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Scholarships with November 2015 deadlines

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Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. High School Seniors are over-whelmed with the college application process and thus are wiped-out to do the extra work in applying for scholarships, this list includes scholarships that students in 10-11th grade can apply for as well. I encourage you students to make the time to apply, $500 can help with books or the cost of furnishing your dorm room. Don’t be that student who refused to do the extra and apply for scholarships, I am sure
she /he now regrets not taking the time to do the extra.

Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are 55 college scholarships and contests with November 2015 deadlines. Please visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
Sponsor: Geneseo Migrant Center
Amount: Up to $2,500
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarships are open to individuals 16 years of age or older who have a history of movement to obtain work in agriculture. Applicant must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents.

Champions for Christ Scholarship
Sponsor: Champion for Christ Foundation
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have surrendered their lives to full-time Christian service and are preparing for full-time Christian ministry.

Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship
Sponsor: Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in an HVACR training program at an accredited school.

HubShout Online Marketing Scholarships
Sponsor: HubShout
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant should be on the path to a business or marketing career that will involve online marketing.

Patriot’s Pen Competition
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Competition is open to students in grades 6-8. Applicant must submit an essay on the following theme: “What Freedom Means to Me.”

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Amount: Up to $30,000
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Competition is open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States or its territories. Applicant must write and record a three to five minute broadcast script on the following theme: “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.”

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Scholarship
Sponsor: Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students seeking an education in wound, ostomy and continence nursing care. Applicant must be enrolled in a WOCN-accredited WOCNEP or Specialty Course or have been accepted to a WOCN-accredited WOCNEP or Specialty Course.

Young Writers Awards
Sponsor: Bennington College
Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015
Description: Award is open to students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Students may submit a poem, work of fiction (a short story or one-act play), or nonfiction work (a personal or academic essay).

AGC Education and Research Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
Sponsor: Associated General Contractor (AGC) Education and Research Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to second-year students at a two year school who are planning to transfer to a four-year program for the Fall 2016, or a rising college sophomore or junior in a four-year program or rising senior (for Fall 2016) in a five-year program. Applicant must desire a career in the construction industry.

Bluetooth Breakthrough Award
Sponsor: Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2015
Description: Award is open to individuals actively enrolled in high school, college-level, or post-graduate school. Applicant must submit a product, application, prototype, or project utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology.

George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Sponsor: National Rifle Association of America (NRA)
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 2, 2015
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 1-12, including home-schooled students. Student must submit a piece of art on a given topic related to North American game bird or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Amount: Up to $40,000
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2015
Description: Scholarship program is open to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need. Scholars will be selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Sponsor: Prudential Financial, Inc.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2015
Description: Award is open to students in grades 5-12 who are legal residents of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C. Applicant must have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application.

Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship
Sponsor: Wholesale Halloween Costumes
Amount: $500
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at an accredited two or four year college or vocational school within the United States and be a legal residents of the United States or hold a valid student visa. Applicant must carve a pumpkin and submit photos of the progression of the carving.

Create Real Impact Contest
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers
Amount: Up to $1,500
Deadline: Nov. 5, 2015
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years of age. Student must submit an original work (video, music, creative writing, or artwork) showcasing their idea for a solution to the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving.

I Am… Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 6, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students 25 years of age or younger who are current or former high school students and will attend or is attending college within the United States or its territories. Applicant must submit a poem on “what makes you… you?”

SaveOnEnergy.com Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Save On Energy, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to college students enrolled full time at a two or four-year accredited university. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to energy deregulation.

Intel Science Talent Search Awards (Intel STS)
Sponsor: Society for Science & the Public
Amount: Up to $150,000
Deadline: Nov. 11, 2015 application deadline (transcript and recommendations due Nov. 4, 2015)
Description: Talent Search is open to any student who is enrolled in and attending his or her last year of secondary school in the U.S. or a U.S. territory or a U.S. citizens enrolled in their senior year of secondary school. Applicant must present a full, scientific report about research of their choosing in the areas of science, math, engineering, and/or medicine.

TicketCity Annual College Scholarship Program
Sponsor: TicketCity, Inc.
Amount: $3,000
Deadline: Nov. 11, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on one of three given essay prompts related to college sporting events.

Disabled War Veterans Scholarship
Sponsor: AFCEA Educational Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Nov. 13, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to active-duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans reservists, and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during combat service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations.

Maryknoll Student Essay Contest
Sponsor: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 13, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to international and U.S. students who are enrolled in grades 6-12. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic.

2015 Adopt A Veteran Scholarship
Sponsor: Joe Foss Institute
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens of all national backgrounds who are currently studying in the United States or in an American military school out of the country. Applicant must be in 11th or 12th grade. Applicant must find a military veteran they do not know, get to know them and then write an essay about the experience.

Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship
Sponsor: The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to female undergraduate students who are majoring in Public Relations, Communication, Media Studies, Marketing or Journalism. Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States and have a desire to work in the entertainment or sports industry.

American Indian Services Scholarship
Sponsor: American Indian Services (AIS)
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Applicant must be at least one-quarter (1/4) Northern-Native American Indian and enrolled in a university, junior college, or technical school.

Bill Kane Undergraduate Scholarship
Sponsor: Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate health education majors at an accredited college or university in the United States or a U.S. territory.

College Moving Scholarship
Sponsor: iMove
Amount: $800
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who have moved out-of-state to attend college.

Cooley Scholarship, Masters Scholarship
Sponsor: Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE)
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to master’s level students who are currently enrolled in a health education program at an accredited college or university in the United States or a U.S. territory.

Delphix Technology Scholarship for Women
Sponsor: Delphix
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to individuals who identify as a woman and will be enrolled in college full-time in calendar year 2016. Applicant must be pursuing a technical degree like computer science, information technology, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, etc.

Distracted Driver Awareness Scholarship
Sponsor: Law Office of Neil Burns
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to any person in the United States seeking post-secondary education. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to distracted driving.

Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability
Sponsor: American Association on Health and Disability
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student in a program at a college or university pursing an undergraduate degree, or enrolled part-time or full-time in a graduate program, pursuing a post graduate degree. Applicant must have a disability. Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health.

James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists
Amount: $2,500 for college students and digital camera for high school students
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to student photographers of high school and college age.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards
Sponsor: Soroptimist International of the Americas
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Award is open to women who provide the primary support for themselves and their dependents. Applicant must be enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skill training program or an undergraduate degree program.

Zumper Apartments Scholarship
Sponsor: Zumper
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to legal U.S. residents in high school or college who will be attending an accredited university or college in Fall 2015. Applicant must submit a short piece of writing that includes how the applicant has impacted their student body or community and information about housing near their school.

EESC STEM Poster Contest
Sponsor: Engineering Education Service Center (EESC)
Amount: Up to $200
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2015
Description: Contest is open to students in elementary, middle, high school and college. Contestant must create and submit a poster on the category “STEM Careers.”

Amazon Student Scholarship
Sponsor: Amazon Student
Amount: $5,500
Deadline: Nov. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to Amazon Student members who are full-time undergraduate students at an accredited, not-for-profit U.S. college or university as of the fall of 2016, or who intend to be full-time undergraduate students in fall 2016. Finalists will be selected based on GPA, community involvement, and leadership experience. Finalists will be invited to complete an essay to advance to the final round.

DefensiveDriving.com Scholarship
Sponsor: DefensiveDriving.com
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students who are legal residents of the Untied States. Applicant must make a video that shows a place that is meaningful to them that can only be accessed with a vehicle.

Youth Noise Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Youth Noise
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 21, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a high school, college, university, or trade school. Applicant must create a 2-5 minute video explaining how new ideas will shape the world around us, and why education is the key to creating a brighter future.

SOY Scholarship
Sponsor: American Soybean Association
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Nov. 23, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to children or grandchildren of current ASA members. Applicant must also plan to declare Agriculture (or discipline in the school of Agriculture) as an area of study at an accredited college or university.

Out to Protect Scholarship
Sponsor: Out to Protect
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 27, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to openly gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender individuals who are pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award
Sponsor: BBG Communications
Amount: $500
Deadline: Nov. 29, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students under the age of 21 years of age who have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work over the past two years.

Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Andrew Flusche, PLC
Amount: $500
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors who have been accepted into a college, university, or trade school AND students who are currently enrolled in a college, university, or trade school. Applicant must create a public service advertisement video which raises awareness of the severity of the consequences of drunk driving amoung your peers.

Angela Award
Sponsor: National Science Teachers Association
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Award is open to female students in grades 5-8 who are involved in or have a strong connection to science.

Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation General Aviation Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to aviation students.

Artistic Excellence in Print Design & Marketing Scholarship
Sponsor: Printaholic.com
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students majoring in Graphic Arts & Design or a related field. Applicant must submit a personal marketing package promoting themselves.

Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship
Sponsor: Bachus & Schanker, LLC
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled students at a four-year university in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the 7th Amendment.

BestHospitalityDegrees.com Scholarship
Sponsor: BestHospitalityDegrees.com
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled as a hospitality major at a community college or university in the United States. Career interests can include but are not limited to tourism, hotel managements, culinary arts, restaurant management, or culinary management.

Defining Theme of Our Age Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Foundation Magazine
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Contest is open to all who want to share his or her ideas with the contest committee. There is no age limit and is open to individuals worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay between 1,500 and 2,500 words sharing what they think the theme of the 21st century will be.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship
Sponsor: Discover Financial Services
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors 16 years of age or older and undergraduate students 16 years of age or older. Applicant must be planning to attend or continuing to attend an eligible college or university. Applicant must sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college from Discover Student Loans.

Dish Promotions Scholarship
Sponsor: Dish Promotions
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshman and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on how three current, popular forms of sharing information impact how we understand information.

Education Matters Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2021) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Get-Frontier.com Scholarship
Sponsor: Get-Frontier.com Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to internet technology and infrastructure.

Marcena Lozano Donate Life Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: Marcena’s Miracles – The Marcena Lozano Donate Life Scholarship Fund
Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to organ transplant recipients between the ages of 17 and 26.

New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Scholarship
Sponsor: New Look Laser Tattoo Removal
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. Applicant must write a short piece on a topic related to laser tattoo removal.

Solve the Mystery SMS Game Scholarship
Sponsor: Do Something
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students 25 years or younger. Student must solve a mystery on their phone by gathering clues with their friends. Student will sign up with their cell phone number and three of their friends’ cell phone numbers to play a SMS game about STEM. By playing, student receives an entry to win the scholarship

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates
Sponsor: Law Firm of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current law students at an accredited law school or students at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend law school for the following academic year.

National Suicide Prevention Week September 7th-13th
This week marks the 41st Annual National Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide Prevention Is Everyone’s Business!
Here are a few ways to get started for the week:
FBprofile2015.1Post the 2015 Suicide Prevention Week graphic as your profile picture
Share this message on your Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter @AASuicidology
Learn the Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Suicide
Make a donation
Host a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event
Are you a clinician? Take a training!
Are you a school professional? Get Certified!
Contact AAS Central Office with your own creative ideas!
http://www.suicidology.org/about-aas/national-suicide-prevention-week

photo credit: www.veteransresources.org
photo credit: www.veteransresources.org

Know the Warning Signs of Suicide Information by:
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY
How do you remember the Warning Signs of Suicide?
Here’s an easy-to-remember mnemonic:
IS PATH WARM?

I   Ideation
S   Substance Abuse

P   Purposelessness
A   Anxiety
T   Trapped
H   Hopelessness

W   Withdrawal
A   Anger
R   Recklessness
M   Mood Changes


A person in acute risk for suicidal behavior most often will show:

Warning Signs of Acute Risk:
Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; and or,
Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and/or,
Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary.

These might be remembered as expressed or communicated ideation. If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.

Expanded Warning Signs:
Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
Hopelessness
Withdrawal from friends, family and society
Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
Dramatic mood changes
If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.

Student Athletes Heat and Wind Chill NYSPHSAA Policy
HEAT ALERT POLICY

I am posting this information for both students and parents because my objective always is to help student athletes prevent avoidable injuries and keep them safe. My daughter is an athlete that participates in 3 sports throughout the school year and is often faced with EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS. PARENTS it is VERY IMPORTANT that athletes say hydrated in extreme hot weather, the coaches will constantly reinforce this message, but it is advisable that this message start at home.

The information below is listed on the NYSPHSAA website.

  1. Modified Heat Alert – When the heat index reaches 88 (equivalent to T.H.I. of 73), practice sessions or contests in all sports must include:
    a. Forced, frequent water breaks (every 10-15 minutes).
    b. Loose clothing, light colored shorts and tee shirts (mesh recommended) for practice sessions.
    c. Frequent rest breaks in shaded areas.
    d. For football and lacrosse, mandatory water breaks every 15 minutes during which all players must remove helmets. Those players not participating in contact activities during practice, games or scrimmages shall not wear helmets.

NOTE: During all contests, the rules are to be modified to permit additional time outs for rest and forced water breaks.

  1. Full Heat Alert – When the heat index reaches 95 (equivalent to T.H.I. of 78), no physical activity in any sport is permitted. Team meetings are permitted.HEAT POLICY

for more information on New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Heat and wind chill policies click on links below:
HEAT INDEX PROCEDURES
WIND CHILL PROCEDURESWIND CHILL

Remember it takes a village to raise a child….Parents lets work together to keep our kids injury free and safe.
In addition you can check Accuweather.com for your local temperature and “REAL FEEL” temperature.

Hamptons Teen: Hamptons Got Talent Auditions 2015

Friday, March 13th-Thursday, March 19 2015

The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau is holding open auditions for their Second Annual Hamptons Got Talent Competition on Friday, March 13th from 4pm – 7:30pm at the Flanders Community Center located at 655 Flanders Road, Flanders. A second audition will take place on Thursday, March 19th from 4pm – 7:30pm at Southampton Town Hall. Any student in grades 5-12, residing in the Township of Southampton is eligible to enter the audition to showcase any of the following talents: singing, dancing, instruments, comedy, magic, or poetry. Contestants must bring to the audition any music they plan to perform to without vocals. Finalists selected will perform in the Hamptons Got Talent Competition on Saturday, April 25th from 7pm-10pm, location TBA. For additional audition information and application, please call the Youth Bureau at (631) 702-2432.hamptons_got_talent_picture_web_calendars_0

Hamptons Teen: SPEAK OUT…Say what you want 

CALLING ALL TEENS IN SAG HARBOR on Sunday, March 1st  4-6pm…. Speak Out! Teens to say what they want to see in Sag Harbor

Fresh voices and a youthful energy will bring in spring this year in Sag Harbor.

The Youth Resource Center of Sag Harbor, The Sag Harbor Youth Committee and The Sag Harbor Coalition are offering a Speak Out at Bay Street Theatre, on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, March 1 from 4 to 6 pm.

The Sag Harbor Youth Committee is helping to underwrite the costs associated with the Speak Out and The Youth Resource Center of Sag Harbor and The Sag Harbor Coalition are helping to organize the event.

“The Speak Out is intended to let our youth be heard. Sag Harbor has had two Speak Outs before, in 1997 and 2000. Back then, our kids were angry; they had nothing to do. This was before SYS and the ReCenter, before the first local skateboard park at Red Creek and before the first Safe Summer Beach Program. Those Speak Outs brought attention to the lack of recreational facilities for kids and it led to an increase of programs offered to children on the eastern end of Southampton Town and the western end of East Hampton Town.”10461626_10206106258721263_6918463071028121158_n

 Speak Out came about in a Sag Harbor Coalition meeting, from a conversation community members were having about hosting an event that ‘empowered’ kids. It was suggested adults often have very little sense about what kids want or need, that perhaps kids could fill out a questionnaire or submit ideas. I suggested we do another Speak Out and this event has been evolving from there.”

The two first Speak Outs were developed by The Sag Harbor Youth Committee and were also held at Bay Street Theater.

Youth Committee founder Nada Barry remembers, “We had quite a turnout, the first one filled the theater, and what the kids had to say made it clear that there needed to be a change, that more resources had to be allocated to providing programs for our youth.”

This Speak Out will be patterned after the 1997 and 2000 events: a panel of community leaders will listen on stage; an emcee will set the level of expectation and decorum and participants will be able to ask questions of the leaders or make statements about what they like and about what they want to see in Sag Harbor.

As in those years, the Speak Out is recommended for young people in eighth grade and up. It is a teen-only event; parents will not be invited into the theater.

The members of this year’s Speak Out panel are being finalized, with representatives from the Sag Harbor school district, the Mashashimuet Park board, The John Jermain Library, the Sag Harbor Police Department, Sag Harbor village government, Bay Street Theater and local youth organizations among those being approached. A final roster of panelists will be announced in mid-February before the school vacation, about three weeks before the event.

The Sag Harbor Youth Committee will provide food and drink for the kids participating in the Speak Out. There is no fee for participation.

“This event is all about our kids being heard,” says Sag Harbor Coalition board member Benito Vila, “This is another instance where the kids bring the community together; they are our life blood and it’s our responsibility as parents and as community members to make sure they are able to thrive here as kids and go on to succeed in the world as adults.”

Kym Laube, executive director of the Westhampton-based prevention group, HUGS, Inc., and the Sag Harbor Coalition co-chair explained, “Often times adults think they know what’s best for kids and what kids think or believe. When we do not invite our youth to the table as partners and hear them out as we would any stakeholder then there is a significant missed opportunity. This Speak Out is the beginning of what we hope to be a long-lasting conversation, one that includes youth as a driving force and as partners.”

The Youth Resource Center of Sag Harbor is a non-profit, community-based agency offering “out-of-school” recreational activities for the Sag Harbor community. Those activities include widely-popular youth programs such as the Summer Beach program and the Pierson After School program.

The Sag Harbor Youth Committee, founded in 1997, is a not for profit 501c 3 organization, and is dedicated to publicizing, facilitating and planning constructive and enlightening activities to engage, entertain and educate youth in Sag Harbor.

The organization’s web site: sagharborkids.org, provides a listing of kid-friendly and family-oriented activities in the area.