Message From DYCD Commissioner

Dear Friends:

As a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated most of his professional life to building the capacity of community-based organizations to serve young people, the elderly and vulnerable populations, I can think of no higher honor than to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

Mayor de Blasio has outlined an ambitious agenda that includes expanding programming to tens of thousands of middle schoolers, providing immigrant services, enhancing job-related education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in public schools, focusing on economic development, and preparing our future workforce. DYCD is uniquely positioned to play an important role in implementing these and other goals in the Mayor’s vision of a thriving and more equitable New York City.

I have seen firsthand the powerful role of community-based organizations, and one of my priorities is ensuring they receive the resources and support needed to continue rebuilding our City “from the neighborhoods up.” We also engage residents and partners throughout the five boroughs to build on our strengths and identify ways to better serve New York’s diverse communities.

DYCD invites you to browse this website to learn more about our agency’s mission, programs and resources. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question, comment or concern.


Commissioner Bill Chong

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Want to win an iPad Air?   
If you’re a New York City student aged 10-18, let us know what you think we should call New York City’s afterschool, or Out-of-School Time, system.  All you need to do is share your ideas with us.  
DYCD's Rename "Afterschool" Contest is a competition to rename the largest network of municipally-funded afterschool programs in the country.

Submit in writing the NEW NAME (and, if you’re feeling creative, feel free to send us some artwork, too!) that you think best describes New York City’s afterschool programs (please keep your entry to five words or less). The name should be simple and catchy.   Enter to Win by May 7, 2014.
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Apply Now for Pre-K  
If you live in New York City and your child is turning 4 years old in 2014, it’s time to start thinking about pre-kindergarten!  Apply for free Pre-Kindergarten in public schools.  The deadline to submit applications is April 23, 2014.
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Want a Summer Job? 
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 is April 25, 2014.
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Download Summer Youth Employment Program 2014 FAQs (in PDF)
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Runaway and Homeless Youth Services and Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-In Center Brooklyn and Staten Island Request for Proposals- CANCELLED 
The Department of Youth and Community Development is cancelling the Runaway and Homeless Youth Services Request for Proposals, PIN: 26014RHYRFP, released on June 24, 2013 and the Runaway Homeless Youth Drop-in Center Brooklyn and Staten Island Request for Proposal, PIN: 26014RHYBSI, released on October 28, 2013.  We anticipate a new solicitation for these programs in the future.  Any questions regarding this cancellation or on upcoming solicitations can be directed to the Department of Youth and Community Development’s RFP hotline at (212) 513-1820.

Become a Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Worksite 
DYCD Could your company or organization use some FREE help this summer? Do you want to help young New Yorkers fulfill their potential? Become a SYEP worksite! 
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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 2002 – 2013 Retrospective 
DYCD is delighted to announce that “2002 – 2013: A DYCD Retrospective on Quality, Equity and Accountability” is here! In the book’s 45 pages, you will learn about the rich history of youth and community development services in New York City, meet some of our talented and dedicated staff, view archival photographs and learn more about the range of programs DYCD supports and the outstanding organizations that provide them. Of course, it wouldn’t be a look back at nearly 12 years of growth at DYCD without the inspirational stories of the real stars of DYCD’s legacy: our program participants whose successes are profiled in this publication.
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DYCD Releases 2012–2013 Annual Report 
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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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Fiscal Year 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 Program
Is youth organization making a trip? The Youth Group Subway Transportation Program can help.
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Get Your ID
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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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Register to vote in the next election.
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