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Toddlers (2-5)

  • PBS Parents
    • Advice and tips for parents of young children from different events available for toddlers to how to raise curious kids.
  • Center for Parent Information and Resources
    • Supporting the parent centers who serve families of children with disabilities
    • Find out about pre-K admissions and program options.

Children (6-12)

  • Brooklyn Public Library
    • As an independent system, separate from the New York City and Queens libraries, Brooklyn Public Library serves the borough’s 2.5 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books and use of more than 1,100 free Internet-accessible computers.
  • Brooklyn Scouts
    • The website is intended as a portal for information about Scouting programs and activities in Brooklyn.
  • NYPD Explorers Program
    • Exploring reaches out to New York City’s young adults in every community to help build up relations between the community and New York City Police Department.  Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self-discipline, and respect for authority while they actively participate in community service projects and other Exploring events.
  • Brooklyn Youth Chorus
    • How far have they come since 1992? From 45 kids rehearsing in a donated space in Downtown Brooklyn to more than 500 students enjoying a wide range of music courses. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus is based in their own renovated building in Cobble Hill and at neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Red Hook. Under the encouraging eye of Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun-Menaker, They have become an uplifting artistic community, building confidence and self-esteem with every high note and harmony.
      • A pioneer in education, Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. Its success has sparked the creation of 300 children’s museums around the world. With award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, the Museum engages children from pre-school to high school in learning adventures. It is the only children’s museum in New York City, and one of few in the country, to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.
  • NYC Department of Education
    • The New York City Department of Education is committed to working collaboratively with parents, educators, school communities, and external stakeholders to improve student achievement and ensure that every child graduates from high school prepared for college, a career, and a future as a productive, critically thinking adult.

Teenagers (13-18)

  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
    • 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.
  • Public Schools Athletic League
    • The mission of the Public Schools Athletic League is to provide opportunities for educating students in physical fitness, character development and socialization skills through an athletic program that fosters teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.
  • Brooklyn Public Library Youth Services
    • The state of the art Youth Wing of the Central Library offers more than just books. It’s an active learning center with innovative programs. The Department is divided into two primary collections: Children’s and Young Adult.
  • Brooklyn Public Library Youth Resources
    • Links to useful resources for youth.

Housing Youth Resources

  • Ali Forney Transitional Housing Program
    • The Ali Forney Center offers housing to 40 LGBT youth in six scattered sites in Brooklyn. Residents are able to live in the transitional housing program for up to two years, where they have access to employment and education assistance. Ali Forney places a great deal of emphasis on preparing young adults for an independent living.
  • Stepping Stone
    • The Children’s Village offers housing at Stepping Stone, a 12-unit apartment building for formerly homeless young adults in Yonkers. Tenants at this transitional residence, all aged 18-24, have access to on-site services to help them secure employment and other services. Stepping Stone represents the first Ftransitional housing project for young adults in Westchester County.

Employment Resources

  • Next Generation Center
    • The Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Center (NGC) supports high-risk young people aged 14-24 as they transition to adulthood. Located in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, the program provides services to foster care youth, youth who’ve aged out of foster care and those involved in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, NGC offers training and subsidized internships, educational guidance and advocacy, housing assistance and creative, visual arts, multimedia, fitness and recreational programming.
  • Young Adult Workforce Development Provider Directory
    • This document offers a thorough rundown of job-related services for NYC youth in all five boroughs. It was created in 2011 to help facilitate referrals and collaboration between foster care agencies and workforce development providers. The New York City Young Adult Workforce Provider Directory includes relevant information on more than 50 workforce opportunities in all five boroughs.

Health Resources

  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
    • Callen-Lorde’s Health Outreach To Teens is a welcoming, non-judgmental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, as well as homeless youth, runaways, sex workers, squatters, and other street-oriented youth. These services are offered both at a youth-only medical suite at Callen-Lorde and on HOTT’s medical van, which travels to areas throughout Manhattan in the afternoons and evenings where youth are known to hang out.
  • Children’s Aid Society Teen Health Services
    • Adolescents and teens in the state of New York have the right to private and confidential medical care, including family planning and sexual health services. The Children’s Aid Society protects this right by providing confidential health services to teens and adolescents at their Milbank Health Center and Bronx Health Center.
  • HEAT Program, Brooklyn
    • Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) is a unique program that focuses on the special needs of teenagers that are HIV infected or at risk. All services are confidential and comprehensive. Set in a youth-friendly atmosphere, the HEAT program operates a ‘one-stop shopping ’ full service clinic and removes the barriers which youth often face while accessing health care services. HEAT is committed to providing age-appropriate and culturally competent care for all youths —straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, from all ethnic backgrounds.
  • Henry Street Out-Patient Mental Health Services
    • Hours are Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The multi-ethnic professional staff provides services in English, Spanish, two dialects of Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Italian, Polish and German. Medicaid, Medicare and other third-party insurance providers are accepted. A sliding-scale fee is available for those ineligible for health insurance. Services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis.
  • Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
    • The Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital offers free medical and dental care for young people between the ages of 10 and 30 years old. The Center is located at 312-320 East 94 Street in Manhattan.
  • NYC Department of Health Clinic Listings
    • The New York City Health Department clinics offer patients sexual health, immunization and Tuberculosis (TB) services, regardless of immigration status. You can get low- to no-cost services for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, at the NYC Department of Health’s eight Sexual Health Clinics.
  • Youth-Friendly Adolescent HIV Testing
    • The sites listed provide a range of services to youth including check-ups, general health care, birth control, and HIV counseling and testing. These programs are for all youth— straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. All services are completely confidential and many do not require parental consent. Health care services are either free or on a sliding scale and Medicaid, as well as many health insurance plans, are accepted.

Runaway & Homeless Youth Resources

  • The Door
    • The Door can help youth find essentials like food, clothing and shelter, as well as help with individual specific needs. This could be a safe place to hang out for a while, a hot meal or a space to build community and meet other young people.
  • NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
    • DYCD offers resources across NYC for runaway and homeless youth. Follow the link to learn more about transitional housing programs, crisis shelters, drop-in centers and the Fresh Start Initiative.
  • Red Hook Initiative
    • RHI offers youth development, community building and community hiring to strengthen Red Hook’s future.  Their youth empowerment pipeline, which runs from middle school through young adulthood, works collaboratively to interrupt cycles of injustice and to build hope. RHI has formal and informal strategic approaches to youth development and community building that incorporates the field’s best practices.
  • Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project
    • Streetwork Project provides harm-reduction centered Drop-In Centers for homeless teens and young adults up to ages 24 in NYC. Each LGBT-friendly Drop-In Center assigns a homeless youth with a primary counselor and offers daily necessities such as meals, showers, clothing, wellness activities, and nutritional counseling; legal and medical assistance, including assistance seeking benefits; mental health services; emergency and crisis housing and shelter; sexual health help; socialization and community in non-judgmental settings; and help obtaining identification.

Young Adults (18-24)

  • Year Up
    • Year Up is a one-year training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits and corporate internships. This is an ideal program for low-income youth looking to work in a corporate or office setting. Eighty-four percent of Year Up graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program. Employed graduates earn an average of $15 per hour.
  • CUNY’s Fatherhood Academy
    • The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a free program designed to promote responsible parenting and economic stability for unemployed and underemployed fathers, ages 18-24, through education, employment, and personal development.  The program provides a range of academic and personal supports including TASC (High School Equivalency test) preparation classes, tutoring, individualized counseling, parenting seminars, MTA Metrocards, and job preparation. The CFA also offers college and career readiness workshops to prepare participants for college enrollment and identify a career path.  Attaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, enrolling into college, increased familial engagement, and acquiring gainful employment are all essential goals for the participants enrolled in the CFA. The program will launch at LaGuardia Community College,Hostos Community College, and Kingsborough Community College in January 2016.  The colleges are in the process of recruiting participants for the upcoming HSE prep cohort.To learn more, contact Sydney Kopp-Richardson at [email protected] to connect!
  • Per Scholas
    • Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization that trains people over the course of 8-18 weeks for life-changing careers as IT professionals. We provide a free, full-time immersive program that prepares low-income individuals for entry-level and mid-level careers in technical support, network administration, and software testing. The Per Scholas approach encompasses integrated, free IT training, job referral and career development services, employer partnerships and other substantive support for economically displaced individuals ages 18 and older who have the drive and aptitude to succeed in IT, but not the skills or experience. 3/4 of our graduates are employed earning an average starting salary of $30K. Top employers include leaders in the tech industry like Bloomberg, Barclays, and JPMorgan Chase.