NYC Youth Agenda         

The youth of NYC are tired of decisions being made for them without consenting them. The youth agenda was developed to inform future funding priorities, programming, and policies. Last month, we held a youth-led Mayoral Town Hall, which provided #NYCYouth with the opportunity to discuss the issues they want the next NYC Mayor to prioritize! Check out the website we launched that offers more information about the We the YOUTH, You the People virtual town hall series, the Youth Agenda and how young people and youth allies can endorse it, and profiles of the extraordinary young people who helped make this all possible. Visit today! Can you Walk the Talk? Endorse the youth agenda and share it with your youth networks. It is time to demonstrate collective impact of youth voice. 

DYCD Broadway and Beyond          

This season DYCD Broadway and Beyond participants explored and retold history through performance and visual arts. The Broadway Track of our cohort partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute's EduHam program working through their Eduham online curriculum, creating and submitting short performance pieces into their national Eduham Online Competition. We are pleased to share that one of our Broadway and Beyond sites, Inwood Academy of Leadership won an award for Outstanding Performance in the Spring 2021 Hamilton Education Program Online National Competition. Check out their award-winning submission here and click here to read the full blog post.
Saturday Night Lights 

Saturday Night Lights (SNL) is a youth development and violence prevention program that activates city spaces on Saturday nights from 5:00 – 9:00 pm providing free high-quality sports and fitness training for youth ages 11-18.  SNL began in 2011 when the Manhattan DA partnered with NYPD and other law enforcement agencies to provide resources for youth to participate in structured sport activities and to increase the opportunity for positive interactions with local law enforcement.  In partnership with NYPD and the District Attorney offices, DYCD launched the citywide SNL program expansion on July 10, 2021. Beacon, Cornerstone, and sports-based CBOs will operate 100 SNL program locations on Saturday nights to provide youth with a Sports-Based Youth Development framework that activates safe spaces, builds trust, and leverages resources! To learn more about SNL programs in your area, visit discoverDYCD

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Summer Meals 

Did you know the New York City Department of Education’s Free Summer Meals Program is available at hundreds of public schools, pools, parks, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes, libraries, and other locations around the City? No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal for New Yorkers 18 years old or younger.  

Excelsior Scholarship        

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. To apply, you must be a resident of New York State; attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program; take 30 credits per calendar year (including January and summer sessions), and plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time you participate in the scholarship program.   

Harlem Week 2021 

HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which works to promote its rich African-American, African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and European history, as well as arts, culture, religion, business, entertainment, and sports. HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one-day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers and beyond. Given the huge success of the celebration, additional days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political, and cultural history. During our 46 years of producing HARLEM WEEK, the event has grown from a one-day event to a month-long festival and now, as an eight-day live and virtual event. We look forward to you joining us this year to experience the 47th Annual HARLEM WEEK as we celebrate with our theme: Rebirth. Rebuild. Rejoice.    

“No Essay” College Scholarship  

Are you tired of working on those long scholarship applications that require you to list every activity you have participated in since you started high school? What about writing those boring scholarship essays where you must explain why you deserve the award or who you are going to be in ten years? Well, you’re in luck. The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is an easy scholarship with no essay required! The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any education-related expenses. To apply, visit the Niche official website.   


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