This is an update from the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation (RDRC).           

Summer Youth Employment Program: The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) recently awarded RDRC a contract to provide 300 high school students with employment, paid internships and training focused on specific career pathways identified in partnership with the Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology and the Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability. Targeted fields include but not limited to: healthcare, construction, retail, information and technology, finance, insurance, and legal services.

The RDRC team is currently conducting the enrollment process of youth applicants selected for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Our goal is to provide a minimum of 1,200 Rockaway youth with jobs skills training, financial education and paid employment during the months of July and August. The Worksite Development Team is actively recruiting businesses and not-for-profits organizations located throughout NYC and western Nassau County to become SYEP worksites. Our goal is to establish 400 SYEP worksites! If you are interested in becoming a SYEP Worksite Sponsor, call 718-327-5300 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adult Learning: The Office of Information Systems & Technology Training is currently providing basic computer and Microsoft Office training leading to professional certification in MS Word for our adult learners. Since July 1, 2017 RDRC has provided computer instruction and open lab 90 students. We are pleased to also announce that five of our advanced students are now Microsoft Systems certified experts in Word.

The lab is available free-of-charge and made possible through a grant from Spectrum and the continued support of NYC Councilman Donovan Richards.

Neighborhood Preservation: RDRC's Business & Professional Services focuses on providing housing counseling to first time homebuyers, existing homeowners at-risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure, and credit counseling services. In addition to providing HUD certified housing counseling services, our team works with a variety of lenders such as Bank of America, TD Bank, Investors Bank and Santander Bank to find the right mortgage loan product for our clients. During the March - April period, the RDRC has seen a strong demand for first-time homebuyer counseling that has resulted in approximately 20 first-time homebuyer certificates being awarded during that period.

To learn more about our housing counseling services, upcoming workshops or classes contact Malcolm Harewood, Director of BPS at 718-327-5300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Merchants: The Rockaway East Merchants Association (REMA) continues to expand its membership and reach throughout the Downtown Far Rockaway Business District. With over 35 members and growing, it is on pace to reach its target of 50 members by the end of this calendar year according to REMA Board President, LaVida Jervis. The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at 1920 Mott Avenue, Room 5.

Who We Are: Founded in 1978 the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents of the Rockaways.

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