As part of New York State’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, Syracuse is receiving $1.7 million to fund anti-poverty work in the city. The money will go to the United Way of Central New York on behalf of Greater Syracuse HOPE. CCSI is receiving $325,000 to fund a dropout prevention and mentoring program that will employ 11 family advocates and provide support services to 150 at-risk middle school students and families. Click below to watch a quick video from members of the HOPE program team talking about why they are excited to be a part of this program. For more information on what other programs were funded, click here.