Mentors needed – RAMP Program

YOUTH POWER!‘s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is actively seeking dedicated and caring individuals to serve as mentors to help young people grow in their knowledge of careers and themselves.

RAMP is a high tech, career focused mentoring program for youth ages 11 to 17 who have a disability (diagnosed or perceived) and are involved with or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. RAMP teaches youth about job options, how to set goals for themselves, and how to reach those goals with steps anchored in their daily lives to successfully transition them to employment, post secondary education and independent living. RAMP is seeking caring and dedicated individuals to spend 2 hours a week serving as mentors for weekly meetings at sites in Albany, Ravena and Cohoes. Mentors receive training and ongoing support as well as have the opportunity to participate in structured mentor-mentee activities which are payed for by the program. Mentors should be willing listeners, encouraging and supportive, patient and flexible and tolerant and respectful of individual differences.

Interested parties are encouraged to watch the four minute YouTube video below, view our recruitment flyer, and contact Elijah Fagan-Solis, YOUTH POWER! Mentoring Coordinator by E-mail or by calling 518-432-0333 ext 19.

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Project VOICE – Free Performance For High School Students

Project VOICE will hold a free performance For High School Students on November 6th at 10 AM. For information and a reservation form, contact Arlene Sampson via E-mail at Questar III BOCES or click here for more information. Download the reservation form here.

This free performance for high school students is by celebrated writers, performers, and educators Franny
Choi and Philip Kaye of Project VOICE (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression), a national movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through spoken word poetry. This special event is presented by the Riverfront Arts Education Collaborative and Questar III at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Transportation is not provided.


Attention Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies

PNCC Scouting

The Polish National Catholic Church has an active Scouting program and the Church’s youth and adults may earn awards as follows:

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  • Cub Scouts and Brownies: Love of God – The Love of God Emblem program is for Cub Scouts and Brownies in Grades 2 through 5.
  • Boy Scouts: God and Country – The God and Country Program is for Scouts from the age of 11 to 21 and focuses on Christian spirit and faith, fellowship, church participation and fellowship, church service and Christianity in action.
  • Girl Scouts: God and Community
  • Adult Members: Bishop Thaddeus F. Zielinski Award

For more information and detailed award program requirements please contact:

Polish National Catholic Church Committee on Scouting
Mr. Richard Daum
11 Everette Place
Wayne, NJ 07470
E-mail

Girl Scout Camp Open House

A Girl Scout camp open house will take place on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30am till 12:30pm at Camp Woodhaven in Galway, New York. For more information and directions, please contact the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York by E-mail.

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Doris Duke Fellowships Available for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

logoThe application period for Cohort Five of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being–seeking innovations to prevent child abuse and neglect is now open. The fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. With the generous financial support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, fifteen fellowships are awarded each year to promising doctoral students from a variety of academic disciplines.

The application period for the fifth cohort of fellows opened on August 15, 2014. Applications are due by December 15, 2014. The fifth cohort will begin in the summer of 2015. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years.

Application deadline: December 15, 2014

Learn more about the Doris Duke Fellowships on Chapin Hall’s website.

Contact E-mail.


Opportunities Available for Part-Time Student Workers

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The Schenectady County Public Library has two (2) opportunities available for part-time Student Workers (no benefits).

Salary: The 2014 hourly rate of pay is $8.00
Hours: Will vary. Some weekend and evening hours.

Typical Work Activities: Answers the telephone and provides routine information to callers; performs routine filing; performs simple typing; may act as courier; may perform cleaning and maintenance duties; performs a variety of tasks as required.

Qualifications: Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to write legibly; clerical aptitude.

To apply: Civil Service applications will be accepted from applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. Submit applications to the County Personnel Department, County Building 2nd Floor by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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September 2014 Newsletter – Preparing for Holy Synod

August 30th and our newsletter is here two days early!

September calls us to preparation for Holy Synod and the four things we are called to do: pray, take part, suggest, and be confident. September also calls us to ask God’s blessings upon our labor and to invite friends, family, and neighbors back to church. Read reports on our summer activities and all the wonderful things our youth have been engaged in. This summer showed forth so many blessings on our community of faith. We invite you be part of these blessings right here in Schenectady. You may view and download a copy right here — September 2014 Newsletter.

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Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Youth Sunday, and Labor Day

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A call to be
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I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Today we celebrate a call to be changed, to offer ourselves to God in all we do, and in doing so to make His kingdom a reality.

How will we make this change real? How will we respond and get to work? What will we do to be transformed into people completely focused on carrying out God’s will for humanity?

Our Holy Church has designated this Sunday as Youth Sunday. Our youth will be returning to school. They will study and grow in knowledge so that they may take their place in society, contributing their work and effort – but to what end?

If their studies are self-focused, if they are taken up without due consideration of God’s call to be changed and to change the world, they will only make their lives small and self-serving. They may achieve earthly success, but in the process lose their souls. If however, their study and growth remain focused on God’s call to change and affect change in accord with His call, their lives will be glorious and complete. They will use what they have gained to come into union with God and to carry out His will. We must help them by our example, prayer, and support. Our duty is to continually assist them in realizing that everything they learn and do is a gift from God and requires a response to His call to change.

This weekend we also celebrate Labor Day. Our work and labor must also been seen in light of the call to be changed and change the world. Paraphrasing our organizer, Bishop Hodur: ‘The time will come when our heroes emerging from the homes of farmers and laborers will sweat and sacrifice not for kings or the rights of the privileged or a single class, but will battle and work for freedom and the rights of man. Let us gather and strive to be first in good and last in wrong. Then shall we bring ourselves, our nation, and the whole world closer to happiness and salvation.’

We are thus called to change ourselves and the world, to transform life away from the money-driven values of this world to the bringing of the kingdom of God.

We are called to make change real in the lives of our youth and in our lives. This is true worship: “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice” Do not live the status quo. It is not enough! Jesus put His body on the line for us. So we must put our lives on the line, changing them for Him and working for the coming of His kingdom.


August 2014 Issue of God’s Field

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The latest issue of God’s Field is now available online. This edition features reports on summer’s youth events with tons of pictures of our parish youth who participated in Kurs and CONVO. Our music scholarship winners are also prominently noted. Congratulations Christina and Victoria. Check updates and information about the Church’s upcoming Holy Synod.

Articles for the September issue are being accepted now through September 1, 2014. You may E-mail items and photos or send them to:

God’s Field
Polish National Catholic Church
1006 Pittston Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505


Arts Opportunities, Scholarships, Programs, and Research Grants

From the New York State Alliance for Arts Education

Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core 2

August 12- 13, in Albany. Hear an inspiring keynote on inquiry-based learning from Barbara Stripling. Participate in experiential labs where you’ll learn how to create compelling lessons using cultural resources to meet the Common Core Learning Standards. Explore inquiry as a professional discipline. Network with colleagues in your region. And, to close the conference, hear from James B. Short, Director, Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning at the American Museum of Natural History. Register today!

Summit on Transforming Education through Creative Practices

Move this World, a global non-profit that uses creative expression to address and transform conflict and bullying in communities worldwide, invites you to participate in its 5th Annual Global Summit in Transforming Education through Creative Practices! They are calling on a global network of educators, youth workers, thought leaders, creative arts therapists, students, artists and social change advocates to connect and collaborate in New York City, August 22 – 24.

Aesthetica Art Prize 2014

Entries close August 31, 2014.

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 is now open for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to an international audience and influential figures from the arts sector. Celebrating and nurturing outstanding contemporary art from across the world, the Art Prize welcomes all forms of art in the following categories:Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.

Prizes include a 12 week group show; up to £1000 in cash; publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (readership of 140,000 worldwide); art supplies and art books; and Q&As on the Aesthetica Blog. There are two main categories to enter: Main Prize and Student Prize. There is a winner for each main category. Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Grammy Foundation Supports Music Research and Preservation Projects

Deadline: October 1, 2014 (Letters of Inquiry)

Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation’s annual grant program provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts and scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. The research projects grant program awards funding of up to $20,000 to organizations and individuals working to research the impact of music on the human condition. Examples include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition, and healing; the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals; and the creative process underlying music. Priority will be given to projects with strong methodological design as well those designed to address an important research question.

Ucross Foundation’s Spring 2015 Artist Residencies

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations in Sheridan, Wyoming, to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Nearly thirteen hundred individuals from every state in the U.S. as well as Germany, France, Scotland, England, Poland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada, and Thailand have spent time at Ucross since it first opened. Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2015 Spring Residency program, which runs from late-February to mid-June.

YoungArts Applications for 2015 Open

Deadline: October 17, 2014

YoungArts identifies and nurtures emerging artists ages 15-18 (or in grades 10-12) in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Winners in cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing are provided once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, significant access to scholarships and national recognition, including:

  • Up to $10,000 in monetary awards
  • Exclusive U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nomination
  • Master classes with world-renowned artists
  • Access to scholarships, career opportunities and professional contacts
  • Opportunity for works to be viewed by top artists in their fields
  • All applicants to YoungArts have the opportunity to learn about college programs, scholarships, summer programs and festivals through participation in the YoungArts Student List Service.

Apply here.

Chamber Music Residency Partnership Program

Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

Chamber Music America’s Residency Partnership Program supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects. Funding is specifically aimed at activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. These activities may include, but are not limited to, clinics, interactive classroom programs, and lecture/demonstrations in libraries, hospitals, senior centers, or similar venues. Projects must take place in the U.S. or its territories. The length of the residencies ranges from a minimum of three days to one year. Grants support up to 75 percent of expenses directly connected to the project. The balance must be drawn from other sources, such as cash from other grants, earned income, or an allocation from the organization’s general operating funds. For information on applying, please see their website.

Infographic on Arts Education

This one page document from the Indiana Youth Institute summarizes some valuable research and information on the value of arts education.

Website for Lesson Sharing

Share My Lesson is a free platform, developed by teachers for teachers, that gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other.


July/August 2014 Newsletter – What’s Happening Tomorrow…?

July 1st and our newsletter is here on-time once again. It is just before midnight, so we barely made it.

July offers us the opportunity to think of the days of relaxation ahead and how Jesus fits in with those days. Summer is also filled with many Solemnities, Feasts, and Commemorations of particular importance. Read all about them. We consider our response to a neighborhood tragedy and pray for our youth and graduates. We invite you to remain in the Lord this summer, right here in Schenectady, and wherever you travel. You may view and download a copy right here — July/August 2014 Newsletter.

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