Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
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The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) will replicate five effective anti-poverty programs originally piloted by CEO in eight urban areas. By advancing the education, employment and financial savings of low-income adults and families, the programs will combat poverty across a diverse cross-section of America.

Grantee Information
Federal Awards: 
$5.7 million in 2010 $5.7 million in 2011 $5.7 million in 2012 $11.4 million over two years in 2013
Focus Area: 
Economic Opportunity
Geographic Focus: 
Kansas City, MO, Memphis, TN, Newark, NJ, New York, NY, Northeast OH (Greater Cleveland and Youngstown), San Antonio, TX, Tulsa, OK
Collaborating Partners: 
MDRC
Collaborating Funders: 
Altman Foundation; The Annie E. Casey Foundation Benificus Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Catholic Charities of San Antonio; City of Memphis; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Ford Foundation; Fund for Our Economic Future; George Kaiser Family Foundation; Goldman Sachs; Hall Family Foundation; The Ira W. DeCamp Foundation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; Morgan Stanley; New York Community Trust; The Nicholson Foundation; Open Society Foundations; The Pinkerton Foundation; Prudential Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation; The Rockefeller Foundation; Surdna Foundation; Tiger Foundation; Tulsa Community Foundation; United Way of Greater Kansas City; United Way of the Mid-South; United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County; Victoria Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

The Mayor’s Fund SIF grants are replicating five evidence-based Economic Opportunity programs through partnerships with 18 subgrantees in seven urban areas: Kansas City, Memphis, Newark, New York, Northeast Ohio (Greater Cleveland and Youngstown), San Antonio, and Tulsa. The programs aim to achieve transformative change across diverse cities and population groups on critical measures of economic opportunity, including education and vocational skills, employment outcomes, savings, and other measures of family well-being. The five programs include Jobs-Plus, Family Rewards, SaveUSA, the Young Adult Internship Program, and WorkAdvance.

Track Record before Social Innovation Fund Grant:

  • The partner organizations have been leaders in replicating effective approaches.
    • The Mayor’s Fund played an instrumental role in establishing the national coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns – now a separate nonprofit organization involving more than 500 mayors from over 40 states to stop the flow of illegal guns into US cities.
    • CEO replications and national impacts include: 1) establishing a local Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) which now co-leads a national coalition of cities that advances innovative financial empowerment initiatives for low-income individuals; 2) developing a new poverty measure recently adopted by the U.S. Census Bureau; and 3) adding work incentives to conditional cash transfer programs – an effort that has been replicated by other countries.
    • MDRC has worked in more than 500 communities and specifically assisted with the replication of the After-School Project, which instituted enhanced reading and math instruction models in 50 schools and community-based after-school centers in 13 states.

Progress:

  • Mayor’s Fund/CEO SIF subgrantees have had 12,743 participants had enrolled in and received services across all eight cities since the start of the SIF initiative.
  • Mayor’s Fund/CEO has leveraged partnerships to fund and support 18 subgrantees working in seven cities—San Antonio, TX; and Tulsa, OK; Cleveland, OH; Kansas City, MO; Newark, NJ; New Brunswick, NJ; New York, NY.
  • Mayor’s Fund/CEO, with their partner, MDRC, continues to track implementation of the five evaluation plans as well as releasing policy briefs on two of the models being implemented, SaveUSA and WorkAdvance.

Nonprofits Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

BronxWorksKingsborough Community College of the City
Catholic Charities of Kansas City – St. JosephMadison Strategies Group
Children's Aid Society (NY)Newark Now
Children's Aid Society (TN)Per Scholas
Community Action Project of TulsaRutgers University - T.E.E.M. Gateway
F•E•G•S Health and Human Services SystemSan Antonio Housing Authority
Food Bank for New York CitySt. Nick's Alliance
Full Employment CouncilTowards Employment
Henry Street SettlementUnited Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

BronxWorks
Bronx, New York
Initial Award Amount: $563,250

BronxWorks helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, BronxWorks feeds, shelters, teaches, and supports Bronx residents to build a stronger community. In New York City, the Bronxworks' Jobs-Plus program will conduct outreach to 1,701 public housing residents in the South Bronx and will serve approximately 650 residents per year. As a result of this program, participants will be placed and retained in jobs, achieve promotions, and enroll in and complete training programs. We expect earnings to increase as well, as they did in the Jobs-Plus demonstration programs.


Catholic Charities of Kansas City – St. Joseph
Kansas City, MO
Initial Award Amount: $226,710

Catholic Charities of Kansas City - St. Joseph, Inc. is a leader in the community for serving the disadvantaged. Catholic Charities is an innovative organization that is experienced in managing multidimension programs and collaborations addressing societal needs with positive results. In Kansas City, the SIF Young Adult Program operated by Catholic Charities will serve 125 disconnected young adults over a three year period. As a result of this program, participants will make educational gains, benefit from a paid internship, and ultimately transition to unsubsidized employment while continuing their educational activities.


Children's Aid Society
New York, NY
Initial Award Amount: $800,418

Children’s Aid Society will work with BronxWorks to offer a conditional cash transfer program to 600 low-income families in Bronx, NY. Children’s Aid Society will help Family Rewards participants make investments in their families' futures, access supportive services, and claim cash rewards. By testing a common program model in New York City and Memphis, TN - while accommodating local variation in the characteristics of the low-income population and the local social service environment - the Mayor's Fund SIF Collaborative hopes to build a national body of evidence that can inform the design benefit systems.


Children's Aid Society
Memphis, TN
Initial Award Amount: $930,675

Children’s Aid Society will work with Porter-Leath and Urban Strategies to offer a conditional cash transfer program to 600 low-income families in Memphis, TN. Children’s Aid Society will help Family Rewards participants make investments in their families’ futures, access supportive services, and claim cash rewards. By testing a common program model in Memphis and in New York City – while accommodating local variation in the characteristics of the low-income population and the local social service environment – the Mayor’s Fund SIF Collaborative hopes to build a national body of evidence that can inform the design benefit systems.


Community Action Project of Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Initial Amount of Award: $200,000

Community Action Project of Tulsa County, Inc. (CAP) will offer the SaveUSA account to filers at three VITA sites. Over the course of the subgrant, CAP will enroll approximately 1,350 individuals, building on its existing tax preparation infrastructure. CAP has several years of experience offering Individual Development Accounts, savings bonds, screenings for build benefits, and helping clients establish bank accounts.


F•E•G•S Health and Human Services System
Bronx, NY
Initial Award Amount: $234,374

F•E•G•S Health and Human Services System has been providing services for disconnected youth in New York City through their Education and Youth Services (EYS) Division for the past thirty-five years. Each year, EYS helps 4,500 youth improve their academic and work skills. The SIF Young Adult Program at F•E•G•S will serve 200 disconnected young adults in the South Bronx over a four year period. As a result of this program, participants will make educational gains, benefit from a paid internship, and ultimately transition to unsubsidized employment while continuing their educational activities.


Food Bank for New York City
New York, NY
Initial Amount of Award: $180,038

Food Bank for New York City and its partner Ariva will use the award to offer the SaveUSA account to about 1,350 tax filers at four VITA sites. Both organizations successfully implemented the $aveNYC program and have proven track records in providing tax preparation services, matched savings accounts and general services in breaking the cycle of poverty and fostering economic self-sufficiency.


Full Employment Council
Kansas City, MO
Initial Award Amount: $234,375

The Full Employment Council (FEC) is a community leader in developing public and private sector internship and work experience programs that provide work based learning and training for youth with limited to no work experience in Kansas City. The SIF Young Adult Program operated by the FEC will serve 150 disconnected young adults over a three year period. As a result of this program, participants will make educational gains, benefit from a paid internship, and ultimately 8 transition to unsubsidized employment while continuing their educational activities.


Henry Street Settlement
New York, NY
Initial Award Amount: $231,473

Henry Street Settlement has been providing services for low-income New Yorkers for 118 years. The SIF Young Adult Program at Henry Street Settlement will serve 50 disconnected young adults annually from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, providing vital services to 200 youth over four years. As a result of this program, participants will make educational gains, benefit from a paid internship, and ultimately transition to unsubsidized employment while continuing their educational activities.


Kingsborough Community College of the City
Kansas City, MO
Initial Award Amount: $234,326

The Full Employment Council (FEC) is a community leader in developing public and private sector internship and work experience programs that provide work based learning and training for youth with limited to no work experience in Kansas City. The SIF Young Adult Program operated by the FEC will serve 150 disconnected young adults over a three year period. As a result of this program, participants will make educational gains, benefit from a paid internship, and ultimately 8 transition to unsubsidized employment while continuing their educational activities.


Madison Strategies Group
Tulsa, OK
Initial Award Amount: $409,759

The Madison Strategies Group (MSG) WorkAdvance program will recruit from low-income communities in North and East Tulsa for training in transportation-sector jobs. WorkAdvance Tulsa will be a highly collaborative effort led by MSG that engages key local partners in possession of real-time, on-the-ground knowledge of Tulsa’s lowincome population, business community, transportation sector, workforce system, and education and training opportunities. The preemployment curriculum will feature math and communications skills that were identified as lacking by employers, in addition to resume and interview skills workshops. Occupational training will be delivered by one of Madison Strategies’ partners, and will focus on three career paths: Commerical Driver, Diesel Mechanic, and Air Frame Power Plant Mechanic. MSG will serve 710 individuals over five years. Tulsa Community Foundation will provide local match funding. As a result of this program, participants will be enrolled in and complete job preparation services, be placed and retained in well paying jobs, and advance up the career ladder within the targeted sector.


Newark Now
Newark, NJ
Initial Amount of Award: $107,020

Newark Now will offer the SaveUSA account to about 1,125 filers at three VITA sites. Newark Now has over seven years of experience providing financial education and asset building program to Newark area residents and is the largest VITA program in the Newark area and one of the largest in the State of New Jersey.


Per Scholas
Bronx, NY
Initial Award Amount: $301,811

Per Scholas’ mission is to provide economic opportunity to unemployed and low-wage working New Yorkers from neighborhoods of concentrated poverty through computer literacy and Information Technology job training. Through the WorkAdvance program, Per Scholas will serve an estimated 590 participants over five years, providing training in dual certification in A+ and MCITP, and offering sector-focused job readiness, job retention and career advancement support. As a result of this program, participants will be enrolled in and complete training programs, and be placed and retained in well paying jobs, and advance up the career ladder within the targeted sector.


Rutgers University - T.E.E.M. Gateway
New Brunswick, NJ
Initial Award Amount: $234,375

Rutgers Transitional Education and Employment Management (T.E.E.M) Gateway has been operating youth edcuation and employment programming for disconnected and court-involved youth throughout New Jersey since 1989. Rutgers T.E.E.M Gateway will serve 225 disconnected young adults in Newark over the next four and a half years. As a result of this program, participants will make educational gains, benefit from a paid internship, and ultimately transition to unsubsidized employment while continuing their educational activities.


San Antonio Housing Authority
San Antonio, TX
Initial Award Amount: $252,000

The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) is committed to providing families with quality affordable housing and resources to assist with economic stability. To build strong communities for the 25,000 families served by SAHA, the agency focuses on three key areas: improve the quality of life of our clients; preserve and expand affordable housing; and further enhance systems and services. SAHA owns and manages 6,175 public housing units at 70 properties, 6,612 affordable housing units at 44 properties and administers approximately 13,000 housing choice voichers. In San Antonio, JobsPlus will reach approximately 1,100 public housing residents through outreach and serve approximately 450 residents per year. As a result of this program, participants will be placed and retained in jobs, achieve promotions, and enroll and complete training programs. We expect earnings to increase as well, as they did in the demonstration programs.


St. Nick's Alliance
Brooklyn, NY
Initial Award Amount: $246,415

St. Nick's Alliance will lead an environmental remediation-focused WorkAdvance program serving 455 unemployed and low-wage workers over five years. St. Nick's will expand their sector-focused skills training and employment and career advancement services. St. Nick's has over 20 years of experience in providing comprehensive employment services to public assistance recipients, low-income individuals, and other community residents with multiple employment challenges. As a result of this program, participants will be enrolled in and complete training programs, and be placed and retained in wellpaying jobs, and advance up the career ladder within the targeted sector.


Towards Employment
Cleveland, OH
Initial Award Amount: $539,677
Towards Employment aims to serve 1,000 participants in Northeast

Ohio through comprehensive partnerships in two industry sectors - manufacturing and healthcare. The programs will operate in Cuyahoga and Mahoning Counties over five years, and bring together job readiness services, occupational training, and supportive services, in partnership with employers in the target industries to best serve and advance the target population. Towards Employment will partner with a range of organizations to operate the programs, including the Burdman Group Inc., Employment Connection, WIRE-Net, MAGNET, the Center for Families and Children, the Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland, Mahoning Columbiana Training Association, the Northeast Ohio Health Science and Innovation Coalition and the Center for Health Affairs. The Fund for Our Economic Future will provide local match funding. As a result of this program, participants will be enrolled in and complete job preparation services, be placed and retained in well-paying jobs, and advance up the career ladder within in the targeted sector.


United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
San Antonio, TX
Initial Amount of Award: $164,000

The United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County (UWSABC) will offer the SaveUSA account to about 1,350 filers at five VITA sites. UWSABC is one of the lead agencies for San Antonio's VITA Coalition, on behalf of 31 participating agencies. United Way joined the coalition during the 2002 tax filing season and last year facilitated 31 sites agencies in completing over 37,000 returns with a net refund value of $73 million. In 2010, San Antonio's VITA program served primarily Hispanic residents (72%).

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