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The Next Wave of Computer Whiz Kids Could Come From
the City's After–school Programs

More than 100,000 students will soon have access to Google’s CS First, a program that teaches youngsters how to code, as part of the City’s continuing push to get youth involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math—also known as STEM.

Google will work with the City as part of Mayor de Blasio's $10 million Tech Talent Pipeline initiative launched last May, which aims to get students interested in the STEM fields. Google officials said that all kids enrolled in 857 after-school programs across the five boroughs, included by those funded by DYCD, will get to use CS First, a program that teaches youngsters how to code.

“Connecting youth to opportunities that will expose them to hands-on learning and increase their awareness of careers in the technology field is crucial,” said Meryl Jones, assistant commissioner at the Department of Youth and Community Development. “Initiatives such as this cultivate curiosity and encourage our youth to inquire, create and explore.”

CS First, targeted to kids between 9 and 14, allows them to create their own stories, games and animations while learning about computer science. It has been used in about 30 states.

Read the New York Daily News Article here.


25 teams from across the City have advanced to the semifinals of the
DYCD Step It Up competition. The top 10 teams will perform at the world
famous Apollo Theater on June 20.

Step It Up 2015

More than 1,000 New York City youth entered this year’s DYCD Step It Up competition, running through June 2015. The top 25 dance and step teams from Beacon, Cornerstone, Teen ACTION, and COMPASS programs performed in the semifinal round on Saturday, February 21. In addition to showcasing their onstage talents, teams are also raising awareness in their communities through youth-led anti-violence campaigns. On March 2, DYCD will announce the top 10 teams on social media (@NYCYouth). Follow the competition online (#StepItUpNYC) and join us on June 20 at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater to see the top 10 teams compete to be the best in NYC. For more information, email stepitup@dycd.nyc.gov.

The Brooklyn Accelerator Incubator Project at Brooklyn
Community Foundation Aims to Support Promising Local
Leaders and Organizations

Join Brooklyn Community Foundation staff to learn more about Brooklyn Accelerator, a new hub of information, idea exchange, gathering of philanthropic resources across the borough, and its Incubator Program for emerging nonprofits and community leaders.

BK Accelerator

The Incubator Project will offer:

  • Co-working space for up to two staff members or volunteers per organization starting May 1, 2015;
  • Use of copy and fax machine, telephone and voicemail services, internet service (organizations must provide their own laptops or desktop computers);
  • A stipend of up to $5,000 (to be used over 12 months) for legal fees, web development, refreshments for meetings/events, and other start- up costs;
  • Use of a large conference room and kitchen; 
  • Access to topical workshops and skill-building opportunities; and
  • Potential opportunities for fiscal sponsorship.

The selection process will prioritize organizations in which there is a strong likelihood of success based on key indicators established by staff. Click here to register to attend the open house on Wednesday, March 4th.

Attention: Program Managers of Middle School Programs
and DYCD Executive Directors • Sign up for one of
CRE's upcoming offerings.

The Department of Youth and Community Development is expanding the School's Out NYC (SONYC) program. This is a unique opportunity—one that demands the best leaders to be ready to provide high-quality programs to the City's youngsters.

Over the next two years, CRE, The Support Center and FMA will offer a variety of seminars and workshops specifically designed to enhance the effectiveness of SONYC programs, while bolstering the leadership of their staff, managers, and executives.

All trainings below are made possible by funding from DYCD, and are available at no cost to the CBOs with which DYCD contracts.

1. DYCD Workshop Series

  1. Managing Change Within An Agency. Register Here.
  2. Managing Rapid Growth. Register Here.
  3. Learning from This Year. Planning for Next. Register Here.

2. Winter Action Learning Series

  1. Strategies for Successful Supervision. Register Here.

3. Other Circles for DYCD Middle School Providers. 

  1. Program Managers with five or More Sites Circle. Register Here.
  2. New DYCD Middle School Site Managers Circle. Register Here.
  3. Agencies New to DYCD or DYCD Middle School Executive Directors Circle. Register Here.

Additional offerings from The Support Center|Partnership in Philanthropy can be found here.  
Grantees must use the code DYCD when registering.

Please email Yassi J. Tamdji at ytamdji@crenyc.org with questions.


Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program

This program has been created to provide States, units of local government, and Indian Tribes as defined by Section 102 of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994, with funds to develop programs to strengthen and promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system.

Additional Information:
-The program consists of 17 focus areas that focus on developing, implementing, and administering graduated sanctions for juvenile offenders as well as building, expanding, renovating or operating temporary or permanent juvenile correction, detention, or corrections facilities.

-The program also looks to hiring juvenile court judges, probation officers, and court-appointed defenders and special advocates, and funding pretrial services including mental health screening and assessment for juvenile offenders, to promote the effective and expeditious administration of the juvenile justice system.

-Each State and territory (except Palau) is eligible to receive an allocation and award of funds for State and units of local government if the Governor certifies, consistent with guidelines established by the Attorney General.

Contact Information:
Joe Lostritto, Criminal Justice Program Representative
Division of Criminal Justice Services
80 South Swan Street Albany, NY 12210
Telephone: 518.457.3670 Fax: 518.485.0909
Email: joe.lostritto@dcjs.ny.us

Courtney Ramirez, Juvenile Justice Specialist
Division of Criminal Justice Services
Office of Program Development and Funding
80 South Swan Street Albany, NY 12210
Telephone: 518.485.9166 Fax: 518.485.0909
Email: courtney.ramirez@dcjs.ny.us



Celebrate Black History Month as a Family

The DiMenna Children's History Museum invites kids to join in on a Little New Yorkers storytime, where they'll hear We March by Shane Evans, detailing the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Afterwards, they'll design a wall hanging that incorporates doves to symbolize peace. Feb 24 and 27 at 3:30pm, free with museum admission.

African American Culture at the Brooklyn Library

Kids can embrace many aspects of African American culture thanks to activities at various Brooklyn Public Library branches this month. Hit up South African Storytelling and Mask-Making workshops, see a performance of King Lion's Gifts, Nelson Mandela's favorite story, compete in a Black History Month—edition of Jeopardy and catch folktales and dancing—taking place at Williamsburg, Canarsie, Park Slope and more locations. Through Feb 26, check website for schedule of events; free.


Locating and Applying for Funding

Your organization needs funding and you're the person responsible for finding it. How do you start? Where do you look? What will be required? Since so many organizations compete for the same dollars, your first task is two-fold: become familiar with public and private funding sources; and understand the application processes and requirements of those sources.

Usually, if an organization has an idea for a program, it looks for a foundation. However, if the source is government funds, the idea often comes from a funding agency issuing an RFP or RFA. RFPs are issued to solicit bids for government contracts. Both nonprofit and for-profit groups bid on contracts. RFAs are issued to solicit proposals for grants. Most grants go to nonprofit organizations. Only on rare occasions is funding awarded to applicants who have submitted proposals without previous communication with the funder. Federal RFPs and RFAs are published in the Federal Register. This publication is available on the Web here and it may also be available in your public library.

State and local RFPs and RFAs appear in the New York State Register. This publication is available on the Web here. It may also be available at your public library. To obtain further information, write or call the New York State Register, Department of State, 41 State Street, Albany, NY 12231; (518) 474-6957.

Another source of information on state and local funding is The New York State Library, Cultural Education Center, Humanities Reference Service, Albany, NY 12230; (518) 474-5355. Or, visit the Library's Web site at here.

Also find the latest opportunities for nonprofits at DYCD.

Second Chance Act Solicitation Released: Reentry Mentoring for Young Fathers

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications for a Second Chance Act grant program that supports the successful and safe transition of young fathers returning to their families and communities after secure confinement.

“Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project” will assist nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes in providing mentoring and comprehensive transitional services to these fathers—who are no more than 24 years old at the start of services—with an emphasis on developing parenting skills.

To view the grant solicitation, click here.
Deadline: March 2


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