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At the Center, we are always looking for fresh analysis and ideas to make New York more just and equitable.  Prized Solutions: Reimagining NYC is a competition open to all students at The New School. This contest provides students the unique opportunity to share work that addresses some of the toughest social and economic issues facing the city.  

We’ll publish and present the best student work in spring 2017.  Winners will also receive a $2000 award. 

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Across the city, social service agencies are increasingly employing staff who’ve themselves had run-ins with the law as “Credible Messengers” to other court-involved youth. It’s a recognition of the powerful positive impact mentors who’ve had similar life experiences can have in changing young lives. 

To foster this important work, the Center for New York City Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the Institute for Transformative Mentoring (ITM). ITM is a training program focused on the professional and personal development of such Credible Messengers. It’s a semester-long course, developed with Credible Messengers and the help of training and education experts and foundation and non-profit leaders, that’s designed to enhance the practical skills of Credible Messengers and also further the healing of their own lives. ITM will support the work of this unique and growing workforce.  

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Are Sanctuary Cities in Danger?

A Feet in 2 Worlds Podcast

“Sanctuary” communities are under attack from the White House. Under an executive order issued on January 25th, the Federal government declares that it will “to the extent consistent with law” and public safety withhold Federal grants to cities, towns, counties and states that protect undocumented immigrants from being detained and deported.


Blue Cities, Red States: Was Trump’s Victory the Revenge of the Rural Voters?

By Bruce Cory

Donald Trump’s election as President rested on a narrow margin of some 107,000 total votes in three states – Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. A post-election analysis by POLITICO proclaimed “the revenge of the rural voters” in these suddenly up-for-grabs states.









Report | Education

InsideSchools visited 80 elementary schools to find out how some formerly high-poverty schools have succeeded in attracting children from a range of races, ethnicities and income levels.


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The City can do much more to foster economic integration of elementary schools than the small scale efforts it has made to date. Here are five feasible steps we believe the City can take.