Capacity Building and Professional Development

DYCD invests in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations as a strategy for ensuring that youth and families receive high quality, effective services. 
By bringing together practitioners, researchers and other experts to strengthen organizations and programs, DYCD also contributes to broader learning and field building efforts.

Specifically, funding for capacity building:

  • Strengthens organizations by investing in planning, leadership development, and infrastructure
  • Enhances program quality by building front-line and supervisory staff knowledge and skills
  • Promotes learning and continuous improvement by developing practitioner learning communities and supporting the adoption of data-driven decision making practices

DYCD leverages the expertise of technical assistance partners to offer community-based organizations support from leaders in the many fields, including youth development, workforce development, mental health services, and organizational development.


CB Resources

CB Resources is an online directory of capacity building consultants available to nonprofits. You can find consultants who can help improve program quality through enhancement activities in STEM, literacy or arts, for example, or experts who can support the organization through fiscal, legal or leadership consultants. Most vendors are an PIP making it easier to contract with them. Several are MWBE certified. There's also a list of DYCD funded consultants, with their services, sample workshop topics and contact information. Access to these consultants are at no cost to DYCD funded nonprofits.

DYCD Connect

DYCD Connect is the main resource center helping organizations communicate and coordinate with the communities they serve.


Trainings for Frontline Staff

Upcoming Workshops

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October 2022

Building Bridges: Accessing NYC Funding Opportunities 

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Understanding how to access government funding doesn't have to be complicated. Find out how you can open an account in Passport, the city's procurement system, which gives you access to most NYC funding opportunities, how to apply for discretionary funding, and free capacity building resources to strengthen your board and volunteers.


Date: October 7th

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Working Together: Building Diversity and Inclusion Practices, Part 1  

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Gain an understanding of diversity and inclusion practices within programs, clarify the importance and impacts of such practices, and learn inclusive behaviors to ensure all clients and co-workers are safe, respected and affirmed. This workshop is a two day commitment.


Date: October 11th

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Working Together: Building Diversity and Inclusion Practices, Part 2

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Gain an understanding of diversity and inclusion practices within programs, clarify the importance and impacts of such practices, and learn inclusive behaviors to ensure all clients and co-workers are safe, respected and affirmed. This workshop is a two day commitment 


Date: October 18th

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November 2022

Coming Soon!

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For a complete list of all our Capacity Building calendar of events Click here