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Summer Youth Employment Program Applications Now Open!


The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with summer employment. SYEP participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs at government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, law firms, museums, sports enterprises, and retail organizations. SYEP also offers workshops on job readiness, career exploration and financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth. Ladders for Leaders is an employer-paid internship component of SYEP for youth aged 16-22.

Studies show that SYEP improves school attendance, offers new skills, reduces incarceration rates and keeps teens and young adults safe—including youth who wouldn’t otherwise have access to paying jobs. Youth can apply online or at a participating community-based organization during the application period. Worksites interested in providing jobs for SYEP or Ladders for Leaders have until Friday, May 13, 2016 to apply. Online applications for both are available on the DYCD website. Updates will also be posted to DYCD’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites. For more information, call 311 or DYCD Youth Connect (1-800-246-4646). Employers looking to support New York City’s youth employment programs, including SYEP, should go to the Center for Youth Employment’s website. Interested employers can also email the Mayor’s Fund at fund@cityhall.nyc.gov for more information.

Tilt Kids Festival

Tilt Kids

March 4, 2016 – April 3, 2016
Multiple locations and times
The Tilt Kids Festival consists of 14 events meant to appeal to a wide range of interests and ages, knowledge of French not required. The French Institute Alliance Française and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are co-hosting this inaugural family art festival, featuring a range of performances, interactive exhibits and concerts—some of which are free. Events will be in English. To learn more about the festival's events, please visit tiltkidsfestival.org.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Festivities

Saint Patrick's Day

Throggs Neck St. Patrick's Day Parade | the Bronx, NY
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 12:00pm, Free

NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade | Manhattan, NY
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00am, Free

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade | Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1:00pm, Free

Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade | Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1:00pm, Free

Irish New York Walking Tour | Financial District, Manhattan, NY
Saturday, March 13, 2016 at 11:00am
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 1:00pm
This two-hour tour explores the former "Little Ireland" on the Lower East Side, once home to more Irish folk than Dublin. You'll learn why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular in NYC than in Ireland, and other Irish lore while visiting historic sites. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students.

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems

Mo Willems

March 18, 2016 – September 25, 2016
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Mo Willems’ beloved children’s book characters speak with a distinctly New York accent, from Trixie’s very first Brooklyn "Aggle Flaggle Klabble!" utterance to the Nichols and May-esque comedy duo of Elephant and Piggie to a public transportation-obsessed Pigeon. This spring, the New-York Historical Society presents The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, an ambling journey across a career that started on Sesame Street and led to a laundromat in Park Slope. Come meet Mo during the Mo Willems Family Weekend! Mo will be at the New-York Historical Society to read I Really Like Slop! and his beloved classic Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. The reading is scheduled Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:30pm and the book signing begins at 5:30pm. This event is free for all ages with museum admission.

Easter Hunts & Festivities

NYC Easter

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
Sunday, March 27, 2016,10:00am – 4:00pm
Each year on Easter the best of the bonnets are showcased along Fifth Avenue as New Yorkers celebrate the holiday by roaming the streets in their most festive spring gear. The pageant is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s. The parade marches north on Fifth Avenue, starting at 49th Street, but the best place to watch is from the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Learn more at nycgo.com.

Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City 2016
Hunting for Easter Eggs is a beloved family event. Whether you want to search for plastic candy-stuffed eggs or the real hard-boiled kind, there are dozens of places to guide in the spring season with an egg hunt. Check out this NYC Easter Egg Hunt list for one in your neighborhood.

All About Education Scholarship

School can get expensive, so consider how winning a $3,000 All About Education Scholarship could help make a difference in your life. Will it ease the burden of student loans? Will it offer you the opportunity to pursue a dream? Will it help you inspire others to work towards their own goals? Education can truly change a person's life – and this scholarship just might be that first step. Answer, "How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?" in 250 words or less. Applicants must be 13 years or older and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. The All About Education Scholarship deadline is April 30, 2016 and the winner will be notified by email or phone on or around July 30, 2016.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

This scholarship from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded annually, renewable for three additional years. The award amount is based on the financial need of the recipient. Applicants must be a high school junior or senior, any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Applicants are also required to be a current resident of Connecticut or New York City or enrolled or planning to enroll in a Connecticut or a New York City institution. Visit the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to apply for the scholarship by April 30, 2016.


Did you know that one in five kids in the U.S. has a learning or attention issue related to reading, writing, math, organization and focus? If your child is struggling in school or socially and you’re not sure why and aren’t sure how to help, visit Understood.org. Understood is a free comprehensive resource created by fifteen nonprofits to empower parents with personalized support, daily access experts, interactive tools, a safe community of parents and more. Learn how to help your child thrive in school and in life.

We Are All Brooklyn

The We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB) Fellowship, established in 2008, provides non-profit, community, and faith leaders with opportunities to network, as well as training in leadership development and community building. The WAAB Fellowship represents a diverse group of professionals working to strengthen Brooklyn through partnership, understanding, and capacity-building. The Grant-Making Committee was created to provide funding to a Brooklyn-based individual or organization that shares WAAB’s mission. The Grant-Making Committee will award a grant(s) of up to $2,000 to a Brooklyn-based organization(s) that provide non-traditional educational opportunities for teens 13 to 18 years old through reading, writing and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics education programs). Special consideration will be given to organizations that provide programs for underserved teens that reside in Brooklyn. Eligible applicants include Brooklyn-based projects and/or organizations that have 501(c)3 status or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization. Application forms can be downloaded at www.waab.org/grant. Completed applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 12, 2016 at 5:00pm. Applications may be submitted by email, mail, or fax (email is preferred).

G. A. Ackermann Memorial Fund

The G. A. Ackermann Memorial Fund was established under the will of Mrs. Mary A. Ackermann in 1937 to support quality health care and human services programming for underserved populations. According to Mrs. Ackermann’s wishes, the Ackermann Memorial Fund supports charitable organizations operated or controlled by the Roman Catholic church and/or members of the Roman Catholic Church, and charitable organizations operated or controlled by a Protestant Church and/or its members. Special consideration is given to hospitals. The G. A. Ackermann Memorial Fund has biannual application deadlines of January 15 and June 1. Applicants for the January 15 deadline will be notified of grant decisions by June 30, and applicants for the June 1 deadline will be notified by December 31. The Foundation will consider requests for general operating support only if the organization's operating budget is less than $1 million. To better support the capacity of nonprofit organizations, multi-year funding requests are considered. Organizations must be geographically located within the city limits of New York City or Chicago. In general, grant requests for individuals, endowment campaigns, capital projects or research will not be considered. For more information, please visit the website.

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