REVISED – 2020 ARISE! Youth Development in West Harlem
May 15, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: From 2011- 2016, WHDC invested $2.1M to ensure that at least 250 youth in CD9 were guaranteed slots in New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). In 2017, WHDC initiated its own ARISE! Summer Youth Employment and Education Program that serves 100 CD9 high school students each summer paying them living wages for participation in both employment and academic enrichment components. The latter aims to address the “summer slide” that affects some students after the school year. Through 2019, WHDC has expended $3.1M on both ARISE! and our investment in SYEP.
The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has announced the closure of SYEP for 2020. Therefore, in line with DYCD’s directive, WHDC will not operate the employment component of ARISE! However, consistent with WHDC’s sensitivity to this year’s changes in the academic calendar, we are working to maintain the educational component of ARISE! for the summer of 2020 as we explore academic enrichment on a virtual platform.
West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) is pleased to announce the revised 2020 ARISE! (All Rising In Strengthening Excellence) summer youth development program. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, WHDC will run a modified ARISE! for the summer of 2020 from July 6, 2020 through August 14, 2020. WHDC will offer the academic enrichment component of ARISE! for six weeks on a virtual platform. There will be no worksite employment component for 2020.
2020 Program Dates: Monday, July 6th – Friday, August 14th
1) At least 14 years of age by July 6, 2020
2) Current student (8th – 11th grade)
3) West Harlem – Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9) resident
4) A commitment to completing the entire six (6) weeks of program without interruption
The youth application period for Summer 2020 is now open. For general information about ARISE!, please review the Full Program Overview. Please apply HERE (link works best on a laptop or desktop). If you have previously submitted an application for the 2020 program, please reapply. The deadline for complete applications is 11:59pm Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Contact ARISE! Senior Manager Ken Miles via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We look forward to this summer!