As the primary connection between New York's business and philanthropic communities and city government, the Mayor's Fund supports and facilitates more than 100 programs from 30 agencies and offices to meet a variety of community development needs in every borough. Through the mandate of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mayor's Fund Board Chair Chirlane McCray, the Mayor's Fund has also identified three priority areas on which to concentrate its work and the generosity of its private sector partners — youth workforce, mental health and immigration and citizenship. Learn more about the work of the Mayor's Fund in those three areas and the significance of impacting positive change in those sectors below.
Earlier work experience has been proven to be truly transformational - every young person should be able to access high-quality career opportunities. Yet, the City's current employment programs have historically lacked capacity to serve young New Yorkers. That's why Mayor de Blasio has called upon the Mayor's Fund to work with city agencies and the private sector to create a new youth workforce and job readiness infrastructure - one that works both for our young adults and our business community.
One in five New Yorkers with serious psychological distress have reported a time in the prior year when they needed mental health treatment but did not receive it. If we used the same statistic in reference to the flu, we would call it an epidemic. New York City is committed to addressing this mental health crisis and transforming the delivery of mental health care services for all New Yorkers, and the Mayor's Fund is helping to implement those reforms.
Ensuring that New York City's immigrant communities - some of the most diverse and populated in the world – have access to every opportunity to succeed is one of Mayor de Blasio's priorities. In turn, the Mayor's Fund is supporting a number of programs that aim to empower individual immigrant New Yorkers and strengthen their respective communities.