Eagle President/CEO Leads Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg‘s announcement on Thursday, August 4 launching the Young Men’s Initiative was the culmination of a comprehensive 18-month study led by David C. Banks, Eagle Academy Foundation President and CEO, and Ana Oliveira, New York Women’s Foundation President. Banks was named co-chair to lead the important policy project in January 2010, and worked with top mayoral aides and City commissioners to identify strategies and interventions to produce better outcomes for young men of color. These strategies include a targeted $42 million to strengthen education resources for young men of color.
“I am so proud to have been a part of Mayor Bloomberg‘s Young Men’s Initiative where the Mayor has been fully engaged in this project since day one. This initiative is the first of its kind in the country where the private and public sectors have joined together to say that we intend to reclaim the lives of our young African American and Latino men. It is a call to action, a challenge, not only to the community and its leaders, but to the donor community, to step up and help us alter the future of these young men,” said Banks.
Banks and Oliveira gathered their findings and recommendations in a 23-page report, “Young Men’s Initiative: Report to the Mayor from the Chairs.” You can download your copy here.
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