This report, commissioned by the New York City Young Men's Initiative and developed by the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, provides a snapshot of where New York City's young people of color stand in relation to their peers in the areas of education, economic security and mobility, health and wellbeing, and community and personal safety. The analysis, which disaggregates data by race and gender, found that while there have been decreases in several disparities for young men and women of color, disparities persist.
In general, educational outcomes improved for all groups, with higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and decreased rates of chronic absenteeism; however Black and Hispanic males and females continued to meet English and math standards at rates well below those of White students.
Overall rates of employment decreased, while rates of unemployment and leaving the labor force increased, with high disparities in rates of poverty.
In 2014, Black males under age 16 were admitted to juvenile detention at a rate 35 times that of White males; the rate for Hispanic males was 9.6 times that of White males.
Disparities increased in rates of misdemeanor arrests between White males under age 16 and their Black and Hispanic peers; in 2014, the arrest rate for Black males was 17.3 times higher than for White males, and the rate was 6 times higher for Hispanic males.
In 2014, the felony arrest rates for Black males and females under age 16 were 30.2 and 20.8 times higher than their White peers, while the rates for Hispanic males and females were 8.5 and 6.5 times higher.
While the death rate among 15-24 year olds declined among every racial group since 2002, the death rate for Black males was 1.5 times higher than for White males. Death rates for Asian and Hispanic males in this age group were lower than the rates for White males.
New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence
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