What Does Better Community Mean to You?     

Join us this afternoon as we host the 5th installment of the We the YOUTH, you the People Virtual Youth Town Hall where we will discuss what it would take to build a better community. Whether it decreased gun violence, well-lit sidewalks, improved relationships with community cops. Visit our YouTube page to watch live today at 5 pm or catch this youth-led discussion anytime by subscribing to our channel DYCDNYC on YouTube. 

Sexual Violence Awareness and Denim Day   

April 2021 marks the official 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Even before its official declaration, SAAM was about awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. In recognition of SAAM, this month's DYCD Barbershop will be co-hosted with the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and feature Ted Bunch from A CALL TO MEN and Quentin Walcott from the NYC organization CONNECT. Subscribe to the official DYCD YouTube page to watch the event on Tuesday, April 27.  

DYCD Community Moms      

The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) invites you to help us celebrate Mother's Day this May by nominating a "community mom" for our annual award. Our #DYCDCommunityMoms campaign celebrates mothers and other caretakers who provide inspiration and support to families and communities. These community moms—whether volunteers, mentors, teachers, community leaders, healthcare staff, essential workers, caregivers, aunts, sisters, or mothers—dedicate their time and energy to the physical, social, and emotional well-being of our city, and we hope you'll help us celebrate them this May.  

Hire NYC Youth Today!     

The NYC Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation's largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer. SYEP participants are highly motivated and talented NYC youth between the ages of 16 and 24 interested in pursuing careers in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. By becoming an SYEP worksite, you will help shape the future of NYC's workforce.  

Students Entering Grades 10-12 in September: Apply for Exciting STEM Summer Programs!  

This summer, unplug and explore STEM! With STEM Matters NYC programs, students entering grades 10-12 in September can apply to work with field experts and have real-world learning experiences in farming, industrial design, and manufacturing, glass blowing, computer science, or art and architecture. Apply now for a one- or two-week course this summer at MakerSpace NYC, New York Historical Society, The Battery Conservancy, The Green-Wood Cemetery, or UrbanGlass. All participants receive a daily metro card.  

Seats are limited! An online application and teacher reference form is required. Participants are selected by a review committee. Learn more and apply by Friday, April 23. For questions, contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.  

Love Your Block    

This year NYC Service and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance the City of New York are powering civic engagement in local communities with the Love Your Block grant. The grant invites resident-led groups to submit a project proposal that leverages community volunteers, city agency services, and a $1,000 grant in transforming a public space. The Love Your Block grant application is accessible in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Traditional, Chinese-Simplified, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Applications are due by April 23rd, 2021.   

YouthBridge Fellowship for High School Students   

YouthBridge-NY engages promising teens and provides them with the skills and understanding to strengthen their communities. We are committed to teaching teens to appreciate and utilize diversity as an asset for enriching their neighborhoods and New York City as a whole. If you are a sophomore in high school, you can apply to our two-year Fellowship program, where high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds participate in intensive training on leadership and diversity. Learn more about the YouthBridge-NY Fellowship program at their official website.  


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