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DYCD Springs into Health!


Nearly 5,000 visitors turned out for this year’s Spring into Health Fairs! In conjunction with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), the NYC Department for the Aging, the New York City Department of Education, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, DYCD expanded the number of locations from six events to 34 this year. Check out some of the best photos from the week on our Facebook page.

DYCD Visits SONYC Program for Foster Care Youth


DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong and Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner David Hansell dropped by the BronxWorks and The New York Foundling SONYC middle school afterschool program at Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the Bronx. Many of the school’s students are currently in the child welfare system. For photos of the visit, visit our Facebook page.

SYEP Alternatives

Did you miss the deadline to apply for this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program? Are you looking for a summer job/internship or training program? Well, we got you covered with the 2018 SYEP Alternatives Employment Directory. The directory is updated through the summer and contains information on seasonal jobs, summer internships, training programs and many other opportunities for young people to gain work experience this summer.

2018 Performance Festival

DYCD participates, in grades K-12, showcased their views on peace through performance (poetry, dance, song, rap, or instrumental music) and used real-life issues such as teen gun violence, bullying, intolerance and inclusion as inspiration. Through the festival, students celebrated both their similarities and differences, all while raising awareness about how to accept, acknowledge and spread peace. View photos from the showcase on our Facebook page.

Growing Up NYC Summer Guide


Summer is a good time for youth to get involved in new activities. Are they interested in coding? Maybe they want to work on leadership projects in their community? The Growing Up NYC Summer Guide has information on how they can learn these skills and more.

Annual Children's Festival: Celebrating imagiNATIONS!

Don't miss the opening celebration (May 19 and 20) of the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the National Museum of the American Indian–New York, a weekend of activities showcasing the ingenuity of the Indigenous cultures of the Americas. Practice balancing techniques needed to master control of a traditional Yup’ik kayak from the Arctic; learn how to weave rope strong enough to create a bridge like one found in the Andes of Peru; discover the counting and numeric skills of the Mayans; and take part in a vast array of activities that embrace Native innovations throughout history! For more information visit the National Museum of the American Indian website.

Memorial Day Opening Weekend for City Beaches

Fourteen miles of sparkling sand and crashing waves can be found in all five boroughs, which is great news for NYC families. Best of all, New York City’s beaches are just a subway, bus or ferry ride away. From the “Bronx Rivera” to iconic Coney Island and the Rockaways, these urban seasides offer just about everything suburban beaches do (except the out-of-town commute!). Lifeguards are on duty daily (10:00am – 6:00pm) from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.


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Teens Take the Met!

Grab your friends and take over The Met for the night. Drop in on Friday, June 1 for teen-only activities across the Museum, including art making, performances, music, and more. Free and open to all teens 13+ with a middle or high school ID. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Met Museum official website.

Global Citizen Curtis Scholarship

The 2018 Curtis Scholarship is an annual leadership development program to support youth ages 16-20 from underserved communities in the U.S. or U.K. who embody the values of global citizenship. Curtis Scholars will be invited to join a 10-day learning trip to South Africa, and one advocacy trip to Global Citizen Week Events in NYC. Joined by members of the Global Citizen staff, the Curtis Scholars will explore social issues, innovative international organizations and cultural sites with a focus on poverty alleviation in Global Citizen's issue areas. Their mission is to foster global citizenship through empowering youth from underrepresented groups with the skills and tools to become dynamic change-makers for local to global impact. Click here to apply for the Curtis Scholarship online.

New York Ramblers Soccer Scholarship

New York Ramblers are proud to expand the Ramblers family to include student athletes pursuing higher education who are committed to serving the LGBTQI community either as members or demonstrated allies. They hope that this financial support will positively reinforce their pride in the community and assist them as they follow their educational and career ambitions. Awardees receive a one-time scholarship, paid directly to their school, covering tuition and fees. Up to two scholarships of $2,500 are awarded every summer. For more information, visit the New York Ramblers Scholarship page.

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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