The Intergenerational Change Initiative provided our collective of city agencies with critical insights about the issues we focus on and the impacts of our work that we would not have learned about otherwise. The research advocates opened our eyes to ways in which we may be causing more harm than good, as well as to strengths and opportunities we missed through our standard data-gathering practices. On a broader level, they demonstrated the necessity of enhancing and institutionalizing our collaborations with community members if we are to carry out our goals and visions with true integrity and effectiveness. The ICI’s work is absolutely essential, and has the power to transform how public institutions serve and partner with communities across New York City and beyond.
- Christopher Tan, Executive Director of Educational Services, Division of Youth and Family Justice, Administration for Children's Services