`Teen Vision Program' offered by Columbia

EDUCATION DIGEST

October 09, 2005

The Columbia Association is offering a new "Teen Vision Program," a nine-month program for high school students interested in community service. Teens can gain an understanding of Columbia's structure, vision and decision-making processes by working with the town government at various levels.

Participants will produce a final project of their own design. The program can be used to fulfill the community service requirement.

Applicants must submit a 250- to 500-word essay that explains their desire to engage in community service.

Applications, which are due Oct. 21, are available at Columbia Association headquarters, the Columbia Teen Center, participating high schools, village community centers, Columbia public libraries and at columbiaassociation.com.

Teen center offers after-school events

The Columbia Association's Columbia Teen Center is accepting registration for its After School Enrichment Program for youths ages 9 to 18.

Participants can register for special-interest clubs in topics including hip-hop and break dancing, cooking, gardening, arts and crafts, computers and technology. Those interested can also serve on committees, including Welcoming, Judicial Review, Special Events and SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere.)

The Teen Center is at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia.

Information: 410-992-3726.

QuestBridge offers scholarship help

QuestBridge, a California-based nonprofit organization that links qualified students in need with scholarship programs at top colleges and universities, has extended its deadline for applications to Saturday.

By completing a single application, students can be linked with scholarship opportunities at 13 partner institutions -- including Amherst, Pomona, Rice and Williams. Final decisions are made by the institutions. Referrals to scholarship programs not affiliated with specific colleges are also available.

The QuestBridge application covers college admissions as well as scholarship help. There is no fee to apply.

Information: 650-566-8391 or visit questbridge.org.

Center sets class on sexual abuse

The STTAR (Specialized Trauma Treatment, Advocacy & Recovery) Center Inc. will offer a class for parents or children or teens, "Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse or Assault," from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Nov. 7.

The cost is $25. Information or to register: 410-290-6432.

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