Over the course of our phenomenal senior trip I was fortunate enough to visit two wonderful colleges; each with an amazing campus. We also visited an amusement park, and enjoyed ` great food the entire weekend. Our first stop was, Seton Hall University located in New Jersey, which was spectacular. Reason being, we were able to get a feel of the college classroom, we witnessed how big the classes were, took a look into the gym, library, and weight room. Oh and the food! The food we ate in their cafeteria was very delightful. Next we had an interesting bus ride to Virginia. It was a funny bus trip though; the ride consisted of action movies and tons of jokes, no numbers two’s on the bus!!! (Insider).  Once we arrived in Virginia we ate dinner at CiCi’s Pizza, then we were off to the hotel. The following morning was followed by breakfast in the hotel then Busch Gardens; this was my first time going to an amusement park and Mr.Smallhorne being the adventurous principal he is, got me to go on almost every roller coaster. I was scared at first; However, I loosened up and thought it was a fun and exciting experience. After a crazy day at the amusement park, we went to Golden Corral for dinner. Then, we had one more night at the hotel until Howard University, I couldn’t wait. I was so happy the trip to Washington, DC didn’t feel long at all. Upon arrival, at Howard University we ate a delicious meal in the cafeteria; I took part in creating an omelet. In addition, besides being greedy and eating all their food, we were able to see the Howard Museum, a look at the buildings where specific classes take place, the Howard Bookstore and two members from a fraternity showed us a little bit of one of their stepping routines. One of the members of the fraternity was a former YABC student who went off to Howard; (did I mention he was also our tour guide that day?) Yup! I wish I could tell you every detail of the trip but this would go on and on; just know it was fun and I felt honored to be afforded this opportunity. This trip inspired me to stay focused on my daily curriculums and work hard; so one day I can go to a University. I’ll be honest, just standing on the college campus gave me goose bumps, because I know I want to go to college.


Thanks For the Opportunity Mr. Smallhorne and the whole YABC/Lehman Staff, once again for playing a part in motivating me and impacting my life through this senior trip.


Written by, Ryan Roach.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Lehman’s YABC is a naturally communal and inviting environment. However, the Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Mr. Smallhorne on Tuesday, November 26th surpassed the brilliance of a typical day at Lehman’s YABC. Under the FEGS staff’s operation, many trays of holiday-traditional food were served to hundreds of students and their families. From lasagna, rice with beans, mashed potatoes, and stuffing to turkey, ham, and chicken; there were plenty to eat. Yet the highlight of the day was not the food, but how harmonious everybody was. There were many approving comments about the atmosphere of the dinner such as it being, “…completely distinct from a usual day of school,” and, “actually feeling comforting.” Whether it is a second chance at graduation, free food, or a relaxing night of socialization, Lehman’s YABC does not fail to deliver.

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YABC Newsletter

This is the first newsletter published for YABC.


YABC All Stars Game 2013

Check out pictures from the YABC All Stars basketball game!


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Five Towns & L.I.U. College Tour 2013

On Wednesday March 20th, Students of Lehman YABC took a trip to Long Island to tour two colleges. Five Towns College and Long Island University. Upon arrival to Five Towns, Students were introduced to the tour guides. Shortly after touring main halls and being given explanations about the campus, students were taken to a classroom studio. There they were introduced to an audio professor, who allowed some students to aid in creating a song. Some students sat at a mixing board while fewer others recorded vocals in the sound booth. After this, students were fed pizza in the cafeteria. This concluded the Five Towns section of the tour. YABC then headed on over to Long Island University. This section of the tour was strictly… a tour! No hands on activities took place, but a tour of nearly the entire campus was taken. From the main building, to the food courts, to the gym, and a classroom. Students of YABC gained knowledge about and first hand sight of two different Colleges, Five Towns being Audio/Media based while L.I.U. was more generic.


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College Information

PRIVATE: January 1st due December 14th
SUNY: January 15th due January 2nd
CUNY: February 1st due January 16th
All college applications are considered LATE if not submitted by DUE dates!!!
***(Therefore the colleges may not receive applications by deadline)Please remember to pay attention to DEADLINES!!!

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CURIE Academy for 11 & 12th Grade Girls
July 14-20, 2013
The CURIE Academy is a one-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on juniors and seniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about the many opportunities in engineering in an interactive atmosphere.Cornell University’s world-renowned faculty and graduate students will lead CURIE participants in classes, lab sessions, and project research. Social events, panel discussions, and other out-of-classroom activities will provide participants with opportunities to network informally with Cornell faculty, staff, and students.

Join us for the CURIE Academy and spend a week making new friends, experiencing life on a university campus, and exploring the many exciting possibilities awaiting you in engineering!

Tuition & Financial Assistance availalble.

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This program is a student-developed two component program that promotes youth empowerment of the students who engage in a peer education internship, as well as a nutrition education component in the classrooms that is led by the teen interns from each school.
This program is open to all high schools, including charter schools, who participate in the free/reduced lunch program with at least 50% of their student population eligible.
· Each school elects 3-5 students to participate. These students are trained in a one day training on January 26th to lead the in-class 6 session series covering nutrition topics (No cooking is involved) and students have the option of also participating in weekly meetings at the FB of NYC office.
· This is a paid internship for teens and Metrocards are provided for any transportation involved.
· The overall program goal is to empower the student interns in a peer educator model, as well as engage in nutrition education with as many students as possible in a way that is youth-led and interesting to teens.
EATWISE is currently accepting applications for the spring internship part of the program, due January 11th.This is a great opportunity for Lehman students and I’m sure they will benefit from this program tremondously. Please let me know of your interest in the program as soon as you can.

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Paid Internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Deadline: January 30, 2013
Contact: Betsy Gibbons at highschoolinterns@metmuseum.org
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers paid internships to students in grade 11 or 12 at a New York City high school that receives Title I funds. Interns will get the inside scoop on a wide variety of Museum jobs in conservation, education, exhibition design, and more. They’ll also develop professional skills, explore the galleries, and assist an expert in one of the Museum’s departments. Students don’t need prior experience or specific knowledge to apply – just an interest in learning about museum careers and great works of art! For more information and to link to the online application, please click here.
The Points of Light Foundation offers many opportunities for students to become engaged in service learning activities throughout the year. I invite you to encourage students in your classrooms and on your teams to sign up for a service learning activity. Simply click on the link below to discover a variety of service learning opportunities for your students.

Why Education Is Important

Taliban Gun Down Girl Who Spoke Up for Rights

“KARACHI, Pakistan — At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams.  The tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation. 

“Masked Taliban gunmen answered Ms. Yousafzai’s courage with bullets, singling out the 14-year-old on a bus filled with terrified schoolchildren, then shooting her in the head and neck.  She survived after being in critical condition at a hospital in Peshawar, with a bullet possibly lodged close to her brain. “


Malala was then quoted saying, “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.  All I want is education.  I am afraid of no one.


Many Ugandans in the north have left the overcrowded displaced camps to start their lives over in the villages.  But little provision has been made for their return.  Children now living in the resettlement site of Orapwoyo, in Gulu district, have to make a two-and-a-half hour trek, wading across muddy rivers, to the nearest school. 

They arrive, tired and hungry, even before the lessons start.

In the school year of 2011-2012 the Bronx averaged an 89.49% public school attendance rate. nycenet.edu

The American dream appears to no longer be for Americans. In 2007 the amount of Bronx high school graduates averaged 57.5% with a dropout rate of 15.6%.

                In the past doing an average job could earn an average lifestyle.  However, being average just won’t earn you what it used to. So many employers now have more access to much more above-average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius.

New technology has been eating jobs forever, and always will. There’s been acceleration. “In the 10 years ending in 2009, (U.S.) factories shed workers so fast that they erased almost all the gains of the previous 70 years; roughly one out of every three manufacturing jobs — about 6 million in total — disappeared.”(http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Friedman-Americans-need-more-education-2705370.php#ixzz2CsgLWNXF)

 Here are the latest unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Americans over 25 years old: those with less than a high school degree, 13.8 percent; those with a high school degree and no college, 8.7 percent; those with some college or associate degree, 7.7 percent; and those with bachelor’s degree or higher, 4.1 percent.

Through education and education alone will students greatly lower their chances of future unemployment.   School might not be for everyone.  However, knowledge should be for everyone.  School is the stepping stone that will allow students to eventually study what they want, how they want.   Although repetitively learning the basics may be frustrating, students must continue on with education. Knowing the basics is average.  Average is officially over.

Written By,

Contributing editor: Kathleen Kalambay


YABC Yoga 2012 Pictures

Here are the pictures of the Yoga event this year


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Obama Wins Second Term

Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009. The son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, he was the first African-American to ascend to the highest office in the land.

On Nov. 6, 2012, Mr. Obama was reelected, defeating his Republican opponent Mitt Romney, after a long, hard-fought campaign that centered on who would heal the battered economy and on what role government should play in the 21st century.

In 2008, Mr. Obama had beaten Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, after defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries.

Mr Obama’s 2008 victory  came as the economy was in near free-fall, and his term has been shaped by what many have called the Great Recession and the weak recovery that followed. Mr. Obama was confronted by a number of crucial issues in foreign policy, including the war in Iraq, where he withdrew American troops, and Afghanistan, where he increased their numbers before beginning a drawdown meant to end America’s combat role in 2014.

Mr. Obama’s first term had a number of big successes, including the killing of Osama bin Laden and the passage of a vast health-care reform bill, a giant stimulus package and a financial regulatory overhaul. But he was blocked by Republicans on issues like climate change and immigration, and lost Democratic control of the House in the midterm elections of 2010. The year after that was dominated by bitter jousting with House Republicans over budget issues, a conflict both sides eventually deferred till after the presidential election.

That race was been close from the beginning. Going into the fall campaign, Mr. Obama, bolstered by a well-received convention, appeared to hold a small lead. Republicans took heart when Mr. Romney batterered the president during the first of three debates. But Mr. Obama fought back during the last two, and his poll margins began to creep back up.

In some ways Mr. Obama has been remade by his time in office. Burned by failed Roosevelt Room summits with Republican leaders and faced with implacable resistance, he has abandoned the inside game to barnstorm the country pressuring lawmakers. Once a virtual prime minister tethered to Congress, he now advances immigration, environmental and education initiatives through executive authority. The candidate of change now argues for staying the course.


– NYTimes


What’s the plan?

   What’s the plan?                                           

               What are you doing?  What are your plans?  Where will they take you? If you are a student in New York you have heard these questions a thousand times.  The majority of us come up with quick answers to avoid long lectures.  However, inside our heads we are thinking, “What the heck are YOU doing?  I’m just trying to make it out of school!”  Fortunately, YABC Lehman H.S is here for you.  A program designed just to help you figure out what you want to do and then get you where you want to go.

                YABC Lehman has courses from web design to forensic science.  Classes taught by teachers who are not only friendly and kind, but captivating and inspiring.  With a faculty and a student body ready to help you out all you need here is a little will power.  

                Why should you go to school when you could work?  YABC offers you jobs through the F.E.G.S administration.   When you do well in class your pay goes up.   Beginning at 4 p.m. the YABC program allows you to make most of your day before school even starts.   Students can be confident that they will leave school each day having learned something new. 

                The best part about YABC Lehman is that here, no one wants to criticize you.  We want to know how we can help.  If you can put one foot in front of the other you can make it through YABC!