The Mayor’s Goal

To support at least 100,000 jobs, internships and mentorships per year for young New Yorkers by 2020, with a particular focus on expanding opportunities for vulnerable youth and growing career and technical education programs.

The Center’s Mission

To facilitate a bigger and better network of youth employment services through partnerships with City agencies, employers and other stakeholders.

In May 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City made an important advance toward a city of opportunity for all: We launched the NYC Center for Youth Employment, a public-private partnership led by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City that is dedicated to better preparing New York City’s young adults to compete in the 21st century job market.

The Center’s launch was elevated by a total commitment of over $5.4 million from a total of 60 private sector employers and members of the city’s business and philanthropic community, including founding partners Citi Foundation, Arcus Foundation, Goldman Sachs Gives, James Family Charitable Foundation, Macy’s, Tishman Speyer and the Partnership for New York City.

With their backing, the Center quickly met its first major goal by more than doubling the number of internships available to New York City students through the City’s Ladders for Leaders internship program—from just 475 internships in 2014 to 1,035 positions in 2015.

In the summer of 2015, more youth landed summer jobs and internships through the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program than at any other point in the program’s 50-year history—a total of 54,263 young people, up from 47,126 last year and up by 50 percent compared to two years earlier. That includes more than 2,000 vulnerable young people in shelter or foster care—more than double the number in summer jobs from 2014.

Overall, between the expanded Summer Youth Employment Program, the Department of Youth and Community Development’s new City Council-funded “Work Learn Grow” initiative and other programs led by City agencies and offices, the Center helped increase the overall number of City-supported jobs, internships and related opportunities for youth to approximately 70,000 in 2015—an increase of nearly 15 percent over the previous year.

Along with creating more career opportunities for our young people, the Center is committed to working with employers, private funders and service providers to ensure that every program offers real value to both youth participants and employer hosts. To accomplish this, the Center has and will continue to consistently engage the city’s corporate and philanthropic communities in making wise investments that yield the biggest return in positive outcomes for city youth.

The Center for Youth Employment is a public-private partnership because that’s what boosting the long-term strength of our workforce requires – collaboration between government and our city’s businesses. The result is an investment that will pay off for both our young people and our employers for years to come.

Supporting our young people today supports the workforce – and the New York City – of tomorrow.

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