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May 22, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Kristin Morse today announced the winners of the first ever NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards, which support pioneering local nonprofits that exhibit creative approaches and exemplary program implementation.
First place was awarded to Green City Force’s Clean Energy Corps, a program that propels young New York City Housing Authority residents toward employment or college by combining a national service model with job training. Second Place went to Center for Family Life in Sunset Park’s Cooperative Development Project, which organizes worker-run cooperatives to help immigrant residents launch and grow competitive small businesses. More than 50 organizations submitted proposals for the award, which are funded by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Mayor made the announcement at Gracie Mansion.
“These organizations have proven records of improving lives in their communities, helping set New Yorkers on a path toward greater economic mobility,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “New York City continues to invest in innovative solutions to difficult challenges, and we are committed to supporting nonprofits that are doing the same.”