Getting enriched is an opportunity at SLJ you don't want to miss out on. You learn new skills, make new friends, build your resume and get to explore the city and even the world! This website has information about all the programs that are currently accepting application. We update this website regularly, so check back frequently for new programs!

How to apply to a program: 

  1. Look through your Enrichment emails and the website to decide what program you are interested in applying to
  2. Stop by the Enrichment Office (located in the main office) during your lunch period or after school to pick up an application
  3. Draft any essays in the application on a google document and share it with us
  4. Bring the completed application back to the Enrichment Office
  5. You're always welcome to work on the application in the Enrichment Office during office hours! 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Deener ( or Ms. Goodger (! 




Global Kids (GK)

Global Kids develops youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. Global Kids inspires youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world.

Global Kids Offers 3 after school programs. You can participate in just one or as many as you'd like! If you get very involved with Global Kids, there are opportunities to travel across the United States and Abroad over the summer! 

Undesireable elements: Art & Theater & Activism

Dance, spoken word, and so much more! GK students learn how creativity and artistic expression inform others about serious issues and effect real change in their communities and in the world by participating in Undesirable Elements (UE). UE is a dynamic, year-long theater project developed and performed by the participants. Students weave together their cultural heritage, personal stories, world history, and current events to share compelling stories that tackle difficult issues such as globalization, immigration, and poverty. Undesirable Elements combines dance, music, spoken word and theater to create a moving and unforgettable experience that is performed regularly at Global Kids’ Annual Youth Conference and other venues. 

  • Important Dates: Tuesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Eligibility: All students
  • Application Deadline: Rolling

Human Rights Activist Project

The Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) addresses the absence of youth voices in the public policy decision-making process and trains youth to become human rights activists and leaders in their communities and the world. The focus this year is on climate justice. 

Students identify and research human rights issues and develop a campaign for social change, which includes public outreach, direct action, media strategies, meeting with elected officials, and networking with other organizers. Past HRAP campaigns have included work on climate change, the DREAM Act, the genocide in Darfur, the Dignity for All Students Act, NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy, and food justice/child nutrition.

  • Important Dates: Thursdays 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Eligibility: All students
  • Application Deadline: Rolling

Global Kids Leadership

Our unparalleled leadership development programs integrate sophisticated content, youth development strategies, experiential learning, and opportunities to work with prominent experts in the fields of international affairs, public policy and human rights/social activism.Global Kids' flagship program develops over 2,000 Global Kids Leaders annually. Youth explore such issues as global health, poverty, children's rights, sustainability, discrimination, and human rights. Field trips, guest speakers, mentoring, and hands-on service projects supplement the workshops. The program equips youth with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and participate in shaping international and public policies in a complex 21st century world. 

  • Important Dates: Fridays 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Eligibility: All students
  • Application Deadline: Rolling

Youth Action Community Leadership Court (YCLC)

This free 10-week course gives you tools to be a leader of social change, while learning about issues facing your community that will help you make positive change. You’ll earn community service credit, meet with government officials to discuss your ideas for positive social change, learn how to conduct research, and become a leader!

  • Eligibility: 10th, 11th, 12th grade
  • Application Deadline: Coming Soon! 



Teen Reviewers and Critics Program (TRaC)

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is an after-school opportunity for high school students to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more! Over ten weeks, participants travel together to see hand-picked shows and exhibitions at different venues, in different boroughs and neighborhoods. You’ll meet professional artists, playwrights, musicians, writers and critics, and hear how they live, think and work. You’ll write about what you see/hear/experience. In weekly workshops, you’ll learn the language of each art discipline, debate your tastes with peers, chat with visiting artists, and write and workshop 200 – 400 word reviews or creative responses. Your best work will be published in High 5’s online publication, The Journal of Art and Reviews (The JAR), and may be featured in our weekly email newsletter, which goes out to thousands of New Yorkers. 

  • Eligibility: All students
  • Program Dates: 4:30-6:30 weekly on a weekday for 10 weeks. Mandatory events following weekly workshops. 
  • Application Deadline: January 16th

International Center for photography

With classes for beginners such as Photography I in Black & White: Camera & Darkroom, as well as more advanced courses like Photography I in Color: Color Film & Darkroom and Photography II in Black & White: The Self-Published Artist, our 10-week classes facilitate spaces for high school students to develop their knowledge of photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking.

Course offerings: 

Photography I in Black-and-White - Saturdays, 11 AM - 2 PM (January 20 - March 24) Photography I in Black-and-White - Saturdays, 3-6 PM (January 20 - March 24) Photography I in Black-and-White - Thursdays, 4-6:30 PM (January 25 - March 29) New Meida I: People Powered Media Narratives - Wednesdays 4-6:30 PM (January 24 - March 28) Photography II in Black-and-White: Lighting for Portraiture - Sundays, 11 AM - 2 PM* (January 21- March 25) Photography I in Color - Saturdays, 2-5 PM* (January 20 - March 24) Photography I in Color - Sundays, 2-5 PM* (January 21- March 25)

  • Eligibility: All students
  • Program Dates: See above
  • Application Deadline: December 22nd

Red Hook Just Works Photography Program

More information coming soon! 



New York Aquarium: Volunteer Educator

Do you have students looking for the experience of their lives? How about volunteering in the unique and thrilling environment of the New York Aquarium? If they have an interest in wildlife and marine biology, we offer students on-the-job experience in education or other aquarium-related careers. While exploring career opportunities, students learn public speaking techniques and how to interact with staff, volunteers and visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Many of our volunteers also make strong, lasting friendships that will endure for years. It will be an experience they will never forget. In fact, some enjoy it so much that they will continue to volunteer during the next school year. That is why our numbers keep growing, year after year!

  • Eligibility: Must be 15 years old
  • Application Deadline: December 22nd

Reading partners

Do you love children? Become a Reading Partner tutor! Reading Partners has been a part of the New York educational landscape since 2011, when we first began placing community volunteers in schools to help kids master basic reading skills. Our one-on-one tutoring empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by providing, personal attention to each student in our program. The largest city in the nation, New York City celebrates diversity and culture. Yet, one in five New York City residents and 25 percent of children live below the poverty line. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed, and we’re working toward a future where every child has the individualized support they need to become strong readers and lifelong learners.

  • Eligibility: All students! 
  • Program Dates: Once a week after school 
    • Please note: You will be working with the same student regularly so you must commit to attending every week, unless there's an emergency. 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling


This program trains students to assist seniors who are visually impaired or blind. You will shop for or with clients, escort, read, assist with computers, and visit. You'll also have the opportunity to assist with serving meals at the Visions community center.

  • Eligibility: All students 
  • Program Dates: Once a week after school
    • Please note: You will be working with the same senior regularly so you must commit to attending every week, unless there's an emergency. 
  • Application Deadline: December 22nd




Baruch College The Stem Research Academy

Modern technology has enabled the discovery of the nature of heredity, powerfully demonstrating how all organisms are related no matter how different in appearance. In fact, DNA is so well understood and so widely studied that it forms the basis for whole fields of science and medicine. This course focuses on one application of “the genomic revolution”, the use of DNA in solving forensic mysteries and its role to conserve biodiversity and enforce conservation laws. For example, illicit wildlife goods can be “fingerprinted” using modern DNA sequencing techniques, leveraging the nature of heredity in ways only recently made possible. The objective of this course is to learn about the nature of DNA and genetic variation, deepen students’ appreciation of biodiversity by providing opportunities for the students to develop, and practice sterile lab techniques, good record keeping habits, and proper measurement skills. This free spring course can turn into a PAID summer internship! 

  • Eligibility: 10th & 11th grade
  • Application Deadline: November 22nd

Bridging the gap / step at Citytech

Interested in taking a class on a college campus? This program provides students with the opportunity to get a feel for a college campus while working on a subject you enjoy learning about or need extra support in! Students meet every Saturday, and enroll in two classes. Lunch is provided. If you're in 10th grade, this is a great program to do before you are eligible for College Now next year! This spring, the following classes are offered: 

  • Common Core Algebra I Prep
  • Common Core Geometry Prep
  • Common Core Algebra II Prep & Triogonometry Prep
  • ELA Prep
  • Web development/programming workshop
  • Juniors only - SAT Math & English Prep (Kaplan) 


  • Eligibility: All students
  • Program Dates: Saturdays 9:30am-1:00pm, February 10th - May 19th 
  • Application Deadline: January 19th


The College Now program (CN) is a comprehensive collaborative initiative of the City University of New York and the New York City Board of Education.  Through the active involvement of the colleges within the University, it promotes and supports high standards of academic achievement for New York City public high school students.  By taking college credit courses students save money and earn college credit while attending high school.  Student can enroll in up to one course a semester in their junior and senior year in high school, and receive college credit for the course. We partner with John Jay School of Criminal Justice, City Tech, and Baruch College for College Now. Various courses are offered on each campus each semester. 

John jay school of criminal justice

Due Date: February 1st. Classes fill up, apply EARLY to secure your spot.


  • For a 3 credit course:
    • GPA 80+ 
    • ACT English 20 or higher OR SAT Reading/Writing Section 480 or higher OR NY State English Regents 75 or higher
      • Juniors who are applying for spring courses and are taking the Regents in January may apply before you take the Regents.
  • For Mathematics 105: 
    •  ACT Math 21 or higher OR SAT Math 500 or higher or 530 or higher (Exam date after March 2016) OR NY State Regents 70 or higher in Algebra 1 or Geometry OR NY State Regents 65 or higher Algebra 2 OR NY State Regents 65 or higher Trigonometry
  • For a 1 credit course: 
    • Students must have an English Regents test score between  55-74 OR have a minimum high school average of 70. 

Spring 2018 Course Listings: 

Anthropology (ANT) 101—3 credits:  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology, the study of human societies and cultures. Students will examine the concept of culture in historical and global perspective, and learn tools for cross-cultural comparative analysis with an emphasis on critical thinking in relation to cultural values and practices, variation in human behavior, the organization of social life, and the making of cultural identity.  
(Mondays & Wednesdays)

Counseling (CSL) 110—1 credit: Career Development for the College Student
A critical examination of different occupational areas combined with a realistic self-examination by students of their own needs, interests and skills in order to formulate valid career choices. Emphasis is on occupations in urban areas and careers in the criminal justice system. Attention is also given to the career development of women and members of minority groups. The course includes guest lecturers from governmental agencies and private industry. 
(Mondays OR Saturdays)

Criminal Justice BS (CJBS) 101—3 credits: Introduction to to the American Criminal Justice System
This course is an introductory survey of the American criminal justice system with a view to its social and institutional context, and its structure and functioning. The course provides an overview of the foundations and components of the criminal justice system, including (substantive and procedural) criminal law, police, courts and corrections. The main emphasis will be placed on the criminal justice process, and how the various institutions of criminal justice interact. Key issues will be addressed as they arise at different stages of the process, such as the conflict between crime control and due process, and conflicts related to, for example, gender, class and ethnicity.
(Mondays & Wednesdays OR Tuesdays & Thursdays OR Saturdays)

Drama (DRA) 110—3 credits: Introduction to Theatre
The course provides an introduction to the study of drama and theatre, including playwriting, directing, acting, design, and technical theatre. Historical influences and production elements and values are explored. The course is designed to enhance the student's enjoyment and understanding of the theatrical experience.
(Mondays & Wednesdays)

English (ENG) 101—3 credits: Composition I: Exploration and Authorship: An Inquiry-based Writing Course
This composition course introduces students to the skills, habits and conventions necessary to prepare inquiry-based research for college. While offering students techniques and practices of invention and revision, this theme-based composition course teaches students the expectations of college-level research, academic devices for exploring ideas and rhetorical strategies for completing investigative writing.
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)

English (ENG) 201—3 credits: Composition 2: Disciplinary Investigations-Exploring Writing across the Disciplines (Prerequisite: ENG 101)
This composition course introduces students to the rhetorical characteristics of cross-disciplinary writing styles.  Instructors choose a single theme and provide students with reading and writing assignments which address the differing literacy conventions and processes of diverse fields.  Students learn how to apply their accumulated repertoire of aptitudes and abilities to the writing situations presented to them from across the disciplines.

Mathematics (MAT) 105—3 credits:  College Algebra
This course prepares students for the study of pre-calculus and develops their mathematical maturity. The topics to be covered include review of the fundamentals of algebra, relations, functions, solutions of first- and second-degree equations and inequalities, systems of equations, matrices and determinants, binomial theorem, mathematical induction, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry and conic sections, geometric and arithmetic sequences and series, and miscellaneous topics.
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Psychology (PSY) 101—3 credits: Introduction to Psychology
This course is a survey of the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Topics to be covered include research methods and applications in Psychology’s major areas of study: thought, memory, learning, personality, social processes, human development, psychological disorders, and the biological bases of behavior.
(Mondays & Wednesdays OR Saturdays)

Sociology (SOC) 101—3 credits: Introduction to Sociology
This course provides an overview of the theoretical frameworks and data-collection methods that sociologists use to analyze political trends, economic developments, and cultural changes in society. It investigates the many ways that a society may influence the attitudes and actions of individuals and entire groups.
(Tuesdays & Thursdays OR Saturdays)

Baruch College

Due Date: November 20th. Classes fill up, apply EARLY to secure your spot. Eligibility: 

  • 11th & 12th grade
  • GPA of 80 or above
  • SAT / PSAT Verbal (min. 480) or English Lanagauge Arts (ELA) Regents (min. 75)
    • Juniors who have not yet taken the Regents must write a 2 paragraph letter explaining why they want to be in the program and how they will benefit from it instead. 
  • SAT / PSAT Math (min. 480) or Math Regents (min. 50)
  • Students who use PSAT scores to qualify for admission must have an overall GPA of 85

Spring 2018 Courses: 

ANT 1001 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) -
An introduction to the historical and comparative study of what it means to be human, emphasizing both the shared conditions and the unique characteristics of the world's peoples. Included among the topics covered are questions of human origins and races, the nature of culture, relations between language and culture, and cross-cultural approaches to economics, politics, religion, gender, and social organization. Tuesday & Thursday (4:10pm-5:30pm) 

BUS 1011 - Business Fundamentals (3 Credits) -

This course provides an overview of how the world of business works. The class is broken into four distinct parts: finance, marketing, management, and an introductory section that covers ethics, global business, and economics. Each of these areas covers the basic concepts found in the possible majors in the Zicklin School of Business. The course also covers the current issues in today's business world. Lectures and recitation sections are supplemented with real-world cases designed to highlight a topical, and often controversial, issue. In the recitation sections, students write about, debate, and otherwise present their ideas on each of the current issue topics covered in the large lectures. Monday & Wednesday(4:10pm-5:30pm) OR Tuesday & Thursday (4:10pm-5:30pm) **This course is the same as BUS 1000 - Intro to Business**

JRN 3050  - Journalistic Writing (4 credits) -
This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of journalism - reporting, researching, and writing news and feature articles, with a focus on fairness, accuracy, balance, and thoroughness. Students will cover stories on a range of topics, most of which will be culled from their own communities. Assignments are designed to give students an introduction to reporting on both individuals and institutions. Interviewing techniques, database research, and writing style will be developed during the semester. Monday & Wednesday (4:10pm-5:50pm) 

PSY 1001 - General Psychology (3 credits)- 
This course introduces students to the scientific study of human behavior. It covers the basic psychological processes of thinking, motivation, perception, learning, and the significance of the brain in mediating these processes. It examines the normal personality, how it develops and how it functions in a social context. Psychological disorders are also discussed. Students will learn about psychology as a science through both direct [e.g., primary sources and research participation] and indirect [e.g., secondary sources and class lectures] experience with psychological research. Tuesday & Thursday (4:10pm-5:30pm) OR Wednesday Hybrid (meets Wednesday 4:10pm-5:30pm & rest of  the week online)

SOC 1005 - Introductory Sociology (3 credits) -
This course is a survey of sociological perspectives-particularly social interactionism, functionalism, and conflict theory. It focuses on the role of culture in shaping behavior patterns; key social institutions, such as the family, work, and religion; and the ways that globalization and multiculturalism are altering contemporary social life. Monday & Wednesday (4:10pm-5:30pm) 

COM 1010 - Speech Communications (3 credits) - 
This course provides training and practice in the preparation and delivery of original speeches, encourages the use of clear language, develops students' awareness of intellectual and ethical aspects of communication, and promotes critical thinking and academic research. This course is required for all undergraduate degrees granted by Baruch College. Monday & Wednesday (4:10pm-5:30pm) 

FIN 1601- Personal Finance  (3 credits) -
Discusses the problems involved in efficient handling of personal finance and consumption expenditure, including consumer protection, taxation, insurance, home financing, and methods of borrowing and investing money. Tuesday & Thursday (4:10pm-5:30pm) 

ENG 2100 - Writing I (3 credits) -
This is an intensive course introducing students to writing as a means of discovery.In Writing I students practice and share their written articulation of ideas as a community of writers. Students read a variety of intellectually challenging and thematically coherent texts in a range of genres. Throughout,the emphasis is on writing and communication skills as processes involving multiple steps, including drafting, discussion, revision, and re-thinking. Tuesday & Thursday (4:10pm-5:30pm) 

HED 1911 - Critical Health Issues (3 credits) -
A study of current critical health issues and the individual's role in society with major emphasis upon the areas of human sexuality, drug abuse, environmental pollution, physical fitness, and diet. Tuesday Hybrid (meets Tuesday 4:10pm-5:30pm & rest of  the week online)

City Tech

Due Date: January 17th. Classes fill up, apply EARLY to secure your spot. 


  • GPA 80+
  • 11th & 12th grade
  • For Non-Math Courses: Scored 75+ on ELA Regents OR SAT 1 Verbal score of 480+ OR SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section score of 480+ 
  • For Math Courses: Scored 70+ in AlgebraI (Common Core) OR scored 70+ in Geometry (Common Core) OR scored 65+ on Algebra II (Common Core) OR Scored 530+ SAT/Math OR Scored 21+ on ACT Math

Spring 2018 Courses: 

ASL 1101 - American Sign Language (3 credits)
A beginning course designed to develop skill in a form of manual communication used primarily by American-born deaf persons in interpersonal (face-to-face) relations. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the body for visually-based communications, and the structure, vocabulary and development of American Sign Language. Saturdays, 9:30am-12:38pm

BIO 1101 Biology I (4 credits)
The fundamental principles of biology focus on topics including taxonomy, structure, nutrition, reproduction, heredity, development and evolution. The concepts of molecular biology and DNA fingerprinting using representative plants and animals are introduced. The course also includes the use and care of the microscope. Saturdays, 9:30am-4:08pm

ENGL 1101 English Composition I (3 credits)
This is a course in effective essay writing and basic research techniques, including use of the library. Demanding readings are assigned for classroom discussion and as a basis for essay writing. Saturdays, 9:30am-1:48pm

HMGT 1101 Perspectives in Hospitality Management (3 credits)
An overview of the history, likely directions and organizational structure of the hospitality industry and its role in a local, national and global economies. Students are introduced to the nature and scope of the hospitality industry, basic terminology, management concepts, career path explorations and the department's mission and culture. Saturdays, 9:30am-12:08pm

LAW 1101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 credits)
An overview of the legal system and the role of the legal assistant within that system. Includes the sources of law; legal terminology; the operation of the court system at the state and federal level. Respective roles of attorney, client and paralegal. Saturdays, 9:30am-12:38pm

MAT 1375 Pre-Calculus (4 credits)
Topics include an in-depth study of functions such as polynomial functions, inverse functions, radical functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions; solving inequalities; elements of vectors and complex numbers. Saturdays, 8:30am-12:38pm

MKT 1100 Essentials of Marketing (3 credits) 
Functions involved in distributing goods, the role of the manufacture in selecting target markets, types of marketing institutions (wholesale and retail). Formulating marketing policies and strategies. The role of government and the effects of consumerism on marketing practices. Saturdays, 9:30am-12:38pm

PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
Methodology, history and theories of psychology; brain and behavior; neuropsychology; socialization; motivation; emotion, perception; learning' thinking; intelligence; personality and the adjustment processes; and social psychology. Saturdays, 9:30am-12:38pm

SOC 1101 Elements of Sociology (3 credits)
Perspectives on sociology as an analytical science. The emphasis is on concepts, hypotheses and theories which explain social behavior and social change. Saturdays, 9:30am-12:38pm OR Saturdays 1:00pm-4:08

SOC 1103 The Family  (3 credits)
The family viewed as an institution and social group. Emphasis will be on the family as a social system in a changing society



Futures & Options INTERNSHIP

During the school year, students in The Internship Program participate in paid internships; they work between 12 and 15 hours per week at a New York City business, non-profit organization, or government agency. Additionally, interns receive ongoing support from Futures and Options staff and attend regular work-readiness workshops and career exploration field trips.

  • Eligibility: 11th & 12th grade
  • Program dates/times: 15 hours a week, every day after school
  • Application Deadline: Rolling


This program is for young people ages 16-24 who want to gain job and leadership skills, whether they are in or out of school. With a coaching program and the partnership of major businesses (like Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic), you’ll be setting yourself up for success. Being part of This Way Ahead will require participation in regular workshops led by both Door coaches and employees from some of our partner companies. You’ll learn about possible careers and work on the skills you need for a future job. It entails a 4-week pre-training and a 6-week bootcamp. Those young people who successfully complete the training will have the opportunity to interview for a PAID 10-week internship at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores. You’ll also get access to numerous supportive services, modest stipends and additional internship opportunities. 

  • Eligibility: Ages 16 or older
  • Program Dates/times: Two sessions participants can choose from, March - July or May - Oct
  • Application Deadline: March


Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. 

Exploring is broken up into three separate programs: Business, Law Enforcement, and Fire and Emergency Services Exploring. Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Business programs vary in length, and are often single session programs or weekly sessions for a month. Because most programs only consist of short programs are in incredible opportunities to explore, and get an inside look at, different career fields. They are provide a great opportunity to network for the future! 

NYPD Explorers

The Law Enforcement Explorers program provides young men and women from the city's diverse communities with an introduction to a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. The program often results in strengthening ties between the community and police. Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self-discipline, and respect for diversity and human dignity through training, involvement in community service projects, and other Exploring events. There are programs in multiple departments, including the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

  • Eligibility: All Students
  • Program dates/times: Flexible based on students schedule
  • Application Deadline: Rolling


Don't see something you're interested in? Stop by the Enrichment Office (located in the main office) and we'll work with you to find the perfect program for you!