Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off New Competition for Young Black and Latino Men

Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off New Competition for Young Black and Latino Men

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How can young black and Latino men strengthen communities across New York City, and spearhead new solutions that will inspire the nation?

Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men's Initiative (YMI) and Ashoka Changemakers launched the My Voice, Our City: What will you do? online competition to find out.

My Voice, Our City encourages young men, ages 16-24, to enter ideas for initiatives that address the topics of business development, employment opportunities, and college pathways. Ideas should increase access to jobs and earning potential for young men, improve educational opportunities, or introduce a business venture that's tailored to a community's needs.

Since August 2011, the Young Men’s Initiative, launched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is a three-year engagement that will invest more than $127 million to break down the educational, professional, and personal barriers that impede young black and Latino men across New York City.

My Voice, Our City is a commitment to creating change by giving young men, and their supporters, the chance to have their visions transformed into reality. Young black and Latino men are brimming with creativity, influence and achievement. The solutions discovered through this competition will have an important influence on our current generation, and many more to come.

From now until July 24th, individuals, local organizations, and community leaders within the five boroughs can submit both fresh ideas and solutions or established programs, for a chance to win up to $36,000 in prizes.

The future of New York City rests in our hands. Visit to learn how you can help empower the black and Latino community of future leaders.

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