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Afterschool programs for students

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

1. How it Works

New York City students can join free afterschool programs that offer homework help, sports, arts, and more. Hundreds of programs are located all over the City.

  • In COMPASS programs, young people get to participate in:
    • literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematic (STEM) learning.
    • activities that are hands-on, project-based, and aligned with educational standards.
    • high quality arts and sports programming.
  • Programs are typically three hours each day, five days per week, including on school holidays.
  • Programs are offered in all five boroughs and in many neighborhoods.

2. Determine your eligibility

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

Each program may have different age and eligibility requirements.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

Am I Eligible?

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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

You can use Discover DYCD to find programs in your area. To get started:

  1. Go to the Discover DYCD website.
  2. Select “afterschool programs” and click on “Search”.

Find an afterschool program

Apply in person

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More ways to get help with this program


Learn more about COMPASS from DYCD.

Call 311

Ask for “Comprehensive After School Program assistance.”


Call DYCD Community Connect at 800-246-4646 or 646-343-6800. You can also speak to the afterschool program staff at your child’s school for more information.

Visit your child’s school

Speak with an afterschool program staff person at your child’s school for more information.

Last Updated August 4, 2022

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