DYCD would like to congratulate Mayor-elect Eric Adams. This historic occasion is marked by a City steadily rebounding from COVID-19 and navigating civil unrest. This administration has ample opportunities to build NYC back stronger and better than before, and hopefully, NYC Youth will have a seat at the decision-making table. DYCD's We the YOUTH advisors, alongside partners such as CUNY’s Intergenerational Change Initiative and others, developed the NYC Youth Agenda with youth identified priorities and recommendations that they want the next administration to consider strongly. 

Happy Birthday, DYCD!        

To kick off DYCD's year-long celebration of turning 25, our commissioner Bill Chong penned an Op-Ed for the Gotham Gazette to talk about some of our highlights over the past 25 years. Have a fond memory of how DYCD has impacted you to share, email


November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), a public awareness campaign designed to "shine a light" on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation. As part of the campaign, individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation are encouraged to work together to prevent
youth homelessness.

NYC Youth Agenda Documentary
In direct response to the public outcry for the murder of George Floyd to the cancellation of SYEP in 2020, young people needed an outlet to be civically engaged and move from marching to the electoral power of change. DYCD launched the We the YOUTH, You the People virtual town hall series, a youth-led, developed, and driven platform for young people to discuss the issues that matter most to them. After months of collecting data about what we need, we have compiled the #NYCyouthagenda. To learn more about the process of developing the NYC Youth Agenda check out the We the Youth Documentary.   

NAB and NAB Meetings        

Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs) provide residents of low-income communities with an opportunity to help DYCD identify funding priorities.

NABs serve Neighborhood Development Areas (NDAs), low-income neighborhoods designated as needing community development support. While a7 - 12 member board represents NBAs, the public can make their voice be heard by attending any meeting and asking questions about the services in their community. To learn more about NABs and is the list of upcoming meetings, visit the official DYCD website.

BroadBand Benefit Program  

All families with children in New York City public schools are eligible for discounted internet and devices thanks to a temporary federal program ... The discount is part of the federal government's $3.2 billion temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which launched in May as part of the response to COVID's public health crisis.

Families must apply and find a broadband provider in their area participating in the program. Families can also check to see if their current providers are participating in the program. The broadband service then offers eligible families a discounted rate and is reimbursed by the federal government.

From COMPASS Explore to Exploring the World   

Shawn Smith, a graduate of the COMPASS Explore SCAN Harbor Performing Arts program has been awarded a scholarship from Howard University’s College of Fine Arts.
Shawn participated in the Explore program from 2016 to 2019 and has been in a SCAN program since he was four years old. Click
here for the full article.

Get Money for Your Family and Help Spread the Word!   

Many New Yorkers have received advance payments to use for child care, food, clothes, shoes, rent, and so many other needs that come with raising a child. Don’t miss out on your payment. Nearly all families with children are eligible, so be sure to tell your friends and family members.
To qualify the child must have a Social Security number (SSN) but you can have a SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Advance CTC payments do not count as income and do not affect eligibility for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, or CHIP. New Yorkers are eligible for payment even if they are incarcerated, experiencing homelessness, or have no income.

Questions? Please visit  or call 311 and ask about the Child Tax Credit

Speak Up & Take Action for Racial Justice 

The NYC Racial Justice Commission heard New Yorkers’ experiences of injustice and has identified six patterns of inequity that have a harmful impact on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, or other Persons of Color (BIPOC). Between now and December 2021, the Commission is working to propose broad, bold, long-term structural changes to the NYC Charter that impact the underlying causes of racial inequity and begin to dismantle structural racism. 

Attend upcoming public input sessions open for public participation and testimony. All input sessions are from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. American Sign Language interpretation is available at all sessions. Spanish interpretation is available on-site at Brooklyn Museum and Sonia Sotomayor Community Center. For more information, please view the events online.

With your help, the Commission will propose a set of transformational changes to the NYC Charter. Continuing through December 2021, every New York City resident, of any age, immigration status, or race, has the opportunity to voice concerns, identify structural inequities in our city, and influence how the Commission addresses patterns of inequity harming BIPOC* New Yorkers.

  1. Spread the word about opportunities to testify at public input sessions.
  2. Encourage your community to review the NYC for Racial Justice report and submit input online.
  3. Share these sample messages on your social media.
  4. Add the call to action on your website, email, and social media to get your community involved.


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