What documents do I need to get benefits?

Use the Document Checklist to learn which documents you should bring to agency visits. 


Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD)

You can use DiscoverDYCD to find where the programs listed below are offered near you. Visit the DiscoverDYCD website, select Afterschool Programs and Education Services (plus any other resources you may be interested in), and then press Search.  The Learn More links following each program below provide additional information and eligibility details. 

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Beacon Programs

Beacon Programs are school-based community centers serving children 
age six and older, and adults.

Learn More About Beacon Programs

Comprehensive After-School System (COMPASS NYC)

Comprehensive After-School System NYC (COMPASS NYC) offers high-quality programs that support and strengthen the overall development of young people. These free programs are located in public and private schools, community centers, religious institutions, public housing, and recreational facilities throughout the City.

→ Learn More About COMPASS NYC

Cornerstone Programs

Cornerstone Programs provide engaging, high-quality, year-round programs for adults and young people. Programs are located at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Community Centers.

Learn More About Cornerstone Programs

School's Out NYC (SONYC)

SONYC offers tailored programming 
for middle school youth in ACS and homeless facilities.

Learn More About SONYC

Learn & Earn

Learn & Earn is a career exploration and academic support program for high school juniors and seniors. The program provides academic support, college application assistance, work readiness training, service-learning and leadership activities, as well as a paid six-week summer internship.

Learn More About Learn & Earn