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CitySTUDIO

CitySTUDIO is our Spring program for young people over 18 who want a high level of independence, professional experience, and the challenge of an internship, with the same community, structure and mentoring support of our CityGAP program.
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CitySTUDIO provides a meaningful semester of achievement and exploration for those in a transitional moment, launching participants on an even more satisfying college, career or life path. CitySTUDIO offers independence while supporting participants in life skills, reflection and skill building

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The semester is 14 weeks long including:

  • 3 week orientation looking at NYC's social geography, architecture, neighborhoods, and institutions though our 5 Living City Lenses.

  • 10-12 week Internship which we arrange with our partners or you can choose to find on your own.

  • 10-12 week Independent Project where participants pursue a personal passion with our mentorship and guidance from our deep bench of partners. See Participant Work for examples.

CityGAP SUMMARY
WHO: WHOM WE SERVE
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Who Joins Our Programs?

The CityGAP program is designed for young people who are...

  • open-minded, self-aware, and curious

  • seeking a meaningful semester or full-year experience

  • eager to be outdoors and active in the city

  • looking for a social experience with a small, inclusive group

  • intellectually curious and open to new experiences

  • eager to master new life skills and become more independent

  • able to travel and navigate independently and safely

  • able to work and create both independently and in collaboration

  • eager to explore, understand, and contribute to NYC

  • able to care for their personal well-being and health and that of their peers

  • willing to take responsibility for the program rules and guidelines

  • able to communicate their ideas effectively and appropriately, both verbally and in writing

  • passionate about urbanism, public policy, history, architecture, art, writing, performing, music, politics, digital design...

  • prepared to engage with their environment, which may include walking, hiking, canoeing and biking in various weather conditions

Project Cycles and Themes

OUR 5 LIVING CITY LENSES:


The Form of the City: How are cities designed and how do urban form and architecture shape our destinies?


Resilient City: How can cities build back better in response to both acute crises and chronic challenges? 


The Just City: What are the ingredients of a just, diverse and equitable society and how do we achieve it?


City of Memory: How do cities build and rebuild their civic imagination and establish their identity? 


The City of Creativity: How does NYC inspire art and culture; and how do art and culture define NYC? 

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HOW: PROJECT CYCLES
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