Recapturing Summer

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed youth programming in New York City. During a typical summer, 145,000 students across the five boroughs attend programs funded by the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development to support their social, emotional and academic development. To fill the gaps left by COVID-19, a coalition of non-profits – led by Children’s Aid National Center for Community Schools – convened to create Recovery Lab, a plan to recapture summer 2020 by supporting students and families through the transition to the pending school year.

Recovery Lab will provide funding to New York City non-profits that build academic and social emotional skills to support a successful transition back to school.
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Program Outcomes

Young people who participate in this initiative will demonstrate social emotional and academic growth, such as improved self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship- and design-making skills, as well as gains in English Language Arts and increased knowledge or proficiency in STEM.

Funding Requirements

To receive funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:

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Priority Areas

In addition to the requirements stated above, organizations whose applications align with one or more of the following criteria will receive priority consideration for receiving funding:

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Recovery Lab is an initiative of the Robin Hood Relief Fund and is made possible by The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, with additional support from the Gray Foundation.

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