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.
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.
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.
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On Thursday, June 12, 2014, LYFE student parent, Mynor Escobar, was honored as a recipient of the 2014 NYC Dads Matter Award sponsored by The Mayor’s Fatherhood Initiative. The annual award ceremony recognizes ten New York City fathers who exemplify bravery, courage, and …