September 2017
Looking for Afterschool?

You can find free, engaging, high quality afterschool programs for young people grades K-12 at NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)-funded locations throughout the five boroughs! For more information, call our Youth Connect hotline, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 7:00pm, at 1-800-246-4646.


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code provides safe, supportive environments and role models for their students. Once enrolled, students are connected to an alumni network of girls across the U.S. who use computer science to solve problems and change the lives around them. Visit the Girls Who Code website, and contact your local club to join the program.

All-Star Code

All Star Code empowers young men with skills, networks, and mindsets they need to create new futures through technology. They work towards building a world where every young man has the confidence to dare greatly, the safety to celebrate failure, and the freedom to tell his story.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They’ve partnered with College Board to offer SAT practice questions and instructional videos that show step-by-step solutions to each question. Click here for more info.

Use this website to view past regents offered in all different subjects, such as algebra, living environment, and US History. Students can use this website to test themselves, and then check their answers with the answer key provided.


Enrichment Zones

Enrichment Zones are fun, engaging, and interactive. This program includes: daily support with homework assignments tutoring, computer programs, and writing enrichment activities. Click here for more info.

NYC Parks

NYC Parks provides afterschool and drop-in youth programs for children ages 6 to 13. Activities include academic enrichment, arts and cultural programming, trips and more! Click here for more info.

NYC Green Teen Program

The Green Teen Program engages teens to become stewards of their local parks and recreation centers. Green Teens learn how to make a green positive impact in their local community and encourage the public to recycle. If you are interested in being a Green Teen, please email or visit their website for more.

DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI)

DREAM uses baseball, softball and the power of teams to provide inner city kids with opportunities to play, learn and grow. Participants stay on track to achieve long-term academic success and develop the life skills to become competent, confident and caring adults. Click here for more.

Queens County Farm Museum

Come celebrate the autumn season on the farm! Join the Museum every October weekend to explore their grounds and buy a variety of Hudson Valley apples, donuts, fresh cider, and locally-made pie. Click here for more info.

Haunted Lantern Tours at Fort Totten Park

Not afraid of ghosts? Come visit Fort Totten Park for their Haunted Lantern Tours! You will use lanterns to explore the creepy Water Battery Gate in the pitch-black while your guide shares goose-bumps–inducing stories about the phantasm-infested grounds.


Looking for an afterschool program in your neighborhood? Need information on improving reading skills or finding the nearest community center? The 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.

Our Voice of Democracy

Students in grades 6-8 can enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all- expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The essay contest requires young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by writing an essay. Apply before the deadline, October 31, 2017.

College Jumpstart Scholarship

The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition — financial need is not considered — that is open to 10th- 12th graders, college students and non- traditional students. The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses. This award can be used at any college or university in the United States. Apply before the deadline, October 17, 2017.

Top Honors

The Top Honors curriculum is tailored around each student’s strengths and weaknesses. They first identify and then individually tackle the areas where you need help most. Along the way, you’ll work in both group and one-on-one settings.


Join the dedicated Y afterschool team and help them keep NYC kids safe, healthy, and on track for success! YMCA is seeking qualified candidates to provide development and learning opportunities for NYC children and teens. Visit website for details.

Ready for a new career? National Career Fairs is under new ownership and we are driving employers and future employees together faster than ever before. Register on Eventbrite before September 28, 2017.

This program produces job-ready culinary graduates, who bring a professional and dedicated attitude to the preparation of delicious food. If you have a passion for cooking, want a career in food service, and meet the criteria, then this is the program for you! Visit website for details.

All of us tend to get little overwhelmed by the start of the school year. Let us help out a bit! We’ve come up with this list of tips and advice, targeted toward new students of all ages, in order to make this school year, the best year yet.

1. Maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Try to achieve eight hours of sleep a night in order to find you’re more focused, patient, accommodating and receptive.

2. Create a calendar of assignments. Organizing your “due dates” is a great way to ensure that you won’t miss out on any assignments. It can also give you a way to manage your time better.

3. Delegate time for things that you enjoy, like dancing, hanging out, or reading. It’s very important to balance all of your school work with relaxation. As long as you have a good time, it’s relief for your brain.

4. Don’t stick to one topic while studying. Try studying a bunch of different material in one sitting. This technique eliminates the expectation/prior knowledge of solving the same type of problem over and over.

5. Start the day with a healthy breakfast. It refuels the body and provides energy for the day. NYC public schools offer free breakfast to all students.

6. To all students, especially those in college, ALWAYS backup your files. Dropbox, and similar websites makes this incredibly easy.