Meeks Praises Bloomberg’s Men’s Initiative
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Senior Member of the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative:
“I add my voice to those who have welcomed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that his administration will launch Youth Male Initiative to be funded at the level of nearly $130 million. I commend the mayor both for establishing a special committee tasked with studying the status of young African American and Latino males in New York City, and then for following up by using its recommendations as the basis for the most comprehensive initiative in the nation to address the disparities that hinder Black and Latino young men from fully participating in and positively contributing to society.
“Every New Yorker should welcome the mayor’s decision to make this desperately needed project a multi-agency administration priority that could make the difference in redirecting tens of thousands of ‘disconnected’ African American and Latino young males from being ‘undereducated, incarcerated, and unskilled’ to, instead, earning a high school diploma, learning a valuable skill, perhaps a college degree, gainful employment, creative involvement with their families, and productive participation in civic life.
“Finally, I applaud Mayor Bloomberg and George Soros for committing $30 million of their own money to this endeavor. While I do not have resources of that order I do have the resource of time, energy, involvement, and office to support this unprecedented initiative. I call upon community leaders, clergy, educators, families, civic associations, businesses, labor unions, concerned citizens, and elected officials to help in every way possible to make this initiative an enduring success.”