MAP Youth Leadership Council
Year 1 Launch: 2021
MAP Youth Leadership Council convenes nearly 50 young residents between ages 16-21 from 17 MAP developments in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to set and achieve social justice goals in their communities. The Council is designed to uplift young voices to define community safety and well-being. From February 2021 through to October, the Council meets 2-3 times weekly to explore self-narratives, group identity, and social justice using various multimedia tools.
MAP positions youth leaders as advocates for safety in their communities and throughout New York City. The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) work together to introduce a wide range of social justice concepts to the Youth Council through guest speakers, art, photography, story-telling, and more.
Arts & Justice
The first cohort of the MAP Youth Leadership Council worked with artist and activist Sophia Dawson to paint and capture stories of hope and inspiration. They also sharpened audio and interviewing skills by recording stories from meaningful people in their lives. Check out Sophia’s work.
Policy and Justice Sessions
The MAP Youth Leadership Council explores issue areas that are critical to community safety and well-being. In a typical session, members discuss a range of topics, including:
- Spatial justice
- Social determinants of health
- Public safety
- Racial justice
- Environmental justice
- Civics and advocacy
The Council also hosts guest speakers to highlight their community work and explore best practices to address critical issues. These discussions, led by CCI and MAP staff, equip Council members with interdisciplinary strategies to analyze the concerns they will ultimately address in their communities through the Action Plan and Action Agenda.