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DYCD Springs Into Health!

A mother and child visit a 2018 Spring Into Health exhibition table for community resources.

There are over 40 confirmed locations for 2019 Spring Into Health events hosted by DYCD-funded programs (Beacon, Cornerstone and NDA) from Tuesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 18. Activities include awareness and education (supplemental nutrition assistance, health insurance enrollment opportunities), healthy lifestyle information (blood pressure, vision, dental screening), demonstrations (Yoga, Zumba, CPR, African dance, meditation) and education/employment/vocational skills (GED, work readiness, college, APEX). Visit our website for more details on locations near you.

Summer Enrichment

DYCD offers engaging high-quality programs for young people in all five boroughs of New York City during the hours they are not in school. Visit our DYCD website to learn more about our individual youth programs or contact Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646/646-343-6800 to find a location near you.

Fatherhood Symposium

A Call to Men's Ted Bunch talking to the crowd during DYCD's Fatherhood Sexual Assault Awareness Symposium on April 23.

On April 23, DYCD fathers and young men in the Bronx learned the importance of early consent education at the annual Fatherhood Initiative Sexual Assault Awareness Symposium. Presenter Ted Bunch from A CALL TO MEN provided families with healthy, emotional tools necessary to advocate respect for young girls, women and the LGBTQ community. Organizations such as The Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and Bronx Fathers Taking Action also were on hand to provide resources. Visit our Facebook page for photos from the evening.

DYCD Young Sharks Semi-Finals

Photo of the audience watching a presentation during the Sharks semi-finals.

On May 3rd, middle and high school teams took part in DYCD's Young Sharks Entrepreneurship Challenge. Teams presented exciting products and services to have a positive social impact on the world today. Visit our Facebook page to check out highlights from the event.

DYCD College & Career Day

Students are sitting in on a workshop during DYCD's College & Career Day.

DYCD's College & Career Day was a one-day conference experience which empowered, enlightened, and provided guidance to high school Mentoring participants on a path to college education and entrepreneurship. View images from this event on our Facebook page.

Growing Up NYC Summer Guide

Growing Up NYC Banner

Calling all parents! Growing Up NYC just launched a new Summer Guide to discover free & low-cost programs for Summer 2019. Get your child involved in an array of activities: from coding, to sports, to opportunities for volunteering and internships. You can find this information and much more on the official Growing Up NYC website.

Memorial Day Opening Weekend for City Beaches

Photo of Coney Island beach

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!

Teens smiling during Teens take the Met

Grab your friends and take over The Met for the night. Drop in on Friday, May 31 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.

Summer Writing Workshop for NYC Teens

Youth hula hooping.

Do you know a student who loves to write? Who wants to be published? Who wants to help other teens by sharing their personal stories? If so, please encourage him or her to apply to Youth Communication’s Annual Summer Writing Workshop. Youth who reside in New York City between the ages of 15-20 are eligible. The workshop runs from July 8th - August 15th, 2019. Participants receive one-on-one mentoring from a professional editor, write stories about their personal experiences, go on field trips, and make friends with other writers. Their stories are published in the award-winning YCteen and Represent magazines, which are read by tens of thousands of people each year. All participants receive a $600 stipend, plus daily MetroCard and $10 for lunch. For more information and the online application, visit their official website before the May 17th deadline.

Explore World Science Festival

World Science Festival header.

The World Science Festival returns on May 22 for its 12th annual science spectacular. Join them for over 60 events that take science out of the lab and into the streets, parks, museums, and premier performing arts venues of New York City.

HSS Sports Safety

Hospital for Special Surgery postcard featuring kids playing soccer.

Participating in sports and recreational activities provide physical and psychosocial health benefits that can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, these health benefits come with the risk of injury. Experts estimate that of the 213 million Americans (age six and older) who participate in sports and fitness activities each year, nearly 9 million will suffer a sports-related injury. Young athletes account for more than half of these injuries. The good news is that half of these injuries are preventable and the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is offering free sports safety courses for coaches and parents. To sign up, visit the official HSS website.

Fifth Month Scholarship

One is the loneliest number. Three is a crowd. Then there is five. What’s so special about five? Well, for starters, this lucky number could help you win a $1,500 scholarship. It would take more than just one hand to count all the reasons why the number five is, and Unigo wants to know what you think! What is it about the number five that’s so significant to you? May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is essential. Be serious or be funny. Either way, submit your letter by May 31 at Unigo’s website.

New York Ramblers Soccer Scholarship

The 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.

Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund

The Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund was established in 1930 to support quality health care and human services programming for underserved populations. The grantmaking focus is on health care and physical disabilities. The Fund supports access programs for physically disabled individuals; disability policy analysis and advocacy; workforce development programs; and programs that improve quality of life for the disabled. Applicant organizations must both serve and be geographically located within New York City. The Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund has a deadline of June 30, 2019. Grant decisions will be made by October 31, 2019. For more information and restrictions, please visit the grant 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.

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) invests in a network of community-based organizations and programs to alleviate the effects of poverty and to provide opportunities for New Yorkers and communities to flourish.