Introducing the Design Corps: A Small Business Reopening Network

Small business owners, like many New Yorkers, have endured difficult pandemic months this year, both personally and financially.

As NYC’s restaurants start serving customers again, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs wants to make sure that businesses in your community, particularly in immigrant communities, have access to an important resource now being offered by the city.

The Design Corps: Small Business Reopening Network is a new program to help restaurants improve their dining space through assistance by design professionals. Local restaurants across NYC can register at and connect with a professional designer or architect, free of charge. 

Services include applying for the City’s Open Restaurant Program, ensuring compliance safety guidelines, or improving efficiency of space. If you are interested in signing up or learning more about how you can receive this free service, visit

From the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs: Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

I hope all is well. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is delighted to announce the second annual Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI), a leadership training program for emerging immigrant leaders.  In partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City, the Neighborhood Leadership Institute is a signature program of One NYC One Nation, a mayoral initiative increasing civic engagement within immigrant communities.

The Neighborhood Leadership Institutes will bring residents together on quality of life issues, build a network of community partners, provide a better understanding of government, and increase resilience through emergency preparedness training. This training will be led by the Office of Emergency Management and will serve as a pipeline for multilingual New York City residents to join Community Emergency Response (CERT) teams in their communities. Starting in April, we will conduct a series of NLI workshops in each of the five boroughs. 

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is NOW accepting applications for the NLIs in each borough. The ideal Neighborhood Leadership Institute candidate is an emerging immigrant leader who wants to develop a better understanding of local government and a range of communication, problem solving and community building skills. Candidates must possess a strong motivation to participate in local civic engagement opportunities. Candidates must be interested in the well-being of their neighborhood and working within their community to make a difference. Upon completion of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, groups will be connected to leadership and funding opportunities, and will receive a certificate of completion from the Mayor’s Office. Candidates must be proficient in English and be willing to commit to at least five 3-hour workshops to receive a certificate

For more information on workshop details and tentative dates, please see the institute brochure attached to this e-mail.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis HERE. Please share this opportunity widely. If you have specific questions contact Sarah Flatto at [email protected] / 212-341-9075.

Click HERE to see the brochure.

This is a reminder that the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs opportunity for free leadership training will start this Saturday the 14th, 11:00 am at the Harlem Y. We are STILL accepting applications, so please forward this application link to anyone who is interested in this wonderful opportunity!

The workshops will cover: community organizing, government structure, fundraising, and networking. Micro-grant funds will be available to participants for community improvement projects. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, April 14, 11 am – 2:00 pm: Harlem YMCA Outreach Center, 180 W 135th St

Saturday, April 21, 11am – 2pm: Harlem YMCA Outreach Center, 180 W 135th St

Wednesday, May 2, 6-10pm: Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th St., and Jackie Robinson Center, 181 West 135th Street

Wednesday, May 9, 6-9pm: Jackie Robinson Center, 181 West 135th Street

Please encourage your friends and colleagues to apply!!!!



Sarah Flatto | One NYC One Nation Coordinator | NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
p: (212)341-9075 | c: (646)409-3116 |