National Runaway Prevention Month 
Did you know that November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM)? NRPM is the annual awareness and prevention campaign for runaway and homeless youth issues. Every November, participants across the country host activities and events that amplify the experiences of Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) and the role everyone plays in ending youth homelessness. 

In New York City, DYCD funds services for RHY that include Drop-in Centers, Crisis Service Programs, Transitional Independent Living programs, and Street Outreach and Referral Services. For more information, call Community Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or 646-343-6800.
Building Bridges – Accessing NYC Funding Opportunities  
Find out how to access NYC Funding Opportunities by attending a Building Bridges session on December 7. Learn how to open an account in PASSPort, which gives you access to NYC funding opportunities, applying for discretionary funding, and free capacity-building resources to strengthen your board and volunteers. Register using the Building Bridges Eventbrite link
Food Pantries Near You   
On average, 1.4 million NYC residents yearly rely on emergency food programs. This holiday season, stock your shelves with food staples by stopping by one of DYCD’s food pantries across the five boroughs. If you need a Food Pantry in your neighborhood, visit Food Pantries (
Community Needs Assessment
Do you need more afterschool programs, food banks, or jobs in your community? What about improved crime prevention, public transportation, or senior citizen services? Complete the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) survey to help decide how public funds are spent in your area. Complete your survey today! 
New York Botanical Garden Explainer Program  
New York Botanical Garden’s Explainer Program is recruiting high school students to lead hands-on science and nature activities with the children and families who visit the Children's Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Explainers gain foundational job skills, experience with teaching, and knowledge about the local environment. Initial internships are unpaid, but MetroCards are distributed to defray transportation costs. The deadline to apply is November 21, 2022. 
The Cooke College Scholarship Program 
The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship opportunity available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial needs who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience, including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. The deadline to apply is November 17, 2022.
Company Ventures City Fellowship  
In partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation, Company Ventures is opening applications for the second year of the City Fellowship, a 6-month program supporting extraordinary community-oriented entrepreneurs who are making NYC better. The program specifically centers on historically underrepresented founders and women-led small businesses, nonprofits, and technology startups that are building a more equitable and sustainable future for New Yorkers. Do you think you’d be a good candidate, or do you know someone who might be? Learn more and apply here by 11/30.
Citizen Committee Grants   
Whether you’re organizing for tenants’ rights or laying the groundwork for a children’s arts program, neighborhood initiatives usually have one thing in common: they require funding. That’s where the Citizens Committee comes in. They offer micro-grants for your community-building projects. The funds come from a combination of private foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donations. For the complete list of grants, visit the Citizens Committee website.