Afterschool programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Enrichment Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen Teen

Students can join one of hundreds of free afterschool programs in NYC through COMPASS NYC. COMPASS programs can offer homework help, sports, arts, and more. They are free and located all over the city.

  • Programs are offered to young people for free
  • Programs are three hours each day, five days per week, including on school holidays

Am I Eligible?

All NYC students, in kindergarten to 12th grade, are eligible to enroll in COMPASS programs.


I'm Ready To Apply

  • To enroll your child in a COMPASS NYC program, contact the afterschool program staff at your child’s school.
  • You can also use Discover DYCD with the “afterschool” filter to see what programs are near your home.

How Can I Get Help?

  • Visit the COMPASS website to learn more.
  • Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn more about all of the programs COMPASS NYC offers.
  • Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 for more information.
  • Call or visit the afterschool program staff at your child’s school for more information.

Other Enrichment Programs

Leadership opportunities for youth

NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLC)

NYC Service

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Learning and support programs for kids & adults

Cornerstone Programs

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Year-round programs for youth and adults hosted at public housing community centers.

Afterschool for middle schoolers

School's Out NYC (SONYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

SONYC offers a mix of activities, including leadership, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), literacy, academic help, sports, arts, and more.