3/30 deadline: Summer Youth Employment Program


February-May deadlines: DYCD Spotlight on Grants, Scholarships, and an Essay Contest

Grow to Learn Mini Grant
Receive up to $2,000 for your school garden! When you register your school garden with Grow to Learn you become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb, and can also apply for a Grow to Learn Mini Grant of between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand your school garden. Grow to Learn has two funding cycles each year: Fall and Spring. The Fall Request for Proposals is typically open for applications from September to November, and the Spring Request for Proposals is open from January to February. Please submit your application by February 23, 2018.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two US $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. To view the scholarship requirements and to apply for a BAM Scholarship, visit their website.

2018 National High School Essay Contest

The 2018 National High School Essay Contest has begun, and you have until March 15, 2018 to enter. This is the 20th year of this prestigious contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America’s best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service. This year, in a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases, one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions:

What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring to the table? What peacebuilding tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or did not work in each case?
How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?
What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy more broadly?

For additional information, contact Perri Green at (202) 719-9700 or essaycontest@afsa.org.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Big things come in small packages and now, those simple gifts can really pay off in Unigo’s Sweet and Simple Scholarship! Think back to a time when you received a special gift that seemed so unassuming yet made such a strong impact in your life. Was it a present you could open in a box or a humble gesture from a stranger? Your gift will forever be priceless, but their Sweet and Simple Scholarship can help sweeten that present with a $1,500 award towards your college education.

Superpower Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where you’d go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world—to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money. Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you’ve always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day. While Unigo can’t give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, their Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Grant

The YouthBridge-NY youth-led grant committee is accepting applications from organizations working in Women’s Issues, Sexual Health, and/or After School Programming for grants up to $2000. Click here to view the request for proposals or apply. Deadline for applications is April 5.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

This scholarship from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded annually, renewable for three additional years. The award amount is based on the financial need of the recipient. Applicants must be a high school junior or senior, any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Applicants are also required to be a current resident of Connecticut or New York City or enrolled or planning to enroll in a Connecticut or a New York City institution. Visit the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to apply for the scholarship by May 1, 2018.

Become a Mentor or Recommend One for the Young Men’s Initiative

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The Lafayette Gardens Community Center, operated by Grand Street Settlement, needs your assistance in acquiring mentors for their Young Men’s Initiative in the Lafayette Gardens community.

Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is a mentoring program geared toward young men in high school. The mission of the YMI Cornerstone Mentoring Program is to support high school students during the transitions from high school into college and career, by cultivating positive personal relationships and community involvement. Throughout the year mentees and mentors will take part in workshops developing leadership abilities among our youth that will strengthen their advocacy and work readiness skills. In addition to service-learning projects, mentors will provide youth with guidance on the college application process, employment, attend trips and visit colleges.

If you know of any candidates that would be an asset to this program please feel free to contact Monique Smalls at MSmalls@grandsettlement.org or at 347-384-8880.

Deadline Extended (10/20) for of Work, Learn, Grow Youth Employment Applications

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has extended its deadline for online applications to this year’s iteration of Work, Learn, Grow (WLG), the Council’s year-round youth employment initiative. Youth applications are now due by Friday, October 20, 2017, and we encourage all Council Members to reach out to eligible constituents. As a reminder, eligible applicants must:

  • Be 2017 participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP);
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 21; and
  • Currently be enrolled in school.

Applications are available on DYCD’s website at https://worklearngrow.yepsonline.org/default.aspx.

YouthBuild: Northern Manhattan — Enroll NOW!

YouthBuild: Northern Manhattan is now enrolling for their 2016-2017 school year. There, you can earn your High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly GED), Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate, and other great benefits. Call Emma as (212) 453-5378 or Tia at (212) 822-8353 to take advantage of the opportunity today!

Monthly stipend is included!


Youth Connect March 2016 E-blast

Summer Youth Employment Program Applications Now Open!

Apply now for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)! SYEP provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with summer employment. SYEP participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs at government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, law firms, museums, sports enterprises, and retail organizations.

Apply online at application.nycsyep.com; if you have any questions you can call Youth Connect at 800-246-24646 or call 311.

Do you want to help young New Yorkers fulfill their potential?

SYEP provides over 6,500 employers with interns and entry-level employees each year. Youth work up to 25 hours per week for six weeks with the goal of building on their individual strengths and incorporating youth development principles.

Visit: http://on.nyc.gov/1jVqcI3 for more information on how to become a worksite.

YouthBridge-NY Fellowship

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Applications for the 2016-18 YouthBridge-NY Fellowship class are now open! The heart of YouthBridge-NY is its two-year Fellowship program, where high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds participate in intensive trainings on leadership and diversity.

For more information, visit: youthbridgeny.org/fellowship

Latino College Expo

The Latino College Expo is hosting its 26th Annual College Fair (noon to 3:00pm) preceded by the Annual Leadership Summit (8:00am to noon) for freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are affiliated with program agencies, high schools and community-based organizations. This educational event will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 8:00am-3:00pm at New York University’s Kimmel Center.

For more information, visit: latinocollege-expo.org/

LYFE is a NYC Department of Education program that supports student parents’ transition into parenthood by providing free high-quality childcare, supportive counseling and academic guidance. With over 30 locations across the 5 boroughs, student parents have the option to choose a LYFE site close to their home or school, to receive all that LYFE has to offer to families.

To learn more about LYFE, visit www.lyfenyc.org


The New York County District Attorney’s High School Internship Program is a rigorous six-week internship that provides students with an insider’s view of the criminal justice system. For 27 years, the program’s interns have represented a variety of public, private and parochial schools from the diverse communities of Manhattan. They are currently accepting applications from bright and promising students who are interested in serving their communities. Interns are paid a $150 weekly stipend.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/1Lh51d1


Get paid to be part of an amazing internship that promotes restorative justice and civic engagement, and involves teen promoting restorative justice in the legal system. Engage in exciting community benefit projects throughout all five boroughs and receive community service hours while exploring more of NYC. Service your community, make lifelong friends and gain work experience.

For more information, visit: bit.ly/17lRFhw


Teen Career Connection is a signature program of the West Side YMCA where high school students gain the opportunity to explore exciting career fields in some of New York City’s top organizations through an eight-week paid internship.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/16NOtvJ or contact Greg Mateo gmateo@ymcanyc.org 212.912.2665 or Dominique Atkinson at datkinson@ymcanyc.org 212.912.2666.


Ever wonder how games and apps are created? Better yet, ever wanted to create your own? Apply to CodeNow’s programming workshop to work with professional engineers and learn how to code!

Deadline to apply is March 16th. For more information, visit: http://codenow.org/apply/

Planning your ‪spring break? Students in grades K-12 can apply now to attend exciting science and ‪‎STEM enrichment programs being offered during spring break!
Deadline to apply is March 11, 2016: schools.nyc.gov/Students


Come meet with employers and learn more about specific industries, careers, and organizations at the 2016 CUNY Big Apple Job & Internship Fair Friday, April 22, 2016 11AM – 2PM

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1QVS4qU


DYCD offers dynamic professional opportunities with excellent benefits.

To view all current openings, visit www.nyc.gov/dycd


NYC Service targets volunteers to address New York City’s greatest needs by mobilizing the power of volunteers to impact six areas: Strengthening Communities; Education Excellence; Economic and Workforce Development; Health and Well Being; Environment; and Emergency Preparedness and Response.

For information on volunteer opportunities in your area, visit: www.nycservice.org/


Did you know that one in five kids in the U.S. has a learning or attention issue related to reading, writing, math, organization and focus?
If you are struggling, or your child is having difficulties in school or social situations but you aren’t sure how to get help, visit www.Understood.org.