About Our Grant Partners


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The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) invests in a network of community-based organizations and programs to alleviate the effects of poverty and to provide opportunities for New Yorkers and communities to flourish.

More information about DYCD Here.
DYCD supports New York City youth and their families by funding a wide range of high-quality youth and community development programs, including:

  • After School

  • Community Development

  • Family Support

  • Literacy Services

  • Youth Services

  • Youth Workforce Development  


COMPASS NYC integrates the best Out of School Time practices with the unprecedented expansion of after school programs

  • Robust opportunities for youth to explore their interests and creativity.

  • Intentional integration of literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematic (STEM) into traditional programming for all elementary and middle school participants to expose them to content and professions of the future.

  • Age-appropriate programming that is hands-on, project-based and aligned with educational standards.

  • Environments that support social and emotional learning.

  • High quality arts and sports instruction.

  • Strategies that support youth and families during critical educational transitions.

  • Emphasis on youth engagement and making learning fun.

The COMPASS Elementary model is a robust design built on lessons learned by DYCD  throughout COMPASS' history and caters to the whole child from Kindergarten through 5th grades

More Information about Compass DYCD for Elementary Schools - Here 

  • Beyond STEM, COMPASS programs strive to integrate literacy into all instruction; offers homework help, basic arts instruction and physical activity, including nutritional programming to promote healthy living.

  • COMPASS programs are offered 3 hours each day, 5 days per week including and on 13 school holidays.


COMPASS NYC's middle school model also known as SONYC for School’s Out NYC serves as a pathway to success for

youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades

More Information about SONYC DYCD for Middle Schools - Here


  • Structured like clubs, the model offers young people a choice in how they spend their time; provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts; and requires youth leadership through service.

  • The City itself becomes a classroom through trips and opportunities for instruction beyond a traditional learning setting.

  • Programs are offered three hours each day, five days per week.

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ExpandEd is a non-profit dedicated to its mission of closing the learning gap by increasing access toenriched education experiences

Information on ExpandEd - Here


  • The nation’s first citywide system of quality K-12 after school programs.

  • ExpandED seeks to ensure that all kids have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential.

  • They have extensive experience evaluating a broad range of after school programs.