Triple E – Explore, Examine, Engage


Triple E – Explore, Examine, Engage

The Museum of the City of New York is excited to return with our second installment of Triple E – Explore, Examine, Engage, a program designed by high schoolers for high schoolers from around New York City where teens can learn about multiple historical topics and their impact on the present day.

Do you want to learn more about how New York City works and how it's come to be the way that it is today? Would you like space to discuss topics such as race, gender, and class with peers from across the city? Do you like history? This program is of interest to teens who like to meet new people, explore perspectives of other teens from different walks of life, debate, and to learn about history, urban planning, and social justice.

Some of the topics explored will include housing inequality, public health, and education inequality. Through gallery-based experiences, peer discussions, primary source activities, community-led workshops, and participatory action projects, youth participants will gain a deeper understanding of how the city’s past shapes the present day and their role in shaping the future of the city. 

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Who Can Apply?

Triple E is open to high school students (9th-12th grade) who live in New York City (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, or Staten Island). Participants must be available for the program dates below and are allowed a maximum of two absences.

See Program Goals Below:

  • Create a safe environment in which a diverse group of students feel comfortable to explore critical topics of race, identity, and equity;
  • Engage students in group discussions on current, yet historically rooted, social issues facing NYC;
  • Develop the critical thinking skills of NYC high school students through examination of a variety of primary sources to ground their historical understanding of these topics


“The Triple E program is a great program and forces you to learn about things that you would have never thought of in your alone time. It is important for people to be educated on these issues and the causes and effects of such. I think this program did a great job at doing so while having a group of students that were all vibrant and willing to learn.” - Triple E pilot program participant

Triple E “was a great experience to learn about the history of NYC and to meet new people who have similar interests as you.” - Triple E pilot program participant

Triple E “allowed me to see how people in front of my eyes were struggling, and that even though we have made progress as a society, there is more to be done.” - Triple E pilot program participant

Program Dates

All Triple E members must be able to commit to the full program schedule, Mondays from 4:45 pm-6:30 pm.

If you are interested in participating in the program and have scheduling conflicts, please note them in the application form.

Session TopicSession Date
Session 1: IntroductionJanuary 22, 2024
Session 2January 29, 2024
Session 3February 5, 2024
Session 4February 12, 2024
Session 5February 26, 2024
Session 6March 4, 2024
Session 7March 11, 2024
Session 8April 1, 2024
Session 9April 8, 2024
Session 10: ShowcaseApril 15, 2024


Triple E is open to high school students (9th-12th grade) who live in New York City (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, or Staten Island).

Program Location:

All sessions will take place in person at the Museum of the City of New York, located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street in Manhattan.

Instructions on How to Apply:

The online application has 3 parts: biographical, schedule/commitment, and written or video response. You will be asked to answer the following 3 questions and upload your response to OneDrive.

  • What is your favorite historical topic to learn about, and why?
  • What do you hope to gain by participating in Triple E?

Describe one way in which you are a leader (your example can be in your school, community, family, job, etc).

  • For video submissions, please limit each response to no more than 2 minutes.
  • For text submissions, please write a 250–500-word response for each prompt.

All applicants will be notified by or before Friday, December 15th regarding their application status. Questions? Email us at

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