May 8, 2020
Youth Services in NYC: Who They Serve and Why They are Necessary to a COVID Recovery Plan
Children at a 2019 rally in front of City Hall.
New York City’s expansive system of after school programs, operating under the Department of Youth & Community
The Comprehensive After School System of New York City (COMPASS) which includes School’s Out NYC (SONYC), in
Source: City of New York (Fiscal Year 2019) Mayor’s Management Report.
These programs are intertwined with the public school system to serve a significant portion of the city’s
*Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch or HRA benefits according to the DoE
Source: Children in the DoE Public School System and Children in Poverty: New York City
While the programs serve all ages, more than half of the children served in COMPASS & SONYC programs during the
*COMPASS Explore are programs that focus on specific topics and include slots of all age ranges; the totals for elementary and middle school do not include corresponding portions of Explore programming.
Source: New York City Independent Budget Office (Fiscal Year 2018). “Big Rise in After School Programs
Just as important, these programs continue to serve youth over the summer after the school year ends. Summer
It is important to note that these programs encompass only the publicly-funded youth service delivery system, and
Budget cuts to summer programs