CYI COVID-19 Resources

CYI conducted workshop in partnership with the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub to provide soft skill development for some of the youth and young adults who participate in their Fellowship Movement group.

The Connecting Youth Initiative (CYI) continues to monitor the everyday events of COVID-19 and how it is affecting our youth. Daily living has been altered, creating new obstacles for young people. CYI has created the following resource list for youth and their families. These resources include food banks, shelters, educational and job resources, and more. We hope these resources can be of assistance. The Connecting Youth Initiative encourages everyone to prioritize their health and safety by following state and city guidelines on social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions. In addition, we invite you to find more helpful resources on the Columbia Neighbors COVID-19 site.

Food Assistance


Free WIFI, Low Income Homes
Spectrum is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access  for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll in the service you can call 1-844-488-8395, the company says it will waive installation fees for student households.

NYC Department of Education - Remote Learning Device Request 
To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students.

Internet Options for Low and Fixed Income Households
The bottom line: unless you’re already enrolled in a low-income assistance program like public housing or SNAP, it is unlikely that you qualify for assistance paying for home Internet. However, many providers have plans geared towards low-income customers.



Scholastic Free Learn at Home
Scholastic Learn At Home Provides Daily, Curated Pre-K–9+ Lessons Spanning Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies Content Areas

Grow with Google OnAir – virtual workshops
Google is offering free tools to help you grow your digital skills, no matter where you’re located. Through online workshops and virtual one-on-one coaching sessions, you can learn skills that can help you stay connected and productive while working or managing a business remotely.

General Assembly: Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online lesson
GA has made this 2.5-hour training available for free for anyone with an .edu or .org email address

Usher's New Look Virtual Summer Academy
This FREE program will engage, challenge, and push students to keep working hard to achieve their goals through a variety of virtual workshops that focus on talent and career exploration.

Local Civics Youth Virtual Workshops
Local Civics Youth is offering ongoing workshops that aimed at youth leadership development and career exploration. Their organization's mission is to equip young people and educators with the skills and opportunities to participate meaningfully in all dimensions of civic life, ultimately preparing them for thoughtful and active citizenship in their communities.

PUMP Initiative Virtual High School and Middle School Program
The PUMP Initiative provides virtual academic support, mentoring, career exploration and skill building workshops for high school and middle school students in West Harlem. They are currently accepting applications for their virtual spring and summer programs. Sign-up here.

Manhattan Educational Opportunities Center
The MEOC is offering FREE Summer 2020 programs, via Distance Learning. NYS residents who are 18 or older can apply online TODAY from either a laptop, tablet or mobile device. We're here to help New Yorkers learn English, earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, and prepare for college. Our in-person services continue to be temporarily suspended.  Additional updates and information for potential applicants can be found here.   


    NEON Summer
    A six-week remote learning summer immersion program connecting New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid learning opportunities designed to build skills to succeed in the workplace, strengthen community, and support young people and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Facilitated by community-based providers who specialize in employment readiness, cultural enrichment, mentorship, educational opportunities, arts programming, and mental health/wellness services ---the program offers participants the opportunity to explore career interests, develop work-readiness skills, and express themselves creatively through learning experiences designed to strengthen social, civic, and leadership abilities.

    Application deadline is 6/15/20. Apply here.

    Helps New Yorkers prepare for, and connect to, jobs across New York City's five boroughs and in every sector of the economy. The Virtual Workforce1 Career Center system connects New Yorkers, via web or phone, to one-on-one help from professionals who can help.

    NYC Access Training

    Nontraditional Employment for Women
    NEW is now conducting information sessions on-line: every Tuesday at 10 am and Wednesday at 6 pm. Requirements include: eligible to work in the US; HS Diploma or GED; interested in hands-on training to join a career path in the construction field. Register for an info session.

    NY State Contact Tracing Initiative
    New York State is hiring Contact Tracers, Team Supervisors and Community Support Specialists that will work remotely to make phone calls offering support to individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 and their friends and family members who may have contracted the disease due to coming into contact with them. Salary ranges from $28-$50 per hour. Must be 18 years and older to apply. Must have a HS diploma or equivalent. 


      NYC Health and Hospitals 
      A network of hospitals in New York City that provide care despite insurance status and assists in getting patients connected to insurance.Call for an appointment 1-844-NYC-4NYC

      NYC Human Resources Administration
      Apply for Medicaid, cash assistance, SNAP, and childcare assistance at these HRA sites that also assist individuals in securing jobs.

      NY Health: Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


        Youth Drop-In Centers (Ages 16-21)


        CMCS Sunrise Drop-In
        Address: 333 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10451
        Contact: 718-993-5495
        Drop-in hours: 24/7
        Hours for new client intake: 9am – 8pm (7 days/week)


        SCO Family of Services
        Address: 398 Grant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208
        Contact: 718-277-6403
        Drop-in hours: 24/7
        Hours for new client intake: 24/7


        Ali Forney Center
        Address: 321 W 125th St, New York NY 10027
        Contact: 212-206-0574
        Drop-in hours: 24/7
        Hours for new client intake: Varies; call for details

        The Door
        Address: 555 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
        Contact: 212-941-9090
        Drop-in hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri); 11am – 10pm (Wed) & 11am – 7pm (Sat)
        Hours for new client intake: 2 – 5pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) & 2 – 7pm (Wed)

        Safe Horizon Streetwork
        Address: 209 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
        Contact: 212-695-2220
        Drop-in hours: 12 – 5pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) & 12 – 3pm (Sat & Sun)
        Hours for new client intake: 10am – 12pm (Mon – Tues & Thurs – Sun)


        Sheltering Arms – Jamaica
        Address: 89-74 162nd St, 3rd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432
        Contact: 718-526-2400 ext. 2080
        Drop-in hours: 24/7
        Hours for new client intake: 24/7

        Sheltering Arms – Far Rockaway
        Address: 1600 Central Ave, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
        Contact: 718-471-6818 ext. 2123
        Drop-in hours: 10 am – 8pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 7pm ( Fri) & 12 -8pm (Sat)
        Hours for new client intake: Same as drop-in hours

        Staten Island

        Project Hospitality
        Address: 27 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302
        Contact: 718-876-4752
        Drop-in hours: 24/7
        Hours for new client intake: 24/7

          Food Assistance

          FoodHelp NYC
          To find a location near your home distributing meals for free, including food pantries and Grab & Go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need.

          NYC Schools Free Meals


          • Catholic Charities Rusty Staub Mobile Food Pantry at Highbridge Community Life Center 1527 Jesup Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452 (212) 371-1011 Mobile Food Pantry Hours: Fridays, 10:00am-2:30pm
          • Door of Salvation Ministries 460 E 134th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (718) 993-5532 Pantry Hours: Monday - Friday, 2:00pm-5:00pm
          • Highbridge Advisory Council 880 River Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452 (718) 992-8539 Pantry Hours: Monday - Friday, 2:00pm-5:00pm
          • Missionaries of Charity 335 E 145th Street, Bronx, NY 10451 (718) 292-0019 Pantry Hours: Shelter | Soup Kitchen, 9:30am
          • Missionary Church of Christ 937 Teller Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (718) 588-4545 Pantry Hours: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month: 9:00am-11:00am


          • Salem United Methodist Church Fee Meals - Takes place each week from Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 3PM at SUMC on West 129th St. & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard.  This program will continue for a two-month period through June 7th and longer if needed.
          • Free vegan lunches will be available between 12pm-2pm at Honeybee’s & Mother of Pearl - 95 Avenue A, New York, NY
          • Free vegan lunches will be available between 12pm-2pm Avant Garden - 130 E 7th Street, New York, NY
          • Free vegan lunches will be available between 12pm-2pm Ladybird & Night Music - 111 E 7th Street, New York, NY


          Remote Life Resources: Your Guide to the New Normal
          This is a public, collaborative list of helpful links for anyone working (and living) remotely and looking for great ideas and accessible resources for staying happy, healthy, and safe during this crazy time. Whether you’re home alone, working alongside a roommate, a spouse, or your kids -- we’ve got something for you.