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The Gift of Reading

Young NYCHA Residents Receive 75,000 Free Books

At Rutgers Community Center, children smiled as they browsed free books they could take home to add to their personal libraries.


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A Nice Place to Play

NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo (third from right in the top row above) and Council Member Antonio Reynoso (left of GM Mustaciuolo) celebrated Hylan Houses’ new playground alongside some happy kids from the neighborhood.


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NYCHA Community Centers Open Late

School’s out and kids across the City are enjoying the long days of summer break. There’s more summer fun to be had at NYCHA’s community centers: from now until August 31, 119 centers will be open late so that young New Yorkers have a safe place to learn and play.


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Youth Leadership Council Celebrates Year of Advocacy, Activism

More than 200 people attended NYCHA’s second Youth Voice Counts Leadership Summit in June to celebrate the Youth Leadership Councils’ (YLC) ongoing work.


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Speed Mentoring: Fast Tracking Success

Members of NYCHA’s Youth Leadership Committees (YLCs) met with NYCHA employees and other professionals at NYCHA’s first speed mentoring event on February 22. NYCHA used a speed mentoring toolkit from NYC Service, a division of the Mayor’s Office to design the event. During a series of short, focused conversations, YLC members met individually with mentors for 10 to 15 minutes before rotating seats to talk to another professional. These one-on-one conversations provided an opportunity to ask mentors about their jobs, education, training, and experience.


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A Force for the Environment

Over the past several months, 28 young NYCHA residents put on their brown uniforms and served almost every day on NYCHA’s farms, building the farms, tending the crops, handing out free organic produce to residents, collecting food scraps, running farm stands, and much more.


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Remembering a Rising Youth Leader

Katherine Perez, 17, was a shining example of a young person making positive change in her community. Ms. Perez lived at Betances Houses and as a member of the South Bronx Youth Leadership Council (SBYLC), was instrumental in planning programs that promoted community unity. She passed away on December 24, 2017, leaving behind a host of family, friends, and neighbors who will forever remember her commitment to community, her compassion, and her smile.


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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


a young boy draws at a table.
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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