Policy Studies Associates




New York City Youth and Community Development

PSA evaluated the implementation and outcomes of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) Cornerstone Mentoring Program. Launched in New York City in 2011, YMI is a cross-agency initiative aimed at relieving the disparities in outcomes between young Black and Latino men and their peers in areas related to education, health, employment, and criminal justice. The DYCD YMI Cornerstone Mentoring Program targeted youth in fifth through ninth grade who are at risk of dropping out of school, and operated in community centers located in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) facilities and operated by nonprofit provider organizations.

Strengthening the Mentoring Experience—YMI Cornerstone Mentoring Program
Engagement in Learning—YMI Cornerstone Mentoring
Levers of Impact in YMI Cornerstone Mentoring