WATCH: MAP Youth Leadership Council Hosts Inaugural Youth Policy Summit


This fall, the MAP Youth Leadership Council (YLC) hosted its inaugural Youth Policy Summit! NYC government officials and local partners joined the YLC to craft a vision for thriving communities, guided by insight from young adults representing MAP communities across the city.

The Youth Policy Summit engaged community members of all ages and gave young people the opportunity to participate in the policy planning and implementation process. During the summit, YLC members outlined their priorities for meaningful policy changes that reflected their interests, concerns, and personal experiences. Food security was a top concern for some participants, while others prioritized a more equitable education system. Attendees used the YLC NeighborhoodStat Action Agenda as a discussion guide to address these priorities and more.

Watch the videos below to see highlights from the first MAP Youth Policy Summit and learn how NYC youth envision a safe and vibrant city!

What’s Next?

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Thank you to all our invited guests and speakers
who made the 2021 MAP Youth Policy Summit a success!

Hosts: Tara Singh | Naudia Williams

Amy Cerezo | Cristian Santos | Nina Rembert
Center for Court Innovation
Youth Facilitators:Economic Stability: Aminata C. | Christopher G. | Julio V.

Physical Space: Aminata C. | Bobbye H.

Safety & Justice: Kate O. | Blake B. | Paul B.

Health & Wellbeing: Sirazam M. | Mirlene C.
Keynote Speakers:Renita Francois, Executive Director, MAP, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Taurean Lacy, Transformative Coach, Exodus Transitional Community, Inc.
Economic Stability
Guest Speakers:
Dynishal Gross, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity (DEFO), NYC Department of Small Business Services

Shanna Castillo, Director of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability (REES), NYCHA
Health & Well-being
Guest Speakers:
Linda Tigani, Executive Director of Equity, Strategic Planning and Programming, Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DOHMH)

Dr. Toni Lewis
, President and Founder, Liberation Health Strategies
Physical Space
Guest Speakers:

Delma Palma, Deputy Director of Architecture and Urban Planning, NYCHA

James Garcia, Director of Outreach, NYC Service

Laura Rog, NYC Chief Service Officer, NYC Service
Safety & Justice
Guest Speakers:
Eric Cumberbatch, Deputy Director at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety

Janine Perazzo
, Senior Director at NYC Health + Hospitals

Jessica Mofield, the Executive Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence
Watch Party
Facilitators and

Thank you to our community partners for hosting watch parties at BCJC, the JCC Carter Center, 696 Queensbridge, and Taino Towers!

The MAP Youth Leadership Council

The MAP YLC is a 9-month program for people aged 16-21 living in NYCHA housing developments across New York City. Through community-specific thematic discussions, skill-building workshops, and youth-led project development opportunities, council members explore self-narratives, group identity, and social justice education.
Learn more about the MAP Youth Leadership Council here!