The Young Men's Initiative is tackling the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men in NYC.
  • mashable:

    Eunique Jones Gibson — photographer and creator of the non-profit organization Because of Them, We Can — has launched a new art campaign called Por Ellos, Si Podemos to send a positive message to kids by highlighting influential Latinos in history.


  • School to Prison Pipeline: Understanding and Challenging the Narrative Recap


    On Tuesday April 8th and Wednesday April 9th, 2014 the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) sponsored and hosted a panel discussion on the School to Prison Pipeline with a group of junior and senior high school students from the Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders (Leaders). The students, as well as school administrators, expressed an interest in developing a Restorative Justice approach in their school community and asked for YMI’s assistance in exploring both concepts and contours that contribute to the School to Prison Pipeline. The event featured in person discussions with policy makers, advocates and school personnel.


    Updates and Results:

    The high school students created a student driven plan for restorative justice and presented their findings at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Their new disciplinary approach aims to address each student’s social and emotional needs from case to case as well as help students become positive contributing members of a empathetic school community. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Leaders conducted thirty three mediations, eleven peer mediations, six restorative circles and over fifty conferences, regarding individual student behavior. These efforts resulted in 46 principal suspensions, a decrease from 54 during the previous school year. The school also had zero superintendent suspensions, a decrease from the ten superintendent suspensions the year before. Leaders was the first school in thirteen years to have zero superintendent suspensions within the old Lafayette High School.

    A special thanks to Paul Forbes, Kim Sweet, Khary Lazarre-White, Bob Castello, Clinton Lacey, Elayna Konstan, Josh Laub, Lois Herrera, Prinicipal Taeko Onishi, Jenny Kronenfeld, Jose Dobles, Bob Costello, Dr. Timothy F. Lisante, Clarence G. Ellis and Jahmani Hylton.  

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  • nychealthyneighborhoods:

    Join us Sunday, October 12th at Restoration Plaza in Bed-Stuy for a fun run, walk, and bike ride! There is even a fun run for the kids! Visit to register. 

  • Jobs for New Yorkers Survey on Workforce Development System


    The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development is seeking critical input from individuals who are participating in workforce programs to reach their employment and education goals. We are asking for your help as we build a system that serves New Yorkers better. Please take a few minutes to take our survey and share your ideas and priorities for a new system. The survey will be open until Friday September 26.

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  • mashable:


    Marvel at the majesty of mankind’s many architectural achievements with this selection of 90 celebrated super-structures from around the world—each illustrated in beautiful blueprint-like style.

    So much architecture and design!

  • ted:

    Watch TEDxCERN, now live »

    SCIENCE! DARK MATTER! COSMIC RAYS! ACCELERATING PARTICLES! Learn about all the mad science you love at TEDxCERN today.

    From the brilliant minds who brought you the Large Hadron Collider, you’ll hear talks on attempting nuclear fission in a school science lab, developing nanomaterials that interact with DNA, and much more. 

    Tune in anytime from 7:30am to 7:30pm (EST). 

    You should watch with us. It’ll be fun. 

    (Photo via CERN)

  • brooklynmuseum:

    This summer the museum’s Gallery Studio Program launched an innovative class for kids ages 11-13 called Forward Thinking: 3D Printing, generously funded by Deutsche Bank. Students were selected to present at World Maker Faire, a massive celebration of technologists and makers hosted at the New York Hall of Science.

    Six children represented the class on the Education Stage. They engaged with audience members and described their thoughts and memories about museum artworks, individual and collaborative projects, and what it was like to develop a digital skill set through creative art challenges.

    Posted by Ana Fernandez

  • explore-blog:

    Marie Curie on curiosity, wonder, and the spirit of adventure in science – a wonderful remembrance by her daughter.

    (via pbsdigitalstudios)

  • nycedc:

    Want inspiration? 

    47 NYC public high school students learned to code, build, and pitch mobile apps and business plans from scratch through NYC Generation Tech

    Hear what they have to say about this year’s program. 

  • nycworkforce1:

    Via fastcompany:

    The moments in the careers of women at Airbnb, Pinterest, Facebook, and more that changed everything.

    What we see of others’ lives are highlight reels.

    From a distance, the road to working for a headline-making tech company looks smooth and simple: Start at the bottom, work hard, make the right connections and boom, you’ve made it.

    But for these six women, working for companies that impact our daily lives means making more than a decent salary and having fun doing it. There were moments in each of their lives that changed everything. We asked when they knew they wanted to get into tech – and when that career choice clicked for them.

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  • girl-havoced:

    I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!

    FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)

    IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

    DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)











    Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 

    *There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ most useful.