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The Work, Learn & Grow (WLG) Employment program builds off of the experiences gained in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). It gives SYEP participants an opportunity to extend their employment throughout the school year. Applications opened September 4. If you participated in SYEP and are currently enrolled in school, click here to apply online for WLG.


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High school juniors and seniors in Learn & Earn (formerly the In-School Youth program) can get help with career exploration, college readiness, and finishing high school. Apply through September 30. Contact Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or 646-343-6800 to learn more and find a location near you.


Beacon programs are school-based community centers serving children age six and older, as well as adults. There are currently 91 Beacons located throughout the five boroughs of New York City operating in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, and during school holidays and vacation periods, including the summer. Contact Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or 646-343-6800 to learn more and find a location near you.



Participants of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) visited the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Fire Academy on Randall’s Island on August 15 to participate in an educational and engaging Firefighter for a Day Event. Throughout the day, young people met with members of New York’s Bravest and took part in FDNY-themed events, which included Roof Rope Rescue, Extinguishing a Car Fire, Subway Simulation, and many more. Visit DYCD’s Facebook page for photos from the big day.


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Do you work with motivated students who love to write personal stories and reported essays? We invite your students to apply for a fall writing internship, which begins in October. YCteen writers are mentored by professional editors as they learn memoir-writing and journalism skills. Writers get to be a voice for other teens, and their work is published in print and online. Applications are due by Friday, September 28, 2018.

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Restore NYC is a nonprofit organization working to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors. There are many ways to support Restore as a volunteer. Read about many volunteer opportunities that contribute to programs and overall mission.

The Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the arts. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or Art History (excluding performing arts). The award amount is up to $4,500.

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UPS Earn & Learn
UPS provides an excellent employment opportunity for students. Through the UPS Earn and Learn program, student employees receive all the paid benefits of a great part-time job with UPS, plus outstanding education assistance of up to $2,625 per semester / $5,250 per year with a maximum lifetime benefit of $25,000. This assistance can be used for tuition, books and fees as long as you are attending an approved college, university, trade or technical school. You will be eligible for UPS’s Earn and Learn program on your first day of work.



City Parks Foundation, in partnership with the New York Islanders, is offering free, weekly instructional street hockey program for kids ages 8-12 in local neighborhood parks. Youth will learn basic hockey skills such as stickhandling, passing, shooting and core life skills, such as safety, teamwork and sportsmanship.


Looking for an afterschool program aimed at teaching girls about sciences and their natural environment? Registration is now open for the Green Girls afterschool program in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. They combine science, technology, interactive games and field trips to teach participants how to be environmental stewards and make a positive change in their community.



Did you know that INCLUDEnyc has been helping young people with disabilities and their families in New York since 1983? INCLUDEnyc gives young people with disabilities from birth to 26 and their families the knowledge, confidence, and skills they need to make informed decisions, effectively access and navigate systems and services, and the ability to advocate for themselves and other young people.

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