The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), in conjunction with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), NYC Department for the Aging, New York City Department of Education and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will host 34 Spring into Health Fairs from Tuesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Spring into Health Fairs will engage, encourage, empower, and expose community residents to an array of holistic services. Participating Beacon and Cornerstone sites will host local community-based organizations and City agencies in each neighborhood. Visit our DYCD website for locations and hours in the five boroughs.
The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development 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 to find a location near you.
As part of DYCD’s goal of fostering civic participation among our City’s young people and families, we are teaming up with the City Council to promote Participatory Budgeting New York City (PBNYC). From April 7 through April 15, New Yorkers in 27 participating City Council districts will be able to directly impact how a portion of the public budget is spent in their communities. The great news is that young people who are at least in the sixth grade or aged 11 and older can be part of this opportunity as well. Please visit the PBNYC website for more information, and be sure to share it with others.
The NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy is one of several innovative, effective programs that the Department provides for young people in New York City. The program gives young individuals between the ages of 10 and 16 the opportunity to train with police officers during the summer, leading to positive relationships between the Police Department and the city's youth. Participants attend the Youth Police Academy in the borough of their residence, five days a week for six weeks, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Police Officers conduct classes that include lectures, role-plays, and demonstrations in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Visit their website for more program and application info. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
Fresh Air Fund
Each summer The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, provides thousands of New York City children with unforgettable summer experiences that unlock their limitless potential. Visit their website for registration info.
Free Tennis Classes
Youth ages 5-18 receive free tennis instruction from trained coaches in schools and public parks in all 51 New York City council districts year round. Registration for all NYJTL Community Tennis Programs is continuous and players can register at any time. Registration is available only at the sites on the days and times of each location's hours of operation. Please visit their website for location and hours of operations.
PowerPlay’s SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA) is a year-long youth development program that offers middle and high school girls the chance to develop body and mind through sports, deepen critical skills in writing and earn a $750 scholarship! The program offers health & fitness, career exploration, high school readiness and school year opportunities. Applications are now available through their website.
Free Golf Lessons
The Brooklyn and Queens Junior Golf Center offers free instruction and use of equipment for all ability levels. The Center features a six-hole par 3 course, putting and chipping greens, a driving range, clubhouse and classroom. The Golf Center is open to New York City residents ages 6-17, with lessons held once a week for seven weeks in spring, summer and fall. Visit their website for registration info.
The Youth Leadership Institute at Intrepid (YLI@Intrepid) is a yearlong school program beginning September 29, 2018. It’s for rising 10th grade students of New York City to participate in workshops and field trips that elicit youth and social advocacy, promote community development and provide opportunities for individual growth in public speaking, presentation skills, and college and career readiness. Eligible students must fill out an application for consideration. Deadline for student application, all supplemental materials and one teacher recommendation is April 20, 2018.
The Urban Journalism Workshop at New York University is designed to develop the next generation of great journalists. A diverse group of 20 high school juniors and seniors attending schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City or in nearby suburbs of the Tri-State metropolitan region (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut only) will come together to spend 10 days attending an intensive and rewarding journalism “boot-camp” held at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. The application deadline is April 24, 2018. To apply, visit their website.
Sadie Nash believes all young women are leaders NOW! Summer Institute gives young women (who they call Nashers) the opportunity to explore their current and future leadership while building a strong sisterhood with other young women. For six weeks, Nashers participate in workshops, attend field trips, and meet accomplished women leaders in order to strengthen their connections to each other, to learn more about their leadership, and to equip them with tools to transform their communities, their lives and their world. Visit Sadie Nash website to apply now. Deadline is May 3, 2018.
Teens Helping Each Other (THEO) trains a cohort of adolescents to become peer educators through its annual Summer Training Institute. After a rigorous 76 hour training, peers participate in a wide array of initiatives. Visit their website to learn more about programs and enrollment information.
The Octavia Project encourages teens to dream big and empowers them with skills to build alternative futures. Their free Summer Institute provides Brooklyn teens the opportunity to explore science and tech through art and writing, while growing their confidence and skills. Applications are now open for the Summer Institute. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this free program that combines art and writing with science and tech.
Fashion Institute of Art (FIT) is partnering with the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) to offer free courses in fashion and the visual arts to high school students, ages 14-18, from the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. This partnership is an outgrowth of both FIT’s Precollege programs for middle and high school students, as well as HSA’s commitment to arts education for youth. All classes will be held at the Harlem School of the Arts, St. Nicholas Avenue at 141st Street, and will be taught by FIT faculty. Visit their website to learn how to register.
Have you ever wanted to get involved at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)? If so, register to attend the Youth J.I.V.E Brooklyn (Job, Internship, and Volunteering Expo) event at the New York Aquarium on Saturday April 14, 2018. Attendees will learn about all of the paid and unpaid positions available for youth (ages 14-26) at our Brooklyn locations: The New York Aquarium and Prospect Park Zoo. Sixteen-to-26-year-olds will have the opportunity to meet hiring managers and learn about the many jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities available at the WCS zoos and aquarium. The New York Aquarium is especially seeking individuals for food and beverage jobs! Click here to register for the event.
Learn how to volunteer as an Explainer. Explainers are high school students who have been accepted into a competitive internship program and work as volunteer educators in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Selected teens participate in a 25-hour training program and commit to 100 hours of service, leading hands-on science activities for visiting families on weekends and school breaks. Open House is on May 5, 2018 and the fall 2018 application deadline is May 25, 2018. For more open house or application information, visit their website.
The Science Career Ladder is an innovative education and employment program open to high school and college students. While in the program, students are trained to interact with hands-on exhibits, perform science demonstrations, and help facilitate educational programs and workshops. In the process, participants acquire communication skills, knowledge of science and the scientific process, and gain experience in teaching and communicating science. While working at NYSCI, participants also benefit from career workshops, networking opportunities, exposure to STEM careers, and opportunities for growth. NYSCI is currently taking applications for their summer session. Visit their website to apply.