Afterschool programs for students

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

1. How it Works

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

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the websites

Visit the COMPASS website to learn more.

Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn about all of the programs COMPASS NYC offers.

Call 311

Ask for Comprehensive After School Program assistance.

Call for help

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 or the afterschool program staff at your child’s school for more information.

Visit your child’s school

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

2. Determine your eligibility

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

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

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Adoption records
  • Baptismal or another religious certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Official birth records
  • Official school records
  • Passport
  • IDNYC

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4. How to Apply

4. 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” in the category field.
  3. Enter your borough and neighborhood, or zip code to begin searching.

Search online

Apply in person

To enroll your child in a COMPASS NYC program, contact the program staff at your child’s school.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the websites

Visit the COMPASS website to learn more.

Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn about all of the programs COMPASS NYC offers.

Call 311

Ask for Comprehensive After School Program assistance.

Call for help

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 or the afterschool program staff at your child’s school for more information.

Visit your child’s school

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

Updated December 20, 2017