Youth Development

Directions for Our Youth Inc

  • Bronx, NY
  • www.dfoy.org

Mission Statement

DFOY engages urban youth as active partners in their own development as
they seek to become thriving, self sufficient adults and agents of
change within their local and global communities.

Main Programs

  1. 21st Century Programs
  2. Beacon and Cornerstone Community Centers
  3. Neighborhood Development Program
  4. Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Dennis Carter

Keywords

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Youth/children, education, activism, leadership

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EIN

06-1308851

 Number

4042706936

Physical Address

1200 Waters Place Suite 105

Bronx, NY 10461

Also Known As

DFOY

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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DFOY believes that every child should have access to opportunities that create a seamless learning day through school and after-school time. We believe in developing challenging and engaging learning services for youth that reshape their opportunities for learning.
ALL DFOY PROGRAMS
• Provide sufficient time for meaningful, active, and collaborative learning. • Engage participants as owners of their learning experiences. • Ensure high quality and challenging learning opportunities through evidence based practice. • Bring forth full resources and expertise of all collaborative partners, in order to insure the availability of high quality services for all youth. • Develop and produce youth program outcomes. • Provide access to enrichment and acceleration opportunities for our participants. • Fully integrate youth development principles as the platform for realization of social and emotional development, improved health and wellness, civic engagement, advocacy, and leadership.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

21st Century Programs

Our
21st Century Programs operate in the Bronx; at MS 219 and Frederick Douglass
Academy III in Morrisania, and at MS 181 in Co-Op City. These programs focus on
global awareness and college preparation. We serve a total of 300 Middle School
and 125 High School students.
• Students participate in theme-based workshops, enhanced by online global exchanges. They also attend various college visits and a combination of academic enrichment , media tools, and arts workshops(such as poetry and theater.)
• Last year all high school students participated in a weekend college retreat with the purpose of engaging them in a full college experience. All participating youth were fully immersed in college exploration and preparation. The experience was highlighted when all students were able to develop a college plan.
• All participating students showed increased academic achievement. 91% of program participants advanced to the next grade.
FDA III and MS 219-Morrisania: Ms. Shane Tate, 718-293-4344 3630 Third Ave Bronx, NY 10456
MS 181-Co-Op City: Mr. Nelson Seda, 718-844-7548 800 Baychester Ave Bronx, NY 10475

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Program 2

Beacon and Cornerstone Community Centers

Our Beacon and Cornerstone Community Centers are open 6 days a week from 11am to 10pm. They provide services to youth in grades K-12, and adults. We have a greater focus on middle school participants. We have a combined total of 150 elementary school, 300 middle school, and 120 high school students. The centers also services over 150 adults.
• Activities in these centers engage participant’s parents and the wider community. They are tailored to provide a safe and nurturing environment.
• The goals of the centers are to increase academic achievement, wellness, and leadership skills in all participants.
• 90% of all participants successfully advanced to the next grade. Program evaluations show that youth involved in the program increased academic performance and displayed increased positive attitudes and behavior.
For more information please call:
Beacon Center @ MS 219-Bronx: Ms. Vanessa Simmons, 718-293-4344 3630 Third Ave Bronx, NY 10456
Cornerstone Community Center- Brooklyn: Ms. Kristin Wagner, 718-277-6641 475 Fountain Ave Brooklyn, NY 11208

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Program 3

Neighborhood Development Program

Our Neighborhood Development Program, in partnership with the Urban Assembly School of Law and Justice in Brooklyn focuses on the delivery of college prep and job readiness sessions for selected HS students. The program includes college visits, and stipend internships.
● Selected students experience the critical steps needed to prepare for life after high school while engaging in real world activities that improve their maturity and capacity to take control of their future. They are also improving academically and in peer relations, self confidence and self-esteem.
● 89% of NDA participants showed increased academic achievement as a critical step in the preparation for college admissions and acceptance. All of them applied and were accepted to the Summer Youth Employment Program. At least 90% of teachers surveyed mentioned demonstrated increased positive behaviors and attitudes in the students.
For more information please call:
Urban Assembly School of Law and Justice(SLJ)-Brooklyn : Ms. Samantha Harrison, 212-362-4020 283 Adam Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Program 4

Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs

Our Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs operate in PS 72 in the Bronx, and in PS 307 in Brooklyn. We engage 325 elementary school students and their families during the school year. We service a total of 275 during the summer.
• These programs take on a theme and project based approach. Through utilizing art based strategies we embed literacy to improve skill development and student engagement. The core elements of all DFOY programs are rooted in the delivery of challenging and engaging learning and service opportunities. This leads our youth to improved academic achievement, and positive character and self-development.
• 92% of the participants engaged in these programs demonstrated academic improvement and achieved promotion to the next grade. Our program participants demonstrated improved attitudes toward school, improved attendance, peer relations and parent engagement according to DYCD assessments from school personnel.
For information please call:
OST @ PS 72-Bronx: Ms. Johanna Tejeda, 646-592-0766 2951 Dewey Ave Bronx, NY 10465
OST @ PS 307-Brooklyn: Mr. DeQuan Ford, 646-842-0024 208 York Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Funding Needs

Staff Training/CPR, Part Time Administrative Assistant, Staff Uniforms, WEB Developer, and staff Social Worker.

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Financials

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DIRECTIONS FOR OUR YOUTH INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Dennis Carter

BIO

Dennis Carter was appointed as Interim Executive Director at Directions For Our Youth in July 2012. He has over nineteen years of experience in the field of youth and community development with a special focus on staff development.  He worked as the Institutes Training Coordinator for the Networks for Youth Development program at the Fund for the City of New York’s Youth Development Institute. He was responsible for the Training of the Trainers Program for Youth Workers (B.E.S.T) and also served as a trainer in the National Beacon’s Adaptation project in six cities across the United States.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Conrad Banks

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