Young life digest

| 22 Feb 2012 | 05:03

    Lycian Centre offers acting workshops Sugar Loaf — The following acting classes will be held at the Lycian Centre in Sugar Loaf: Teen Workshop Movement for Actors Begins Wednesday, March 9 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - 10 weeks $300 Guest artist Linda Mensch will be conducting a movement workshop designed for young actors. This class will focus on basic movement warm up, using the body to interpret a role, rhythm, and basic dance. It will also include improvisations in sound and movement. For high school and college age students. Middle School Workshop Begins Tuesday, March 8 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - 10 weeks $300 This class will take students through basic character interpretation and analysis, emotional understanding of the role and rhythm and sound. Using script and improvisations students will explore their roles as character and motivation. For 6th, 7 and 8 graders. For more information about the classes, call Paul Ellis at 469-7563. To register call the box office at 469-2287. Surviving the teen years Chester — A four-session series for parents and caregivers of pre-teens and young teens will be offered at Chester Academy, beginning on Thursday, March 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and continuing on March 17, 24 and 31. This series will help explore the changing dynamics in families with teenagers and teach helpful skills for working through these transitional years. Topics include: Who is this stranger?, parent-teen communication, talking with teens about sensitive topics and keeping teens safe. The Let’s Talk About Web site will emphasize how parents and teens can begin talking about issues like social networking and cyber bullying. There is a $30/family fee. SAT Prep Course at library Florida — A six-week SAT Prep Course will be offered, starting Wednesday, March 23 at the Florida Public Library. The course will cover content and strategies for the Reading, Math, and Writing sections of the SAT. A total charge of $120 covers registration and materials. The course will continue for six Wednesdays, until April 27. Registered students will also receive online material for further practice. Residents of all library districts are welcome. To register, call the instructor, Tom Jeffery, at 651-6655, or write to him at Jeffery Educational Consulting, 62 North Main St., Suite 213, Florida, NY, 10921, or For more information, visit Jeffery Educational Consulting at Web site offers FAFSA tips ALBANY — The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation’s recently-launched HESC Web site,, offers college and financial aid planning, informative videos, tips and tools, and a tutorial for completing the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA,) as well as information about federal, state and college-sponsored aid, including grants, such as New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The site also features a link, provided by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), to free tax preparation and volunteer income tax assistance sites to help low- and middle-income workers have their taxes prepared and filed electronically at no cost. Completing income tax forms is a prerequisite to filing for federal student financial aid. Many students and families don’t realize that the FAFSA is the first step to obtaining assistance, and that it’s best to file the FAFSA as early as possible. Grant program to help college students ALBANY — Thousands of low-income students statewide will benefit from local programs to help them prepare to enroll in college with funds from New York’s College Access Challenge Grant (CACG). According to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the federal CACG awards benefit organizations statewide that help disadvantaged students gain access to college. New York’s CACG program aims to improve college awareness, readiness, attendance and degree attainment through early outreach to families, particularly those with incomes below the poverty level, and through professional development of middle and high school counselors. Funds also support programs that provide services to high school and college students with an overall objective of increasing college degree attainment for underrepresented populations. The grant funds are distributed through a competitive process as sub grants to schools, agencies and community-based organizations across New York through education and support programming. Visit to learn more.