DYCD has announced more and new changes to the operation of the Lafayette Gardens Community Center effective July 1, 2016.

Sponsorship and Leadership of the Community Center has been awarded to Grand Street Settlement,
They are excited about coming to our community and feel they can make a difference.

Grand Street Settlement believes people and communities to be empowered, they need to be involved in decision-making. Deciding what opportunities, possibilities, or outcomes of we want to be a part, or make happen, is how we inspire agency, create shared ownership, generate advocacy, and how we launch action. Helping other people be a part of this process is at the center of why we give back: it feels good to help others. It’s also how we achieve social and political change!

Anyone interested in applying for positions should contact them directly. they are actively seeking activity specialists and a Program Director!

In July of 2016 Grand Street Settlement will run programs at Cornerstone centers and we are seeking qualified Program Directors. They are located at Community Centers in Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan:
TITLE: Cornerstone Program Director (9 SLOTS)
DEPARTMENT: Youth and Community Development Services
PROGRAM: DYCD Cornerstone Initiative
WORK SCHEDULE: School-Year: Monday-Friday, 2 p.m.- 10 p.m., alternating Saturdays
Summer: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; at least 3 days out of the summer program weeks PD must close program at 11pm; Saturdays (various); as an exempt employee, working hours will include non-standard hours
SALARY RANGE: $40,000-60,000/ year; Commensurate with credentials, work related experience, program contract work scope, and funding level.
REPORTS TO: Deputy Director
DATE: July 1, 2016
JOB SUMMARY: Grand Street Settlement Cornerstone Program Directors are responsible for the overall development, implementation, and supervision of the NYCHA Community Center. In addition, there is an expectation of high quality, innovative programming for our elementary, middle school, high school and adult participants.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent of 5+ years in youth services, at least 2 of those years are in a supervisorial role required; master's degree in a related field preferred
  • Familiarity with the LES or respective BK communities, key stakeholders and resources
  • Experienced in designing, planning, and implementing structured programs
  • 2+ years in supervising more than 10 program staff
  • 2+ years of budget, contract and grant management experience
  • Ability to work independently, assesses priorities, and take initiative
  • High level of proficiency in administrative work
  • Capacity to thrive under pressure while working on multiple tasks and projects
  • Knowledge of the public education system and positive youth development best practices
  • Strong public speaking, writing and organizational skills
  • A team player with demonstrated commitment to working with urban youth and young adults from an asset-based perspective
  • Ability to set up and maintain work environment that challenges gender stereotypes and is LGBTQIA+-friendly
  • A background in partnering with the Department of Education and local community based organizations to support programs
  • Have skills in experiential learning and group facilitation with youth
  • Must be an outstanding strategic thinker
  • Must be flexible, cooperative and willing to work in a team environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite
  • Proficiency in a variety of internet research and communication functions
  • Experienced in DYCD programming regulations and DYCD online
  • Must have NYS Food Handler's Certificate
  • Must be CPR and Advanced First Aid Certified
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish or Chinese preferred) a plus
Program & Community Development:
  • Required to complete SACC Program Director's (30 hour) credentials
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to full-time and part-time program staff
  • Recruit, hire, orient and evaluate program staff assigned to center-based after school program, evenings, Saturdays and summer day camp
  • Provide direct/indirect supervision of all program staff and delivery of services on a day-to-day basis, in order to ensure that all goals, targets, and performance outcomes are met on a daily/weekly/monthly basis
  • Responsible for participant recruitment and retention strategies by utilizing the DYCD online report
  • Serves as the primary liaison for school administration, parents and other community entities and constituencies
  • Prepare and evaluate mid-year performance reviews of program staff
  • Work with program staff to improve job performance through ongoing mentoring and coaching, and monthly staff development
  • Facilitate bi-monthly team meetings and ensure that all staff meetings are properly executed
  • Set, communicate and enforce clear standards for quality youth development programming
  • Actively engage community residents, local businesses, community leaders, tenant association, youth, and Resident Advisor to participant on monthly advisory board and youth council to support to community needs
  • Must understand and navigate community culture and dynamic to ensure program quality
  • Participate in ongoing efforts to advocate for program needs via community coalition building and via administering feedback surveys and program assessments
  • Seek partnership opportunities and bring in at least 3 new partners a year to leverage resources to support programs
  • Create quarterly community events, special events, and workshop series
  • Assess program on quarterly to ensure that community needs are met
  • Ensure attendance tracking and reporting meets contractual requirements regarding enrollment and attendance.
  • Respond to all electronic and phone communication within 2 business days
  • Ensure all DOH School-Aged Child Care and DOH Summer Day Camp regulations and procedures are complied with and conduct quarterly self-checklist inspection
  • Coordinate and execute all major events and activities along with other GSS's Program Directors
  • Responsible for the CACFP Food Program and all of its components, including reporting and maintaining appropriate documentation
  • Communicate with NYCHA and DYCD key stakeholders, as well as participate in meetings
  • Prepare monthly calendar of events, programs, meetings, and activities.
  • Create a budget plan that supports program needs and ensure timely spending.
  • Collaborate on cross-borough and agency/ department wide events and strategic planning efforts
  • Maintain and diligently follow up on facility logs to ensure timely response
  • Ensure maintenance and cleanliness of facility and coordinate with agency (NYCHA & DYCD) to proactively and effectively address facility issues
  • Bi-yearly beautification/upgrade projects for the center
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director/CPO
SUMMER: Manage MS Expansion program (open seven days a week) as required and be available during off hours to provide additional support, as needed to the Assistant Director and Evening Supervisors (including weekends).



The Community Center of Lafayette Gardens is under the direction and leadership of 
Denise Guess, Center Director
Shawanna Williams, Consultant
Carrie Walton, Food Servcie
Leron Obie, Caretaker

The Bridge Program - Mayo Ito
The Write Girls Program - Madaffi Pierre
Young Leaders of Tomorrow - TYree Stanback

The month of April, traditionally the transitional month of winter to Spring is no exception this year. The arrival of warm weather and cheerful thoughts means the Community Center is in full swing with a host of Spring and warm weather events. most noticeably the election of our new Youth Association Officers who serve a term of 1 year from June until May. Congratulations to the newly elected
President - Kyi Kelly
Vice President - Kenya Bell
Secretary - Samaya Watkins
Treasurer - Ericka Bostick
Sergeant of Arms - Patrick Lawson
The new board will be sworn in at a celebration ceremony and reception in June. Please support and celebrate our young resident leaders.

The NYCHA Summer Camp Program again this year is $350.00 per child and slots go early, so if interested please any Community center staff for more information and an application packet. Those of us who are contemplating receiving or applying for assistance with the payment need to act quickly as all monies are required to be paid before enrollment is official.

The Lafayette Gardens After School Program is still in full effect for our young people ages 6 to 12 years of age. Each afternoon and early evening they enjoy reading, writing, fun, food, computers and The Bridge Program, The Write Girls and our Young Leaders of Tomorrow Mentoring Program. All programs are in cooperation with Brooklyn Community Operations, Our Community Partners and The Resident Association of Lafayette Gardens. The After School Program operates from September to June of each year. If you are interested in the program contact any Community Center staff.

The Youth Prom will be occurring again this June, it was a very popular and well attended event last Spring celebrating our young graduates and those moving on to the next grades. It is an affair for the young "Stars" to dress up and be recognized by their community.

The Youth Association will be adventuring to Washington, DC, our nations capital again this summer. There are limited seats and spaces available. We have requested tickets to tour the White House and as a result all attendees on the trip this year must provide certain information to the US Secret Service before entering the White House grounds. If you are interested in your child attending the tickets will be $25.00 per child, each child must be between the ages of  7 and 12 years of age, with a clean criminal record. To reserve a spot for your child, please see TYree in the Resident Association Office or Community Center.

The Community Center Teen Program and the Youth Association are currently assisting youth between the ages of 14 and 24 may apply for the various Summer Youth Employment Programs offered by NYCHA and DYCD. If you would like more information contact TYree or Mrs. Guess in the Community Center for more details.

Adult Nights offer an opportunity for the mature and sexy crowd of 21 and older to enjoy the center exclusively to themselves every Thursday evening for games, fun and food from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM in the Community Center. Open to all adult members of the community.

Family Nights offer an opportunity for FAMILIES to enjoy the center exclusively to themselves the last Friday of each month for games, fun and food from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM in the Community Center. Open to all families of the community.

The Write Girls Program will host a Family Literacy Night on the evening of April 25th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in the Community Center. All Community Families are invited to join us as we make reading and writing a Family Affair!




DYCD is committed to expanding opportunities for New York City's young people. Our youth employment programs help young people to gain workplace experience and further their education.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
A seven-week summer employment initiative open to young people between the ages of 14 and 24. Participants work up to 25 hours a week while earning $7.25 per hour in assignments that include government agencies, hospitals, summer camps, nonprofits, small businesses, and retailers. The application process begins April.

NYC Ladders for Leaders
An innovative program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in summer internships with some of the most dynamic corporations and businesses in New York City.

Young Adult Internship Program
As part of Mayor Bloomberg's Commission for Economic Opportunity, DYCD is providing the most job-ready disconnected youth with short-term paid internships, job placements, and follow-up services.

In-School Youth (ISY) Program
Provides occupational skills, employment services, and educational opportunities to low-income high school juniors and seniors.

Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program
Provides extensive job training and employment services to 16-21 year-olds who are not enrolled in school.

Find a program

Additional Resources:

NY State Department of Labor
NYS Jobs
Careers with DYCD
Pathfinder is an online resource where trainers, employers and people who work with kids connect to share job, training and career opportunities in New York City! Membership is free and offers current information on job openings, trainings and educational opportunities that will help you have the greatest possible positive impact on kids.



The Lafayette Gardens Girls Scouts, Brownies, Daisies and their leaders put their skills and talents together during the holiday season as they hosted a very special event for their fellow scouts and families who are the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Funded in part with a special Relief Grant by the Citizens Committee For New York City and donations the scouts collected, they were able to provide much needed gifts, clothing and all sorts of supplies such as detergent, sanitary items and food to very deserving  women and children at a very special party. scouts from Lafayette Gardens in Brooklyn were able to work side by side and hand in hand with Scouts from affected areas in coordinating this event after finding out exactly what and ehy the items were needed from personal visits. The 4 events taught our young women about the effects of disaster and emergencies and how to cope with the aftermath.

Our special thanks also go out to all the groups and funders that made this important and valuable learning experience possible for our Scouts and youth.

  • Citizens Committee for New York City
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • New York City Housing Authority
  • Youth Association of Lafayette Gardens, Inc.
  • Tenants Association of Tompkins Houses, Inc.
  • Lee Church, Community Advocate
  • Khari Edwards, Candidate for New York City Council
  • Girl Scouts of America, Inc.
  • US Marine Corps Toy's for Tots Program, Inc.
  • Goods 360, Inc.



Don't forget to take time to stop by the Association Office and renew your memberships! All memberships expired on December 31, 2012 and beginning Tuesday January 8th  the new memberships are available for registration.

Any person residing in Lafayette Gardens or the Community may join and take advantage of the benefits BUT only residents legally on the lease may vote in elections and on Association Business.

Memberships are for the new legislative period of January 2013 until December 31, 2015. the terms of the membership are subject to change without notice. Adult memberships are $6.00 and Youth Association Memberships are $3.00.

  • Membership benefits include but are not limited to:
  • Free Trips, Events and Sporting events
  • Adult Nights, Family Days Events and Holiday Gifts, Toys and Food Assistance
  • Legal Referrals, Management Advocacy and Social Services
  • Pantry Services
  • Medical Assistance and Referrals
  • Repair Assistance and Advocacy
  • Free telephone Calls in our office
  • Free use of Computers, Faxing and Printing
  • Job Searches and Resume Service
Membership has it's privileges and so much more, come by and get more information!



You are cordially invited to come out and join us for all the action, excitement and passion that is LIU Men's Basket ball on Thursday Night January 10th. We will depart the Community Center at 6:00PM for a 7:00 Tip Off. We are providing free bus fare and admission to the game! If interested, please sign up with TYree in the Association Office or see Coach Jerry.