SYEP Deadline is May 6th 

This Friday, May 6th is the deadline to apply for this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP provides New York City youth between 14 and 24 with paid summer experience for six weeks in July and August. In this program, participants are trained on workplace skills and the city's workplace policies. SYEP is a career exploration opportunity that enables participants to secure great, full-time jobs in the future. Visit the official SYEP website to learn more.

Hire NYC Youth 

New York City will support a record 100,000 summer job opportunities in 2022. The expansion of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a win-win for both young New Yorkers and employer partners, who can add the energy, creativity, and talent of our city’s future workforce to their offices, storefronts, and hybrid work environments at no cost this summer. Visit our official website to learn more about this opportunity. 


Astoria Cornerstone Hydroponics Garden 

HANAC Cornerstone Community Center located in Astoria Houses has been part of the Cornerstone family since 2014. The center services participants ages 5- adult throughout the year and engages in plenty of community events/services, such as food pantries, giveaways, health and wellness workshops, vaccination clinics and job readiness/ placement workshops. This school year Astoria Cornerstone focused on exploring new and exciting ways to learn the importance of science through project base learning. This led them to working with NYSUN Works to build their hydroponics lab in the community center. Check out the full feature on      

Saturday Night Lights Makes Prime Time 

DYCD staff was recently featured on Amigos de Unicision to talk about Saturday Night Lights (SNL). SNL is a summer program that provides access to free youth sports programming on Saturday nights. To find an SNL site near you visit the official SNL website site.  

Saturday Night Lights es un programa brindando acceso a programación deportiva gratuita para jóvenes en la gran manzana los Sábados por la noche. use el enlace en nuestra biografía para encontrar un programa para su hijo/a.

Summer Rising 

Summer Rising, New York City’s free summer learning program for students in grades K–8, is now open for registration!

Available citywide, Summer Rising provides City students with full day, in-person learning experiences that mix academics, the arts, and outdoor activities all season long! Organized and run by City school principals and trusted community-based organizations, Summer Rising allows students to boost their outcomes in the classroom while participating in fun activities, including field trips to local parks, zoos, and other outdoor venues. Learn more on the Summer Rising website.  

Paid Summer Writing Internship

Do you know a teen who loves to write? Who wants to be published? Tell them about the Youth Communication Summer Internship! For six weeks, a group of 12 young people will participate in writing lessons, discussions, and group activities. They will explore the personal and sociopolitical factors that influence their idea of “home.” Workshop participants will write stories to help other young people make sense of non-traditional definitions of home or take agency in defining what they think home should look like. All participants receive a $2000 stipend for completing at least one story in the workshop. Here's the link to apply and read more about this opportunity. Encourage teens to apply by May 13th!