RESOURCES

POLICY & ADVOCACY

Teachers As Leaders: Deutsche Bank Grooms a New Generation of Black Male Teachers (Community Focus: Deutsche Bank Community Newspaper, Winter 2007 Issue).

Short Changing Security: How Poor Training, Low Pay and Lack of Job Protection for Security Guards Undermine Public Safety in New York City by Nancy Rankin and Mark Levitan (Community Service Society Policy Report).
Executive summary and report examines the inadequate training received by the estimated 63,000 security guards in service throughout New York City. As the first line of safety and defense for tenants and visitors, what tools does this group need to succeed and grow?

Report: Working for Change; Community Service Society Annual Report 2006.
The Community Service Society is the city’s leading voice on behalf of low-income New Yorkers.

Report: The Time Is Now: Implementing One System for New York City’s Emerging Workforce (NYC Young Adult Task Force with Neil Kleinmen of the Center for Urban Future and William Bloomfield of Civic Strategies, Nov. 2005).
Task Force members believe that the time is now for New York City to work in concert and commit its collective resources toward ensuring that 25,000 young adults are connected to high quality academic learning, career development, and supportive services within the next 24 months.

The City of New York, Office of the Mayor – Press Releases:

  • Mayor Bloomberg Announces $150 Million Annual Investment for Solutions to Challenges Raised by the Commission for Economic Opportunity (December 18, 2006).
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Major Philanthropic Foundations Unveil Size, Scope, and a Schedule of Opportunity NYC, The Nation’s First-Ever Conditional Cash Transfer Program (March 29, 2007).
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Goldstein Unveil Tailor-Made Programs for Working New Yorkers at Six CUNY Community Colleges (April 16, 2007).
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Delegation Visit Mexico’s Oportunidades Program (April 24, 2007).

RESEARCH & EVALUATION

The Revolving Door: Research Findings on NYC’s Unemployment Services and Placement System and Its Effectiveness in Moving People from Welfare to Work by Sondra Youdelman with Paul Getsos.
The Revolving Door is a research project of Community Voices Heard. The Report examines the effects of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), eliminating federal entitlement to public assistance, and imposing time limits on the provision of assistance to poor families, and requiring states to impose strict work participation requirements.

Mission Possible: Recruiting and Training the Best (Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, North Carolina).
A comprehensive teacher incentive program that combines multiple components to recruit and retain highly effective teachers for the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement in schools with critical needs.

Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn by Erik Eckholm (New York Times, March 20, 2006).
Several new scholarly studies indicate that black men are faring much more poorly than is portrayed by the common employment and education statistics. Experts, such as Dr. Ronald B. Mincy, professor of social work at Columbia University and editor of Black Males Left Behind, Dr. Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University economist and co-author of Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men, and Dr. Gary Orfield, Harvard education expert and editor of Dropouts in America, all agree that a huge pool of poorly educated black men have not benefited from the gains that an economic boom and welfare overhaul have brought to black women and other minority groups. These studies, which have included those who are not seeking work or incarcerated into their joblessness figures, have made a number of important findings with respect to black men, for example: graduation from high school in the inner city is the exception; lawful work has decreased; and prison is becoming routine, even as urban crime rates have generally declined. For these reasons, a number of programs for young black men have had to place as much importance on teaching life skills — such as parenting, conflict resolution and character building — as on teaching job skills.