2002-05-11 / Columnists

The RDRC Community Update

DOE In-School Program & RDRC College Tour, 2002
By Curtis Archer, Executive Director

DOE In-School Program & RDRC College Tour, 2002

From March 27 – 29, 2002, Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation’s Youth Division (RDRC) and the Department of Employment In-School Program (DOE) sponsored a College Tour. The College Tour was attended by forty-one (41) youth, ages 14-18. In addition, adult chaperones accompanied the youth in order to insure that their safety and needs were met.

The College Tour visited six colleges that included: St. Joseph's University and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Delaware State University and Bowie State University in Delaware, Southeastern University and the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.

The College Tour was a great success because of the relationships and partnerships of the youth, parents/guardians, RDRC staff, the tour company, and last but not least-- the hospitality of the staff at the universities.

We believe that the participants on the tour were given an opportunity to see and explore different campuses and hopefully they will also develop a desire to further their education and prepare for various careers and their future endeavors. RDRC is looking forward to future outings and visits to other colleges as we expand our young people’s scope of knowledge.

The Summer Youth Employment Program

Once again, RDRC and the New York City Department of Employment (DOE) will conduct a Summer Youth Employment Program (YEP) for the year 2002. RDRC typically receive more than 1,300 applications per year for summer employment opportunities. Unfortunately, they cannot all be accommodated. We receive funding to allow for a maximum service level of 600 to 625 young people. Some basic program requirements are printed below:

  • Program applications are being distributed to the residents of the Rockaway Peninsula during April and until May 4, 2002;
  • Youth who are registered in the DOE In-School Program are eligible to participate in the Summer Program without completing the Summer YEP application;
  • Other youth who are currently participating or have participated in other after-school programs at RDRC must complete an application;
  • Young residents not involved in RDRC Youth Programs must also complete the YEP application in order to be considered for the Summer YEP.

It is important to note that all applications will be reviewed for eligibility by the Department of Employment.

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