Monday, July 28, 2014
Report Shows Some Success For NYC's Young Men's Initiative
A program started during former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, and which received support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Open Society Foundations, was successful at increasing job placement and internship attendance for at-risk males who left school without a job.
According to a city-prepared, 15-page progress report on the program known as the "Young Men's Initiative," in Fiscal Year 2013, some 1,831 people enrolled in an internship program run in conjunction with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and that number was up from 1,740 from the previous year. Of those who enrolled the program in FY2013, 1,793 males were placed in internships and 1,536 completed them. The year before, 1,725 males were placed in internships and 1,444 completed them.
Other anti-poverty efforts undertaken during the previous mayoral administration, however, weren't as successful. For instance, according to findings, the number of people enrolled in job training through the city's Department of Small Business Services fell from 1,323 in FY2012 to 220 in FY2013. The total number who completed the training in that program dropped from 1,033 in FY2012 to 152 in FY2013. And only 51 people were then placed or promoted in jobs in FY2013, compared to 561 the year before, according to the report, which was prepared by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity....