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Carson Hicks, Ph.D., Deputy Director of Evaluation at the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) will provide an overview of programs that address the needs of disconnected youth and young men of color in New York City. CEO, located within the NYC Mayor’s Office, partners with various City agencies to develop, implement, and evaluate the City’s anti-poverty programs. CEO’s programs touch on areas of education, employment, health, and prevention. The success of these programs has had national implications—CEO was recently awarded a federal Social Innovation Fund grant to replicate five programs to multiple cities, including Project Rise which works directly with young adults. CEO is also responsible
for the implementation and evaluation of most of the programs being expanded and created through the Young Men’s Initiative, a $127 million investment of public and private funds to assist NYC’s young men of color. This presentation will share CEO’s approach to developing and evaluating programs that assist disconnected young people with examples of specific programs and investments in New York City.