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Summer In The City

As part of the Chancellor's Summer in the City Initiative, Community Schools are offering comprehensive academic and enrichment programming for students in elementary, middle and high schools.  

DYCD Summer Camps: Beacon, Compass and SONYC programming provide academic supports, sports, arts, recreational activities and cultural field trips for K-8 students.

Summer Youth Employment Program: The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. 

Opportunity for High Schools to Become SYEP Work Sites for the Summer

The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) can train staff from high schools that are interested in becoming SYEP work sites. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a SYEP work site, please contact Shereen Margolis, (212) 361-6812. Online applications are available on the DYCD website.

Here are key updates on Vulnerable Youth in the SYEP Program (VY SYEP) application. If you have any questions about VY SYEP, please reach out to Jennifer MitchellMayer.
What to do if youth have accidentally already applied to the general online SYEP program, but they qualify for Vulnerable Youth SYEP?
  • Reach out to Khalid Daley at DYCD Email Khalid the name of students and the SYEP ID number and he will be able to help transfer their application to the Vulnerable Youth SYEP program.
What are the deadline perimeters?
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Note that there are 3,000 slots available for the VY SYEP program and application process will continue to be open until those slots are filled. Vulnerable Youth SYEP program (VY SYEP) offers guaranteed summer youth slots for all youth who are:
    • homeless and in the City’s shelter system, homeless
    • Justice‐involved youth
    • Youth in or aged out of foster care, or receiving preventive services.
Please refer to VY SYEP handbook and submit applications as soon as possible to one of the Summer Youth Employment Vulnerable Youth Providers. 

STEM Summer in the City: Current 2nd-7th graders provides an innovative, engaging and fun summer learning program designed specifically around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

Planning Guides and Resources for Elementary Community Schools Summer Program
The Office of Community Schools allocated funds to our Community Based Organization partners that serve students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade in 34 schools across the CityParticipating schools operate Monday-Friday and provide a diverse and balanced curriculum of enrichment experiences to address the summer learning gap. Activities include academic support, arts, sports and recreation, and cultural field trips to parks and cultural institutions. Each site targets to enroll between 40 and 80 students.  

Elementary School Sites 2018 Summer in the City Planning 

Please review the 2018 Planning Timeline as you design your SITC program.  The 2018 FAQ is currently being developed. In the meantime, please reference the 2017 FAQ or contact with questions. 

Information and Resources for Elementary School Sites

Review the Program Overview and Program Presentation shared during the March 3 Community School Director Convening. 

Recruitment Resources

    Webinar Schedule:
    To access any of the webinars, visit, and call +1.646.307.1990 Access Code: 204-419-595#.

    March 20: ATS Summer School Enrichment Programs (SSEP), 11:00am
    Join this webinar to learn about the new SSEP function in ATS that allows schools to view students eligible for specific SITC Summer enrichment programs, including the Community Schools program.

    Permit Licensing
    SITC Curriculum Overview
    • Review the 2017 webinar presentation here.  

    Recruitment Resources for High School Renewal Schools
    • Access the webinar recording here.

     ATS for Elementary Schools
    • Access the 2017 roster template for targeted students here. To access this webinar, review the slides here and the recording of the presentation here.

    Summer Cultural Trip Opportunities
    • Access the 2017 slides here.  A list of cultural institutions can be found here and a list of summer opportunities can be found here.

    Summer Planning Resources

    Keep Track of SITC Messaging in Principals' Weekly
    Important planning information for all SITC programs is often shared through Principals' Weekly. You can find all of the SITC announcements here: As Seen in Principals’ Weekly – SITC 2018 

    Tips for Planning and Delivering a Memorable Summer Experience
    This tip sheet summarizes key planning features of the NYC Summer Quest initiative led by the DOE and DYCD that contributed to its quality and stakeholder satisfaction. ExpandED Schools created this summary as are source for Community Schools staff who are designing and managing a summer learning program for their school. The NYC Summer Quest planning information draws from quality indicators from the National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP), which offers additional information on the research and evidence base for the tips for summer planning.


    Read through the 2017 Frequently Asked Questions

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