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NYC picks four ed nonprofits to get Young Men’s Initiative funding

A group that helps Riker’s Island inmates imagine a future in college and a group that provides science and math resources to high-need students are among the winners of city funding to help black and Latino young men succeed.

The city’s Young Men’s Initiative, in conjunction with the Ashoka Foundation, is doling out $35,000 through a competition to find young men and groups with “ideas that would increase opportunities and reduce disparities among young black and Latino men.”

See our coverage of the two-year-old Young Men’s Initiative here.

Here’s how the city’s press release describes the grand-prize winner and three runners-up:

The $20,000 grand-prize winner, STEM for All, was the strongest overall entry in the competition as determined by Ashoka Changemakers and a panel of expert judges. Submitted by Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering, Inc. (ELiTE), this program offers students the opportunity to develop skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math by increasing their access to a community of peers and mentors and academic resources, including e-learning platforms and open-sourced curricula. Led by trained engineers from top universities, STEM for All is creating a pipeline of diverse, motivated, and socially responsible professionals who have the skills to design solutions to community challenges in the U.S. and abroad.

The three runner-up prize winners … include:

  • College Pathways from Rikers Island. Submitted by the College Initiative, this program provides young men at New York City’s main jail complex, many of whom never considered college an option, the chance to imagine themselves – and succeed – as college students with unprecedented access to community-based support to transition successfully to academic life.
  • South Bronx United (SBU), an organization that leverages the power of soccer to help young people, particularly young men from immigrant families, to become leaders and scholars. SBU engages young New Yorkers through their passion for the sport and then provides educational, mentoring, and support services to help them achieve greater success on and off the pitch.
  • ScriptEd, an organization that empowers students from low-income communities by bringing computer programming courses directly to their schools, and helping them secure summer internship opportunities with software developers.

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