The Young Men's Initiative is tackling the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men in NYC.
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    Michael Sam Honored at the 2014 ESPY Awards

    During an emotional speech, Sam said:

    "The way I see it, my responsibility at this moment in history is to stand up for everybody out there who wants nothing more than to be themselves openly. Recently, a friend asked me to talk to his sister, a young woman who was considering killing herself rather than accepting and sharing with her loved ones the fact that she’s gay. When we spoke, she told me she would never consider hurting herself and that somehow my example helped her. It’s amazing to think that, by just doing what we can, we can all touch, change and even save lives."


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  • NYC’s new Paid Sick Leave Law applies to most employees in NYC and is now in effect. Employees can start using earned sick leave on July 30, 2014. Visit or call 311 for more information.

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  • Pride

    At the start of this past June, President Obama officially declared June to be LGBT Pride Month. New York City has long been the LGBTQ Pride Mecca of the world. This following the very first Pride Marchin 1970; becoming then an annual civil rights demonstration. 

    Having been at the forefront of working with Black and Latino young men, we here at the NYC Young Men’s Initiative are going one step further in becoming more intentional in or work by being more inclusive, mindful, and affirming of the LGBTQ community. Narratives are born out of belonging to multiple stigmatized and marginalized identities. Unique and nuanced experiences are lived at the intersection of the avenues of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Other city agencies have chosen to lead by example. NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services recently generated and released the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Best Practices Guide, the first by a child welfare and juvenile justice government agency in the nation. The NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation launched the new Metropolitan Hospital Comprehensive LGBT Health Center, which tailors care to the LGBT community. At the NYC Young Men’s Initiative, we’re currently working to ensure we’re becoming more LGBTQ mindful and inclusive across all our endeavors. Be visible. Be young. Be bold. Be proud.

    -YMI Team

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    The cell phone. The air conditioning unit. Deep-fried twinkies.

    These are just a few examples drawn from New York City’s long history of invention and innovation— a history that continues to evolve today, as the boroughs brim with ideas driven by the needs and imaginative powers of New Yorkers.

    At NYCEDC, we work to give people with ideas the tools they need to tinker, test and ultimately turn their ideas into thriving companies that create jobs. So we are proud to announce that applications for the 2014 round of New York’s Next Top Makers are now open!

    Currently in its second year, the Next Top Makers is a program that encourages both innovation and local manufacturing in New York City. Technologists, entrepreneurs, designers—- and really, anyone with a great idea—- can apply for the opportunity to build their prototype and take it to market with the support of space, funding, and mentorship facilitated by NYCEDC. Dozens of entrants will be narrowed down to six finalists, who will receive a 12-month residency with resources, business workshops, and mentorship from industry experts to come up with a prototype of their product.

    The 2014 program dives deeper into making connections between New York City’s people and New York City’s products. A Maker’s Map will allow the city’s innovators to connect to Fab Labs, Maker facilities, and other resources that offer legal advice, design and crowd funding, support, storytelling, business acumen, access to tools, software, space and financing. New programs will help support women Makers, as well as community events will help New Yorkers throughout all five boroughs learn new skills and hear what’s happening in their backyards.

    Submit your ideas by September 3 to become one of New York’s Next Top Makers, and learn more about the program here.

    We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

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  • "Twenty one year old Jesus Benitez was in search of somewhere he could get his GED certificate. To him that certificate would be the first step to gainful employment. It meant the 21 year old single father and Bronx native would be able to provide a better life for his four year old Mason. The 200 dollar check he received each month did not guarantee them stability. It was then that Benitez stumbled upon CUNY’s Fatherhood Academy. What he thought would be a starchy rigid program was so much more than he expected. Jesus has successfully completed the program. The success of the program in his life has propelled him into achieving more. He is currently at La Guardia Community College taking remedial Math and English classes in order to pursue a degree in Information Technology.”

  • Are you a youth-serving organization working with 13-19 year olds? Check out the NEW Teens in NYC: “Getting Sexual Health Services Workshop Facilitation Guide,” a simple workshop you can conduct in any setting to teach teens about visiting a clinic for sexual health services.

  • How can New York City public school students more effectively support their schools in maintaining a safe and supportive environment that is free from bullying? Read more.

  • Know where to go, what to get, and what to expect. Download the free Teens in NYC app on iOS: or Android: You can also 311 or search “NYC Teen” on and click on the Teens in NYC app image for clinics that see teens.


  • Why not sell your unique creations to the world and earn more income?

    How many times have you thought about selling your custom-made jewelry or decorative home items to complete strangers? If your friends and family are already customers, you’re probably on to something big.

    Don’t miss another sales opportunity! To help you launch your craft business, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is offering the NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program, in partnership with Etsy, and funded by Citi Community Development.

    Apply today for an upcoming session of the NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program hosted at Workforce1 Centers locations across NYC. We will also be offering classes in Spanish this round in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Classes start in late July. 

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  • mashable:

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 marks 50 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act. The landmark piece of legislation outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and ended segregation in public services.

    Here are a few photos that offer just a glimpse of the struggle for equality. Check out the full list here.

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  • Check out the NYC Young Men’s Initiative Special Edition 2014 Newsletter.

  • fdny:

    FDNY graduated 10 paramedics and 85 EMTs on June 30.

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  • nychealthyneighborhoods:

    Assistant Commissioner for the Brooklyn DPHO, Dr. Aletha Maybank spoke at an HIV testing event in Times Square yesterday in support of National HIV Testing Day in NYC. At the event, Dr. Maybank encouraged all New Yorkers—man or woman, gay or straight, young or old— to get tested and know their HIV status. Within her messages, Dr. Maybank urged that we all must fight the stigma of social disgrace related to the talking, teaching, and testing of HIV.

    In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, the New York City Department of Health and community partners are working together to offer free HIV testing at special events citywide.

    To find out more about these events, call 311.

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