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Looking for an afterschool program in your neighborhood? Need information on improving reading skills or finding the nearest community center? The new web application discoverDYCD allows you to search in multiple languages for DYCD-funded programs. You can search by borough, neighborhood or zip code, and discoverDYCD provides contact information, activities offered, and a mapping feature with navigation.

Categories of services include: Afterschool Programs, Family Support, Literacy Services, Youth Services and so much more! We hope you find discoverDYCD useful as you take advantage of the diverse resources and opportunities that New York City has to offer.  

Runway and Homeless Youth Services (RHY) Request for Proposals (RFP) Releases

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Centers; EPIN: 26018I0002
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Street Outreach Services: 26018I0003
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Crisis Shelters and Transitional Independent Living Program (open-ended RFP): 26018I0004

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is proud to release three Runway and Homeless Youth Services (RHY) Request for Proposals (RFP).  Through these RFPs, DYCD is seeking appropriately qualified not-for-profit organizations to operate these services for runaway and homeless youth and youth at risk for homelessness in New York City and their families. Please see below for more information regarding each of the RFPs. 

Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Centers; EPIN: 26018I0002

The primary purpose of the Drop-In Centers is to prevent youth homelessness or minimize its duration. Drop-In Centers have a broad role. They are resource hubs for the whole borough in which they are located, and they conduct outreach, provide information, and educate the public about youth homelessness and its causes. They also provide a range of direct services for RHY and youth at risk for homelessness and their families.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Street Outreach Services: 26018I0003

The purpose of Street Outreach is to help prevent youth homelessness or minimize its duration by distributing information to homeless youth and youth at risk for homelessness about available services and responding to their urgent needs, e.g., for food, clothing, first aid, transportation, etc. Street Outreach workers help youth access the range of RHY services funded by DYCD including arranging for transportation to a crisis shelter or other safe location and offering referrals to services that can assist them.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Crisis Shelters and Transitional Independent Living Program (open-ended RFP): 26018I0004

  • Crisis- Shelters
    The purpose of crisis shelters is to provide emergency shelter and services with the primary goal of reuniting youth with their families, or, if that is not possible, finding them appropriate longer-term placements. 
  • TIL Programs
    TILs offer transitional housing placements for youth (and in some cases, their dependent children) who cannot, currently, return home to their families and have been assessed as suitable for programs designed to teach independent living skills.

The due date for the RHY Drop-in Center and RHY Street Outreach RFPs is January 10, 2018 in the HHS Accelerator system.
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Interested in Applying to Ladders for Leaders?

If you are interested in applying to the Ladders for Leaders Program, you MUST complete an SYEP application first to be directed to the Ladders application page. Please click here to start your SYEP/Ladders application. The deadline to apply to Ladders for Leaders is March 17th, 2018.
Learn more about Ladders for Leaders 

Communities of Color NonProfit Stabilization Fund Request for Applications for FY'18
Now Available

DYCD is announcing that the  Request for Applications (RFA) for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund  has been released.  This City Council discretionary funding initiative is administered by the New York Urban League, Hispanic Federation and Coalition for Asian American Children and Families to build capacity in non-profit organizations, including qualified faith based institutions.   This is the fourth round of awards and organizations with budgets below $500,000 can apply for a maximum of  $35,000 and organizations with budgets above $500,001 can apply for a maximum of $45,000 for organizational development projects.  The deadline for submitting an application is December 6, 2017.  You can learn more about the Initiative by attending a community briefing.  A list of the briefings is included in  the RFA.
For the application or further information, contact  any one of the partner representatives:
Mitchell Wu,, 212809-4675 ext.107
Download Application

Ferdinand Aguilar,, 212-233-8955 ext.137
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Sarah Smothers, 212-929-8000 ext.142 
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Asian American Federation, Download Application

Concept Paper for the Summer Youth Employment Program

The Department of Youth and Community Development is proud to release the concept paper for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).  DYCD encourages all to provide feedback as this will assist with our forthcoming RFP, anticipated to be released in late fall of this year. 

Please email comments to DYCD at no later than October 19, 2017.  Please enter “SYEP concept paper” in the subject line or submit by mail to Milagros Ramirez Department of Youth and Community Development 2 Lafayette Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10007.
Learn more about the SYEP Concept Paper

Concept Paper for the Residential and Non-Residential Runaway and Homeless Youth Services (RHY) Program

The Department of Youth and Community Development is proud to release the concept paper for the Residential and Non-Residential Runaway and Homeless Youth Services Program.  DYCD encourages all to provide feedback as this will assist with our forthcoming RFP, anticipated to be released in the fall. 

Please email comments to DYCD at no later than October 24, 2017.  Please enter “runaway and homeless youth concept paper” in the subject line or submit by mail to Cressida Wasserman Department of Youth and Community Development 2 Lafayette Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10007.
Learn more about RHY Concept Paper 

Lessons Learned

DYCD has been collaborating with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct an external evaluation of the SONYC initiative since 2014. The evaluation is designed to understand program implementation and youth outcomes: what do SONYC programs look like and offer across the city and how are they affecting participants, their families, and the community? Explore the links below to learn more about the SONYC initiative, including evaluation findings and resources for program staff.  Learn more

2017 NYC Youth Guide to Summer Fun

Summer is here—and that means DYCD has just published our annual New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun, a citywide calendar of family-oriented events and resources through August 31.  If you want to cool off at the beach, picnic in the park or just explore another borough, this guide has a wide range of free or low-cost events and activities. Download a copy of the guide today!


SONYC Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The 3rd annual SONYC Film Festival took place on June 17. The festival celebrates New York City’s youngest and best filmmakers from all SONYC middle school afterschool programs. We encourage participants/film groups to pick up a camera and produce their short film for a chance to win BIG prizes. Click here for photos from the event; then grab your popcorn and visit our YouTube channel for the award-winning films.

Father's Day Event

On June 17, DYCD hosted the 10th annual Father’s Day event in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Hundreds of young people joined their dads, guardians and father figures for indoor activities and games designed to encourage physical activity and bonding between dads and their children. Some of the planned activities included face painting, basketball activities, board games, arts & crafts, skating, sports skill challenges, Pinewood Derby races, and free health screenings. Check out our facebook photos.

Step It Up

On June 16, the top 10 Step it Up NYC teams took over Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater stage for the annual night of performances and calls to action. Throughout the competition, dance and step teams planned community service projects and developed citywide social campaigns to speak up about issues that impact their communities, including education, health, equality and opportunity, peace and tolerance, and safe communities. This year, nearly 100 teams and 1,000 young people auditioned for Step It Up NYC. Check out photos from the final showcase on our Facebook page and visit our YouTube site for the great PSAs created by the talented Step it Up teams.

Capacity Building Strengthening Cultural Competency Innovative Procurement

The RFP will seek a qualified contractor to provide capacity building support and professional development in the area of cultural competence to eleven newly funded Beacon programs. The contractor would develop a strategic plan that would encompass assessment of the Beacons’ needs in the area of cultural competence, assisting the Beacons to strengthen skills appropriate to cross-cultural interactions, and evaluation of the success of the interventions.  The overall intent of the capacity building efforts would be to shift the climate of each organization toward a more sensitive, competent, and holistic approach to providing services to participants who embody many diverse characteristics.

DYCD has found the HHS Accelerator system to be an efficient way of managing the RFP process for human client service RFPs.  DYCD believes releasing a professional services RFP would allow for similar efficiencies to be made available.  It is anticipated that this proposed method will be implemented late summer of 2017 and will be evaluated to determine whether it is in the City’s best interest to codify the method used within the PPB rules after contracts, as a result of this RFP, have been registered.

The RFP released will follow section 3-16, the HHS Accelerator method, of the PPB rules.  Therefore, providers interested in proposing to this RFP will need to be prequalified in the HHS Accelerator system for the service area Capacity Building in order to receive the solicitation and to propose.

DYCD would like to give this opportunity to accept comments and expressions of interest on this proposed method. Comments and expressions of interest may be emailed  no later than August 8, 2017 to Please enter "Innovative Procurement 26017I0006" in the subject line.  Learn more

Building Bridges: Understanding Collaboration in a Fundraising Environment

Learn how to leverage existing partnerships to increase funding opportunities. Find out how you can engage community partners to create a compelling and impactful fundraising plan, increase funding streams, and help your organizations become more sustainable. Meet other community leaders. Receive free resource guides and materials. All events are in the evening 6-8pm and at no cost to participants.

To register for Event Dates, click on links below:
June 1st – Manhattan,  DYCD, 2 Lafayette Street, 14th Floor
June 6th – Queens, Elmhurst Hospital, 79-01 Broadway
June 7th – Brooklyn, Saratoga Cornerstone Center, 940 Hancock Street
June 8th – Bronx, Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center, 1000 Rosedale Ave
June 13th – Staten Island, Gerard Carter Cornerstone Community Center, 230 Broad Street

Celebrate #DYCD Community Moms

In observance of Mother’s Day on May 14,  DYCD is excited to invite you to join our #DYCDCommunityMoms campaign to celebrate mothers and other caretakers who provide inspiration and support, while contributing to the physical, social and emotional well-being of families and communities.
Learn more about #DYCDCommunityMoms 

Young Citizens Youth Conference

DYCD Youth Services programs (Beacon, COMPASS, Cornerstone and Teen Action) came together for this culminating event to showcase community service and youth leadership activities as well as demonstrate skills learned implementing projects during the program year. The Young Citizens Conference offered interactive workshops for participating youth from across DYCD programs. Over 400 youth turned out with their enthusiasm for working to make a difference in their communities.
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DYCD Heroes Project Youth Comic Con

On May 12, DYCD middle school participants and their families and friends gathered for the 2nd annual DYCD Heroes Project Youth Comic Con. A culmination of the year-long literacy-focused comic book initiative, the event featured panel discussions with professional comic book artists, NYC Emergency Management superhero Ready Girl, and the youth artists behind this year’s Heroes Project comic “The Portal.” Thanks to project partners @The Comic Book Project and @Darryl Makes Comic, LLC, as well as special guest @DarrylDMCMcDaniels!
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New York City's Vibrant Tibetan Community

In observance of NYC Immigrant Heritage Week, DYCD Commissioner Chong visited the New York Tibetan Service Center’s (@NYTibetanServiceCenter) City-funded afterschool program in Astoria, Queens. The program is part of School’s Out New York City (SONYC), the afterschool system for students in grades six through eight. The activities include traditional Tibetan music & dance classes, Chinese (Mandarin) language, as well as a mixed media arts class, with students using different materials to give Tibetan-themed paintings a modern twist.
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Spring Into Health Fair 

On April 15, hundreds of New Yorkers stopped by their local Cornerstone Community Centers for one of six Spring into Health Fairs organized by DYCD and other City agencies and held in all five boroughs. The day of activities engaged local community-based organizations and other community partners and provided medical screenings, lifestyle information, physical activities, and health-related demonstrations. The fairs were an inter-agency effort to address health disparities in our City, and to help ensure that New Yorkers have access to important health-related information and that service providers are aware of other resources in their community for referrals.
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3rd Annual COMPASS Recipe Rescue

On March 4, 2017 we held the annual COMPASS #RecipeRescue event for K-12 youth to promote healthy eating, parent engagement, and cooking skills. The young chefs took their favorite family recipes and "rescued" them by preparing a healthier version. DYCD partnered with the Institute of Culinary Education. We were joined by HOT 97 to judge the final meals.
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DYCD Releases The 2017-18 Child and Adult Care Food Program at various Community Centers throughout New York City Invitation for Bid

DYCD is excited to announce the release of our Invitation for Bid for the 2017-18 Child and Adult Care Food Program at various Community Centers throughout New York City.

Through an invitation for Bid, the Department of Youth and Community Development seeks a qualified Food Service Management Company (FSMC) to implement the 2017-18 Federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program at Community Centers located in various New York City Housing Authority developments.

The FSMC will provide and deliver to the Centers complete, safe and nutritious meals that conform to the United States Department of Agriculture Required Meal Patterns and Food Specifications and also conform to the New York City Food Standards. 

The Bid Opening Date is Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 10:00AM.
Learn more about the Invitation for Bid

Fatherhood Initiative RFP Awards

DYCD is pleased to announce the Fatherhood Initiative RFP Awardees for Organizations Determined Eligible.
Download list of Eligible Awardees 

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Applications

If you are a NYC youth between the ages of 14–24 who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, please complete the SYEP application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job.
Learn more about SYEP

Interested in becoming an SYEP worksite? Please complete our worksite application here.

DYCD Chess Masters Tournament 2017

On Saturday, January 28, more than 600 young people participated in DYCD’s Chess Masters Tournament at the Police Athletic League’s Harlem Center. The event gave youth an opportunity to compete among their peers and sharpen their chess skills.  A news segment created by CBS 2 is available to view here.
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Step It Up NYC Wildcard Battle 2017

On Saturday, January 28, a total of 250 dancers and steppers joined DYCD at the Williamsburg Community Center for a chance to secure a wildcard slot in the Step It Up NYC 2017 Final Showcase. Congratulations to junior division champion Rok Nation from the The Child Center of NY Beach 41st Street Cornerstone Community Center and senior division champion No Name Necessary from Good Shepherd Services NYC at Madiba Prep Middle School.
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