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Bronx High School Students Find Summer Opportunities at Annual Fair

February 22, 2010

Four hundred Bronx high school students came to Lehman last month to learn about summer internships and study programs that can advance their educational and career goals. Representatives from two dozen organizations, agencies, colleges, and universities were on hand to meet with students at the Bronx Institute's second annual GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Summer Opportunities Fair.

Opportunities include restoring trails and forests at public gardens and parks, studying the fine and performing arts at various colleges, and taking college-level courses for credit. Most study programs are low-cost or free, and many offer scholarships on a limited basis.

At last year's fair, one student learned about the Fashion Institute of Technology's out-of-school and summer programs—this spring, she'll be taking design classes at the school, where she'll also begin to build a portfolio. Another student plans to prepare for the SAT at Let's Get Ready, a college access program that offers free test preparation, college trips, and information and guidance about selecting, financing, and applying to college.

"The summer months are an ideal time for students to pursue their educational goals, volunteer their time, and explore their career interests," said Professor Herminio Martinez (Middle and High School Education), executive director of the Bronx Institute. "The fair tells students about opportunities to build their resumes and give back to their communities."