Young Men's Initiative

The Young Men’s Initiative is a public-private partnership that works with at-risk young men to improve their education, employment and health outcomes. Since the program launched in 2011, the Initiative has helped advance the life and career prospects of thousands of at-risk young men.

Worked with the State to pass Close to Home legislation that allows the City to keep juvenile offenders who would otherwise be sent upstate.

Implemented comprehensive sex ed program in schools pairing education with family planning services.

Nation's first ever social impact bond adopted.

Employment Initiatives


The Bloomberg administration launched a specialized program to expand employment services for residents of public housing.

Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP)

This program was created to expand access to internships for disconnected youth ages 16-24.

Executive Order 150

Mayor Bloomberg signed E.O. 150 to assist young people in obtaining state-issued identification.

DigitalWork NYC

Disconnected young adults, ages 16-26, can gain computer skills and build an employment history that creates a pathway to employment in the digital economy.

Learning through an Expanded Advancement Program (LEAP)

A paid internship program was created to serve low-income Associate Degree students gain skills and access better paying jobs.

LIFT (Low-Income Fast Track)

Low-income entrepreneurs in distressed neighborhoods could gain access to work space, technical support, to loans, and partnerships with local institutions.

Work Progress Program (WPP)

This short-term subsidized employment program was created for low income youth to provide wage reimbursements to existing local community-based service providers.


CUNY Fatherhood Academy

To strengthen families, the Bloomberg administration created a program for 18-24 year old fathers that promotes responsible fatherhood and economic stability through education, employment, and personal development.

Teen and Young Adult Health Program

The City created this program to better prepare health care providers for the unique challenges of working with adolescents, including young males, and to strengthen this engagement through peer outreach, education, and counseling.

Sex Education Mandate

The Bloomberg administration instituted a comprehensive sex education in all public middle and high schools.

Health Services

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene promoted policies to facilitate young people’s utilization of reproductive health services, including increased access to the Family Planning Benefit Program.

NYC Dads

The Mayor’s Fatherhood Initiative: The goals were to remove barriers that fathers face in interacting with the City; create strong bonds between fathers and their children; and support fathers as they increase their capacity to be good parents.


Close to Home

The Bloomberg administration successfully led the charge to pass state legislation that allows juvenile offenders who would otherwise be sent up state to stay in New York City, closer to their families and communities.

Social Impact Bonds

Social impact bonds allow private investors to fund the intervention through a nonprofit contractor and the government pays the contractor only if the program meets its goals. New York City issued the first Social Impact Bonds in America for a project to reduce recidivism of inmates between the ages of 16 and 18 at Rikers Island.

NYC Justice Corps

This program worked with 18-24 year olds who were involved with the criminal justice system. It was six months long and included stipends for participation in work-readiness classes, community service projects, and subsidized internships.

Justice Scholars

This program was lunched to provide educational services, career exploration, and case management for court involved young adults age 16-24.

Justice Community

Subsidized employment, case management, community benefit projects, and education were provided to young people age 16-24.


Transformative Mentoring: Intervention services were provided to court involved youth ages 16-24 who were on probation.


Advocate, Intervene, Mentor: This mentoring intervention paired 14 to 18 year old youth on probation with paid advocates.

NYC Justice Corps

This program was launched to prepare young adults who were involved in the criminal justice system to succeed in the labor market and address educational needs while giving back to their communities.

Removing Obstacles

Young adults could receive help removing obstacles that prevent access to employment, education, housing, voting, and civic engagement as a result of their criminal records.

Individualized Correction Achievement Network (I-CAN)

This program was launched to provide evidence-based discharge preparation and skill building services to high risk, high need, inmates 19 years of age or older.

Regents Readiness

Inmates could enroll in the DOE East River Academy (ERA) on Riker’s Island to earn a Regents Diploma.

Mayor’s Steering Committee for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Data-driven policies recommended by the Committee addressed the safety risks and mental health needs of adolescent inmates.

ECHOES (Every Child Has an Opportunity to Excel and Succeed)

This program connected participants with an adult trained in life coaching and paid externships.

Neighborhood Opportunity Networks

Department of Probation staff co-located with neighborhood-based organizations in communities where large numbers of people on probation live. Together they developed effective networks of community organizations, government agencies, local businesses and residents in order to expand clients’ access to opportunities, resources, and services.

Community Education Pathways to Success

This highly structured program combined high quality instruction, personal support, and career development at Neighborhood Opportunity Networks.

Creating a Risk Assessment Instrument and Alternatives to Detention

In 2008, the Bloomberg administration introduced an objective Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI) and a continuum of community based alternatives to detention programs for juvenile offenders. By 2013, the percent of low-risk youth detained at arraignment dropped 63% and the overall rate of recidivism was down by 23%.

Faster Case Processing for Youth in Detention

In May 2008, juvenile delinquency arrests began to be processed on the weekends. By 2013, nearly 3,300 juveniles were arraigned on weekends and holidays and 80% were released from detention by judges.


IMPACT Peer Mentoring for Young Adult Literacy

Mentoring for CUNY GED programs was expanded.

Cornerstone Mentoring

A group-based mentoring program was adopted for afterschool and summer programs for middle school students.

Mayor's Youth Leadership Council

This two-year leadership program for 10th and 11th grade public school student was created to train young people in leadership skills.

Accountability/School Progress Reports

The Department of Education updated its metrics to measure school performance of African-American and Latino boys in K-12.

Young Adult Literacy Program

A literacy program that combines educational curriculum with work readiness preparation was expanded for pre-GED young adults.

School - Based Health Centers

Clinics were placed in NYC high schools located in high poverty neighborhoods. The clinics provided comprehensive health services.

Teen ACTION (Achieving Change Together In Our Neighborhood)

After-school service-learning programs were created to serve middle and high-school students in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and teen pregnancy.

Young Adult Internship Program

Disconnected youth ages 16 to 24 years gained access to short-term paid internships, placements into jobs, education or advanced training, and follow-up services.

Young Adult Literacy

New programs were launched to tailor instruction to the needs and interests of disconnected young adults who read at pre-GED (fourth to eighth grade) levels, while providing social supports and paid internship opportunities.

Scholars at Work

Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school seniors were prepared to enter the workforce through work-readiness training and paid internships.

Project Rise

Out-of-school and out-of-work young adults who lack a high school diploma or GED weere offered educational opportunities, paid internships and case management services.

CUNY ASAP (Accelerated Study for Associate Program)

The Bloomberg administration launched this program in partnership with CUNY to provide extensive support to help young people and working adults complete their associate's degrees. The three year graduation rate for ASAP students was 55% versus 25% for a group of similar students not in the program.

Mentoring for REAL

A program was created to provide mentoring services to ninth-grade students at risk for first time or repeat suspensions, using a hybrid model that includes internal (school-based) and external (community-based) mentors.