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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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Unpaid Bills, Unmet Needs: Why Workers Need Fair Work Schedules

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers work in stores and restaurants across the five boroughs. Not only do these jobs typically pay low wages; many workers also don’t know from week to week when and for how many hours they’re expected to be on the job. The resulting unpredictability in incomes and schedules can make it difficult to arrange child care, create stable household budgets, and pay bills on time.


Reform or Relapse? Kids’ Medicaid Mental Health Services Hang in the Balance

After five years of planning and negotiation, the State’s departments of health, mental health, and substance abuse had come up with a plan to overhaul their outdated, overburdened system of mental health services for low-income kids.






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.