New York City, New York



New York City, a fourth-time 100 Best winner, has continued to show how America’s largest citiy can make its youngest residents a priority by dedicating resources to supporting youth and promoting education. New York is dedicated to making sure every student has a pathway to success and has implemented the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism as well as the Transition to High School Program, which assists middle school students who have done poorly on standardized tests. The New York Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering also implemented a Math After-School Mentoring Program that connects graduates and post-doctoral students with elementary school students. New York has also devoted resources to the LGBTQ community with the NYC Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth, which provides homeless youth with shelter and support, and also helps them reunite with their families.

Community Programs

Youth Voices

The Young Adult Internship Program gave me new eyes, a fresh perspective on life; the staff mustered a self confidence in me that I never thought I was capable of.

—Yadira, 24 

The Children’s Village has given me something to do after school instead of sitting at home or roaming the streets.

—Aisatou, 16