YMI Community Crisis Response

YMI Community Crisis Response

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The pandemic has forced students to participate in school via a new blended learning environment. Our most vulnerable students will be disproportionately impacted by this change and have already bore the brunt of the economic and health consequences of the pandemic. These students could benefit from additional programming to help relieve stress, cope with trauma, inspire and ensure academic success.

The Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) seeks to provide city-wide support to community-based organizations (CBOs) with proven success and commitment to providing mentoring, academic tutoring, and social-emotional service to marginalized youth. Through the initiative, CBOs would receive up to $20,000 to provide these crucial services.

Requirements & Priorities

The YMI Community Crisis Response Initiative is a city-wide initiative. This initiative is open to all youth serving organizations and nonprofits, but preference will be given to those that demonstrate a commitment to supporting marginalized youth of color.

In order to be eligible to apply, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a fiscal sponsor;
  • Use funding exclusively to support NYC school aged students (3rd-12th grades)
  • Proven track work implementing mentoring, academic tutoring and social-emotional services to youth of color;
  • Must have NYC vendor number or be willing to apply for one.

Preference will be given to the organizations that:

  • Are community-based;
  • Serve youth of color;
  • Serve youth with the greatest need;
  • Serves YMI priority communities and/or the NeON Communities (Brownsville, Bedford Stuyvesant, East Harlem, East New York, Harlem, North Shore Staten Island, South Bronx and Southeast Queens);
  • Demonstrate a culturally relevant pedagogy;
  • Tutoring that focuses on science, math and literacy.

Other Funding Details

Applicants may request one-time funding for up to $20,000 which must be used by March 31, 2021. A successful application will demonstrate a proven track record implementing mentoring, academic tutoring and social-emotional services to marginalized youth and produce a detailed budget.

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Funds May be Used for:

  • General operation cost but limited to 25%
  • Online platforms
  • Student supports (e.g. books, incentives)
  • Mentor incentives or small stipend
  • Temporary employees or consultants to help build capacity
  • Volunteer background checks and recruitment and/or outreach materials

Funds May Not be Used for:

  • Office furniture/equipment, costs (e.g. rent, insurance, and/or utilities), and general administration fees
  • Student or youth technology (e.g laptop, iPad, phones)

Recipient Expectations

Selected funded recipients must:

  • Join an informational webinar in late October;
  • Must be or willing to register with the following:
  • Submit a final report upon completion of the funding term;
  • Submit timely receipts and invoices for services rendered within the funding agreement. All funds must be used by March 31, 2021;
    • The funds will follow the city’s standard reimbursed model
  • Coordinate with YMI to co-brand relevant projects and promote on external channels;
  • Participate in a debrief session at the end of the funding term with YMI, Mayoral Offices, and other recipients;

Next Steps & Application Instructions

Application Period Now Closed