Audio Description: The ICC held its annual Public Hearing on December 8th remotely, via Zoom. The ICC was pleased to hear from a record-breaking 30 youth from across the city of New York who testified on issues ranging from police presence in schools to youth mental health, school lunch, over-policing, and general youth safety. Over 100 attendees joined the hearing, including ICC primary member agencies and community partners, signifying the desire to listen to the youth voice and the need for city-wide collaboration on addressing youth concerns.
The Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth (ICC) is a New York City Charter mandated entity that was created in 1989 to promote interagency collaboration on issues relevant to young people and to support youth and families by utilizing the City of New York’s multitude of government resources. This is accomplished through partnerships among city-based agencies that serve youth, community-based organizations and not-for-profit providers to eliminate duplication and where possible promote new initiatives and partnerships. The ICC primary membership is comprised of representatives of each of the city’s 20 youth serving agencies and is directed by the Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development. The ICC meets quarterly; meetings are rotated among member agencies, holds at least one public hearing annually and produces an annual report on its activities.
ICC members include New York City agencies that fund or provide direct services to youth, as well as those that indirectly support youth services. Member agencies are committed to enhancing the quality of youth services through collaborative strategic planning and information sharing. The ICC also works to identify areas where duplication or fragmentation in services may be reduced to improve cost efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
Work groups help to develop innovative and focused approaches to further advance programs for youth and families.