Area of Work: Civic
Grant Purpose: City Service Corps and the NYC National Service Leadership Council
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization working with over 30 City agencies and offices, 300 institutional funders, and 100 community-based partners. The Mayor’s Fund facilitates public-private partnerships that combine the unmatched reach of government with the entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector to create a stronger and more just city for all New Yorkers. In building partnerships, the Mayor’s Fund seeks to seed promising, evidence-based models; evaluate the efficacy of new programs and policies; bring innovative solutions to scale; and respond to the emerging needs of the city.
NYC Service is a division of the Mayor’s Office focused on expanding civic engagement through volunteerism and service. NYC Service builds partnerships to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs, creating sustainable change for our City’s greatest needs. NYC Service administers four AmeriCorps programs, including the NYC Civic Corps, in which members help nonprofits build and grow stronger volunteer programs to impact areas such as disaster services, public health, and others; NYC VISTA, in which members help lift New Yorkers out of poverty by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of City agencies; and NYC City Service Corps, in which members lead service at City agencies to strategically address gaps in programming by building capacity and providing direct service that helps to serve New Yorkers who might not otherwise be reached.
Purpose: The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination funds supports NYC City Service Corps.
NYC City Service Corps (CSC) is an innovative AmeriCorps program that is comprised of high-impact service projects led by City agencies in the areas of disaster services/emergency preparedness, economic opportunity, education and youth development, environmental stewardship, and public health. Through City Service Corps, members strategically address gaps in programming by building capacity and providing direct service that helps to serve New Yorkers who might not otherwise be reached. In doing so, City Service Corps members make the city a more equitable place and advance the goals of New York City’s long-term Strategic Plan, One NYC 2050, to build a strong and just city for all. City Service Corps members include a diverse group of young adults and traditionally underrepresented New Yorkers working to address critical community needs while also gaining the skills to build a career in public service, improve their own economic outcomes, and begin a lifelong practice of civic engagement. City agencies that have hosted City Service Corps members have included:
- NYC Administration for Children’s Services: Support 27 foster care providers and stakeholders by giving them the tools and strategies necessary to serve foster care youth through a college readiness model.
- NYC Emergency Management: Expand and continue the Ready NY campaign by increasing the agency’s capability to educate New Yorkers on how to better prepare for emergencies.
- NYC Department of Education: Support the planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of programming for homeless children and youth across the city.
- NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Support the development of programming and activities hosted by Neighborhood Health Action Centers, a holistic approach to addressing community health concerns where organizations, individuals, and Health Department staff work together to advance neighborhood health.
- NYC Department of Homeless Services: Establish and implement a sustainability plan for the agency’s College Preparation Program.
- NYC Department of Probation: Conduct outreach among justice-involved populations and other affected communities to promote healthy living and access to food and nutrition services.
- NYC Human Resources Administration: Conduct outreach to immigrant communities on NYCitizenship, ensuring immigrants are aware of opportunities to apply for U.S. citizenship.
- Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice: Support the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to reduce violence in public housing developments experiencing high rates of crime, and support a series of violence intervention and support systems simultaneously operating across 17 communities citywide.
- Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Lead the management and implementation of We Speak NYC, an Emmy Award-winning television show created to help immigrant New Yorkers practice English while informing them of the City’s resources. Lead and implement community forums to educate immigrant New Yorkers on available City and nonprofit resources.
The three goals of City Service Corps overall are to:
1. Provide members of the program with workforce skills and pathways to quality careers with advancement opportunities;
2. Develop and implement solutions to local issues and challenges; and
3. Build lifelong civic engagement skills.
City Service Corps members have served over 46,000 hours within City agencies directly supporting the needs of New York City residents since the program’s inception. The support of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has been critical to the foundation and growth of the City Service Corps program, enabling City Service Corps members to directly engage with low-income and underserved New Yorkers, and also to increase their civic leadership and workforce development skills thereby expanding the number of members who subsequently join the public service workforce, approximately 30% of City Service Corps members are hired by their host sites following their service year. Through the 2020-2021 program, 80 members will serve in projects led by 14 City Agencies addressing critical capacity and community-related issues to reach and engage New Yorkers around public health issues, support students living in temporary housing shelters, educate on the practices and benefits of recycling and composting, and train New Yorkers in emergency preparedness.
Read the City Service Corps Outcome Evaluation by the Urban Institute outlining how organizations benefit from the City Service Corps members’ service, the extent to which members gain valuable skills, and whether they continue to be civically engaged after completing the program.