Message from Site Director(s)

Dear Directions For Our Youth Families and Community,

Welcome to the new home of M.S. 498 DFOY – we are excited for another school year and look forward to using this page to keep you updated on news, events, as well as shining the DFOY spotlight on parents, staff, or participants through the DFOY Agent of Change highlighted below. We also encourage you to follow DFOY on social media to see more content from our activities, along with other DFOY programs. Just click any of the social media icons on the top right of this page to follow DFOY!

This year we have some new and exciting changes within our M.S.498 DFOY, with change comes new experiences that will be shared with our middle school participants. We plan to have exciting and fun activities that will be engaging for our participants. Our program is to inspire our youth to be the positive change they want to see in the world. There will be a monthly “Participant of the Month” & “Staff of the Month” to showcase their hard work and motivate others to reach for success. We will have several celebrations for the participants, staff & DFOY families to say thank you for the support of our program! We seek to create an educational, fun, and inspiring program. We want our staff, participants, and administrative support to feel appreciated for their efforts to make M.S. 498 the best program it can be.

Please feel free to reach out at any time! We have included our contact information below, and look forward to being in touch throughout the year.


Address: 1640 Bronxdale Ave, The Bronx, NY 10462

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Quarterly Update

This month will most importantly feature our Women’s Empowerment Event. This event is dedicated to hardworking women who have overcome obstacles to succeed in their line of work. These women have made an impact on their communities and continue to break barriers for future women. In collaboration with the elementary school program, all of 498 will come together to show appreciation for the amazing women in the P.S. 498/Van Nest Academy community. Our Step Team will dedicate a performance to women’s empowerment and our Sorority Sisters, an all-girls group, will perform an original poem about how women have made a difference in their community. Finally, our visual arts group will create silhouettes of women and other decorations for this event.

Thank you again to all of our parents and guardians for supporting our community!

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    M.S. 498 program staff lead participants in an African inspired Zumba routine.

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More Coming Fall 2020

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  • Melina

    Agent of Change

    Melina has been nominated as our “Agent of Change” because of how caring she is. Melina works along with other staff members as a volunteer after program hours to help clean and pack up work supplies. Melina also is one of the employees at DFOY Store and is responsible for tracking the store’s sales and revenue. She is a wonderful, kind, thoughtful, and helpful participant. She deserves to be honored for the month of March!

    DFOY M.S.498 says thank you, Melina!

  • Jacinda

    Agent of Change

    Jacinda is our “Staff of the Month!” She has showcased her creativity as the leader of visual arts. She always adds her own flavor to the props, and she helps our participants create for events! She has shown great leadership qualities and has been a wonderful addition to our team!

    DFOY says thank you, JuJu!

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