Youth

summer youth employment program application
Get Paid While You Learn

Looking for a summer job? There are two exciting ways for young NYCHA residents ages 14 to 24 to earn money while gaining important career skills through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

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NYCHA’s Youth Leaders Get Connected

Youth Leadership Council member Mya Pyle (right) receives a free tablet from Curtis Williams, Manager of NYCHA’s Resident Engagement Department. All 150 members of NYCHA’s 15 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) received free tablets courtesy of T-Mobile, NYCHA, and the City of New York, that they can

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Planning Their Own Playground

Who knows best what should be in a playground? Kids, of course! On August 29, 12 children at Pomonok Houses sat down with the folks from KaBOOM!, NYCHA’s partners in play, to draw their perfect playgrounds.

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Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

Brooklyn-based arts organization Groundswell works with young people throughout the city to create public works of art that make a statement on issues of importance to the artists. This summer, young residents from Castle Hills, Polo Grounds Houses, and Tompkins Houses created vivid murals at their developments as part of Groundswell’s Summer Leadership Institute.

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NYCHA Receives 50,000 Books for Children

As one of the awardees in National Book Foundation’s Book Rich Environment Initiative, NYCHA received 50,000 new books for children in developments across the five boroughs.

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Bay View Houses Farm Hosts “Iron Chef” Competition

Green City Force (GCF) Urban Farm Corps members—all of whom are NYCHA residents—participated in a demonstration and competition at Bay View Houses Farm during which the Corps Members got a chance to show off their amazing new culinary skills. 

 
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Teens Take Charge

On June 8, the 10 NYCHA Youth Leadership Councils met to present their community engagement projects, tackling issues such as unemployment, drug abuse, community safety, and gun violence.

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Leah Sullo Wants Young People to THINK BIG

Leah Sullo discusses overcoming hardships and setting big goals.

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A Kid's Clubhouse Fit for a President

On May 24, President Bill Clinton dug in his shovel for the unveiling of a new Madison Square Boys & Girls Club at the intersection of West 155th and Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem, expected to open in the fall of 2018.

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Al-tabar Hudgins
Safety Is His Mission

Mariner's Harbor Resident Al-Tabar Hudgins, 23, is a young man with a mission to spread the word to his peers about keeping themselves and their communities safe.  As a member of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice's Peer Leadership Committee for the past three years, Mr. Hudgins has been getting people talking about gun violence. 

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CitiBike just $5 per month for NYCHA Residents