The Center for Youth Employment was recently launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray. It was established in order to set up 100,000 young New Yorkers to summer jobs, internships and mentorships by the year 2020. Financing came from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
The aim of this organization is “to create a new youth workforce infrastructure – one that works for all our children,” according to McCray. It is hoped that this will ultimately lead to the breaking of the poverty cycle that usually begins with young people in need from the moment they are born. With top jobs or internships they could change their lives and prevent history from repeating itself.
For this to actualize it will require the cooperation of the government and private sector working together. Already in 2015, there was a substantial increase in the number of jobs created from last year – up 1,073, putting a total of 2,073 New York youth to work.