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New York City, NY

 
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Total Population

8,426,743

Black Male Population

931,152

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About New York City

In partnership with the Bloomberg Foundation, Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg created the “New York City Young Men’s Initiative” (YMI) in 2011 in an effort to address significant inequities between black and Hispanic young men and their peers in health, developmental, and economic outcomes. The largest public/private municipal investment to date, YMI became a symbol and model for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and helped to catalyze other cities to take on the issue of addressing the disparities facing young Black and Latino males in education, criminal justice, and health systems. 

DID YOU KNOW: THE STATE OF NEW YORK IS THE FIRST STATE TO ADOPT AND ENACT THE MBK INITIATIVE AND ENACT THE INITIATIVE INTO LAW WITH SUPPORTIVE FUNDING, APPROPRIATING AN UNPRECEDENTED $20 MILLION OF THE 2016–2017 STATE BUDGET TOWARDS PROGRAMS THAT EMPOWER YOUNG MEN OF COLOR.

A city known as much for its diversity as its harsh stop and frisk policies and economic disparities facing Black and Latino communities, YMI and the growing efforts to foster support for Black men and boys garnered New York a score of 73 out of 100 points. The city is also home to a number of institutions and public/private partnerships that existed and set the foundation and possibility for YMI to exist. The Eagle Academy Foundation, the Winning Strategies on Black men and boys, and the CUNY Black Male Initiative are just a few examples of the best practice and models that has affirmed New York City’s promise to ensure improved life outcomes for Black men and boys.

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