Founded in 2015, the YI New York offices works out of New York City and across the state to expand economic opportunity for young adults and to elevate Millennial voices in the political process. Since its founding, the team has worked on issues related to immigrant health, young adult unemployment, and college affordability.
In February 2016, we released a report articulating the barriers that young adult immigrants face in New York City accessing health care and coverage. This research became the foundation for a public outreach campaign the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs launched aiming to increase the number of immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status who enroll in the state’s Medicaid program.
YI New York also advances access to higher education through a number of avenues. We launched DegreesNYC with the Goddard Riverside Options Center, and Graduate NYC, a collective impact project to close the college equity attainment gaps in New York City. We are also a founding steering committee member of the CUNY Rising Alliance, a coalition to increase public investment to the CUNY system.
Finally, YI New York leads the #InvestInSkillsNY campaign. This initiative, based on in-house research, advocates for repurposing the Urban Youth Jobs Program – a small dollar tax credit available to employers who hire and retain disadvantaged young adults – to invest in strategies that are evidenced-based to train young adults and connect them to careers.
Read below for research, policy ideas, and fact sheets related to economic opportunity for young adults in the area, and check out our 2018 legislative agenda. If you’re interested in partnering or joining our work in New York more generally, we’d love to hear from you!
Marissa Muñoz, Northeastern Regional Director