connections Program

Art Start Creative Connections are spaces and pathways where youth can explore, learn, and grow into their own place in the creative arts industries through connections to exhibition & performance opportunities, internships, formal coursework, and public arts spaces. Creative Connections include weekly Creative Sessions and Art Start’s Emerging Artist Program.

 Art Start’s Emerging Artists Program supports historically marginalized youth between the ages of 14 - 21, who have exhibited interest and artistic talent, but require more resources and support to turn that talent into opportunities for their self-determined future.  The program provides emerging artists with a safe space to experiment and a rigorous schedule of coursework, project creation, networking, paid internships, showcase opportunities, two-year planning, a transportation stipend and career-counseling in the creative professional industries.


We realize that the pandemic has altered all of our lives, including the way educators, students, parents, and guardians have to navigate the start of a new school year. If you're in need of resources, ideas, or inspiration we'd encourage you to check out our Photoville Festival EDU Month guide. 

We are now accepting group and individual registration for our virtual student field trips and educator lab sessions. If you are an educator, sign up your entire class and if you are a parent, sign your teen up to attend!

Want to know about all our Photoville EDU initiatives? Sign up for our 
EDU newsletter!

Our 2020 Festival education program is proudly supported by our partner 
Photowings with additional contributions by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Photoville Education Month 

Virtual Student and Educator Programs
Weekly through October 2020
Register now! 


Join us for a series of education programs for young people and educators throughout October. All programs are free, but pre-registration is required. For student programs, registration is open for groups or individuals. NYC students will receive preference, but as capacity allows, students nation and worldwide are welcome to attend.

Virtual Youth Photo Panel


Attend a virtual photo panel featuring young people from ICP Community Programs, Bronx Documentary Center, NYU Future Imagemakers, and many NYC Public Schools. The youth photographers, featuring young people from ICP Community Programs, Bronx Documentary Center, NYU Future Imagemakers, and many NYC Public Schools. will share their work, and discuss why they pursue photography and what it means to them.

THURSDAYS IN OCTOBER: Thurs Oct 8 | 10 AM – 11 AM; Thurs Oct 15 | 3 PM – 4 PM; Thurs Oct 22 | 10 AM – 11 AM; Thurs Oct 29 | 3 PM – 4 PM

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Middle school and high school students


You will receive a confirmation at least 2 weeks before your session to confirm your participation.

Photoville Festival Online Sessions

September 17 - November 29, 2020

All of the exciting and insightful commentary and community that you’ve come to expect from Photoville’s talks and workshops will be available from the appropriately socially-distanced comfort of your own home!



On-Demand Artist Talks

Responding to educators’ need for creative content to help with digital learning, we were excited to be able to commission 12 artists in partnership with our friends at PhotoWings, to create online artist talks that expand on their lesson plans in our free education resource library. We hope these artist talks bring inspiration and creativity into your classroom and your home! 



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