New York City has achieved dramatic gains in high school graduation rates and college readiness, yet many youth still lack the work readiness and career awareness needed to ensure their future success. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Center for Youth Employment—in partnership with the Department of Education, the Department of Youth and Community Development, and the Fund for Public Schools—launched CareerCLUE (Community Learning, Understanding and Experience) to provide a foundational career development experience for young adults interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Through classroom instruction, site visits, and supervised service learning projects, CareerCLUE prepares rising 10th graders for the world of work with real-world project-based learning.

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Businesses hiring entry-level workers often face high turnover as employees with low educational attainment and limited work history can find maintaining employment challenging. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Center for Youth Employment launched CareerLift to test targeted interventions that can help formerly out-of-school and out-of-work young adults stay employed and advance in their careers. Using a Pay for Success model, CareerLIFT connects employees to supports such as housing, child care, and benefits enrollment—a service which employers will assume the cost of if these supports successfully reduce employee turnover and improve employee productivity.

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NYC Soccer Initiative

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.

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NYC Center for Youth Employment

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.