The image of the report cover of the Qualitative Study to Enhance the NYCgov Poverty Measure. There are diverse headshots of 4 individuals on the cover.
The image of the report cover of the Qualitative Study to Enhance the NYCgov Poverty Measure. There are diverse headshots of 4 individuals on the cover.

Report cover of the Qualitative Study to Enhance the NYCgov Poverty Measure, July 2021.

Discussions of poverty are often heavy on statistics and light on lived experience. There is a need for more qualitative studies that give a voice to people with low incomes, allowing them to describe their own economic realities. …


The image of the report cover of the Qualitative Study to Enhance the NYCgov Poverty Measure. There are diverse headshots of 4 individuals on the cover.
The image of the report cover of the Qualitative Study to Enhance the NYCgov Poverty Measure. There are diverse headshots of 4 individuals on the cover.
Report cover of the Qualitative Study to Enhance the NYCgov Poverty Measure, July 2021.

Discussions of poverty are often heavy on statistics and light on lived experience. There is a need for more qualitative studies that give a voice to people with low incomes, allowing them to describe their own economic realities. In the summer of 2018, before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, NYC Opportunity and Abt Associates conducted such a study, which sought to better understand the diversity of lived experiences, the challenges faced and overcome, and the first-hand perspectives of New Yorkers living near or below the poverty line.

This study, the Qualitative Study to Enhance the NYCgov Poverty Measure, has…


By Candice Charles

Teens preparing for a cooking session
Teens preparing for a cooking session

When we think about fellowship and communion, the virtual world may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But it has proven to be a powerful tool for community building for the Stanley Isaacs Center, a non-profit multi-service organization on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in its partnership with Advance & Earn (A&E), a citywide training and employment program for New York City youth.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Stanley Isaacs Center used the internet’s connective power for its Senior Supper, a gourmet four-course meal delivered to homebound community members that included a virtual space to…


A black banner with white and blue letters that read “WORKINGNYC”
A black banner with white and blue letters that read “WORKINGNYC”
Logo banner for Working NYC (nyc.gov/workingnyc)

There is a powerful new website to help New Yorkers learn about programs that can help them find short-term jobs, internships, job training, and adult education programs offered by the City of New York. Working NYC, which NYC Opportunity helped to launch, is an online front door to the City government’s programs.

Visitors can use the website to identify training programs that fit their unique needs; City job openings and quick hiring opportunities; and adult education and English as a Second Language programs. …


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

Khachik Simonian, Chinatown NYC | Unsplash

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.

Karolina Grabowska via Pexels

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

NYC Opportunity

NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity

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