February 11, 2017

Sophomores Sophomore Scholars and their advocates visited the International Center for Photography. Juniors Follow lunch, juniors recapped their morning meeting, in which a representative from Arts Connection let them know about an opportunity to present work for an exhibition. Some willing, some reluctant began filling out the application online that was not as easy to find that one might think. Upon completion of the applications the students were then informed that the task would be expanded to finding more information. The juniors then proceeded to write a few sentences on what project they would potentially like to create, along with creating a Pinterest and sharing their findings with their advocators. Seniors Seniors were joined by Nadia, Program Director and Joelle, […]

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February 4, 2017

Our first Saturday in the Social Justice Hub as our new lunch space.  We love being able to spread out while still sharing space together.          Sophomores Sophomores had a guest in their morning meeting, Parsons and Pre College faculty, Jes Cannon who talked with the scholars about their learning portfolios. The learning portfolios help scholar document their work and progress for the duration of their time in the program.  Juniors Today was a day that the juniors will never forget. Following lunch in the Social Justice Hub, ournew lunch space, the juniors gathered on the third floor at the University Center. Much to their surprise, there was a very unique exercise that their advocates Yelaine and […]

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Spring Pre-College Starts!

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 was the first day of the Spring Parsons Pre-College Academy. That day also marked the first day of the Parsons Scholars Program for the incoming sophomore class. It also marked the first day of the final semester of the Scholars Program for the Senior group. During Saturday’s lunchtime students from all three groups were able to catch up with each other since they were on winter break and also meet the new incoming Sophomore class. All scholars, mentors, advocates and directors joined each other on the 2nd-floor cafeteria of the University Center for pizza. After everyone ate Nadia told scholars/mentors/advocates to get into groups and create a single pose that represented them. This fun icebreaker allows […]

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Saturday Jan 21 2017: OMG New Sophomores!

We are so lucky to be welcoming a new group of sophomores to the Parsons Scholars Program. This year as in every year, we have a cohort of 24 new scholars to be led by youth advocates Francisco and Havanna! We spent some time getting to know each other with our favorite ice breaker, “I Love My Neighbor.” Turns out a lot of us like to eat, stay up late, draw, and watch YouTube! Looking forward to the rest of the semester and the next two and a half years with this crew.    Current sophomores are psyched to impart some advice on the new group, now that they’ve been with us for officially a whole year.  That time Nadia […]

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Saturday Jan 21 2017: Welcome to your last semester, Seniors!

Coming back from a well-deserved winter break, Saturday, the seniors had the opportunity to meet their capstone teacher. Salome Asega, a Brooklyn-based artist whose work has been showcased in many cities in the US. The Scholars listened as Salome explained that their semester-long project, creating work for a residency and eventually a showcase of an exhibition at Powrplnt, a space for those interested in design and technology. The scholars also enjoyed a game of “get to know you bingo” to know what their classmate’s artistic specialties and interest are.

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October 15, 2016: Writing Workshop with Karla

This was the second day of writing workshops with Karla. Here she spent some one – on – one time which each student. She spoke with them regarding where they were in comparison to the previous week, how and if they wanted to change/improve what they had. On this day, the advocates reviewed with scholars what they would need in order to fill out their FAFSA. While Karla worked with students one – on – one, the mentors tended to students, preparing them for their meeting with Karla and helping those who were had issues/questions.  

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November 19, 2016: Portfolio Redefined 2016

Through our partnership with a group of other organizations, called Art Future, the Parsons Scholars Program held an event called Portfolio Redefined on Saturday November 11. Our scholars were joined by students from our partner organizations to learn about building and refining their portfolios for college admissions. They heard from panels of college admissions professionals as well as young and emerging artists and designers on their paths to and through college. Students were then able to receive individualized critiques and feedback from college admissions officers on their portfolios. The Options Institute offered financial aid workshops open to parents and students on demystifying the process of applying for aid to attend college. PSP Mentors were on hand to help document student’s […]

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October 22, 2016: Admissions Visit for Seniors

Tina from Admissions spent some time with the Scholars on October 22 going over Parsons’ requirements for application. There’s so much to know about the admissions process so it is great for the scholars to be able to think about everything sooner rather than later. 

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First Day of Academy!

The day’s goal for the advocates was to prepare scholars to work with Karla on their college entrance essays. They wanted for those that had something written down already to refine it as much as they could. For those who merely had ideas, they were asked to simply get the first draft ready. Even if what they wrote was just brainstorming and thoughts about them and their life experiences. The advocates did their best to ensure that all of the scholars had something written down so that when Karla arrived, she could better serve them in growing and completing their essays. Karla arrived and, after some warm-up exercises/icebreakers, split up the scholars based on how comfortable they were with where […]

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First Day!? Essays!

Seniors hit the ground running, starting right in on their college essays on their first day of Academy! Fall semester is a busy time for the seniors and their advocates, as they hustle to finish college applications. 

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Senior College Workshops

Over the summer, rising senior Scholars joined us on campus to start preparing to research for and apply to college. We spent two weeks on campus together going over everything from College Board to choosing majors to writing essays.

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Fall Mentor Meeting

This past Saturday, Mentors and Advocates gathered together to discuss the importance of our roles in the Parsons Pre-College Program and how we can offer our support to keeping this program functioning efficiently and comfortably. We divided up into groups to come up with different workshop ideas as well as things we appreciate about the program. This was a chance to share thoughts collaboratively and build a better and stronger team going into the Fall semester.

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Havanna Fisher, Youth Advocate

Havanna is a budding interdisciplinary artist from Harlem who works across the fields of design, performing arts and film. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Parsons and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in dance from Eugene Lang. She has a profound interest in using the skills and techniques that she has acquired to combine the arts with education to bring about political awareness and thus probable change within the American landscape of ideological identity. The basis for this deep enriched passion in community service stems from her experiences growing up in Harlem. Havanna is currently a 2016 Create Change Resident at The Laundromat Project on a project she created called Harlem Motion that aims to […]

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Summer Senior College Workshops

For a few weeks in August, the soon-to-be seniors came on campus to start working on their college applications. They spent hours each day researching colleges, learning about majors, and visioning about their futures for college and beyond. 

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Sophomore Workshops

We welcomed our fresh bunch of talented sophomores this Spring to The New School! For the past few weeks, the Scholars have in engaged in trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem. During afternoon workshops, they’ve mastered the use of Tumblr to start  documenting their work for the Spring term.  

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First Day of Spring Academy! Ice Breaker at Lunch!

On Saturday January 30th, Scholars, Mentors, and Youth Advocates gathered together for an Ice Breaker check-in where they stood in a circle and said one word that described how they were feeling. For the next ice break activity they split up into groups so that the mentors and scholars could get to know each other. Saturday, January 30th

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Ice Breaker, October 24

          On Saturday, Scholars, Mentors, and Youth Advocates gathered together for an Ice Breaker that was sort of a sequel to several Saturdays ago’s Cypher Sessions with Youth Advocate Ladin.  Youth Advocate Nick, started off with two games, Rock, Paper, Scissors and Truth or False.  The rest of the day the Scholars and Youth Advocates then split into their separate groups to discuss a new project for next week’s class!

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Portfolio Redefined 2015, October 10

On Saturday, October 10, 2015 the Parsons Scholars Senior group along with other New York City senior high school students attended Portfolio Redefined Workshop held by Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Parsons Scholars Program. Portfolio Redefined is a workshop for all aspiring students who are preparing an art and design portfolio for college admission. During the workshop all students got their portfolios reviewed by admissions counselors from different art colleges. The counselors provided them with feedback to make their portfolios stronger before they applied to the schools they wanted to attend. The students were also able to have their art pieces professionally photographed and put into a digital file for them to take with them. Portfolio Redefined workshops happen a […]

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Cypher Sessions, October 3

On Saturday, Scholars and Mentors gathered for a group exercise that used creative writing, group thinking and “hot fire emoji” lyrics for a socially aware rap cypher.  Youth Advocate, Ladin Awad, led the exercise explaining the history of cyphers and battle rapping with the theme of social awareness.  The Scholars along with the Mentors were split into groups to create “bars” that focused on problems and issues that they could relate too.  The groups then performed their written rhymes to the rest of the class, after discussed what they learned and how they felt their rhymes reflected the problems they have faced in their own lives.

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Mentor Orientation, September 26

  Our mentors, new first year students and more experienced alike gathered this past Saturday, September 26 for an afternoon to get energized for the upcoming fall Pre College Academy. The event was lead by Program Admin, Joelle with presentations from mentors Crystal, Naiky, and Elizabeth. The orientation reviewed critical mentor roles and responsibilities, tips on communication and working with faculty and scholars, and documenting the program. During a breakout session, mentors brainstormed potential programs and workshops for the fall.

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Now Recruiting: NYC Public School 10th Graders for Parsons Scholars Program

What is the Parsons Scholars Program? The Parsons Scholars Program is a multi-year scholarship program for New York City public school students interested in art and design study. Accepted students participate from 10th grade through 12th grade. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of studio subjects to gain skills and knowledge that will help them gain admission and be successful in colleges of art and design. Students earn and college credits and a Pre-College certificate from Parsons upon successful completion of the Parsons Scholars Program. In addition to these classes, students participate in workshops and fieldtrips to gain exposure to art and design fields.  During the fall and spring semesters, programming is held on Saturdays from 9am- […]

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NYCore Workshops: We Are the Experts of our Lives Creative Youth Activism

This past Saturday, the senior scholars as well as the advocates and one other mentor and I had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops headed by NYCore (Collective of Radical Educators). The seniors chose the workshop that peeked their interests. I, along with many of our female seniors joined the Sadie Nash Leadership Project in their workshop: We Are the Experts of our Lives Creative Activism. The workshop started off with the “Nashers” giving us a presentation about who they are as a program. They are a leadership program for girls and they are based in both New Jersey and New York City. They teach girls the leadership skills they need to become activists and to attain […]

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Careers in the Arts Fair with the Joan Mitchell Foundation

  This past weekend, the Parsons Scholars Program, combined with the Joan Mitchell Foundation as The New School hosted the Careers in the Arts Fair. There were about 200 students in attendance visiting work-shops held by a variety of artists ranging from architects to apparel designers to aerosol artists. The event kicked off with the students attending a talk by Jeff Ng and Quilian Riano. They were able to hear about their careers and how they became successful. Jeff gave the students really important advice about how to pursue their dreams and how to be happy doing so. His talk about how he became a successful designer working on art for his apparel line and CD covers for famous rappers really inspired the students.  Afterwards, they were went off to their workshops. […]

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Sable Smith’s Digital Photography Class

My name is Alex Fields and I am a mentor for the Parsons Pre-College Program. As part of my job with the program, I am also a Teacher’s Assistant. I am currently an assistant for the photography class which is taught by professor and our program Youth Advocate, Sable Elyse Smith. We are working with middle school students grades 6-8. The class usually begins with the students uploading their homework to the drop- box so that the whole class can view their photos and we can have a critiquing session. Often, Sable introduces other photographers to the class and shows us their work. She then explains the lesson for the day and afterwords, we jump right into it. We often use […]

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