Futures Office

Futures Office

Contact Us

Sharon Holden, M.S.Ed, J.D.

School Counselor / Director of Future Planning

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phone:  212.627.2812 x. 3081

fax:  212.627.9803

Ashley Polanco, B.A.

Futures Advisor / NYU College Advising Corps

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Google phone: 929-244-3278

Land acknowledgement:  The building in which the Futures Office is located stands on the land of the Lenape Nation.

Philosophy

At JBS, we recognize that each student’s future is important -- to them, as well as their family, their community, and generations to come.  We know students arrive at JBS with different levels of experience, information, and comfort talking about post-secondary (after high school) options.  We start by building relationships and trust.  We work hard to make sure all students have access to information, opportunities, 1-on-1 support, and endless encouragement.  


We believe that all students deserve the opportunity to attend college if they choose.  We strongly encourage every single student to apply to a full range of colleges so they have a strong plan as they approach graduation.  We also support students with exploring other options, such as the skilled trades, training programs, and service programs.  Our Futures Office has extensive experience with all of these and is committed to supporting each young person through their planning process, including applying for financial aid and scholarships.

What can I do after I graduate?

Join Sharon and Ash to think about what you can do after you graduate.  

Please check out the resource page and complete the exit slip after watching the video.

Skilled Trades

Interested in a career in construction, culinary, or information technology?Join Sharon and Ash to think about these and other skilled trades. Please check out the resource page and complete the exit slip after watching the video.

College Terminology Decoded

What's the difference between a a college "major" and a college "minor"? What's an HBCU?  Join Sharon and Ash to think about these and other college terms. Please check out the resource page and complete the exit slip after watching the video.

Financial Aid

Grants, scholarships, work study, and more! Join Sharon and Ash to think about how to pay for college. Please check out the resource page and complete the exit slip after watching the video.

Money Workshops

What's the difference between a credit card and a debit card?  Should you get a credit card? How do you plan a budget?  Join Abby and Shana to learn a few ideas about financial literacy. Please check out the student paced Nearpod to learn more (the last slide has a list of resources).

Finding the Right Fit

How do you choose a college?  Join Sharon and Ash to think about important questions that will help you find the best fit for you!  Please check out the resource page and complete the exit slip after watching the video.

How to Make the Best Use of your Summer

Summer is a wonderful time to get an internship, explore a new activity, or earn some money.  Watch the video, check out the Resources Page and finish the exit slip when you are done.

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Advice about College

What do you need to do to find success in college?  Where should you sit in class?  What opportunities are there beyond classes?  Join sufyaan to think about making the most of your college experience.