“What I realized is people were hungry to eat and people were hungry to help.”
- Mikey Knab, Strategy Director, RAISE: High Road Restaurants

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The Restaurant Revitalization Program (RRP) was launched in July 2020 to provide relief to one of New York City’s key industries and ensure that equitable employment practices are at the heart of the restaurant industry’s recovery.

RRP supports New York City restaurants and communities by subsidizing employee wages, advancing equity in the restaurant industry, and facilitating meal donations to those in need. …


This post is the latest installment in a series of blog posts from NYC Opportunity on COVID’s impact on New York City. Previous blog posts have examined the pandemic’s initial labor market impact, unequal burdens of child and dependent care across gender, housing security, and inequity in the Paycheck Protection Program. This post uses data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to track economic outcomes in the months since the first blog post.

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Despite initial improvements in the economy as New York City reopened in June, job recovery has since slowed. In the first few months after reopening began, unemployment fell from a high of 20.3% in June to 13.9% in September — an average drop of 2.1 percentage points a month. In contrast, unemployment only fell 0.8 percentage points a month from September to December. As of December 2020, the unemployment rate stood at 11.3% — over three times the rate in December 2019.

This post uses data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to compare the economic impact of the…


Many small businesses have the challenge of being on the wrong side of the digital divide, a problem that has gotten worse as the Covid-19 pandemic has put more pressure on businesses to serve their customers online. To address these large and growing needs, NYC Opportunity has joined with the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to launch the Training for Your Employees program. This new City initiative provides business owners and their employees with no-cost training in digital literacy, marketing tools, online security, and COVID-19 safety. It offers training in such essential technology tools as computer basics, Zoom, Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, and many others. The program, under the auspices of SBS, builds on the successful SBS/NYC Opportunity Customized Training Program.

Read more about the launch of Training Your Employees.


EquityNYC

NYC Opportunity launched a new website that provides a broad picture of the state of racial and social equity in New York City. EquityNYC presents data on an array of equity-related outcomes, as well as the City services that shape them. It provides a statistical portrait of equity by presenting city data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, gender, and income, among other factors, and it catalogues City initiatives and strategies to address identified inequalities.

EquityNYC is part of the City’s commitment to promoting racial and social equity. A key part of this commitment is to identify disparities so policies can be developed…


This is an illustration designed by Tina Qi. There is an image of a sheet of paper that says “CV” (curriculum vitae) at the top. Over the sheet of paper are three illustrations of people, a magnifying glass and a pencil.
This is an illustration designed by Tina Qi. There is an image of a sheet of paper that says “CV” (curriculum vitae) at the top. Over the sheet of paper are three illustrations of people, a magnifying glass and a pencil.

Hi Community,

The Service Design Studio at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity is always on the lookout for stellar and diverse talent, be it for fellowships, short-term or freelance work, or potential job openings on our team. We are a passionate, mission-driven team with backgrounds in service design, visual design, program design and management, design research, product design, policy, community organizing, outreach, and communications just to name a few.

So that we can inform you quickly when new opportunities arise, we’ve created a talent roster form to capture your contact information and resume. If you would like to be added to this roster, please fill out this form so that we can stay in touch!

You can also continue to check out our NYC Opportunity jobs page for opportunities available across our larger office.

Please spread the word!


NYC Opportunity’s Programs and Evaluation team is welcoming three new fellows: Cerimar Olivares, Christina Abraham, and Candice Charles. Here is a little bit about them.

Cerimar Olivares


This is Black History Month, and the African-American experience is being celebrated and interrogated across New York City and throughout the country. New York City departments and agencies are marking the month in a wide variety of ways, from the Parks Department’s highlighting sculptures across New York City that commemorate Black history to the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s discussion of African-American history and culture.

At NYC Opportunity, we are continuing our work to promote racial equity and opportunity through programs and initiatives that aim, among other things, to increase the availability of jobs…


As part of its work, the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) develops and manages data services to help the City’s health and human service agencies be more coordinated, effective, and tech-enabled.

The past year has required an unprecedented level of collaboration to handle emergencies and support marginalized communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. …


Bringing the NYCHA community directly into designing and developing solutions for the NYCHA community.

The Service Design Studio at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (“NYC Opportunity”) alongside TakeRoot Justice’s Equitable Neighborhoods Initiative are excited to present our first ever joint fellowship for NYCHA affiliated individuals or teams, called the Designed by Community Fellowship.

The Designed by Community Fellowship is a paid fellowship and project funding opportunity to support community members in designing and developing hyper-localized solutions related to the COVID-19 crisis for and with NYCHA communities. This program is made possible through the support of Citi and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City’s partnership.

Fellows can expect to walk away from…


This is the fourth post in the COVID Data Analysis series by NYC Opportunity’s Poverty Research Team. This post explores the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loan-level data to assess whether the funds have been distributed equitably in New York City.

Pexels: Caroline Grabowska

In March of 2020, Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to provide loans to small businesses and self-employed individuals. With a $669 billion budget, PPP’s main objective was to preserve jobs during the initial lockdown in order to ensure small business continuity. The program, with the loan application process operated by private financial intermediaries, offered potentially forgivable loans to firms with fewer than 500 employees. The maximum loan amount was $10 million or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs, whichever was less. NYC Opportunity’s analysis of…

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