Policies/Issues >> Youth Development
What is Youth Development?
Youth development refers to the process by which all young people seek ways to meet their basic physical and social needs to gain the competencies and skills necessary to move from adolescence to adulthood. Youth development programs help to provide that vital support by developing the talents and skills of young people while meeting the real needs of working families.

City Youth Development Funding Streams
Non-School Hours
The non-school hours represent the single largest block of time in the lives of American children and youth. About 40 percent of every young person's waking hours remain unfilled after accounting for activities such as school, homework, meals, chores, and part-time jobs. Because of this, it is important that these hours be filled with activities that keep youth occupied in positive, productive, and constructive ways.

In New York City, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) is the primary funder of youth programs during the non-school hours. Typically, youth service providers looking to fund a program at their organization will complete a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a particular funding stream. If their "bid" is approved, a contract is awarded to the organization to run this program and funding will be allocated.

Currently, there are several types of City funding that support hundreds of youth development programs offered in the five boroughs. They include Out-of-School Time; the Beacons*; Neighborhood Youth Alliance/Street Outreach.

School Programs
A number of programs operate during the school day to keep youth in school and prepare them for graduation and the entry into the workforce. These include: Learning to Work; and Community Action Project in the Schools (CAPS)

Issues Affecting Youth Service Delivery in New York City
There are issues, such as workforce retention and procurement reform, which affect the provision of youth service delivery and also impact the broad range of human service sectors. While the Coalition focuses on these issues as they relate to our core work, we also work collaboratively with other groups to bring about systemic change that will improve services across the whole human service sector.

State Youth Funding Streams
In New York State, youth services funding is administered through the State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The three main funding streams are the Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention (YDDP); Special Delinquency Prevention Programs (SDPP); and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs.