Todays Mom Madness show deals with a new program created by Mayor Michael Bloomberg geared towards helping young black and latino men "The Young Men's Initiative."
Our guest Melanie Hartzog, Family Services Coordinator for the Office of the Mayor NYC will share insight and more on the Young Men's Iniatiative.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's announcement of a $127 million project to help young black and Latino men was met with praise, but also some criticism over its funding on Thursday.
The Young Men's Initiative targets about 315,000 black and Latino men between the ages of 16 and 24, a demographic that has seen stubbornly high rates of unemployment, incarceration and poverty. Half of the three-year project will be financed by the foundations of Bloomberg and his fellow billionaire George Soros, while $67.5 million will come from the city budget. The mayor's office called the program the country's "boldest and most comprehensive effort" to tackle the problem.