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My Voice Our City

Beautiful Bronx! Young Men Take Action

Sharon Rose Beier, MD | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Sharon Rose Beier, MD

Approximately 100 young Black and Latino men have participated in our Young Men's Group, creating/maintaining several community gardens with the NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx Green-Up. They are continuing their education, getting jobs and feel responsible for, and proud of, their community.

Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Building College Pathways From Rikers Island

Aviva Tevah | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Aviva Tevah

What they found was that lack of information and self-confidence are frequent barriers to college success for young men of color in the criminal justice system, who are often deterred by incomplete and inaccurate information about financial aid, admissions, and the benefits of a degree.

PUSH Youth Project

Eric Fernandez | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Eric Fernandez

The project's goal is to provide young people with a sense of belonging and a space where they are just supported by "staff," but also engage with their peers to build strong relationships and a stronger support system.

South Bronx United

Andrew So | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Andrew So

The power of sport, and specifically of soccer, to bring these adolescents together was clear from the beginning. But I started to realize that soccer could provide much more than just a safe environment and youth camaraderie.

The MUSA Project

Tracy Caldron | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Tracy Caldron

Nationally 3,707 black and Latino youth under the age of 18 died from drowning, including 121 deaths in New York. Eighty percent of the victims were male.

Hip-Hop Debate Institute -- Remixing Literacies For The 21st Century Classroom

Jen Johnson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jen Johnson

Youth of color are using hip-hop to demand that they see their culture and issues reflected in competitive academic policy debate, in education and in the larger society around them.

It's Time For A Paradigm Shift: Teen Dads As Community Leaders

Brooke Richie-Babbage | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Brooke Richie-Babbage

As a lawyer working with low-income single parents and their children, I saw first-hand the unique frustrations of the young Black and Latino fathers that I worked with as they attempted to effectively parent the children they loved, while also navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

ScriptEd: Empowering Kids by Teaching Them to Code

Maurya Couvares | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Maurya Couvares

Young black and Latino students are particularly underrepresented in the software engineering industry. To remain innovative, the industry must employ a diverse workforce, and young black and Latino students should be included in that workforce.

Project: Starter Pack Program

Darius Brown | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darius Brown

I want job-seeking to be less stressful and more reciprocal.

Practice Makes Perfect

Karim Abouelnaga | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Karim Abouelnaga

One of the biggest problems in education reform today is that many of the initiatives to improve the public education system are done from an "outside-looking in" perspective. Our most admirable education reformers have never attended or gone through an inner-city public school themselves.

Meet 10 Social Entrepreneurs Making NYC Stronger Than Ever

John Converse Townsend | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
John Converse Townsend

The "My Voice, Our City" competition seeks to empower black and Latino young men, ages 16-24, local organizations, and community leaders to submit program ideas that will brighten the future of New York City. The competition's judges have selected 10 finalists and it's now your turn to have a say.