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NEW YORK – Enrollment for the Summer Rising is open, the city administration’s youth and community development officials have announced. To enroll, parents should visit the Department of Education (DOE) website at nyc.gov/SummerRising at once, as spots are limited.
“Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes new opportunities for our students to learn, grow, and thrive,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “Summer Rising will turn our city into a classroom, addressing the COVID-19 learning gap while also reigniting the joy of learning through hands-on educational experience. Together, as a city, we have an opportunity for our students to have an engaged summer — let’s seize the moment.”
Summer Rising is a free program administered by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) that will connect 110,000 elementary and middle school students to fun, culturally relevant, hands-on experiences to strengthen their academic, social, and emotional skills. The program will cover six weeks of programming for middle schoolers and seven weeks for elementary school students in July and August.
“Given the challenges of the last couple of years, I am so excited to kick off enrollment for Summer Rising for what will be one of the most important summers our students will have,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks. “This is a real opportunity for students to return to the joy of learning by engaging in rigorous academic programming while also getting out beyond the four walls of their classrooms and experiencing all our city has to offer.”
Meanwhile, DYCD Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services Susan Haskell said that DYCD’s community-based organizations would be rising to the moment of this historic summer. “Young people will experience even more opportunities for fun, learning, and social-emotional growth,” she said. “Working in partnership with our funded providers and DOE, DYCD is proud to be part of this unprecedented and life-changing expansion of summer programs for youth who are in grades K-8.”
Any NYC student currently in grades K-8 is eligible. Students in DOE or charter schools will need their 9-digit student ID number to enroll. The enrollment portal will also list the DYCD-funded Community-based Organizations (CBO) working with that site. Families who need support completing the application should contact the parent coordinator at their school.
After enrolling, parents will receive an email confirming their child’s Summer Rising seat. Parents and families should contact the parent coordinator at their school with any questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
–With Jay Domingo/PDM