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Summer & Back-to-School Youth Opportunities

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Image result for dycd youth connectAre you looking for programs, internships, jobs or other opportunities for young people? NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) offers information about free opportunities, programs, services and more in all five boroughs. Call the DYCD Youth Connect Hotline at 1-800-246-4646 or email for more information. Sign up for the DYCD Youth Connect newsletter to receive a monthly listing of tons of exciting opportunities for young people in NYC.  Click the link below to learn more about ongoing youth programs and upcoming Back-to-School supply giveaways, events & activities for the whole family!

In addition to calling the DYCD Youth Hotline, click the links below for more summer & back-to-school activities for NYC youth and families!

Free Summer Meals for Students: Free breakfast and lunch is available for all children up to age 18 at many public schools from June 27 to August 30. For more information, visit

Summer Sports ExperienceThe New York City Parks Department is hosting a FREE program called Summer Sports Experience for children ages 8-14. Our knowledgeable coaches train kids in sports like baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, track, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. This program is FREE, but an adult must accompany the child to register. Please call (718) 972-0567 for more information. The program runs Mon-Fri, 9 AM  – 5 PM, at the Sunset Park Recreation Center (4200 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11232) Contact or (212) 360-1430 for more information.

Back to School BBQ & School Supply Giveaway – The community is invited to a free BBQ to celebrate the end of summer break on Sunday, August 25th from 2 -6 PM in the PS 152 Courtyard (725 East 23rd Street btw. Glenwood Rd & Campus Rd.) The event will feature games, face painting, balloon sculpting, prizes, food and the distribution of free school supplies. This event is sponsored by Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, Council member Farah Louis and the Flatbush Development Corporation. For more information please contact Assemblymember Bichotte’s office at 718-940-0428.

Back 2 School Giveaway Event – The Pakistani American Youth Organization (PAYO) invites the community to attend an end of summer community event on Sunday, August 25th at 7 PM. Free school supplies and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Atif at 631-612-7593.

Back to School Giveaway - Attend a free event on Monday, August 26th from 11 AM – 2 PM at the New Jerusalem United Methodist Church (484 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn). Children can get free ID cards, backpacks, snacks and beverages. This event is sponsored by Assemblymember Maritza Davila and the 83rd Precinct Community Council. For more information, contact Ms. Melendez or Ms. Lopez at 718-443-1205.

Back to School Festival Block Party - The annual “I Will Graduate Back to School Block Party” will take place on Friday August 30th, 2019 from 2 PM – 7 PM on Herkimer Street between Ralph and Howard Avenues in Brooklyn. The event will feature school supply giveaways, raffled prizes, food and beverages, a live D.J and activities promoting literacy for the youth in our community. This event is sponsored by the I Will Graduate Youth Development Program / Entertainers 4 Education Alliance. For more information, contact the event organizers at (718) 385-3133.

Parks Department Programs- The NYC Parks Department offers hundreds of free programs around the City for youth of all ages. Some of the programs, facilities and resources available include public pools, swim programs, Urban Park Rangers, fitness programs and media classes. Visit for more information.

Summer Activities: Many free and low-cost summer activities are available across the City for students of all ages and interest types. Visit to view the summer activity guide.

NYS Library Summer Reading Program: The New York State Library is offering Free Digital Library Books for students of all ages to download during summer vacation. Encourage your child to keep up their reading skills by selecting free books to read this summer! For more information, visit

Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading Program: Check out the titles recommended by BPL for readers of all ages and skill level. Encourage your child to pick a book to read this summer!

NYS Senate Summer Reading Program: Sign your child up for a summer reading activity promoted by the New York State Senate. If your child reads three books this summer, they will receive a Certificate of Achievement from their NYS Senator! For more infomration, visit

UFT Brooklyn Parent Conference: Join parents and guardians, grandparents and educators for a free, fun-filled day of informative workshops, networking, exhibitors and giveaways on Saturday, November 16 from 8:30 AM – 3 PM at David Ruggles Campus (141 Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216).

For more information about free and low-cost programs in all five boroughs, call the DYCD Youth Connect Hotline at 1-800-246-4646.



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