Department of Youth and Community Development

Bayside Beacon program saved
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/02/2013 at 2:42PM

A beloved Bayside Beacon program has survived yet another year of budget cuts. The City Council fully restored next year’s funding to the after-school enrichment program at M.S. 158 Marie Curie. It was slated for closure, just as it was last year when the Department of Youth and Community Development tried to shut down seven [...]

Bloomberg budget takes aim at after-school programs, teachers’ jobs
Bloomberg budget takes aim at after-school programs, teachers’ jobs
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 1/31/2013 at 9:04AM

When millions in after-school program funding was cut in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget last year, parents held rallies, wrote letters and made phone calls until the City Council restored $150 million, saving these programs for thousands of children. The support greatly touched Deep Ghosh, director of youth development for The Child Center of NY, which [...]

Children rally to save Pomonok after-school program from shutting down
Children rally to save Pomonok after-school program from shutting down
News Sarah Yu 5/23/2012 at 5:05PM

Children, parents and politicians rallied recently against the closing of after-school programs at the Pomonok Center at the Queens Community House. The center offers a free after-school program for children from grades kindergarten to sixth that includes homework help, arts and crafts, fitness, character development and team-building games. “I worry that without such a program [...]

Seven Beacons set for closure
Seven Beacons set for closure
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 3/27/2012 at 9:54AM

Public protest proved to be in vain, as the Department of Youth and Community Development announced that seven Beacon city-wide programs will close their doors in July. Founded in 1991, the 80 Beacon programs existing throughout New York City as a subset of Queens Community House are “youth-development centers” providing year-round, complementary services, specializing in [...]

Beacon Program closure protest continues
News Alexa Altman 2/29/2012 at 1:35PM

Community outcry at the possible closure of several Queens Community House Beacon Program centers is growing louder as more neighborhoods, faced with potentially losing their facilities, are speaking out. “The state of the community’s outrage is an understatement,” said Marva Dudley, president of the advisory board at Parsons Beacon, a center facing possible closure. “It [...]