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    Counseling Bulletin Jan 8, 2021
    Posted on 01/08/2021

    STUDENTS. Teen Link, a branch of Crisis Connections, provides mental health resources for teens in Washington State and are perhaps best known for their anonymous and confidential peer help line, which is for teens by teens. Their call, chat, and text lines are available for peer-to-peer support 4 days a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6pm-10pm. 1-866-TEENLINK (833-6546). Adults will be available other times. 

    The Breakfast Group Project MISTER program is collaborating with Anthony Browder and A Black Education Network to sponsor the Cultural Imperative Program CIP. The purpose of CIP is “to increase cultural awareness and critical thinking skills among high school students of color.” It is a Saturday program, where students meet virtually for 4 hours, one Saturday a month between January and May. Students participating in the program are referred to as the Browder Scholars, embodying the leadership and scholarship of the program founder, Anthony Browder. Throughout the program students read selected articles from Mr. Browder’s book, “From the Browder Files: 22 Essays on the African American Experience” and view introductory videos. During each session, Browder Scholars learn about ancient African history and the African American experience and gain greater appreciation for their history and culture. Through text analysis and open discussion, Browder Scholars will learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers and adults. Students will engage in independent and cooperative group activities that will allow them to reflect on the required readings and reinforce key concepts through a variety of activities including but not limited to creative expression, written reflections, a student-led seminar, and informal presentations.

    Students interested in participating in this program, please contact Catherine Smith  for further details about the program and to obtain enrollment and information forms. The group is limited to 20 students and already 10 spots have been taken. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also contact Dr. James D. Carter, Executive Director of Project MISTER Affairs, The Breakfast Group at 773-851-7449 or email

    STUDENTS in grades 10 and 11 and PARENTS. Emily Gallagher, Founder of My College Game Plan (; 206-240-6202) is offering a FREE online conversation Wednesday, January 13 at 4:00PM PST for 10th and 11th students and families about how to enhance students’ chances of college admission acceptances and scholarships, especially during these challenging times.

    Emily writes: Over winter break, I interacted with several families all pondering similar versions of the same question:

    What can my 10th or 11th grader do, right now, in the middle of an upside-down high school experience, to enhance their chances of college admission and scholarships? Great question.  Online school seems endless.  Enrichment opportunities seem vanished. Planning for college feels hard.  Do you share these concerns? Join me for a FREE online conversation Wednesday, January 13th at 4:00 p.m. PST, where I’ll share concrete steps you and your student can take right now to positively influence their college opportunities. 

    For starters, I’ll address:

    1.  Whether preparing for the SAT or ACT test is good idea.

    2.  How to research schools without being able to visit on-campus.

    3.  What extra-curricular activities are possible and preferable during COVID-19.

    4.  Why writing compelling college essays matters especially for the Class of 2022.

    5.  How My College Game Plan can help you successfully navigate your student’s path to college.

    You can sign up HERE

    Can’t make it? No problem.  Just REGISTER  and I’ll send you a recording.

    Middle College High School's Virtual Open House will be on Jan 26th 4:30-5:30pm and Feb 2nd from 6-7pm. You only need to attend one of the nights--both sessions contain the same information. Meeting links are as follows: Jan 26th meeting and Feb 2nd meeting. Email Kattie Jones at with any questions.

    MCHS is a small cohort-based community of learners. The program starts with 9th and 10th graders attending one of the small sites located on either the UW or SU campuses. Students receive honors level education while preparing to attend full-time, enhanced Running Start in 11th & 12th grade.

    They offer:

    • Small class sizes approximately 1 teacher: 20 students
    • Deep exploration into content areas
    • Social justice/ethnic studies embedded into the program
    • On Campus Support in college classes
    • Running Start in 11/12th grade
    • Access to university amenities while on campus
    • All students should graduate with college credits and potentially an AA degree!


    Please remember to sign up to attend the visit through Naviance!

    Johnson & Wales University, Providence  Thursday January 21, 2021 1:00-1:30P M


    REMINDER. The deadline for students to complete both their Seattle Promise and Seattle Colleges application is February 1st. Please make sure you apply for the scholarship. Reminder this scholarship will pay for 2 years or up to 90 credits at North, Central or South Seattle College. Online instructions and application forms can be found here. Seattle Colleges also have application workshops where one is able to receive assistance in completing their application. You may also contact Kelsey Peronto if you need assistance or have any questions:  206-934-4714 or

    Students who submit a Seattle Colleges application may see a delay in receiving confirmation that their application was received. This is due to delayed processing in the admissions offices at the Seattle Colleges. If you believe that you have completed your application but haven’t received a confirmation, you can double check that your application was submitted with the following steps: Students can double check if their Seattle Colleges application was submitted by logging into the web admissions center and clicking “Review Application History” on the top right. If it says “Application Form Submitted” to either North, Central or South Seattle College, they are all set! 


    SENIORS. The Seattle Public Library Foundation is holding their 8th Annual Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition. Award: 1st Place - $5000; 2-2nd Place - $2500. This contest is only open to HS seniors and college undergraduates who live, work, or attend school in Seattle AND have an active SPL library card. Submissions are accepted from January 1 – March 15, 2021. Students must submit a 1500-word essay on civic courage—someone who stood up for what’s right in Washington State. Historically the applicant pool is relatively small. With three awards available the chances of winning are high. Top essays are read by a panel of Distinguished Judges. Last year the Distinguished Author Judges included Jon Krakauer, Jonathan Raban, and Kristen Millares Young. Winning essays will be added to the permanent collection of the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Seattle Public Library.

    Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest. Extended Deadline: March 14, 2021. Award: $1000. Submit a personal essay from 500-1500 words to share your experience with cancer. Essays can be about your experience of a personal diagnosis or about your experience with the diagnosis of a loved one, a schoolmate, or friend.

    Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is a yearly recognition program for creative teens. Alliance for Young Artists and Writers “is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.” Students in grades 7-12 (ages 13 & up) can apply in 28 categories of art and writing. Though the deadline for entries for this year has passed for our region, you may wish to explore and prep for next year’s awards season. Simple steps are provided on how to enter the program. Be aware that there are fees associated when submitting your entry or portfolio.

    REMINDER. Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Deadline: January 14, 2021. Award: up to full tuition plus more. Check their website for further information, requirements and obligations. If you need assistance in completing the application, they are offering an event called “Air Force ROTC Scholarship Finish Line” on Mon, Dec 21 from 5-6PM (PST) with Sarah J. Boggins, 2d Lt, USAF, Scholarship and Admission Advisor. Register on this google form and you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation on the evening prior to the event.


     TIPS (Teens in Public Service) is a non-profit organization focused on connecting teens to service opportunities with other non-profit organizations. Additionally, they have a Summer Internship Program that focuses on developing the professional community leadership skills of teens who are interested in gaining paid work experience in the public service sector. Deadline to apply: March 5, 2021. Online application can be found here. They are also offering informational sessions for students interested in learning more about the TIPS summer program, what internships look like, and how to apply. Register for one of their free informational sessions. Questions? Please contact Maddie Cohen, Program Director,


    CRISIS CONNECTIONS offers Free Youth Suicide Prevention Coaching for Students in partnership with local cities. In these free trainings, Crisis Connections trainers will include information on youth suicide, an overview of local resources, help for teens to identify warning signs, and how to support themselves and others who may be dealing with a mental health challenge. To schedule a training or get more information, please call Crisis Connections at 206.204.9520 or email . These trainings can also be delivered virtually.

    Join the University of Washington for Young, Gifted & Black — a day of inspiration and empowerment, February 6 / 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Pacific Time. Through workshops and mentoring, UW faculty and staff work to connect with students and provide them with the resources they need to pursue the goal of higher education. A parent permission form is required in order to attend. Apply here. Questions? Email

    IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution) WORLDWIDE! IGNITE offers many different virtual programs over the next several months. The event on January 20 from 11:00AM-12:00PM, for example, is Panel with University of Washington STEMinist w/ Extended Q&A.  On January 22, it is Panel with Women in STEM from 10-11am featuring speakers from Microsoft, T-Mobile, Google, and More!  On January 27 from 11am-12pm, it is Panel with Planet Labs w/ Swag! Planet Labs designs, builds, and launches tiny satellites that we call “Doves”. More than a hundred Doves orbit the Earth right now: they make up the world’s largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, capturing fresh imagery of the Earth’s surface every day. All students attending the panel will receive Planet swag!  If interested in attending any of these events or other ones in subsequent months, please contact Ms. Catherine Smith, Career Connected Learning teacher, at

    #IGNITEYOUR VOICE. STEM Video Contest for Girls and Non-Binary Students. Enter a video that is 90 seconds or less for the chance to win a prize up to $500. The contest closes on February 26th, 2021 at 5:00 PM PT. Get your entry in early by January 15th for the chance to win additional prizes!

    UW has an Early Entrance Program through the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars. The UW Academy is an early admission opportunity at the University of Washington for current 10th grade students. Students apply to the program during their 10th grade year, and if accepted withdraw from high school, enrolling as first year students at the University of Washington the following fall. An All Program Information Session is available as a You-Tube recording here. Application deadline: March 8, 2021.  Questions? Contact them at (206) 543-4160, , or visit them online.

    Tikvah Online Academy is now accepting applications for the Winter 2021 semester, for students in grades 7-12. The Winter 2021 application deadline is January 17, 2021. Tuition is $100 per course. Classes meet on weekday evenings and on Sundays. Seminars will meet once per week for five weeks, starting in mid-February. Courses are open to all students regardless of their educational backgrounds. The application process is simple but selective.

    REMINDER. On Wednesday, January 20 YMCA Earth Service Corps will be hosting its annual free Environmental Leaders Summit. This year the event is virtual. Register now: the event is coming up fast and historically has filled before the registration deadline.

    WHAT: YMCA Environmental Leaders Summit

    WHO: High school students & environmental professionals

    WHEN: January 20th, 1:00-3:45

    REGISTER: Register online here. Deadline: January 15th.

    What happens at the Summit?

    This event is a launching point for youth action and provides an opportunity for students from across the Puget Sound to share ideas and learn from others in the environmental community. A keynote will kick off the event; then, participants will take part in three round-table discussions centered on environmental topics that are moderated by a professional from the environmental field. Afterwards, they'll enter a town-hall style reflection to share ideas and actions that address these environmental issues.

    This year student selected table topics will include Waste Reduction, Climate Change, Marine Health, Environmental Justice, Plastics and much more. The last Summit gathered over 160 participants representing high schools across Western Washington.

    Learn about YMCA Earth Service Corps by clicking here! Questions? Contact Chelsey Wheeler | YMCA Earth Service Corps Director | P 206.466.1048