About Us

Our Mission:

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 provide opportunities for New Yorkers and communities to flourish.

Our Vision:

DYCD strives to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers by collaborating with local organizations and investing in the talents and assets of communities to help them, develop, grow and thrive.

Guiding Principles

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

Prioritizing investments to help eliminate disparities in under-resourced communities and to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

STEWARDSHIP

Responsible management of City resources by valuing accountability, integrity and transparency, and delivering impactful results.

HOLISTIC APPROACHES

Serving the whole person or family either directly or through strategic collaborations. BEING A

LEARNING ORGANIZATION

Fostering professional development, continuous quality improvement, and a culture of excellence and adaptability for ourselves and those we serve.

INTEGRITY

Honoring and expecting ethical behavior of ourselves and others. STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS Growing and maintaining relationships with community-based organizations that are respected by their neighbors and peers, and culturally aligned with the populations they serve.

INCLUSIVENESS

Building a staff that mirrors New York City itself, and encouraging and inspiring the organizations we support to provide quality services to all communities, in safe, accepting environments with staff who are supportive, welcoming and trustworthy.

COMMUNITY VOICE

Promoting civic engagement and an open exchange of communication to inform communities – empowering them to self-advocate for necessary resources for community development, growth, stability and greater self-sufficiency.

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