In 1945 the New York State Commission Act is
created by the New York State Legislature to focus on juvenile delinquency and
1947 - In accordance with the Act, the New York City Council passes a resolution leading to the creation of the New York City Youth Board. Its principal purpose is to coordinate and supplement the activities of the public and private agencies devoted to serving youth.
In 1948 Referral Units are established in schools
in order to connect children, youth, and families with community
services. The Youth Board contracts with community
agencies to provide family counseling, child guidance, vocational guidance and after-school
group services. In partnership with the Board of Education, recreational and
group services are established in public schools.
In 1949 two direct service programs are organized:
a Street Club program to work with gangs, and Services
to Families and Children, a casework and counseling service for those in need of extensive assistance.
In 1955 the Youth Board expands to serve new neighborhoods.
Citywide committees are established to study various youth
problems and identify available resources. Borough Coordinators are created to work with community groups.
1964 - President Lyndon Johnson anti-poverty program "War on Poverty"
begins with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The Community
Action Program is a key provision of the Act.
In 1966-71 the Youth Board becomes part of the Human
Resources Administration, and functions as the Youth Services Agency. Satellite and Youth Council programs give youth a voice in government and an opportunity to run their own programs. As gang activity diminishes, youth service units are established in each Community Planning District to deal with employment, narcotics, education, health, and delinquency. Various job training and employment programs are administered by the Agency, including the massive Neighborhood Youth Corps program.
Mayor John Lindsay establishes New York City's Community Development Agency as part of the Human Resources Administration. It is respomsible for administering the non-public assistance components to the New York City Home Energy Assistance Program, the New York City Adult Literacy Initiatives, classes for public assistance recipients paticipating in the City and State Welfare Reform program, and the McKinney Emergency Homeless Grant.
In 1972 the agency is no longer a part of the
Human Resources Administration and functions under its original name, Youth
In 1975 all Youth Board direct services and staff are distributed to various
City agencies. The planning, evaluation, and administration of contract programs, as well as research activities, remain with the
In 1976-80 the staff component of the Youth Board becomes the
Youth Bureau. Contracts with community-based agencies are greatly expanded to include grass-roots operations, afterschool programs in school facilities, and demonstration programs for runaway and homeless youth.
In 1981 Congress enacts the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Act (OBRA), which establishes the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG).
Under CSBG, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) is authorized
to make grants to States which, in turn, are required to use CSBG funds to make
grants to "eligible entities." The eligible entities are private
and public sector organizations certified as Community Action
Agencies (CAAs) under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The Community Development Agency is designated by the Governor to receive CSBG funds.
In 1989 the Department of Youth Services is
established by the New York City Council to serve youth through the age of
In 1991 the Beacons Initiative is launched by
Mayor Dinkins to complement his Safe Streets, Safe City anti-crime campaign.
Department of Youth Services Commissioner Richard Murphy
designs the Beacon program and organizes staff and resources to fund and maintain each site. CBOs are then selected to run the first ten Beacon sites.
In 1996 the Department of Youth Services and the Community Development Agency merge to create the Department of Youth and Community
In 2003 DYCD assumes control of the City's youth employment and workforce development programs.
In 2005 the City implements the Out-of- School Time (OST) initiative, the nation's largest municipally funded afterschool program.
The Department of Youth and Community Development is now the lead agency providing comprehensive services to New York City's youth, families, and communities.
2006 - In collaboration with the Department of Cultural
Affairs and the City Council, DYCD launches the Cultural After School Adventures
initiative, which pairs Out-of-School Time providers with nonprofit cultural
organizations in order to connect our young people with New York City's unparalleled
2007 - The Mayor's Commission on Women's Issues and DYCD
team up to create Ladders for Leaders, an innovative corporate internship program
that builds on previous efforts to provide deserving young people with opportunities
in the private sector.
Mayor Bloomberg announces that the Out-of-School Time initiative is expanding
to serve an additional 14,000 youth, bringing the total number of enrollees
to more than 80,000.
Celebrates 60th Anniversary as the Youth Bureau for New York City.
With guidance and support from the Mayor's Center for Economic Opportunity,
DYCD launches the Young Adult Internship Program, which helps disconnected youth
get back on track, and Teen ACTION (Achieving Change Together In Our Neighborhood),
a service learning program that shows young people how to become agents of change
within their community.