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DYCD Presents the Launch of discoverDYCD


Looking for an afterschool program in your neighborhood? Need information on literacy services or the nearest community center? The new discoverDYCD allows users to search for DYCD-funded providers by program type, borough, neighborhood or zip code, and provides contact information, lists of activities offered, and a mapping feature with navigation. Categories of services include COMPASS afterschool, Family Support, Immigrant Services, Jobs & Internships, Reading & Writing, Runaway & Homeless Youth, and Summer Programs. Advanced search features also allow users to narrow results through keywords.

We hope you find discoverDYCD useful as you take advantage of the diverse resources and opportunities that New York City has to offer.

Fresh Food Box

Fresh Food Box

The East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office will be partnering with Grow NYC in hosting a year-round Fresh Food Box site. The Fresh Food Box is a program that makes locally grown fruits and vegetables accessible and available to community members. Initiated on Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 3:30pm – 6:30pm community members can order their Fresh Food Box at the East Harlem District Public Health Office, located at 161-169 East 110th, between Lexington and Third Avenues (right next to the US Post Office). Participants will receive the value of $25 of fresh produce for only $12! Cash, credit/debit cards, HealthBucks, and EBT will be accepted.

Brooklyn Book Festival 2015

BK Book Festival 2015

Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:00am – 4:00pm, Rain or Shine
For its 10th Anniversary, the Brooklyn Book Festival presents a Children’s Day for children ages 2–11. Come enjoy authors and illustrators in readings, performances and workshops as they present cool new and beloved children’s books. Have fun with costumed characters, join music performances, and browse a Children’s Marketplace of booksellers, all in a beautiful urban park setting.

Brooklyn Book Festival 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
10:00am – 6:00pm, Rain or Shine
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace. All festival events are free and are held at the MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn.

Arts in the Gardens - Dance ‘n’ Film Series

The Arts in the Gardens series brings communities together to enjoy live and performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting. NYRP (New York Restoration Project) gardens-community-maintained green spaces for food growth and gatherings-host this unique event series featuring a mixed line-up of family-friendly programs, movement workshops, performances, and a film series. For more information visit the Brooklyn Academy of Music website.

Saturday, September 20, 2015 - BENCH workshop & NY Export: Opus Jazz (2010): Target Community Garden, 931-933 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Saturday, September 27, 2015 - LAWN workshop & The Wiz (1978): Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, 327-329 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Rise of Sneaker Culture

The Rise of Sneaker Culture

From their modest origins in the mid-nineteenth century to high-end sneakers created in the past decade, sneakers have become a global obsession. The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world. The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, looks at the evolution of the sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon. Included are works from the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Visit the Brooklyn Museum online for more information on museum hours and ticket prices.

The Pinkerton Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1966 by Robert Allan Pinkerton, the chairman and CEO of Pinkerton’s, what was the nation’s oldest and largest security company. The Foundation supports community-based programs for children, youth, and families in economically disadvantaged areas in New York City. The Foundation favors direct service programs that have one overriding goal: to help young people reach their full potential. Preference is given to groups with capable leadership, high expectations, well-defined goals, and active, engaged participants. Most of the program funded take place in the after-school, weekend, or summer hours and focus on providing opportunities for academic development, career readiness, and cultural enrichment. The Foundation also supports a number of programs that offer a way forward for young people after an encounter with the criminal justice system or years in foster care. Letters of inquiry are welcome at any time. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees has two grantmaking meetings a year, in May and December. Grant decisions are announced immediately after those meetings. Additional information can be found on the Pinkerton Foundation website.

The New York Community Trust

The Trust primarily makes grants to organizations located in the five boroughs of New York City. Grants are focused on four topic areas: children, youth and families; community development and the environment; arts, education and human justice; and health and people with special needs. Children, youth and family grants fall into the following categories: social work research, education and practice; youth development, girls and young women, hunger and homelessness, social services and welfare, and substance abuse. Community development grants are awarded to projects in civic affairs, community development, conservation and the environment, technical assistance and workforce development. Arts, education and human justice grants support arts and culture, historic preservation, education and human justice. Health grants fund biomedical research, health services, health systems and policy, and people with special needs including those with AIDS/HIV, children and youth with disabilities, the elderly, mental health and mental retardation, and blindness and visual disabilities. The New York Community Trust has an open application deadline, please check the website for additional information.

George I. Alden Trust

The Trust supports independent colleges and universities in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the six New England states having full-time traditional undergraduate enrollments of at least $1,000 students and with a total undergraduate and graduate student population of under 5,000. The Trustees focus their grantmaking on capital needs. Recent funding has included support for classrooms, libraries, and laboratories as well as for the acquisition of scientific and technological equipment and infrastructure. The Trustees consider proposals at four distribution meetings a year. Complete proposals received for the March, June, September and December meetings must be received by the 15th of the month prior to the meeting. Additional information including application instructions can be found on the website.

The Harry Bartel Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Harry Bartel Memorial Scholarship Fund is an endowed fund that was created in memory of Harry Bartel. Harry was born in Queens, New York and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1991, Harry and his spouse, Brian Landeche, opened Splash Bar. Throughout his life, Harry was an advocate of education and was especially concerned that LGBTQ youth who were separated from their families or experiencing other hurdles might not have access to secondary education. It is in his memory that his family, friends and the patrons of Splash Bar have provided this endowment. Who is eligible? LGBTQ students, 23 years or younger, who are actively involved in the Center Youth program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. How can I apply? Each year the Fund awards scholarships through the Center Youth program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. For information on applying, please contact the Center at 212-620-7310 and ask to speak to Center Youth staff.

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