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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  • 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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  • nycbizsolutions:

    Via brooklynchamber:

    As part of the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ Immigrant Business Initiative, Jackson Rockingster of the Haitian-American Business Network (habnet) hosted a Haitian-creole language class of ‘10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business’ at the Flatbush YMCA in East Flatbush on Tuesday, August 26. NYC Business Solutions Junior Account Manager Chantal Valencia Lawrence spoke of the services provided by NYC Business Solutions and answered questions from attendees. There were 22 persons in attendance and Jackson did a great job teaching the class.

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    To learn more about NYC Business Solutions courses (English and Foreign-language), visit nyc.gov/nycbusiness.

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  • codeorg:

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    Djassi Julien
    11th grade
    New York, NY

    Djassi said it took a bit — okay a lot — of “gentle nudging” from his mom to get him to sacrifice a Saturday for some code thing. Totally new to computer science, Djassi dragged his feet to a “Design a Startup In a Day” workshop, organized by

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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.)

    FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS

    SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS

    LEARN:

    1. LANGUAGES

    2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

    3. YOGA & MEDITATION

    4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING

    5. DRAWING & PAINTING

    6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY

    7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS

    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.

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  • nycgov:

    Watch and Reblog: First Lady Chirlane McCray released a #BackToSchoolNYC video.

    flonyc:

    Tomorrow, Bill and I will send Dante off for the first day of his last year of high school. It’s sure to be a bittersweet moment – this time next year, our not-so-little boy will be starting college. But I won’t be sad for long, because tomorrow also marks a huge victory for 53,000 four-year-olds who are experiencing their first first day of school at a high-quality pre-K program. It’s hard to overstate the importance of New York City’s historic expansion of pre-K. Study after study shows that kids who participate in pre-K do better in school, make smarter social choices, and get better jobs. New York City is now a national leader on early childhood education, and I know we’re going to set a great example. Please join me in wishing the Class of 2028 a fun and productive first day of school.

    (Source: flonyc)

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  • Apply now for elementary and middle school afterschool programs!

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    Apply now for elementary and middle school afterschool programs for your child

    This year, there are more programs available than ever before.

    Mayor de Blasio invested $145 million to increase afterschool for middle school students across the five boroughs. This means schools across the City are offering afterschool programming right in your neighborhood—and for the first time ever, the overwhelming majority of public middle schools will have high-quality afterschool programs on site.

    From volleyball and hip-hop dance to cooking classes and computer and graphic design courses, there’s an afterschool program available right in your neighborhood—and you can start applying now. These no-cost programs offer a variety of options for safe, educational afterschool activities throughout the school year.

    Afterschool programs are:

    • No cost to you
    • Five days a week
    • Starting September 8th

    Click here to apply for an elementary or middle school afterschool program for your child.

  • nychealth:

    Let’s stop HIV in New York City

    • If you are HIV-negative, PEP and PrEP can help you stay that way.
    • If you are HIV-positive, PEP and PrEP can help protect your partners.

     

    Daily PrEP

    PrEP is a daily pill that can help keep you HIV-negative as long as you take it every day.

    • Ask your doctor if PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) may be right for you.
    • Condoms give you additional protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.

     

    Emergency PEP

    If you are HIV-negative and think you were exposed to HIV, immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP (Post-exposure  Prophylaxis).

    • PEP can stop HIV if started within 36 hours of exposure.
    • You continue taking PEP for 28 days.

    Many insurance plans including Medicaid cover PEP and PrEP. Assistance may be available if you are uninsured. Visit NYC Health’s website to find out where to get PrEP or PEP in New York City.

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  • 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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