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Family Development Credential Program (FDC)


Fall 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 are 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.

DYCD Joins Mayor to Announce Marcy Houses
Recreation Center Construction


On July 11, DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at an event celebrating progress on a new recreation center for the Marcy Houses NYCHA development in Brooklyn. The center will create a safe, inclusive and accessible setting for the residents of Marcy Houses to come together, congregate, teach and learn from each other. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the end of 2019.

Summer Meals


Did you know the New York City Department of Education’s #FreeSummerMeals program is available at hundreds of public schools, pools, parks, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes, libraries, and other locations around the city? No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal for New Yorkers 18 years old or younger. Download the SchoolFood App to find #FreeSummerMeals near you.

Outdoor Movies in NYC

Now that summer is officially here, take in some fresh air and catch a flick at the same time! The New York City Parks Department brings Hollywood to parks throughout the five boroughs. So, grab your blanket and a few friends, pack some snacks, and check out these show times.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Bring a blanket and sit on the Lawn at Bryant Park to enjoy great food, friends, and a feature film. Mondays until August 20, head over to Bryant Park early to claim your spot because films begin at sunset. For more details, visit the official event page on the Bryant Park website.

Outdoor Cinema: 20 Years!

In its 20th Anniversary year, Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema international film festival continues to highlight as a public community space for enjoyment and celebration of many cultures, and as a local anchor in one of the world’s most diverse places – the borough of Queens, New York. There are more languages spoken in Queens than any other place on Earth, and as such, Socrates’ Outdoor Cinema is distinct for its emphasis on exclusively presenting foreign films, in addition to screenings paired with a pre-movie cultural music/dance performance and cuisine from the film’s country of origin. Taking place Wednesdays until August 29, all screenings are FREE. For more information, visit the Socrates Sculpture Park website.



Summer is a great time to focus in on your self-care routine. Getting outside, shopping for fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market and listening to upbeat summer tunes are all wonderful ways to take care of yourself during the warmer months!

For #BeTheDifference in July, Mental Health First Aid will be talking about ways to practice self-care so you can stay well all year long. You can join their Twitter conversation on Thursday, July 19, or all month long check out the Mental Health First Aid blog for tips and post.

Harlem Week

What began in 1974 as a one-day tribute to Harlem has evolved over four decades into a month-long celebration of the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. Things kick off on July 29 with “A Great Day in Harlem” and reach a fever pitch during the bursting-at-the-seams weekend of events held under the banner of “Summer in the City” and “Harlem Day,” including an auto show, children’s festival, small-business expo, fashion show, educational fair, outdoor film screening and a dancing-in-the-street party. And on the final day of this celebration (August 25), there's the Percy Sutton 5K Run. Click here for the full list of Halem Week events and activities.

Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for high school students to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more! For more information and apply, visit the Arts Connection website.

Museum Apprentice Program

Brooklyn Museum's Museum Apprentice Program is a paid internship, where teens immerse themselves in art and history and learn about museum education while creating their own lessons for audiences of all ages. For more information, visit Brooklyn Museum's official website before the September 23 deadline.

“No Essay” College Scholarship

Are you tired of working on those long scholarship applications that require you to list every activity you have participated in since you started high school? What about writing those boring scholarship essays where you must explain why you deserve the award or who you are going to be in ten years? Well, you’re in luck. The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is an easy scholarship with no essay required! The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any education-related expenses. To apply, visit the Niche 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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