After school for young people

Beacon Programs | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Enrichment Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen Teen Young Adult

Beacon Programs are school-based community centers for children, youth, and adults across the City. Beacons provide activities that address community needs. Programs try to cater to hard-to-reach youth and young adults with activities that foster positive development, social-emotional learning, and leadership skills.

Am I Eligible?

  • Youth ages 6 – 17 who are enrolled in school can participate
  • Beacon also offers adult programs

I'm Ready To Apply

  • Apply online at Discover DYCD. You can apply to multiple programs with one application.
  • Apply in-person at a Beacon community center. To find a center in your area:
    • Go to the Discover DYCD website.
    • Type “Beacon” into the “Keyword Search” box
    • Find programs in your area by entering your zip code, neighborhood, or borough, and clicking “Search”

How Can I Get Help?

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Updated December 4, 2019