September 21, 2020
This new initiative will provide mentors and academic tutoring for thousands of black and brown students as they transition into the new blended learning environment during the COVID-19 crisis
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the Mentors Matters Initiative to provide mentoring, tutoring and social-emotional support to thousands of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mentors Matter Initiative is a partnership between the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) within the Office of the Mayor, One Hundred Black Men and CUNY’s Tutoring Corps.
“One of the things we can do for our young people during this pandemic is provide support and guidance to give them a sense of all of their greatness and their possibilities,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The Mentors Matter Initiative is going to be a difference maker in the lives of a lot of New York City youth by elevating them and giving them hope.”
“The Mentors Matter Initiative will activate our leaders, college students and community-based organizations to support DOE students -- particularly black and brown boys -- during this time of crisis,” said Jordan Stockdale, Executive Director of the Young Men's Initiative. “That's exactly what the Young Men's Initiative is about -- helping our young people reach their potential through funding evidence-based mentoring and leveraging our existing community assets to build a better future.”
Today’s announcement has three different components:
The Mentors Matter initiative will strengthen community infrastructure – through funding local community-based organizations – and leverage successful black and brown mentors to assist their younger community members.
The Young Men’s Initiative:
The Young Men’s Initiative is the nation’s most comprehensive municipal effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of Black and Latino young men. Through innovative partnerships, YMI offers targeted programming aimed at addressing disparities across education, health, employment, and the criminal justice system
One Hundred Black Men:
The mission of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York (OHBM) is to play a proactive role in leveraging our collective talent, ability and energy toward achieving meaningful gains for the Black community. One Hundred Black Men initiatives focus on education through mentoring, wealth building strategies, fostering economic development and raising awareness of health issues affecting our communities.
CUNY’s Tutoring Corps:
CUNY Tutor Corps (CTC), initiated in 2016, is a partnership between CUNY’s Office of K-16 Initiatives, the New York City DOE (Department of Education), and the Office of the Mayor. Our goal is to reduce barriers to academic and professional achievement in STEM by providing matriculated CUNY students with the opportunity to tutor and mentor public middle and high school students, improving the academic performance, confidence, and college and career readiness of NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) students.