Step-It-Up 2016 After School participants enjoy learning about singing, songwriting, and music production at DYCD's Beyond the Voice kick-off event in April 2016.
After School

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development offers engaging high quality programs for young people in all five boroughs of New York City during the hours they are not in school.

Comprehensive After School System of New York City

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 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 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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School’s Out New York City (SONYC)

COMPASS NYC’s middle school model, renamed SONYC (School’s Out New York City), serves as a pathway to success for youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Structured like clubs, the model offers young people a choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts; and requires youth leadership through service. The City itself becomes a classroom through trips and opportunities for instruction beyond a traditional learning setting. Programs are offered three hours each day, five days per week.
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Beacon Program

A year-round program held in New York City school-based community centers that provides a wide range of activities for both youth between the ages of 6 and 18 and adults. Programs operate in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, during school holidays and vacation periods, and during the summer. 
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school year program that teaches youth enrolled in grades 7 – 10 to design and implement meaningful service projects that meet a need in their communities.
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Cornerstone Program

year-round program held in 94 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Community Centers that provides a wide range of activities for youth between the ages of 6 and 18 and adults.   Learn more

Neighborhood Development Area (NDA) Programs

DYCD funds a wide range of programs to match the needs, assets and priorities of New York City’s low-income communities. NDA year round afterschool programs are designed to provide young people enrolled in middle school and high school with the services and support they need to improve academic performance, enter college or an advanced training program, learn leadership skills, and develop conflict resolution and mediation skills. Many programs also offer sports, arts, and cultural activities. 
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In-School Youth (ISY) Program

A year-round program for high school juniors and seniors at risk of dropping out of school. The program provides participants with occupational skills training, employment services, and educational opportunities. 
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