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DYCD 2017 Annual Report


The 2017 DYCD Annual Report provides a snapshot of the various accomplishments of the Department of Youth and Community Development. The annual report includes highlights and events from the year gone by, photos of our funded programs and young people, and more.

Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth (ICC) Annual Report

The Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth (ICC) is a New York City Charter-mandated entity that was created in 1989 to promote interagency collaboration on issues relevant to young people and to support youth and families by utilizing the City of New York's multitude of government resources. The ICC primary membership is comprised of representatives of each of the city's 20 youth-serving agencies and is directed by the commissioner of DYCD. The 2017 ICC Annual Report is now available.

Youth Art Project


This April, DYCD will release limited edition t-shirts featuring youth artwork in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Teens can submit original artwork by January 26 for the chance to be featured. Possible themes could revolve around issues of consent, respect for one another, or speaking out against sexual violence and harassment. Click here to learn more.

Family Development Credential (FDC) Program

Spring 2018 Scholarship Applications are now available for both the Family Development Credential Program for frontline staff and the Family Development Credential Program for Leaders for supervisors, managers, and directors.

These competitive scholarships for frontline and family workers located in any of the 42 Neighborhood Development Areas (NDAs) throughout New York City. Pending student enrollment, classes are held each spring and fall at City University of New York (CUNY) campuses and off-site campus locations. There are no formal educational requirements for the program. However, students must be able to read and comprehend the curriculum, which is written in English at the 9th-grade level, and possess the writing skills needed to complete the portfolio and other assignments.

For more information on the FDC program and upcoming classes, click here or contact Rhodesia Humphrey, DYCD Capacity Building Deputy Director, at 646-343-6224.

Ladder for Leaders

2017 was a record breaking year for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The program connected 70,000 young adults with job opportunities at over 10,000 diverse worksites, including 1,855 students through Ladders for leaders, a competitive professional internship program. For more information about the 2018 Ladders for Leaders application cycle, please contact DYCD Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646, or apply online now.

Smiles of Love


On December 19, Commissioner Chong visited the Corona Beacon in Queens to help distribute gifts donated by DYCD staff, members of the Youth Board Youth Committee, and the NYPD. In total, more than 500 gifts were donated. Other recipients included the Jamaica Community Youth Center, Central Family Life Center, and NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North's "Sleigh Ride." For photos of the festivities, visit our Facebook site.

Winter Jam

Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Presented by NYC Parks on Saturday, January 27, from 11:00am until 3:00pm, the Lake Placid, I Love NY, and I Ski NY Winter Jam NYC is the ultimate snow day: a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers. Gore Mountain will blow lots of fresh snow in the heart of Manhattan, so there will be plenty for all to enjoy! Located at the Bandshell Area (Enter at 72nd Street) of Central Park.

Tech Scholars Program

High school girls (grades 9-12) will have the unique opportunity to explore the digital humanities at New-York Historical Society. Participants will have behind-the-scenes access to its Center for Women's History where they will meet with curators and graduate fellows as well as conduct research on the historical figures and events that continue to impact young women today. Participants will then share their scholarship through dynamic digital projects by learning basic HTML and CSS code to create retro websites to be hosted by New-York Historical Society. For more information and to submit your application, click here.

Student Historian Internship Program

Student Historian interns are high school-aged students who use the resources of New-York Historical Society to conduct exciting research and share their scholarship through creative projects. Interns meet with professional staff to learn about careers in the museum, library, and history fields; work collaboratively with fellow students to develop their public speaking and leadership skills; and engage in hands-on work to deepen their understanding of American history and art. Applications for the summer cohort will be available January 22. For details, click here.

Way Up

Everyone remembers the excitement of landing their first job, but unfortunately for most, the journey to finding it was not an easy one. Since day one, Way Up set out to change that. Way Up feels strongly that opportunity belongs to all, and that an individual should never be limited by their economic status, race, sexual orientation, gender, who you know, where you went to school, or where you're from. Way up empowers early career candidates to discover and be discovered by employers. Click here to sign up and view the list of internships in the New York City area.

Youth Communication Teen Internship

Do you love to write personal stories and want to be a voice for teens? Apply for the Youth Communication (YC Teen) spring writing internship, which begins in February. YCteen is an award-winning, teen-written magazine that's read by thousands of teens in print and online. YCteen articles have been republished on the New York Times Learning Network and by Huffington Post. Writers are guided and supported by a professional editor as they learn memoir-writing and journalism skills. If you are between the ages of 15 and 20, click here to apply before the February 9, 2018 deadline.

William T. Grant Foundation

The Foundation's Youth Service Improvement grant program supports activities intended to improve the quality of services for young people aged five5 to 25 in the five boroughs of New York City. Applicants should describe the organization's mission and the specific youth services targeted for improvement. They should carefully describe an issue or problem at the point-of-service, outline how they identified the problem, and explain how it has limited the impact of their services. Applicants must provide services to youth in the five boroughs of New York City. Public and private schools are not eligible. Organizations must have an operating budget of between $250,000 and $5 million. The next deadline for applications is March 8, 2018. Additional information including eligibility criteria and application procedures is available on the website.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

AfterCollege believes that what's good for students is good for everyone: schools, employers, community, and other students! That's why they not only help students find jobs and internships, but offer scholarships to help fund their education. AfterCollege has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and student activities through its program to date. As a job and internship resource, their scholarships are for students who demonstrate professionalism and effectively communicate how they will be exemplary candidates in their field. This means that they evaluate applicants with the eye of a hiring manager, so: watch your grammar, check your spelling, put your best accomplishments forward and you may get paid for thinking about your future! To apply, visit their official website.

Have you discovered discoverDYCD?


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.

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