The Young Men's Initiative is tackling the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men in NYC.
  • nycworkforce1:

    Via fastcompany:

    Designer, developer, data scientist are all predicted to be in-demand jobs in the coming year. How to land one? Not the way you think.

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  • Cuny Fatherhood Academy Evaluation

    YMI, CEO and the Urban Institute released an evaluation of the CUNY Fatherhood Academy (CFA), a 16-week high school equivalency and college preparatory program serving New York City fathers ages 18 to 24 years old. As a component of YMI, CFA was launched with funding from the Campaign for Black Achievement at the Open Society Foundations.  CFA, with participants being 62% Black and 38% Latino, uses a cohort-model and promotes responsible parenting, college readiness, and employment among unemployed and underemployed fathers. The findings from this evaluation show CFA has increased HSE attainment by nearly 9% compared to NYS average, focus on fatherhood was the primary draw for participants, and the location on the LaGuardia Community College campus impacted participant confidence and motivation.

    Read the Executive Summary or read the Urban Institute’s Full Report.

  • nycedc:

    This Week in NYC Tech

    This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!

    Monday, August 11

    CTO School

    6:30 pm: This group is for NYC Startup CTOs, VPs of engineering, tech leads, and technologists. Membership is limited to senior technical leaders for the purpose of discussing issues related to management of technology. Click here to join. 

    August Geo NYC: Multidimensional Maps

    6:30 pm: Celebrate OpenStreetMap’s tenth year and learn about projects that are visualizing digital maps in the third and fourth dimension.Join and follow the conversation at #geonyc for the latest updates.

    Queens Tech Speaker Series

    6:30 pm: This inaugural fireside chat series will be hosted at Coalition for Queens, featuring Vengo Labs CEO Brian Shimmerlik and Upstage Ventures founder Mark Wachen. 100% of ticket sales will go to Coalition for Queens to foster technology innovation in Queens.

    Tuesday, August 12

    Big Ideas for Smart Cities- Arts and Culture

    6:30 pm: Join LaunchLM for this series at the Seaport, focused on innovations to create a more technologically advanced public realm within Lower Manhattan. 

    How Spotify Helps Engineers Grow

    7:00 pm: This talk by Spotify Chapter Lead Chris Angove will illustrate how Spotify is organized around empowering engineers to excel. It will cover the strategies Spotify uses to improve organization structure as well as non-linear career development paths.

    NYC Data Science - Neo4j Intro Workshop

    7:00 pm: Open Data folks! The NYC Data Science meetup will show how to use Neo4j, and explain user cases using R+hadoop+Neo4j. $5 collected for dinner and to cover costs. 

    Wednesday, August 13

    AlleyNYC Happy Hour Showcase

    6:30 pm: Join one of NYC’s premier co-working spaces for another edition of AlleyNYC’s Happy Hour Showcase powered by SquadUP. Drink, mingle, and learn about two awesome startups, TWIP and LIbrary for All. It’s free!

    Music Tech Meetup

    7:00 pm:  Check out these latest music startups. Demos from Streaming Tank, the Harry Fox Agency, Loudie, MusicFirst, and Lyte. Please RSVP.

    Ladies Who Code

    7:00 pm:  This week features a whirlwind tour of Haskell. With Haskell you can more easily tackle fast matching, quick transformations and get tighter security for free. Learn about this language with other ladies.

    Thursday, August 14

    Startup Coffee

    6:00 pm:  Amusemi is a dining club for designers, entrepreneurs and friends. Meet other startup enthusiasts at coffee in the East Village with Itai Tsiddon, cofounder of Lightricks. 

    Innovation, Translation, and Conflicts of Interest

    6:30 pm: Naomi Schrag and Mike Klein from Columbia University’s Office of Research Compliance and Training will provide an overview of university perspectives on academic-industry collaborations, touching on conflict of interest regulations and policies, faculty affairs and governance, and other key issues that come up in complex collaborations. Hosted at Harlem Biospace

    GA + Tim Wu Present: Net Neutrality and the Politics of Entrepreneurship

    7:00 pm: Join Tim Wu, the “father” of Net Neutrality and democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York for a discussion on political issues affecting entrepreneurs and the creative class. Topics will include Net Neutrality, regulation of small business, immigration policy, political corruption, and ways that you get can involved in politics and policy formation.

    Friday, August 15

    Raising Startup Capital

    12:00 pm: One of the most critical issues facing entrepreneurs is deciding if and when it makes sense to raise outside capital. This General Assembly class will help students understand term sheets, initial rounds of investment, and how to retain value and control. 

    Hackathons: Saturday, August 16 - Sunday, August 17

    Breaking Barriers Hackathon

    Saturday, 10:00 am: If you are a high school student and like to code, or a developer interested in mentoring, join AlleyNYC for a hackathon to create something for good. Lunch and dinner provided. RSVP here

    Women in Tech Design Hackathon

    Sunday, 9:00 am: AT&T, Girls Who Code, & AppNexus are opening their doors to women innovators for 2014 AT&T #WIThack.

    Come with a collaborative, team focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #atthack hashtag. Backend, frontend developers, and designers are all invited to attend.

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  • The NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is committed to addressing disparities faced by Black and Latino young men in New York City across the domains of education, employment, health and justice. YMI also has a vested interest in fatherhood services, mentoring, LGBTQ inclusion, and issues that pertain to women of color. Three years after the NYC Young Men’s Initiative launched in August 2011, our efforts have been mirrored by the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative and we are thrilled to continue this relevant work in the de Blasio administration.
A recent Metis Associates, qualitative cross‐program, evaluation of YMI illustrates the efficacy of our endeavors in creating networks, building capacity, and giving youth a voice. Results from our partner agencies show a prioritizing of young men of color in agency practices, positive participant outcomes, and sharing of best practices across providers.
We’ve featured a Findings at a Glance one pager and the full YMI Evaluation Report on our website.
-YMI Team
  • The NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is committed to addressing disparities faced by Black and Latino young men in New York City across the domains of education, employment, health and justice. YMI also has a vested interest in fatherhood services, mentoring, LGBTQ inclusion, and issues that pertain to women of color. Three years after the NYC Young Men’s Initiative launched in August 2011, our efforts have been mirrored by the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative and we are thrilled to continue this relevant work in the de Blasio administration.

    A recent Metis Associates, qualitative cross‐program, evaluation of YMI illustrates the efficacy of our endeavors in creating networks, building capacity, and giving youth a voice. Results from our partner agencies show a prioritizing of young men of color in agency practices, positive participant outcomes, and sharing of best practices across providers.

    We’ve featured a Findings at a Glance one pager and the full YMI Evaluation Report on our website.

    -YMI Team

  • outofficial:

    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 nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave 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

  • nycedc:

    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: http://bit.ly/1ix0p6Q or Android: http://bit.ly/1lgsezr. You can also 311 or search “NYC Teen” on nyc.gov and click on the Teens in NYC app image for clinics that see teens.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  • 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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