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UVA Society of Women Engineers - High School Visitation Program    
The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school sophomores and juniors to apply for a place in our High School Visitation Program, taking place February 22, 2014. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience. We particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field but may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing an engineering career.  Please see the application packet posted on blackboard for more information.

Applications must be postmarked by January 24, 2014.
Counselors: Please share this with all STEM HS teachers in your school.
Teachers: Please forward the application packet to junior and sophomore-level students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at uvaswehsv@gmail.com.  Sarah Watson & Nicole Williams, High School Outreach Co-Chairs, UVa SWE

Family Engagement Newsletter
This month’s newsletter on School Attendance: Separating Fact from Fiction, provides information to help schools and parents debunk common attendance myths, recognize and understand contributing factors to chronic school absence, and identify local and national resources (including print materials and public services announcements in English and Spanish) to reinforce the link between regular school attendance and school success from kindergarten through high school.  For more information, contact Mary Shepherd, 703-204-4340 or Mary.Shepherd@fcps.edu


New Wizard Mobile App Available
Information on careers, colleges, and paying for college plus personal values and interests, college majors and programs of study across Virginia’s colleges and universities, and transferring from a community college to a four-year college or university. The iPhone link is available here. The iPad link is available here.The link for the Android phone and tablet is available here. You must be on a Wi-Fi network during your initial install. Share any feedback at wizard@vccs.edu.


Strategies for School Success
Web service provides daily tips, quizzes, and articles for parents of elementary through secondary school students. Users can search topics of interest and "ask the expert" by submitting questions online. http://www.fcps.edu/cco/fam/resources/publications/strategies.shtml

2014 Guide to Gap Year Programs

College of William and Mary – Gifted Programs
The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary will be hosting two events in the near future. The first event is our annual Focusing on the Future Event. At this event, students will attend sessions where they will learn about different careers while parents and school professionals will attend sessions where they will learn about various topics in regards to preparing students for the future. Focusing on the Future will take place at The College of William and Mary on February 1.  Our next event will be our Saturday Enrichment Program. It will span from February 22 - March 22. For this event, students will come to William and Mary every Saturday and take part in STEM classes. Please see the attached documents. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or anyone from the Center for Gifted Education. Also, it is important for participants to register as soon as possible. 

Attached you’ll find flyers and a brochure of these programs.  For more information, please contact Ricky Coston at rlcoston@email.wm.edu

Web link for FCPS Gap Year Fair- please encourage pre-registration; http://www.usagapyearfairs.org/events-schedule/fairfax-va

Volunteer Opportunities and Jobs for Students at the Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum

STEM+Women Conference - March 25


 George Mason University’s  Computer Game Design Program andSimulation Game Institute, in partnership with Women in Technology (WIT) Education Foundation, are proud to present the STEM+ Women Conference on March 25,
8am to 5pm at the Fairfax Campus.
STEM+ Women is a conference offering young women in high school and college the opportunity to learn about STEM+ fields, with a special focus on the skills and knowledge necessary for navigating a global workforce. Participants will learn from current students and professional women about STEM+ majors, internships, and potential careers. This conference also provides a positive space for dialogue about issues that women face in industry and explores solutions for empowering women to pursue the careers of their choice. 
The conference is open to high school junior and senior young women and all college students.  For more information, visit our website athttp://game.gmu.edu/stempluswomen.
While this conference is free, registration is required and space is limited, so register early.
Discover why studying STEM+ matters and how women are reprogramming the industry!
You can also follow us online at Facebook and Twitter: @STEMPlusWomen
WIT Education Foundation & GMU Game Design Volunteers


Youth Preparedness Council
The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, the youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations. Once selected, members serve on the Council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, if formally requested by FEMA. Council activities and projects center around five key areas of engagement: Programs, Partnerships, Events, Public Speaking/Outreach and Publishing. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout the duration of their term.
Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Individuals who applied last year are highly encouraged to apply again. Adults working with youth and/or community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying.
Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST in order to be eligible. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014. For more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and to access the application materials, please visit http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required by most two- and four-year colleges for students to receive financial aid for the 2013-2014 school year.
The 2013-2014 FAFSA form opens on January 1, 2014. Many colleges have a priority filing date of February 15 or March 1, so students are urged to complete this form as soon as possible after January 1 to maximize their chances of receiving aid.
For more information, visit www.fafsa.gov.

College Access Fairfax will be hosting Free FAFSA Completion Workshops throughout Fairfax County. These workshops allow families to bring their required paperwork and receive assistance in filing the form online.
For more information on these events, visit the College Access Fairfax website at: www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.



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