As the summer season approaches, the decision to restore New York City’s youth employment program has been a topic of debate.
Brooklyn-bred actor Michael K. Williams is stepping up to ensure at-risk youth in NYC have employment opportunities amid the public health crisis.
Williams—best known for his role on The Wire—has joined forces with the nonprofit organization NYC Together to launch a campaign to help fund a summer program that will employ Black and Latinx youth in New York City.
“With all the city budget cuts gutting all the opportunities for kids in my community to have something to do or to earn a couple of dollars to take care of themselves and sometimes even their families over the summer, I’m afraid this year might be worse,” Williams said in a video posted on Twitter.
Cities throughout the country are focused on pivoting regarding summer youth employment opportunities.