Success story from College Liftoff 10-14-2014

Great Success!!!


High School Students from New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven took the initiative and joined our College Liftoff Workshop as part of their preparation for college in the upcoming Fall of 2014. We solute the seniors who participated and hope they continue to seek out help wherever and whenever available.


Juniors of the Class of 2015 get ready as our sights are set on you for our upcoming College Liftoff Workshop. We plan to invite college students from Connecticut schools to give you all the 411 on college preparation, the good, bad, and the awesome connections you might make along the way. This workshop is about getting useful insight but also preparing your college essay drafts with writing experts from around the Greater New Haven area. You don’t want to miss this awesome opportunity to ask college students about their take on higher learning. You’d have to visit several different colleges to get this experience and we plan to provide it to you all in one location.

Sitting will be limited for this awesome event so make sure your not left out.

Class of 2014 High School Seniors! Register now for the Oct. 14th College Essay Liftoff!


High school students! Can your college essay use a boost? Maybe you have a solid draft, decent outline, or didn’t start at all. Whatever your case we’d like to help make your essay shine.

Volunteers please see link below to register for this event!

We are offering a chance to receive one-on-one attention from college students and writing experts who truly want to share their gifts, talents and personal experiences with you. It’s a chance to see and meet with other high school seniors from different high schools around New Haven area and join in the movement towards college readiness. Where else can you get a chance to meet someone great, get some writing tips, and improve your chances of getting into college — all at the same time. Oh, and did we mention refreshments will be provided so make yourself at home and get this step out of the way so you can focus on that GPA.

This event is being co-sponsored with Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Program

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When you ask?  Monday October 14th, Columbus Day!  

Where you ask? Co-Op High School cafeteria, 177 College Street.

What time? 11:00am – 1:00pm  2 hours of awesome interaction at your pace.


And check out the video of last year’s College Essay Liftoff!

VOLUNTEER for the Monday October 14th College Essay Liftoff!


Join renowned authors, poets, journalists and others who write for a living who are volunteering their time to work one-on-one with a high school seniors on their college essays.  Please click on the link below to register to volunteer at College Essay LIFTOFF day on Monday, October 14th, 2013. Refreshments will be served!

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It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.                              -Ernest Hemingway


Thank you, and see you soon!

Volunteer today!

VOLUNTEER at the Monday, October 14th College Essay Liftoff Event


Join college students, professors, and professionals from around the Elm City as we help get our high school seniors college-ready. Please click on the link below to register to volunteer at College Essay LIFTOFF day on Monday, October 14th, 2013.

Volunteer for the College Essay Liftoff! Please feel free to e-mail Antwon at if you have any questions or concerns regarding your day of service. Don’t wait to sign up, your answers will help us pair you with a college-bound student! Thanks!

Blast from the Past – - – Time Capsule Project of memories, events, and ideas!

Time Capsule for Coop High School Students called “Blast from the Past” is now being created!!! Give us ideas for what to save from this time period…

This year (2013) our Writing Hub will be doing a time capsule project with some students from Coop High School called “Blast from the Past.” Students will be doing video messaging, newsletters, and personal/ peer assessments to capture this very moment in time for them and the many relationships and experiences that come with this period.



They will be locking away memories, stories, images and other manner of artifacts that best depict this great year we are living in. These creative students from Coop HS will be very famous 20 years from now once this time capsule is opened in the year 2033 or so we hope. The longer it stays closed the better the time capsule becomes!

Preliminary Application for High School Summer Journalism Program — APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 15TH

Fill out this form so we can let you know how to apply for our New Haven Student Journalism Summer Institute!

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Phone Number
High School
Grade you will be entering in September 2012

[Deadline Passed] Writing Hub Spring 2012: Call for Aspiring Fiction Writers!

We apologize, but this deadline has passed. Check back for more information on future Writing Hub programs!

Spring Writing Hub

Kaneesha Parsard, PhD Candidate in African American/American Studies at Yale will be teaching IMAG(IN)ING THE ELM CITY, a Spring Writing Hub that will produce works of fiction and will culminate in an audio-visual showcase of students’ imagined Elm City. This means whether you identify yourself as a dancer, a painter, a singer, or an actor, you will have the chance to collaborate with other students to produce a public exhibition and publication in the CCC space. Writing “Hubbies” will not only engage in weekly writing, sharing, commenting, and editing workshops in an intimate environment, but also explore performances, art, and literature borne out of New Haven. The dual process of writing and exercising other art forms will inspire new possibilities of articulating the world you wish to create.
Here are what other students have said about the Hub:
“Hub Teachers worked skillfully and openly. They were mentors and friends at the same time.”
–Amber Farquharson, 11th grade

“The Hub made me realize how complicated my mind is and how to break it down to someone else.”
–Imani Manick-Highsmith, 10th grade

“The Hub made me go outside my comfort zone.”
–Izaiah Brown, 9th grade

“There is always room for laughter at the Hub.”
–Isaiah McKnight, 10th grade

Email if you have any questions! Students apply through Coop Arts High School After School Programs.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Celentano Sentinel Hits Newsstands Today!

The Celentano Sentinel, the first student-run, city-wide New Haven newspaper hits newsstands today! Part of the New Haven Student Journalism Project, Coop Arts and Humanities High School students Zanira Abubakar, Amanda Aponte, Ervin Simmons, Taisha Lopez, Nikita Chebro, Jessica Hughes, Imani Manick-Highsmith, and Amber Fuquharson spent the semester mentoring Celentano Museum School students, grades K-8,  through the brainstorming, interviewing, writing, and editing process. The product is a beautiful, professionally-designed publication with stories ranging from economic analysis, reflections on sports teams, opinions on school uniforms, and advice from student peers. Thank you to all the New Haven community members who supported the paper!

Click the thumbnails below to read the Sentinel (split into three parts due to file size).




3,500 copies of The Celentano Sentinel are available at the following locations:

  • Stop & Shop (Whalley)
  • Community Action Agency of New Haven
  • Start Bank (Whalley & Grand Ave)
  • New Haven Public Library
  • New Haven Reads
  • New Haven City Hall
  • Peabody Museum

A publication party will take place at the Celentano Museum School library from 3:30-4:30pm today. Featured guests include the Mayor John DeStefano, reporters from the New Haven Independent, community leaders from Start Bank and New Haven Reads, and Celentano parents, teachers, and staff members. Grab your copy of the Celentano Sentinel and read all about it!

Works in Progress: Open Writing Hub Dec 15

Come sit in on an open Writing Hub session at 196 College Street this Thursday, December 15th from 5pm to 6pm. Students will share work from this semester and invite you into the process of commenting, editing, and revising–a rare opportunity to hear works in progress and contribute your voice to the Hub! All students interested in joining the Hub are encouraged to attend.

Works in Progress: Open Writing Hub


Publication Studio New Haven: November 14-19

Publication Studio goes to New Haven for a one week residency at 196 College Street. There will be a pop-up P.S. along with open-to-the-public demonstrations M-F, a rebinding party on the 19th, a public lecture by Matthew Stadler on the 17th, and the launch of Diana Balmori’s new book. More details here.


196 College Street, New Haven, CT
Hours: 11:00 – 6:00 MTWTF (NOV 14-18)

Demonstrations (open to the public)(refreshments served)
MONDAY, NOV 14 5:00 – 6:00
TUESDAY, NOV 15 5:00 – 6:00
WEDNESDAY, NOV 16 5:00 – 6:00
THURSDAY, NOV 17 1:00 – 2:00
FRIDAY, NOV 18 12:00 – 1:00

Rebinding Party
SATURDAY, NOV 19 12:00 – 5:00
“Five Buck Book Binding Blow-Out”!
Bring in your old, falling-apart paperbacks
or a book whose cover doesn’t suit you,
and get it rebound into a sturdy manila
bound edition. $5/rebind.


Matthew Stadler, founder of Publication Studio
“The Ends of the Book: Authors, Readers, Public Spaces”
Thursday, November 17, 4:00 – 5:30.
Location: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
Free and open to the public

Diana Balmori, internationally renowned landscape and
urban designer, speaking at the launch of Publication
Studio’s facsimile edition of her Moleskin Diaries.
Friday, November 18: 6:00 – 7:30
Location: 196 College Street, New Haven, CT
Free and open to the public.
Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

Co-sponsored by ArtSpace New Haven and
the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
in conjunction with the ArtSpace exhibition
“Library Science”.

"Helping New Haven students achieve greater literacy is our mission. "