Our Mission:

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) invests in a network of community-based organizations and programs to alleviate the effects of poverty and provide opportunities for New Yorkers and communities to flourish.

Our Vision:

DYCD strives to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers by collaborating with local organizations and investing in the talents and assets of communities to help them, develop, grow and thrive.

Guiding Principles


Prioritizing investments to help eliminate disparities in under-resourced communities and to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.


Responsible management of City resources by valuing accountability, integrity and transparency, and delivering impactful results.


Serving the whole person or family either directly or through strategic collaborations. BEING A


Fostering professional development, continuous quality improvement, and a culture of excellence and adaptability for ourselves and those we serve.


Honoring and expecting ethical behavior of ourselves and others. STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS Growing and maintaining relationships with community-based organizations that are respected by their neighbors and peers, and culturally aligned with the populations they serve.


Building a staff that mirrors New York City itself, and encouraging and inspiring the organizations we support to provide quality services to all communities, in safe, accepting environments with staff who are supportive, welcoming and trustworthy.


Promoting civic engagement and an open exchange of communication to inform communities – empowering them to self-advocate for necessary resources for community development, growth, stability and greater self-sufficiency.

Equity Statement

The DYCD Equity Statement was written collaboratively by the Equity Workgroup to support our agency’s mission and enhance the stance that we must be reflective, conscientious and fair in all aspects of our programming and funding. It encourages us to look intersectionally at varying experiences of inequality based on identity, and challenges us to keep lived experiences in mind when finding ways to best serve those in need. The Equity Statement serves as the foundation for much of the work we are doing here at DYCD and is aligned with our agency’s Guiding Principles.

The Equity Statement undergirds Circles of Support: DYCD’s Family Engagement Framework and this Toolkit seeks to promote culturally responsive practice.  We encourage you to take a moment to reflect on how the Equity Statement can tie into your work. Children’s Aid/National Center for Community Schools, as DYCD’s Technical Assistance Provider for family engagement, is facilitating workshops and providing resources to assist in building services to families that are inclusive and equitable.