NYC Youth Count

The NYC Youth Count is back for another year! From Wednesday, January 26 - Friday, January 28, DYCD, Runaway and Homeless Youth providers, and other stakeholders will work together to conduct a count of homeless and unstably housed youth across the city to inform what services are needed forward for young adults.

NYC Youth Count Virtual Tabling Sessions
If you are in New York City on Wednesday, January 26, and are between the ages of 14 through 24 click a virtual session during the live time:

Wednesday, January 26
Live Time: 4:30 - 8:30 pm Zoom Click here to join!

Thursday, January 27
Live Time: 4 - 8 pm Zoom Click Here to Join!

Friday, January 28  
Live Time: 4 - 8 pm Zoom Click here to join!

For more information, visit the DYCD Website

Ladder for Leaders

Ladders for Leaders (LFL) recruits, screens, and mentors over 4,000 interns each year--since 2004, LFL alumni have earned over $20 million in post-internship salaries and have been placed in prestigious jobs throughout New York City. This program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and is supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. If you are or know anyone between the ages of 16 - 21, tell them to visit the NYC Ladders for Leaders website to learn more.
Saturday Night Lights  
Light, camera, ACTION! NYC youth ages 11 - 18, it is time for you to show off your skills on the court, field, or in the classroom with Saturday Nights Lights. Brought to you by a partnership between NYPD and the Department of Youth and Community Development, Saturday Nights Lights NYC is an initiative where 100 gyms across the city for free, high-quality sports programs for kids on Saturday nights. To find an open gym near you, check out our list of sites.

Family Development Credential (FDC) Program 

Ready to empower families? The Spring 2022 Online Scholarship Applications are now available for both 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. Find out how you can get certified in the Family Development Credential Program

Generating Leaders Through Mentoring

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? Join the DYCD Barbershop Talks Series tonight at 6:00 PM live on YouTube where our host will be joined by a guest panel to talk on the issue of Mentoring and how to develop the next generation of leaders.

NYC Speaks - We Want to Hear from You!

We hope you are safe and well during these challenging times and appreciate everything you do for our City!  As we make our way toward recovery, we invite you to help shape the priorities and policies of the Adams administration. NYC Speaks is a city-wide engagement initiative designed to ensure that New Yorkers are heard in close coordination with Mayor Adams administration.

Phase 1 of NYC Speaks is a citywide survey, followed by in-depth conversations hosted by community organizations across the city and featuring innovative ideas challenge with City staff. All of the data pulled from the survey, conversations, and ideas challenge will fuel action planning workshops in the late spring. The detailed proposals that come out of the workshops will feed into the upcoming Strategic Plan for the city. As dedicated New Yorkers, we need to hear from you. Please make your voice heard! 
  • Complete the NYC Speaks Survey:  The survey can be completed here. The deadline to participate is January 28. 
  • Spread the Word: Encourage everyone you know to complete the survey and get involved in the initiative. 
See a social media toolkit with draft language and graphics at Thank you for everything you do for our city and for helping us make sure New Yorkers are heard!