Discover DYCD 2.0

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​Announcing the launch of DiscoverDYCD 2.0, a major milestone in our agency’s history! This initial release provides enhanced search capabilities for New Yorkers to find DYCD resources. In July, we will launch the sign-up feature which allows users to apply to many of DYCD’s funded services directly from the web or a smartphone. Check out​ the new discoverDYCD.

Step It Up

Teens dancing on the Apollo Stage.

For the last ten years, Step It Up NYC has been bringing about social change through community service and dance. This year was no different, as we challenged NYC step and dance teams to “step it up” for LGBTQ rights in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

What started with nearly 1,000 youth from more than 75 teams came down to the top ten, and on June 15, these teams took to the Apollo stage and used their performance to show that all young people—regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression— deserve to be safe, supported, and healthy. Check out this year’s PSA on our YouTube page and visit our Facebook page to see all the pictures.

DYCD Film Festival

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On Friday, June 14, over 35 DYCD-funded afterschool programs hosted at NYC Public Schools from across the City, gathered for the DYCD 5th Annual Film Festival. Our festival was the biggest to date, featuring more than 60 short films from New York City’s youngest filmmakers in grades 6 – 12. Commissioner Castillo from the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment stopped by to offer encouraging words to the filmmakers. Visit our YouTube page to watch some of the winning films.

ACS LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Convening

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The NYC Administration for Children’s Services will host its first convening on LGBTQ youth who are in engaged in the Child Welfare system.The goals of this convening are twofold: (1) to raise awareness among child welfare and human service providers, and policy makers about the disparities that impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in child welfare; and (2) to offer expertise on best practices and strategies to promote equitable outcomes for LGBTQ youth and their families through cross-system collaboration.

Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Schomburg Center,
515 Malcolm X Blvd., NY 10037
Check here to RSVP


Apply for U.S Citizenship today!
NYCitizenship provides free legal help with citizenship application, and financial counseling, at select public library branches. As part of NYCitizenship, you can:

  • Meet with a free, trusted lawyer

  • Apply for citizenship easily

  • Find out if you can apply for free

  • Get free, confidential financial counseling

If you think you may be eligible to apply, call 311 and say “citizenship appointment” to set up an appointment to meet with a legal representative.

Homeless Student Rights
The McKenney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects the educational rights of students who are homeless. Those include the right to:

  • Choose between attending the school of origin (i.e., the school that the child attended before becoming homeless) or attending the school in the area where the child temporarily lives

  • Transportation to and from the school of origin

  • Immediate school enrollment, even when the student is missing documents (immunizations, transcripts, proof of address, birth certificate, etc.)

  • Free school meals

  • Comparable services to those offered to other students in the school.


Smorgasburg is hiring!

Smorgasburg is hiring the following part-time positions for the 2019 outdoor season: Assistant Managers + Project Managers, Production Crew, Brand Ambassadors, Point of Sale and Tech Specialist and Maintenance. Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in beautiful Prospect Park.


This program is targeted for students who want to supplement their training with relevant industry experience and a first-hand glimpse into their chosen career path. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in the in-house proprietary education program, Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI), along with Tier I, II, III, 3+ and 4 trainers. This in-depth curriculum will help to evaluate students based on their ability to learn quickly, perform, motivate and educate others. Throughout the program, students will also research presentations for our trainers, design and present client programs based on specific case studies, develop various testing batteries for special populations, and head-up and design a client recruitment event.

Software Engineering Internship

Software engineers at Microsoft are passionate about building technologies that make the world a better place. At Microsoft, you will collaborate with others to solve problems and build some of the world's most advanced services and devices. Your efforts on the design, development, and testing of next-generation applications will have an impact on millions of people.

TD Bank Summer 2020 Analyst

TD Securities Technology offers a Summer Internship Program with an unparalleled experience—where you’ll gain valuable insight into their vision to Build The Better Bank, while also strengthening the core skills and knowledge you’ll need to launch a successful career.


Movies Under the Stars

Take movie night outside. Public parks and rooftops will be making the most of the cooler weather, offering free and ticketed outdoor screenings across the City. For the NYC Parks full schedule, visit their Movies Under the Stars website.

Garden Kitchen Labs

Learn how to start your own backyard-to-table garden, document the planning, progress and growth of your garden and enjoy the harvest! The Garden Kitchen Lab is a hands-on seasonal program that runs from spring to fall. Young people can learn how to start and sustain a food producing garden; reap a harvest while picking up new cooking techniques, and learn the science behind cooking. Through a garden kitchen lab, you can bring the freshness of gardens and artisanal foods to the table. For more information, visit the Garden Kitchen Labs website.


PlaygroundNYC Yard is open for the season every weekend from 12-4pm. They are a non-profit organization advocating for young people’s rights by providing playworker-run environments that encourage risk-taking, experimentation and freedom through self-directed plays. They operate a 50,000-square foot adventure playground on Governors Island, and work with communities to establish their own neighborhood playgrounds and play initiatives.

Soccer for Preschoolers

Time to get moving! Stretch out those little legs and have fun kicking, running, and learning the soccer basics with an emphasis on fun. Meet new friends while going through simple soccer drills at Rockefeller Park on July 2nd.

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