Student Opportunities and Announcements
Respect For All: Help if someone has discriminated against, harassed, bullied or intimidated you
Reporting an Incident
As some members of our community return to sharing physical spaces in our building, we want to remind our community about in-person as well as online safety. If you need help because someone has discriminated against, harassed, bullied or intimidated you, or if you have concerns about such behavior, you can contact one of our Respect For All liaisons (listed below) or any faculty/staff member you feel comfortable speaking with.
LaGuardia Arts Respect For All Liaisons
Chris Gonzalez, Guidance Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Pappas, Guidance Counselor email@example.com
Marc Steffa, Dean firstname.lastname@example.org
Justus Vogel, Dean email@example.com
School Confidentiality and Commenting on Individual Situations
LaGuardia, as part of the New York City Department of Education, has very specific protocols for investigating and holding individuals accountable in any situation where a member of our community was subject to behavior that is contrary to our celebration of the cultural diversity of our city and individual identifies of each of our community members.
Due to rights and privacy laws, we are not permitted to discuss or share details of incidents and investigations. We are proud of our community members who have initiated and continued in various forums to share their own truths about their own experiences, to engage in listening to the perspectives offered by the experiences of others, and to protect all individuals in being able to express their own voice.
Investigation, Due Process, Responses
It is very important to reach out -- and to help a classmate reach out -- when someone feels uncomfortable, so we can ensure they receive the support they need. Please also reach out as soon as possible if you have specific information from witnessing an incident so we can take immediate action. Below is an overview of what happens during an investigation. As situations vary, different protocols and policies may come into play that has an effect on the investigation. The goal is for the DOE to have a thorough understanding of what occurred.
- If the incident is criminal in nature, contact the police. If someone is in imminent danger, call 911.
- Report the incident to your school's Respect for All (RFA) liaison(s), school administration, and/or any adult that you feel comfortable speaking to.
- To protect the privacy of all involved, LaGuardia Arts cannot comment on any reported or unreported incident or investigation.
- The DOE determines whether the incident will be investigated by the DOE or the school.
- Both the alleged victim(s) and alleged suspect(s) have the right to due process. As part of the investigation the alleged victim(s), the alleged suspect(s), and witnesses state what they experienced, saw, or heard. These are confidential and are not shared with the public.
- During and after the investigation, the alleged victim(s) and/or alleged suspect(s) may be referred for support services. These are confidential and are not shared with the public.
- The parent/guardian(s) of the alleged victim(s) and alleged suspect(s) are notified of the final determination of the investigation. This is confidential and not shared with the public.
- If the investigation finds that a student has violated the standards of behavior in the Citywide Behavioral Expectations, a meeting will be held with the student’s family to discuss the range of possible additional supports, interventions, and disciplinary responses permissible by the DOE. These are confidential and are not shared with the public.
Mental Wellness: Information Before You're in Crisis or You're Being Proactive
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused New Yorkers stress, burnout and anxiety. As you continue to protect your health and community, it is also important to protect your mental health and to be mindful of your alcohol and substance use. During this ongoing period of uncertainty, we all can feel overwhelmed sometimes.
NYC Well is available 24/7 to talk, text, or chat. They are trained to support those who are coping with issues like stress, depresion, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use. NYC Well also has apps and online tools to help anyone manage health and emotional well-being.
If you know someone who might be thinking about suicide, ask and listen. Do not be afraid to talk about suicide directly -- talking about suicide provides the opportunity for communication. If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide, reach out for support. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting themselves or in immediate danger, call 911. Do not wait to speak to someone from the school -- call 911.
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Links and Policies
YOUTH EQUITY PODCAST: AMPLIFYING YOUTH VOICE FOR CHANGE (September 27, 2021)
In partnership with History UnErased and Houses on the Moon Theatre Company we would like to invite you to the YOUTH EQUITY PODCAST: AMPLIFYING YOUTH VOICE FOR CHANGE information session to help your students express, shape, and share remarkable stories from their lives!
The podcast creative workshops run from October 2021 through May 2022 and employ a dynamic mix of conversation, storytelling, creative writing exercises, and games to guide students in the development of a new podcast series exploring equity and inclusion in their worlds. The programming fosters leadership and youth empowerment as students develop and implement a strategic plan to become agents of change in their schools and communities.
To learn more and register for the September 27th informational session (2:45 - 3:15 pm), please visit this designated page for NYCDOE Youth Equity programming and register: https://unerased.org/resource/nycdoe-youth-equity
NY Civil Liberties Union's Teen Activist Project (October 3, 2021)
As the 2021-2022 school year begins, the New York Civil Liberties Union is once again seeking teens to join the Teen Activist Project (TAP), a youth leadership program focused on social justice, youth activism, and the law. The NYCLU’s youth program began as the Teen Health Initiative in 1997, founded with the mission of removing barriers that prevent young people from accessing critical health services and information. Today, TAP carries out the mission of the Teen Health Initiative and works on a wide range of NYCLU advocacy issues.
The TAP program will meet in-person with a virtual option for this upcoming school year. TAP will meet at least once a week on Monday’s from 4:15-6:15pm, and brings together teens from all over the NYC area to discuss civil liberties issues, such as students’ rights, confidential health care rights for minors, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speech – and more. TAP members get hands-on training in peer education and community organizing. The program offers students the opportunity to learn about civil rights issues affecting their communities, develop youth-led advocacy campaigns, and work with professionals on civil liberties issues.
TAP members can receive up to $600 in stipend money or community service hours. The program offers students the opportunity to meet with legislators in Albany and NYC, teach their peers important information about their rights, and sharpen their public speaking skills. TAP is ideal for youth interested in civil rights, social justice, and community organizing.
To qualify to participate, teens must be 14 to 21 years old and in a New York City high school or a GED program. We ask that in addition to weekly or bi-weekly meetings, TAP members be available to meet after school at least one other day of the week for various events and actions. Youth who join must remain in the program for the full length of the school year in order to receive a stipend.
If you work with youth who may be interested in applying to be part of TAP, please pass on the enclosed flyer and direct them to apply online at www.nyclu.org/tap.
Applications will be vetted as they arrive (submitting an application early is encouraged!) and are due online by Sunday, October 3rd at 11:59pm. Late applications will be disqualified. Meet and Greets will be held in early to mid-October after the application deadline to invite selected applicants to learn about the NYCLU, the TAP program and meet our current TAP members.
Recording Community Service Hours in x2VOL
To access x2VOL, the software program where we record our community service hours, we must first log into Naviance. Once you are in Naviance, you click on the “x2VOL” button at the bottom of the page and you will be redirected to the x2VOL site.
For first time users, verify your Month/Year of Birth, Gender, Mobile Phone, and preferred email. Click “Proceed” and Skip the next page.
Now you are on the Main Dashboard of x2VOL.
There are basically 2 types of Volunteer opportunities:
- you use x2VOL to register
- you do not use x2VOL to register
It does not matter whether the activity took place for LaGuardia or not. It matters whether or not you use x2VOL to register.
- If you are looking to Register for an activity (you heard or read, “Sign Up on x2VOL), you click the “Find Opportunities” button.
- If you did not sign up on x2VOL, everything else (school service, too) gets put into “Add Hours”.
Create a New Personal Project (This is used for EVERYTHING if you did not sign up for the event on Naviance, including auditions, etc.)
- Write the name of the activity and a brief description e.g. tutoring or ushering
- You do not need to attach any file. You could upload a letter of recommendation.
- Input the Name, Phone, and Email of the person who will receive an email and verify you completed the hours. This often a teacher, AP, or outside event leader.
- Submit. The Activity Contact person will receive an email verifying your hours.
What happens next?
Your Activity Contact Person will be sent an email to verify that you completed the activity and the hours are correct. They answer the email, and then the verification sits in the x2VOL que. The school will review the hours and then approve them. The approval is generally done once a semester – it is the verification that is important.
Can we count hours from last year?
Yes. It is the same process for entering hours; however, please let the Activity Contact Person know they will be receiving an email from Naviance and that they can make the connection with you.
Who do we contact if we have questions?
Ms. Hobot, Guidance Secretary, in Room 235.