Message from the Commissioner   

Welcome to the July 2022 edition of the DYCD Newsletter.  

This month our agency is excited to launch summer programming serving a record-setting number of New Yorkers, with an unprecedented investment in our young people under the leadership and vision of Mayor Eric Adams. Summer Rising, the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and Saturday Night Lights will provide academic support, school-based enrichment programming, paid work experiences, and Saturday evening sports activities. We couldn’t have done it without the hard work of our DYCD staff, with particular thanks to the Youth Services, Workforce Connect, and Procurement teams.

I am honored to serve as DYCD’s new Commissioner and lead the agency into its second quarter-century of supporting programs for the young people, families, and communities of our great city. Please read on for more! 

Community Needs Assessment   

Every three years, DYCD conducts the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) to identify the strengths, assets, needs, and challenges of the communities that make up NYC. We want to hear from you. Tell us about the most urgent needs in your neighborhood. Take our short online CNA survey today.  

Family Development Credential (FDC) 

Fall 2022 Online Scholarship Applications are now available for the Family Development Credential (FDC) Program for frontline staff; and the Family Development Credential Program for Leaders for supervisors, managers, and directors in social service organizations.  These intensive professional development training opportunities emphasize empowerment and family support to deliver human services, education, and healthcare to individuals, youth, and families.  

Advance & Earn  

Advance & Earn is an innovative training and employment program for young adults between the ages of 16-24. Develop your career pathway with employer-recognized training, earn credentials and certifications, enjoy paid internships, and get comprehensive High School Equivalency (HSE) test preparation. To learn more about Advance & Earn, visit the official DYCD website. To apply, visit discoverDYCD, and search Advance & Earn to find a program near you.  

Not One More Shot  

Take the pledge today! DYCD invites all New Yorkers to join the fight to end gun violence as part of the City's #NotOneMoreShotNYC Campaign. Not One More Shot honors young people's role in reducing gun violence through their own decisions. See some brilliant ideas #NYCYouth put together to end gun violence on our YouTube page.

Saturday Night Lights  

Saturday Night Lights (SNL) offers free high-quality sports and fitness training for #NYCYouth ages 11 to 18 at 100 gyms across the five boroughs to combat gun violence in our communities. Find a gym near you on the official SNL website.  

Mental Health Hubs

Mental Health Matters, and at any one of our mental health hubs, young people can receive services to help them transition to adulthood. Mental Health Hubs offer short-term individual and group counseling appointments, program-to-program case consultations, and service referrals. Visit our official Mental Health website to find a location near you.  

Civil Service Info Session

Looking for more than a job? Build a fulfilling career and go to work with purpose every day. If you are interested in education, social services, law enforcement, or IT, join us and NYC Citywide Administrative Services for one of our upcoming Civil Service info sessions: 
Tuesday, July 12
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Register at 
Thursday, July 14
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Register at  

Free Summer Meals

NYC Schools Summer Meals Program is available throughout New York City to anyone ages 18 and under. No registration, documentation, or ID is necessary to receive a complimentary breakfast or lunch meal. Designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks will be open for service. Visit the DOE Summer Meals website to find a location near you. Find a list of local food pantries for all New Yorkers on the DYCD website.  

Citywide Participatory Budgeting

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) is launching NYC’s first-ever citywide Participatory Budgeting process!  

Residents across the 5 boroughs will be able to decide how to spend $5 million of public funding. 

To kick off Phase 1: Idea Generation, the CEC is releasing a Request for Information (RFI) application for groups, entities, and organizations to apply for funding to hold Idea Generation Sessions and to support civic engagement activities in their community.  

In these sessions, residents can discuss their needs and priorities, learn about Participatory Budgeting, and share ideas.  

The application will be open to all NYC residents, including but not limited to community-based organizations, faith-based groups, school clubs, community boards, and M/WBEs.  

Fill out this form to apply! Applicants must submit an RFI by July 8, 2022, to be considered.  


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