New York City Soccer Initiative (Department of Education, New York City Housing Authority, Parks Department)
Starting in the summer of 2016, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the New York City Football Club, and Adidas announced the launch of the NYC Soccer Initiative, a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership that will build, maintain, and program 50 mini soccer fields in underserved neighborhoods across the five boroughs over the next five years – with the first ten fields built and opened in 2017. Additionally, the partnership and program will support after-school soccer and mentoring programs for 10,000 young New Yorkers through, such as soccer clinics, festivals, youth summits, and night leagues to promote safe, active, and connected communities; this will also include a partnership with the City’s Young Men’s Initiative, providing young men of color with mentorship opportunities. Through constructing these new fields and supporting afterschool programming and mentoring, the NYC Soccer Initiative will repurpose underutilized public spaces in our most underserved neighborhoods, creating safe areas to promote physical health, youth development and community engagement.
Learn more about the New York City Soccer Initiative
NYC Center for Youth Employment (Department of Youth & Community Development, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, Department of Education, Center for Economic Opportunity & Department of Small Business Services)
On May 4, 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and prominent local business leaders announced the creation of the NYC Center for Youth Employment, a new public-private initiative designed to dramatically expand workforce access and opportunities for New York City's youth through early mentorship, internships, and skills-building programs. The Center's mission is to better engage local employers in youth workforce programming, and to facilitate greater coordination and strategic thinking among the public and private groups already supporting college- and career-readiness activities.
Learn more about the NYC Center for Youth Employment.
Young Men's Initiative (Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services)
The Young Men's Initiative is a cross-agency effort to connect black and Latino young men to necessary educational, employment, and mentoring opportunities, investing a combination of public and private funds toward addressing disparities between young black and Latino men and their peers. In January 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced the next phase of the Young Men's Initiative, which will align its programming with President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative and work toward three main goals: ensuring all children read at grade level by 2nd grade; ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education and training; and ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime.
NYCHA Youth Programs (New York City Housing Authority)
With nearly 30 percent of its residents under the age of 18, the New York City Housing Authority is committed to providing children with high-quality early care and learning opportunities, which are critical building blocks for lifelong success. Current youth program include Partners in Reading, a collaborative effort between NYCHA, the Department of Education and the Mayor's Office to increase and strengthen the literacy skills of children ages 6 to 8 (in grades 1, 2, and 3); New York City Early Literacy Learners, which aims to strengthen language and pre-reading skills of toddlers; and the I Have a Dream program, which offers second and third graders educational, social and culturally-enriched activities to increase their chances for success. NYCHA is also implementing early childhood education models that connect literacy and health programs for children ages 1 to 3 and afterschool activities for grades K through 3.
Learn more on NYCHA's website.