@ DYCD October 2018 Newsletter
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12th Annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dad and son running through a high five line.

New York City celebrated the 12th annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day on September 18. Dads, father figures and mentors braved the rain to come out to the Bronx River Cornerstone Community Center in Soundview to support education, social interaction and community engagement, including programs addressing family relations and parenting skills for children. Following the rally, families walked to the Mott Hall V School. In addition, DYCD expanded the campaign with a visit to a COMPASS Elementary afterschool program on Staten Island. For photos of the big day, visit our Facebook page. You can also check out this highlight video produced by the Bronx River Cornerstone program.

Stronger Together

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On September 27, DYCD hosted Stronger Together, a one-day symposium created to give nonprofit leaders access to tools, ideas and resources to strengthen their partnerships. The event, a collaborative effort between Community Resource Exchange, Fiscal Management Associates, Partnership for After School, and Support Center for Nonprofit Management, provided over 126 nonprofit leaders and thought leaders with workshops, networking opportunities and engaging panel discussions. Participating organizations also received information on follow-up coaching and training opportunities. Check out our Facebook page for photos. For more DYCD-funded learning opportunities, check out our Capacity Building calendar of upcoming events.

Movies Under the Stars

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DYCD is teaming up with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to present a special FREE screening on October 11 of the film “Breaking Legs,” which follows a young girl who moves to a small town following the death of her mother. Now under the guardianship of her uncle, she is forced to adjust to the limitations a small town has to offer a blossoming dancer. For more information on the screening at James J Walker Park, visit the Facebook event page.

Big Apple Crunch

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Join millions of New Yorkers around the state to celebrate New York food and New York farms! Schools, college campuses, hospitals, businesses, and individuals all over the state will be taking the “collective crunch” into a New York grown apple on October 25, 2018. For more information about the initiative, check out their official website.

Urban Fellows Program

The Urban Fellows Program is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with volunteer service opportunities and a seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City. Applications are due January 14, 2019. For more information, click here.

Bronx Zoo

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Get into the Halloween spirit with Boo at the Zoo, taking place at the Bronx Zoo every weekend in October. The festival includes family-friendly activities like magic shows, costume parades, a hay maze, pumpkin carving, and live music. Brave kids ages 12 and over might journey into the Haunted Forest, and adults can enjoy seasonal food and beer at Bootoberfest. Of course, visitors can also get an up-close look at all the creepy critters on display within the zoo.

Halloween Harvest Festival

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Socrates Sculpture invites you to their annual Halloween Harvest Festival! Taking place on Saturday, October 27, the event is inspired by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors, and will feature vibrant cultural performance and activities provided by the New York chapter of Konfederasyon Nasyonal Vodouyizan Ayisyen (K.N.V.A), including a Gede song workshop, card readings, and more.

Most Valuable Student Scholarship

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The 2019 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The 20 top finalists will participate in an all-expense paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago, during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities. Whether you’re the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, they want to hear how you have taken the skills you’ve cultivated in the locker room and used them to create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you. Applications are due December 14, 2018, at 5:00 pm EST. For more information and to apply, visit the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes website.

Love Your Block Grant

The Love Your Block Initiative is a partnership between NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City that provides a unique opportunity for 25 resident-led volunteer groups to receive a $1,000 grant in addition to City services to transform and beautify their neighborhoods. For more information and to apply, visit the Love Your Block application page.

Public School Green Team Grant

Citizens Committee is collaborating with the NYC Department of Sanitation to award grants of up to $1,000 for projects carried out by public school green teams. For more information, visit the Citizen Committee website.

Booth Ferris Foundation

The Foundation’s primary interest is in the field of education, including smaller colleges and public education initiatives in New York City. The Foundation also makes grants in the areas of civic and urban affairs and culture in New York City. Civic and urban affairs topics are defined as human services, affordable housing, community development, and parks/gardens. In the arts, K–12 education, and civic and urban affairs, the Foundation focuses on projects in New York City. In higher education, the Foundation has a broader geographic interest. Proposals for scholarship, fellowships, and unrestricted endowments are discouraged. The annual application deadline is February 1. Individual program contacts as well as additional information can be found on the Booth Ferris Foundation website.

Education Matters Scholarship

As a scholarship seeker, you’re probably already aware of the importance of an education. But what about the naysayers? Have you come across someone who’s tried to talk you out of college, saying that it’s not worth it? The Education Matters Scholarship is giving you the chance to state why education matters. Submit your online answer to UNIGO by the November 30, 2018 deadline.

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.