The Comprehensive After School System of New York City (COMPASS NYC) integrates the best Out-of-School Time (OST) practices with the unprecedented expansion of SONYC (School’s Out New York City) afterschool programs serving the City’s middle school students. Programs are offered at no cost to young people and are strategically located in public and private schools, community centers, religious institutions, public housing, and recreational facilities throughout the City. COMPASS NYC aims to help youth build skills to support their academic achievement, raise their confidence, and cultivate their leadership skills through service learning and other civic engagement opportunities.
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The Schools Out NYC Middle School Expansion Evaluation Services RFP Release
Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to conduct an evaluation of DYCD-funded Out-Of-School Time programs for middle school youth, hereafter referred to as  Schools Out NYC (SONYC) programs. The evaluation would document the implementation and outcomes of SONYC programs, including programs under existing contracts that are subject to new requirements. The implementation component would include a profile of participant characteristics, program features such as staffing patterns and types of activities, and patterns of participation. It will also entail an in-depth study of 25-32 programs.  The anticipated started date for these services will be October 1, 2014.  The submission deadline for this RFP is September 2, 2014.
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The Schools Out NYC Middle School Expansion Technical Assistance RFP Release
DYCD is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to provide technical assistance (TA) to DYCD-funded not-for-profit organizations that operate Out-of-School Time (OST) programs for middle school youth,  hereafter referred to as Schools Out NYC  (SONYC) programs. TA services will support effective implementation of DYCD-funded SONYC programs, including programs under existing contracts that are subject to new requirements. This notable investment in TA reflects the expansion of SONYC programs, the agency’s past experience of common challenges faced by many of its contractors serving middle school youth, and emerging research on issues relating to the administrative capacity of organizations providing afterschool services.  The submission deadline is September 2, 2014.
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Summer Fun Guide

DYCD Releases the 2014 Summer Fun Guide
Published annually by DYCD, The New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun is a broad citywide calendar of family-oriented events and resources. The vast compilation includes activities that range from the artistic to the athletic, from the literary to the musical, and can be enjoyed at indoor and outdoor locations – most for free or at low cost.
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Middle School Afterschool RFP Awardees
DYCD is pleased to release the list of providers selected to oversee the expansion and enhancement of afterschool programs beginning in September.
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FDC Scholarship

2014 Fall FDC Scholarship Applications Are Now Available    
The Family Development Training and Credentialing (FDC) program is a major New York State initiative to change the way health, education and human services are delivered to families. This professional development training benefits staff, organizations and ultimately families.  Learning and practicing the concepts of family development is a valuable tool which enables organizations to work more effectively with families, as well as improve services to families and communities.
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Opportunity Starts Now!
Apply for high-quality, full-day pre-k at Community-Based Early Childhood Centers by June 26. Use the new online search tool to find pre-k near you.
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)    
Under the federal DACA initiative, certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.
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Check your SYEP Application Status  
The New York City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is open to all NYC residents between the ages of 14-24. The deadline to submit applications was 5/2/2014.
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Download Summer Youth Employment Program 2014 FAQs (in PDF)
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FY 2015 Budget Forms Are Availablel
The FY 2015 forms are now available online. CBO providers must ensure that all budgets and budget modifications submitted by their agency are in compliance with New York City and DYCD rules and regulations. 
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DYCD Releases 2012–2013 Annual Report 
DYCD is pleased to present the 2012–2013 Annual Report from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Among our most significant achievements of the last two years has been preserving and increasing funding for programs despite limited resources during very challenging financial times.
DYCD is particularly excited about the recent expansion of our Out-of-School Time (OST), Cornerstone, and Immigrant Services and Literacy initiatives. 
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NYC Girls Project
NYC New York City becomes the first major city in the nation to launch a girls' body image and self-esteem campaign.
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FY 2014 Discretionary Contracts
DYCD and other City agencies administer Discretionary contract funds. Discretionary funds are funds that non-profit, community-based social service providers use to meet the needs of local communities. The funds are allocated by the Members of the New York City Council. 
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transportation_icon Transportation Program
Is youth organization making a trip? The Youth Group Subway Transportation Program can help.
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Interested in volunteering? The Mayor's Volunteer Center can find you the right cause.
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Get Your ID
Having an ID is one of the keys to success.  Learn how to apply for a  birth certificate, Social Security card, and non-driver State ID.
NYC Careers
Visit the City of New York's official government jobs site, NYC Careers, to obtain general career information and to apply to jobs and civil service exams.
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Visit CityStore for NYC Merchandise
Visit CityStore, the official store of the City of New York, to buy official NYC merchandise. You can find NYPD, FDNY, DSNY, Parks, TLC merchandise, and more!
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The Community Affairs Unit provides information on all New York City Community Boards.
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ACCESS NYC - Benefit Information
Screen your family for over 30 City, State and Federal health and human service benefit programs. In addition to screening, you can learn about the programs, how to apply, where to go, and even print filled in applications.
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Use NYCityMap to find information on transportation, education, public safety, resident services, neighborhood information, and City life.
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Register to vote in the next election.
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