Girls Who Code Summer Program

Girls Who Code Free Summer Immersion Program
Early acceptance Deadline: February 16th
Application Deadline: March 16th
NYC Program Dates: July 2 - August 17; July 9 - August 24

Visit Girls Who Code's website

Contact for questions or to schedule an info session:

 Raquel Cardona for Brooklyn/Queens

GeorgieAnn Getton McKoy for Manhattan/Bronx

Girls Who Code's Summer Immersion Program is a FREE 7-week summer program for 10th–11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) to learn computer science, gain exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US!  The Summer Immersion Program is an introductory Computer Science course, and no previous experience is required. We welcome all eligible applicants who have an interest in technology and a willingness to learn!  In the Summer Immersion Program, your students will learn about:

  • Tech Companies -- They’ll meet female engineers and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies.
  • Project-based learning -- They’ll learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more!
  • Sisterhood -- They’ll work in teams and make lifelong friendships with a supportive and diverse community of thousands of girls.

In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs for stipend-eligible Summer Immersion Program students! Students can apply here.

Historically Black Colleges Tour!


Application Deadline: February 16, 2018

Tour Dates: April 1-6, 2018 (during spring break)

Cost to attend: $425

Contact Ibrahim Diakite (212-912-2125) with any questions

To apply for consideration: 

The Harlem YMCA application process for the annual Harlem YMCA bai (Achievers In Industry Corporate Scholarship Program) College Tour is now open to all New York City high school sophomores, juniors and seniors! The bai College tour is an annual trip that allows the Harlem YMCA to take 40 college bound high school students to visit a number of Historical Colleges & Universities. Each year the itinerary changes, but some of the regular stops include: Hampton University, Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, Clark Atlanta University, North Carolina A&T and more!


This year we will also visit Fisk University and Tennessee State University as well. The goal of the bai College tour is to give inner city college bound students, an opportunity to experience a college campus setting outside of New York. The tour also serves as a way to help assist students make a final decision on which colleges they would like to apply to and attend. Students must be a current high school junior or senior and will need to submit one essay, a high school transcript or most recent report card, resume, copy of health insurance, and professional head shot. Candidates will also need to go through an interview (taking place February 17-23, 2018). Please note, there is a tour fee of $425 per student. This covers the cost of transportation and hotel room accommodations for the entire duration of the trip. If you have any students interested in the tour, please share this link for the application.

The World of Work in the 21st Century

The world of work in the 21st century is radically different from your parents' and grandparents' versions. The ways we work and where we work have been greatly changed by technology (the "gig" economy, robotics, artificial intelligence). 

Many experts are predicting in the next 25 years a large percentage of jobs will cease to exist due to increasing automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence. However, there will be a great need for workers to be highly literate in technology, business, and creativity. 

How will these workforce trends affect your career and life goals?

  • How is your dream career(s) impacted by these changes.
  • What is the job outlook for this career? (Will it exist ten years from now?)
  • How much will this career pay?
  • Is this enough money to pay for my lifestyle and dreams?

World of Work

(Visit: Join a group of middle schools students as they try and figure out what kind of jobs will best suit them. Qualcomm has developed tools to help students identify their strengths, interests and values so they can start thinking about their future in the world of work.

How the World of Work is Changing

The workplace of today looks dramatically different to the workplace of yesteryear. Besides obvious technological changes - computers replacing typewriters and machines replacing people - social change has ushered more women into what used to be predominantly a man's world. To review our full study please visit -


Are you an animal lover and curious about working with animals?

Apply Now for Exciting Animal Care Internship this Spring Break!

Current high school students in grades 10-12 can apply for an exciting animal care internship at the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC). Do you appreciate and respect animals? Do you want to learn how to take care of them? The Animal Care Intern will work with GESC staff to feed, clean, and enrich our animals and their homes. GESC is looking for students who are excited about working closely with animals, can multitask efficiently, and are enthusiastic about learning.


Prospective interns are required to interview for their position at GESC.

We are located at 7151 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11234. (near Sheepshead Bay).

Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes long between the hours of 8:00am-2:00pm on February 20, 21, or 22, 2018

Application deadline is Tuesday, February 9. 

Click  here to apply. Don’t miss out, apply now!


This is a wonderful internship for students who have participated in our MAD Museum Intensives. Since our first museum intensive in January 2015, one MECA student has been awarded an Artslife internship each summer.

This internship is a great stepping stone for your career. How often can you put a world famous museum internship on your resume? Are you the next Artslife intern?

Artslife is a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores and juniors in high school that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement. Participants are introduced to museum careers such as Curatorial, Education, Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Visitor Services, Security, and Registrar. During the initial week, participants get to know one another and meet museum staff. During the remaining six weeks, participants work on collaborative projects with Museum staff, local designers, and arts professionals who act as mentors. Students enjoy first-hand experience and the broadest possible exposure to ongoing museum activities, both public facing and behind-the-scenes. 

Artslife interns will:

  • Learn about careers in the arts
  • Create artwork with local and visiting artists in the Artists’ Studios
  • Develop and teach peer-to-peer tours
  • Build and strengthen presentation, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Visit other cultural institutions in New York City
  • Interns are paid $13.00 an hour

Click on the image below to access the application.

The application deadline is March 31, 2018

The Museum of Arts and Design, MAD MUSEUM is a world famous museum dedicated to presentation of trends and issues found in the art and design world. Located at Columbus Circle near Central Park, MAD has partnered with MECA since 2015 for our MAD Museum Intensive. This intensive gives freshmen the opportunity to spend 5 consecutive afternoons learning how to have a conversation about the works on view. At the last session, students lead a museum tour to the public. This intensive has helped many of our students gain confidence in public speaking and become more knowledgable about creativity and museums.


What is your Creative Awakening Moment? by KENI THACKER

Your Creative Awakening Moment is when an idea will not let you rest. A creative awakening moment is when an idea is so good you can’t wait to email or text someone the idea. You simply have to call someone and say, “I’ve got it!” Your Creative Awakening Moment is the cure for whatever’s blocking your creative process. The beauty of it is that it can happen anywhere and at any time.

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It can happen to you on the subway (actually where I get a lot of my ideas). This piece came to me in my actual sleep and got me out of my bed to write it down. However, earlier in that day I went out for a 3 mile run and simply cleared my mind of everything.

So there are a few factors you have to consider and execute. First, always create things that bring you joy. Also, your creation should be able to provide a solution that can bring others joy as well. Second, figure out the right stimulus for your brain at the beginning of every day. Brain stimuli can be felt through your senses (i.e. touch, taste, sound, smell and sight). Use them all. These are all components we need to take into consideration when creating your masterpieces. Being inspired sometimes isn’t easy. Always remember everyone does not interpret and retain information the same way. 


Here’s a fact. Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repairing your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke, according to the National Institutes of Health. My opinion when it comes to this random fact is do what works best for you. I've learned one thing from my beautiful daughter and that's all naps matter. But I digress.

Here are some steps that get to the Creative Awakening Moment.

Step One. Take notes.

Your Creative Awakening Moment can come out of a simple conversation with someone. It is super important not to look like a super nerd writing down tidbits of your conversation while you're having the conversation, so, later on, flesh out the idea. Mental notes are clutch when trying to find ideas. 



Step Two. Seize the moment.

When your Creative Awakening Moment hits you, it will not wait for you or anyone to seize it. You must get it done. Whether it's writing a story, a song or drawing a picture. Strike while the iron is hot. Even if it’s all rough drafts at least it’s a start.

Step Three. Collaboration is the key to cohesive thoughts. © Keni Thacker

When that Creative Awakening Moment hits, it might generate out of not only you, but also the person you're working with. Don't fight the feeling -  collaborate to bring this moment to full fruition. Some of my best ideas have come from conversations I've had with people and what I've taken away from those conversations. Don’t look at it as jacking an idea, but the using the impression that interaction had on you. Remember that while collaborating you might have to compromise a little of your moment to make the idea bigger and better. Do not fight the idea of growth, it'll only hurt your vision in the long run. Also, remember there’s strength in numbers. Alone you’re great, but with an alliance, you have the potential to be greater. Everybody can’t pull a Beyonce’ and become super successful going solo.



Step Four. Don’t want to be like Mike. Be like Quincy.

What do I mean by this? Take your time. We all know how great it feels to think we have a game changer on our hands and this is going to be our ticket out of our creative rut. But you must shape and cultivate this moment with a precise vision to make it into exactly what you want. Treat it like poker and be strategic about it and never overplay our hand (I hope that's right. I don't really play cards). For creative inspiration, I always tell my mentees to think of themselves like Quincy Jones making Thriller with Michael Jackson and they're on the verge of introducing the world to a new sound. So don't be like Mike; be like Quincy. Fact. Thriller sold 120 million copies worldwide.

Step Five. Own it.

Own your moment. This is your moment, your time to be whatever it is you want it to be. Don't squander it away with doubt and negative past experiences. We’re all guilty of it now and then. Remember that you were placed in this position for a reason, so own it. Every single second of it. God (or whomever you believe in) did not bring you this far to fail, so own this moment. Listen when he or she is speaking through you. This is your moment.

  Keni and Ms. Sun at his agency JWT last spring at our REACT student advertising competition.

Keni and Ms. Sun at his agency JWT last spring at our REACT student advertising competition.

All of these steps may or may not work for everyone in this order, so picking and choosing which one works best for your process can easily get you across the creative finish line to greatness. Just always remember: Rome wasn’t built in one day. And believe me that creativity is not a perfect science, but more of a hodgepodge of flaws made into beautiful art.

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KENI THACKER There are five types of thinkers: creative thinkers, analytical thinkers, intuitive thinkers, logical thinkers and visionary thinkers. Keni Thacker has defied the belief that an individual can only be one of those types, and truly encompasses all five. He consistently seeks out opportunities to challenge himself and his ways of thinking by single-handedly producing events, programs and content and effectively championing the Differenter effort for the J. Walter Thompson New York office in 2011.

Keni is a pioneer of change and is committed to expanding diversity efforts, and the impact he has made on future leaders does not go unnoticed. A true exemplar of leadership, Keni an award winning influencer and diversity advocate devoted to outreach programs and mentorship.

Some of his accomplishments include: leading the TORCH program by providing career training to under-served students in NYC, mentoring for the 4A’s multi cultural advertising intern program, Camp Mariah, The High School of Innovations and Media and the Manhattan Early College of Advertising and leading Differenter.

On February 8th, 2017, he launched the Young Commodores program, a diversity initiative that provides college and high school ad students with an opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life advertising and business. Keni is a powerful force and a creative soul. He is also the executive producer, writer and creator of the short documentaries “Innovators of Change, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015”, “Hablamos,” “Perfiles and Perfiles II” and the web series "24/7 Differenter."

He is also the KREATOR at his own diversity centric production company called K.R.E.A.T.E. (Kulture is a Relevant Element To Achieve Total Equality) which produces content that focuses on highlighting the achievements of incredible people changing the face of their respective industries, while dismissing the perception of negativity and stereotypes when it pertains to people of color. He has also been named as one of the 4A's 100 People That Make Adverting Great. Keni is the ultimate example of an individual dedicated to making a change in today's society and today's youth and helping us all think differently.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP: Ladders for Leaders


2018 Ladders for Leaders Program Applications Open
Program Period:  July-August 2018
For more information: NYC Ladders for Leaders
For the application: 

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:

✔ Pre-employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.

✔ Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities are available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests.

✔ Opportunity to join a growing Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events are open only to past participants of the program.

Eligibility Requirements
✔ Youth between the ages of 16-22 who are enrolled in high school or college
✔ A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00
✔ Resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
✔ Anyone with prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
✔ Legally allowed to work in New York City

Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, response to an essay question and résumé. Please click here to learn more or share this link for the application process with your students. 


10 Benefits of an Internship

1.     An internship can provide a student with paid professional work experience in a safe and structured environment with help from experts. Typically an intern will be assigned a worksite mentor and school based internship coordinator. The worksite mentor will help train a student and advise him or her on how to navigate a particular worksite culture and interact with other workers. The school internship coordinator helps the mentor and student build a strong relationship that will help the intern have positive outcomes from their internship experience. The internship coordinator can also help the student learn how to manage their expectations and implement successful work habits.

  MECA interns shine at their jobs at the 9-11 Memorial and Museum, July 2017

MECA interns shine at their jobs at the 9-11 Memorial and Museum, July 2017

2.     At an internship, a student can practice and improve their industry skills while also learning how to work. Students can gain a better understanding of how what they are learning in school can help them with their future.

3.     Internships help students master professional soft skills such as communication, punctuality and time management. These are skills that are key for success at a job and college and are highly sought after by companies. Many employers complain that there are few candidates with excellent soft skills.

  MECA interns at their summer job at the Children's Museum of Art, August 2017

MECA interns at their summer job at the Children's Museum of Art, August 2017

4.     At an internship, a student can learn what the roles and responsibilities of a particular career are from people working in the field. What sort of projects do they work on? What skills and knowledge do they need to perform this job?  Where did they get their education?

5.     An internship can be a real confidence builder for a student. Being successful in the real world can inspire a student to work harder at school, and be more willing to take on challenges or be outside of his/her comfort zone.

6.     Having successfully completed an internship makes a job candidate more attractive to employers. Many companies prefer to hire students who have completed internship programs. This is because many interns have better work habits, possess excellent soft skills, and have higher technical and industry skills since they have received formal job training and professional guidance.

7.     An internship can help a student start to build a professional network that can be a resource for the student. A network can help a student make well-informed decisions about their career and connect them with other professionals or opportunities that will help a student achieve success in a field.


The Works In Progress internship provided the opportunity to learn about the business of t-shirt printing with emphasis on design and production.

8.     Completing an internship also makes a student a more attractive candidate for colleges and scholarships. Having “real world” work experience shows a college or scholarship panel that a student has a clear set of goals that they are actively working towards. Demonstrating commitment and follow through demonstrates a high level of maturity, responsibility, and willingness to do what it takes to be successful.

9.     An internship can help a student decide if a particular career is a good match for their personality, lifestyle, passions and goals. This way a student can avoid spending time and money on training for a career that does not really suit their abilities or needs.

10.  By successfully completing an internship, a student can obtain a positive recommendation that can be used for future employers, college admission and scholarship applications.

Blast Off

Its' official, today is the first day the WBL blog goes live. 

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This spring semester marks the end of the fourth year of MECA. Pretty soon the weather will get warmer. Before we know it, June will be here and our legacy cohort will have their high school graduation.

Once upon a time, only 5 years ago, MECA was an idea on a piece paper. The challenge for our faculty has been to make this paper come to life. How to build a public high school that is both an early college and CTE school? We are a one-of-a-kind school which accelerates high school into 3 years while also learning career  skills. Not only can a MECA a student earn 30 college credits by the end of their senior year of high school, a student can get a paid internship.

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As the WBL coordinator, I have been working to deliver on the promise of making sure our students have received professional training and opportunities to build their career path. Now with over 300 students, it's not so easy to meet with everyone face to face. So I decided that perhaps a blog could be my virtual classroom/bulletin board/newsletter to reach all the members of our community. 

Please visit the blog often, especially if you are a student looking for training or an internship. I will post these as they come in!

I hope you will find this blog useful and wish you a fantastic spring semester! Hope you have a BLAST.

Ms. Carol Sun, MECA's Work-based Learning Coordinator