FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES ONLINE COMPETITION SOLICITING IDEAS FROM YOUNG MEN TO REDUCE RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES
Young Men Will Have the Opportunity to Win $5,000 Toward A Winning Project On Business Development, Employment or Education
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Young Men’s Initiative Director Jahmani Hylton and Ashoka Changemakers President Diana Wells today launched “My Voice, Our City: What will you do?,” an online competition encouraging black and Latino young men to offer ideas that could help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in New York City. Individuals, as well as organizations that work directly with young black and Latino men, can submit entries from today through July 24th for a chance to win up to $36,000 in prizes.
“The Young Men’s Initiative was created to reduce the disparities holding back too many young black and Latino men,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “By working together, we can help more young men take control of their lives and futures.”
“We are excited to tap into the creativity, achievement and entrepreneurship that already exist within New York City’s neighborhoods,” said Deputy Mayor Gibbs. “This competition is a chance for young men to propose ideas, share their thoughts and be empowered to help build a better City.”
“This competition represents an opportunity to hear the voices of young people, particularly black and Latino young men,” said Young Men’s Initiative Director Jahmani Hylton. “Through this competition, young people can contribute in a way that can really make a difference to their communities and the City.
“Ashoka excels at uncovering solutions wherever they exist and connecting them so that they work together to accelerate positive change,” said Ashoka President Diana Wells. “We are particularly excited to be bringing these important voices and solutions to the forefront of innovation in New York City as part of the Young Men’s Initiative.”
About the Competition
The Ashoka ChangeMakers Competition is open to all organizations and individuals that have a presence in New York City and have a clear plan to implement their entry in one or more of New York City’s five boroughs. Ideas should reflect the theme of the challenge — “My Voice, Our City: What will you do?,” engage in activities that strengthen New York City for young black and Latino men and address one or more of the following topics:
Proposals should be measurable and sustainable, driven by original ideas and with a financing mechanism, or plan, in place.
Prizes include $36,000 in total unrestricted funding to use towards the implementation or growth of the projects proposed in top entries including:
For more information about the competition and how to enter, visit www.myvoiceourcity.com
About the Young Men’s Initiative
Through an innovative public-private partnership, including contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at the Open Society Foundation, the City is investing more than $127 million over a three year period, to support new programs and policies that are designed to address disparities between young black and Latino men and their peers across numerous outcomes related to education, health, employment, and the criminal justice system.
About Ashoka Changemakers
Ashoka Changemakers is a community of action that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other. Through its online collaborative competitions and open-source process, Changemakers.com is one of the world’s most robust spaces for launching, discussing, and funding ideas to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three-decade history and belief that we all have the ability to be a changemaker.
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