BALI Summer 2011 grad, Meghan Pastrana, who is a junior at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art And Performing Arts, will be performing at the illustrious Carnegie Hall on February 16th at 8:30pm during the Masterworks Festival Chorus with the New York City Chamber Orchestra! Join us in congratulating her and don’t miss this amazing performance. Please visit the Carnegie Hall website here to get more information on how to get tickets.
We are Looking For Female High School and College Student Leaders From the 5 Boroughs of New York City and the tri-state areas to Participate in the Upcoming Summer 2014 Program!
Our FREE 12-DAY LEADERSHIP AND DEBATE TRAINING program includes workshops in debate techniques, public speaking, critical thinking, policy research, writing speeches, articles, and developing the skills to analyze contemporary public policy issues. Highly accomplished female professionals, who work in the top echelons of the corporate, business, government, and not for profit sectors as well as women business owners, elected officials and diplomats, come as guest lecturers and also conduct workshops.
BALI has developed a close partnership with the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL), the newly reconstituted citywide organization that represents competitive debate teams from public high schools throughout New York City. Together with the coaches of the New York City Urban Debate League, our students take a four-hour lab on policy and public forum debate which results in actual debate competitions at the end of each week of the 12-Day Leadership and Debate Training.
EXCELLENT SPEAKING ABILITIES and
LISTENING SKILLS, THE ABILITY TO WILLINGLY
ASSUME LEADERSHIP ROLES, and
INDIVIDUALS MUST BE SELF-MOTIVATED, and COMMITTED TO THE
PROGRAM, and ENGAGE IN ACTIVE COMMUNITY
Wednesday, April 30th 2014
If you apply by this date and your application is selected, please save Saturday, May 10th for an interview and the final decision will be emailed to you by Friday, May 16th.
Monday, June 30th 2014
If you apply by this date and your application is selected, please save Wednesday, July 2nd and Thursday, July 3rd for an interview and the final decision will be emailed to you by Tuesday, July 7th.
*Candidates will be selected for the interviews based on the responses to the second part of the application. Please send your application via email to email@example.com or by mailing us at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave. Room HE1233. New York, NY 10065.
BALI celebrates the 7th year since its inception and reconnects with the graduates from over the years during a Reunion Holiday Party at Hunter College on December 27th. Many of the beautiful, colorful and dynamic young women attendees have graduated from high schools and are now attending prestigious colleges all over the United States. While these outstanding young female leaders are creating their own path to a successful future, they reaffirmed their commitment to the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute. They proudly call it the ” BALI Movement”, and the ” BALI Sisterhood” . They are pleasantly surprised to witness the incredible expansion of the BALI Family as an organization from 2006 to 2013. With 50 trainees during BALI’s last Summer Leadership and Debate Training in 2013, BALI has quadrupled the number of young girls and women we serve. While the BALI sisters of different ages share their life-experiences about being a young woman on a journey for educational and career opportunities, they said that BALI has been a strong support system. It provides them with skills they need to knock on as many doors as needed to capture an opportunity of a lifetime.
Ayesha Islam, who is currently a junior attending the Bronx High School of Science, shares how BALI has impacted her academic and professional life:
Oftentimes, many programs, events, positions, and internships I apply to all have a problem with my age. I turned 16 over the summer, about a month before I came to BALI. 16-year-old girls all around the world are igniting revolutions and struggling against society and changing the planet – yet for so many opportunities in my professional life, I have been told I am “too young”. Up until BALI, I would quietly accept this and move on, looking for internships and programs that I would be the “right age” for. Enter Nily Rozic, the youngest woman in the state legislature and the first woman ever to represent the 25th District. Assemblywoman Rozic spoke at BALI about her experiences running for office. She discussed how people mocked her youth, wouldn’t take her seriously, and didn’t believe in her abilities as a politician. I was amazed by how similar our situations were. Her story ended happily, with her being elected into office. But I went home that day, glowing inside and asking myself, What about my story?
As soon as BALI was over, I launched a personal mission to not let my age get in the way of anything. I applied to as many internships, programs, and positions that I wanted to and did not try to hide or make excuses for my age. I was 16 years old, and the world would just have to deal with it. In late August, I sent an email to the Bill de Blasio mayoral campaign office. I wanted to intern for him, and I did not want my age to bar me from this opportunity. I listed all my credentials, achievements, and experiences, and had nothing to do but wait for the verdict. A few days after sending my email and resume to the campaign team, I received a phone call from one of the top chief’s of the campaign. The woman said, “We normally don’t take high schoolers, but we can make an exception for you.” And with that, I became the youngest intern at the Bill de Blasio campaign office. I am the single high school intern on the entire team. I’ve been working with the campaign, the Transition Team, and come January 1st when de Blasio gets officially inaugurated, I officially become an intern for his Mayoral Office. I am so incredibly thankful to BALI and Nily Rozic for helping me realize that age should not matter! Capability, talent, and dedication know no number, and I would not have realized this until much later in life if not for BALI. There have been countless other ways BALI has impacted my academic and professional life, but I believe this is the most prominent. I am so, so grateful for everything BALI has done for me.
Applying to college is a painstakingly gruesome process for young people. Admission to colleges requires not only outstanding grades but students’ participation in community development, civic-engagement and sometimes athletic abilities. BALI as a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young women and girls to lead the future, our programs pushes young women to find out about what inspires them and provides a support system that allows them to confidently pursue their dreams. BALI is proud to share the progress of our graduates; BALI 2013 Graduates, Susan Del Rosario and Kimberly Marzant won Posse Scholarship and they are both going to Trinity College in the Fall 2014. Lily Lin, BALI 2013 Graduate recently finished her first semester at the Cooper Union with a full scholarship.Joyce Yan , BALI 2013 Graduate was accepted to the Weill Cornel Medical Program. Ebony Wilkinson , BALI 2012 Grad/ BALI 2013 Intern is a proud recipient of the Dorothy Jones Women’s Studies Award at Winthrop University. Mira Shah, BALI 2012 Graduate/BALI 2013 Intern was accepted to Case Western Reserve University.Lastly but not least, we are extremely proud of our BALI 2009 Graduate, Priscilla Guo who was accepted to Harvard University.
BALI welcomes 2014 with open arms and open hearts as the coming year will be only more rewarding and transformative. BALI is anxiously awaiting to getting started on our Annual FREE Summer Leadership and Debate Training for Female High School and College Students. Please keep in touch with us for new updates about our program as we will be announcing the dates in a very near future. Many thanks to everyone who was involved in making 2013 yet another amazing year for the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute. BALIGirls4Ever!!!