Members of NYCHA’s Youth Leadership Committees (YLCs) met with NYCHA employees and other professionals at NYCHA’s first speed mentoring event on February 22. NYCHA used a speed mentoring toolkit from NYC Service, a division of the Mayor’s Office to design the event. During a series of short, focused conversations, YLC members met individually with mentors for 10 to 15 minutes before rotating seats to talk to another professional. These one-on-one conversations provided an opportunity to ask mentors about their jobs, education, training, and experience....More
Over the past several months, 28 young NYCHA residents put on their brown uniforms and served almost every day on NYCHA’s farms, building the farms, tending the crops, handing out free organic produce to residents, collecting food scraps, running farm stands, and much more....More
Katherine Perez, 17, was a shining example of a young person making positive change in her community. Ms. Perez lived at Betances Houses and as a member of the South Bronx Youth Leadership Council (SBYLC), was instrumental in planning programs that promoted community unity. She passed away on December 24, 2017, leaving behind a host of family, friends, and neighbors who will forever remember her commitment to community, her compassion, and her smile....More
Youth Leadership Council member Mya Pyle (right) receives a free tablet from Curtis Williams, Manager of NYCHA’s Resident Engagement Department. All 150 members of NYCHA’s 15 Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) received free tablets courtesy of T-Mobile, NYCHA, and the City of New York, that they can...More
Brooklyn-based arts organization Groundswell works with young people throughout the city to create public works of art that make a statement on issues of importance to the artists. This summer, young residents from Castle Hills, Polo Grounds Houses, and Tompkins Houses created vivid murals at their developments as part of Groundswell’s Summer Leadership Institute....More
Green City Force (GCF) Urban Farm Corps members—all of whom are NYCHA residents—participated in a demonstration and competition at Bay View Houses Farm during which the Corps Members got a chance to show off their amazing new culinary skills.