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 areas of education, employment, health, and justice.

The initiative focuses on 4 key areas:

  • Increasing literacy in young children
  • Improving graduation rates and workforce readiness
  • Protecting youth from violent crime
  • Building stronger relationships between the community and law enforcement.

YMI also provides assistance with fatherhood services, mentoring, LGBTQ inclusion, and issues that pertain to young men of color.

If your company would like to partner with YMI, you should look for opportunities through the City's RFP process.

Visit NYC Young Men's Initiative's website.

You can find out about mentoring opportunities through YMI. You can also learn about non-mentoring opportunities with organizations that are addressing the needs of Black and Latino men through NYC Service.

Get information about mentoring opportunities.

Visit NYCService's website.

The YMI Community Crisis Response Initiative is a city-wide initiative open to all youth serving organizations and nonprofits. Eligible community-based organizations (CBOs) would receive up to $20,000 to provide these crucial services.

Organizations must meet the following requirements in order to apply:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a fiscal sponsor;
  • Use funding exclusively to support NYC school aged students (3rd-12th grades);
  • Proven track work implementing mentoring, academic tutoring and social-emotional services to youth of color;
  • Must have NYC vendor number or be willing to apply for one.

Preference will be given to the organizations that:

  • Are community-based;
  • Serve youth of color;
  • Serve youth with the greatest need;
  • Serves YMI priority communities and/or the NeON Communities (Brownsville, Bedford Stuyvesant, East Harlem, East New York, Harlem, North Shore Staten Island, South Bronx and Southeast Queens);
  • Demonstrate a culturally relevant pedagogy;
  • Tutoring that focuses on science, math and literacy.

Applicants may request one-time funding for up to $20,000 which must be used by March 31, 2021. The application period begins September 21st, 2020 and ends October 5th, 2020.

You can get more information online about applying, funding details, and other requirements.

Learn more about the YMI Community Crisis Response Initiative.

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