Founded in 2015, the YI New York office works out of New York City and across the state to expand economic opportunity for young adults, and bring young voices into the political process. Since our founding, our New York team has worked on issues related to college affordability, health coverage, and connecting young people to living-wage employment.
In November 2019, we released a report on the barriers young people experiencing homelessness face when trying to enter and complete college. Our research became the foundation of our campaign to make sure that all college students have access to their most essential needs, like housing, food, and healthcare. After the release of our report, we launched statewide coalitions to end student homelessness and the hunger crisis impacting New York’s college campuses.
YI New York also advances access to higher education through our partnership and coalition work. We are a founding steering committee member of the CUNY Rising Alliance, where we push for creating tuition-free college at the City University of New York, the nation’s largest public urban university system. We also 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. YI is also the founder of the #NoNYStudent Hungry Coalition, working to increase access to food for New York’s college students.
We also run the New York Young Advocates program, our signature paid fellowship in policy and advocacy. Our semester-long program trains young New Yorkers to develop and lead their own issue-based campaigns, and builds the next generation of civic leaders across our state.
Read below for research, policy ideas, and fact sheets related to economic opportunity for young adults in New York, and check out our 2021 legislative agenda. If you’re interested in partnering or joining our work in New York more generally, we’d love to hear from you!
Lisa Nishimura, YI-New York Engagement Coordinator
New York, NY 10004