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Youth and Education

OPHC understands that hate is learned, but it can also be unlearned. By prioritizing education initiatives and the creation of curricular resources for youth, OPHC has engaged in long-term approaches to preventing hate crimes in New York City through:

HeARTwork Against Hate Contest

The HeARTwork Against Hate is a creative initiative for New York City youth launched by the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes in September 2020.

It is important to support young New Yorkers at a time of great stress resulting from the combination of a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, school changes, scapegoating, and issues of systemic racism that have come to the fore. HeARTwork Against Hate is an opportunity and a platform for young New Yorkers to use artistic expression as an outlet. 

Learn more about HeARTwork Against Hate

Heroes Against Hate

The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) in partnership  with NYC-based comic book artist Michael O’Shea, created the Comic Book Project, and, in partnership with OPHC, focused the 2020 project on the theme,   “Heroes Against Hate.” 

The  comic book tells the story of young New Yorkers joining forces with “Nurse Healthy” to battle the villain “Mr. No Mask”  to bring New Yorkers together against hate, discrimination, and harassment. 

View the “Heroes Against Hate” comic book

Youth Leadership Council Against Hate

The OPHC joined the NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) organized by NYC Service & Generation NYC to form its own Youth Leadership Council Against Hate (YLCAH). The YLCs are a network of youth groups focused on policy, practice, and advocacy to make local change happen—each YLC is a space to team up with others, share ideas, create solutions, and put those solutions into action with support from City agencies, schools, and community organizations. 

The OPHC invited youth leaders (grades 9-12) from New York City schools to serve as  advisors on the development of a hate crime curriculum. In this new initiative, the Youth Leadership Council Against Hate (YLCAH) provides close feedback on the curriculum,  as well as provides input on other issues highlighted by the OPHC, including restorative justice, victim services, education resources, and strategies to enhance incident reporting. YLCAH members learn skills to be upstanders against hate, providing their peers with educational resources on how to prevent and respond to hate crimes and bias incidents in their own schools. 

If you are interested in learning more about OPHC’s YLC, email