Community Engagement

Powered by Open Data (Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics)

While New York City is committed to making public data more accessible, the potential value of open data remains largely untapped by New Yorkers. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics launched Powered by Open Data to assess and expand the demand for publically available data. Through research partnerships, Powered by Open Data is exploring how New Yorkers can use Open Data NYC—New York City’s online inventory of public datasets—to make better decisions and to solve civic problems.

Learn more about Open Data.

Service Design Studio (Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity)

While nearly 45 percent of New Yorkers live at or near poverty, there are few opportunities for them to shape the city services and products created to foster economic security and mobility. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, in partnership with the Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity, launched the Service Design Studio to help city agencies develop and refine public services—such as accessing health and human services benefits—to better meet the needs of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. The Service Design Studio advises and trains city agencies to use a human-centered lens in civic service design, which considers the needs and motivations of those who depend on poverty-fighting services, to inform more powerful solutions and policies.

Learn more about the Service Design Studio.

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NYCitizenship (Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration)

NYCitizenship is a public-private partnership providing free legal assistance with citizenship applications and financial counseling through the city's three library systems and the Human Resources Administration.

Learn more about NYCitizenship


Cities for Action (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs)

Cities for Action (C4A) is a coalition of mayors and county leaders committed to defending the President's executive action on immigration; ensuring the success of executive action by assisting cities to get prepared for implementation and supporting maximum enrollment in the new programs at the local level; and organizing to advance comprehensive immigration reform. To achieve these goals, CUIA engages in public education, particularly leveraging the leadership and bully pulpit of the mayors who are in its membership; provides technical assistance and information to cities to prepare for implementation of executive action; defends and advocates for administrative relief in the courts, in the media and in the field; and organizes for long-term immigration reform.

Learn more about CUIA on the Learn more on Cities for Action's website.

A Family Justice Center

Family Justice Centers (Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence)

New York City's Family Justice Center Initiative aims to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing essential advocacy, case management, legal and housing assistance – and even mental health support – all under one roof. Services are provided with the involvement of partner agencies, including nonprofits, city and state agencies, district attorney's offices, and faith-based organizations. Since the launch of the first Family Justice Center in Brooklyn in 2005, four more centers have been opened in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

Learn more about the Family Justice Centers on the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence website.

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We Are New York (Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs)

We Are New York (WANY) is an Emmy-Award winning educational television series produced by the New York City Mayor's Office, providing useful information on essential City services and showing how people working across ethnic lines can access resources and solve common problems. With the support of the Mayor's Fund and Revson Foundation, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs is training 200 bilingual, immigrant New Yorkers to use WANY to facilitate English-language discussion groups in New York public libraries.

Learn more on the We Are New York website.

NYC Civic Corps Volunteers

NYC Civic Corps (Office of the Mayor)

As part of NYC Service, the initiative to promote volunteerism in New York City, NYC Civic Corps was launched on April 20, 2009 to match individuals with local public and nonprofit organizations to build sustainable-impact volunteer programs. The initiative continues to help drive volunteer activity to the issues where our city's needs are greatest: strengthening neighborhoods and helping neighbors in need; supporting efforts in education, health and emergency preparedness; and protecting our environment. NYC Civic Corps members receive a monthly living allowance, health insurance, educational awards, and other benefits.

Learn more about NYC Civic Corps on NYC Service's website.

Probation Client Getting Advice

Neighborhood Opportunity Network (Department of Probation)

The Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) initiative is committed to linking probation clients to resources they need to fully reintegrate into society, helping them to find work, continue their education and support their families so that they can contribute to the well-being and stability of their neighborhoods. Working with educators, businesses, community organizations and government agencies, NeON has established community-based probation offices in Brownsville, Harlem, Jamaica, Staten Island, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and the South Bronx to engage clients as well as local residents, and build stronger, safer and more vibrant communities. The Mayor's Fund has worked with Department of Probation to support a number of NeON initiative projects, including the recent NeON Nutrition Kitchen, which is connecting probation clients and community members to affordable, nutritious food in order to promote healthy living.

Learn more about NeON on the Department of Probation's website.

Ken Kines Portrait from the City Hall Portrait Collection

City Hall Portrait Conservation

The City Hall portrait collection, an integral, historical component of the interior of City Hall, offers a visual history of the people whose actions and contributions – whether political, military, or social – made a significant impact on the City, from New York City mayors to United States presidents to political leaders who worked in City Hall or visited New York City. The collection consists of more than 100 paintings and is considered to be one of the most outstanding groups of portraits by American artists in the United States. Funds raised by the Mayor's Fund supported the conservation of individual portraits and frames while simultaneously creating an endowment for the entire collection. The endowment provides for regular maintenance as well as ongoing conservation to guarantee that the needs of the entire collection are addressed strategically over the long term.

Learn more about the conversation effort on the New York City Design Commission's website.

Free Harlem WiFi Logo

Free Harlem WiFi (Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications)

The Mayor's Fund has partnered with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications on a new outdoor public WiFi network in Harlem, which will increase digital access at no cost for approximately 80,000 Harlem residents, including 13,000 public housing residents, as well as businesses and visitors in the area. The Harlem WiFi network will extend 95 city blocks, from 110th to 138th Streets between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue, making it the largest continuous free outdoor public wireless network in the nation.

Learn more about the Free Harlem WiFi project.

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion (Office of the Mayor & Gracie Mansion Conservancy)

The Gracie Mansion Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1981 to preserve, maintain, and enhance Gracie Mansion - one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Manhattan and a member of The Historic House Trust. The Conservancy's mission is to raise funds to restore and maintain the historic structure and acquire furnishings that illustrate the rich history of New York; improve the surrounding landscape and gardens; and provide educational services, including publications and tours.

Learn more about Gracie Mansion on the Conservancy's official website.