New York City continues to make significant progress in expanding opportunities for people of all backgrounds. However, as we look at the data on poverty, high school dropouts, unemployment, and crime, one fact stands out: black and Latino young men are disproportionately affected. That is why we launched the Young Men's Initiative—our comprehensive program to help black and Latino young men build stronger futures for themselves and their families.
Young Men's Initiative is one of the most ambitious initiatives of its kind. Over the next three years, we will invest more than $43 million annually in both public and private funds to find new ways to connect with, and help, Black and Latino young men. We will do this through a comprehensive approach that involves our education, health, employment training, and justice systems.
Since Young Men's Initiative was launched in 2011, City agencies have already put new policies into practice. For instance, participants can access mentoring opportunities and job counseling services, as well as tutoring and educational support services.
Our goal is simple: to ensure that more young men fully share in the promise of the American Dream. I invite you to learn more about Young Men's Initiative and how you can get involved in supporting this important work.
Michael R. Bloomberg
The My Voice, Our City competition encouraged black and Latino young men, ages 16-24, local organizations, and community leaders to submit program ideas that will brighten the future of New York City. We have announced the competition winners. Learn more at www.myvoiceourcity.com