Programming Model

DFOY's programs are divided into various types, depending on source of funding and programming model. Programs operate on four different "cycles" that align with the traditional break periods of the New York City school system. Although cycle themes change, they always relate to the underlying mission of DFOY, which is to "engage young people 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."


Cornerstone Program

The DFOY Cornerstone program operates out of the Butler Community Center (NYC Housing Authority). Through this Program, DFOY serves 200 participants. Community Centers are open six days a week for eleven hours a day, and provide services to students of all ages and adults, with the greatest focus on middle school participants.


School’s Out NYC (SONYC)

SONYC programs are developed for students in the sixth through eighth grades. DFOY has implemented SONYC at M.S. 181 (Co-op City, Bronx), M.S. 498 (Morris Park, Bronx), M.S. 180 (Co-op City, Bronx), St. Ignatius (Hunts Point, Bronx) and the Cornelia Connelly Center (Manhattan). Structured like clubs, the model offers young people a choice in how they spend their time, provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts, and emphasizes youth leadership through service. SONYC programs use trips and other tools as a means of providing opportunities for instruction beyond a traditional learning setting. Programs are offered three hours each day, five days per week.



The Comprehensive After School System of New York City (COMPASS NYC) integrates the best Out-of-School Time (OST) practices with the expansion of afterschool programs serving middle school students. The COMPASS program is currently offered at P.S. 204, P.S. 72 and P.S. 498. COMPASS aims to help young people build skills to advance their academic achievement, raise their confidence, and cultivate their leadership skills through service learning and other civic engagement opportunities.



The Learning to Work (LTW) Program  is an active partner at transfer schools, full-time high schools designed to re-engage students who have fallen behind in credits. The program works with students to overcome the obstacles preventing them from obtaining a high school diploma and guides them toward employment and/or further educational opportunities after graduation.

At Satellite Academy Transfer High School, LTW complements the classroom services provided by the NYC Dept. of Education and icludes academic and student support, career and educational exploration, work preparation, skills development, college tours, job fairs, and paid internships. Internships are offered in a variety of fields to serve the interests of the students.