Report - March 2023
Playing New York City’s ACE CardFew student success programs nationally have been as effective as CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative, which has grown to serve 25,000 community college students. CUNY has a promising program modeled on ASAP that is helping students at senior colleges complete their bachelor’s degrees on time: the Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) program. But the ACE program has considerable room to grow.
Report - January 2023
Keeping Pace with an Aging New York StateNew York State’s older adult population is booming, with more residents ages 65 and above—nearly 3.5 million—than the entire population of 21 states. An expanding share of the state’s older adults are immigrants and people of color. Alarmingly, older New Yorkers living below the poverty line increased by 37 percent over the past decade.
Report - January 2023
Strengthening NYC’s Nonprofits by Reducing Administrative BurdensGovernment contract requirements are often unnecessarily complicated and inconsistent, forcing nonprofits to spend an exorbitant amount of time toiling over paperwork. Reducing these burdens could offer much-needed relief to the sector.
Report - January 2023
New York’s Untapped Entrepreneurship OpportunityNew York City policymakers have an enormous untapped opportunity to create a more equitable economy by increasing rates of entrepreneurship among New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. Strengthening this vital pathway can enable the many public housing residents already engaged in side hustles and home-based ventures to grow their businesses and build wealth.
Report - December 2022
Bolstering Minority- and Immigrant-Owned Businesses by Scaling Up CDFIsNew city and state government policies and investments are needed to strengthen New York City’s minority- and immigrant-owned businesses. Few would have a greater impact than expanding the reach of the city's Community Development Financial Institutions.
Report - November 2022
Harnessing CUNY as a Launchpad Into Tech CareersNew Yorkers of color remain strikingly underrepresented among the city’s tech workforce. No institution is better positioned to help close this opportunity gap for tech careers, at scale, than the City University of New York (CUNY). However, fully capitalizing on CUNY’s remarkable potential to serve as the city’s largest and most equitable springboard into technology careers will require new action from city and state government, the city’s technology companies, and CUNY itself.
Report - September 2022City of Aspiration: 150 Ideas for Building a More Equitable NYC
There is growing consensus that New York City leaders should take new action to build a more equitable city. This report provides a roadmap for how NYC can get there, featuring 150 New York-based leaders and national experts each sharing a single policy idea for how to make progress toward a more equitable NYC.TEST
Testimony - September 2022Expanding employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities
In this testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction, CUF researcher and multimedia specialist Melissa Lent outlines four key recommendations for the Council to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.TEST
Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2022Boost NYC’s Tech Sector to Ensure a Full Jobs Recovery and Stronger Future for New Yorkers
In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF’s Jonathan Bowles and Tech:NYC Executive Director Jason Myles Clark lay out the opportunity for Mayor Adams to invest in the city's tech sector to spark a more complete jobs recovery and get many more New Yorkers into well-paying tech jobs.TEST
Event - September 2022Harnessing CUNY as a Launchpad into Tech Careers
On September 19th, the Center for an Urban Future held a policy symposium that explored CUNY's enormous—but still largely untapped—potential to serve as a launchpad for New Yorkers of color into well-paying tech careers.TEST
impact - September 2022CUF report influences City Council bill to create Small Business Digitization Team
Council Member Julie Menin introduced a bill to establish an Office of Small Business Digitalization to help many more small businesses in the city get online. This initiative follows CUF's event on how to help more minority-owned businesses get online and our report No Small Relief, which included recommendations for city leaders to help small businesses adapt to the digital world.TEST
impact - September 2022CUF sparks new city initiative to re-enroll working age students at CUNY
The newly launched CUNY Reconnect initiative was directly inspired by a January 2022 CUF report, which urged city officials to help re-enroll adult New Yorkers who earned some college credits but left school before completing a degree.TEST