Help your teen prepare for college, manage stress, and thrive in close quarters.

College Access

Resources for Exploring and Selecting Schools

The COVID College Choice: How To Pick A College During A Global Pandemic, Forbes >
Tips from a former college admissions officer about how to select a school when you can't meet in person. 

How to Make College Decisions When Campuses Are Closed, The New York Times >
Lean on your guidance counselor, use tech to connect, and take a virtual tour. 

Scholarship Opportunities 

2020 von der Heyden Scholarship
$20,000 over four years

The Scholarship is presented annually to two graduating high school students who have demonstrated consistency and development for at least two years in a YMCA of Greater New York Teen programming, including Rowe Scholars,  Teens Take the City, Youth and Government, Leaders Club, Teen Center, and/or Global Teens. Start the application now >

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 8, 2020.

Application Checklist:

  • Application submitted on or before Wednesday, May 8, 2020
  • Current transcript attached to application
  • Appropriate photograph attached to application
  • All application information is complete and submitted, including:
    • Current address
    • Cell phone number
    • Name of YMCA site and Y staff
    • Y clubs and activities
    • College applied to
    • Colleges accepted to.
  • 300 word minimums on essays


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Meditation and Mood Apps

Smiling Mind >
Meditation designed for ages 7 and up based on a program of your choice.

Calm >
Take a deep breath and follow meditation practices online or on the app.

Mindful Gnats >
Develop mindfulness and relaxation skills in this app designed for young people.

MoodPath >
Three times a day, users receive a question about their emotional well-being to help manage depression and/or anxiety.

MindShift >
This free app provides strategies based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to manage worry, conflict, and anxiety, and teaches relaxation exercises.

Resources for Parents

Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters, The New York Times >
Make space for disappointment and sadness, and also relief and joy. Expect friction about their social lives, and treat teens as problem solving partners, writes psychologist Lisa Damour.

Teach teens life skills while everyone is home thanks to the coronavirus, The Chicago Tribune >
How one mom is using extra time with her teens to prepare them for adulthood through YouTube videos explaining how to tie a necktie, how to change a tire, how to iron a shirt, and more.


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